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This paper presentation on 'A Critical Theory of Transnational (In-) Justice: Realistic in the Right Way' is part of the L&J lecture series.

Detail Summary
Date 22 October 2018
Time 15:30 -17:00
Roeterseilandcampus - building A
Room Faculty of Law, room A3.01


A critical theory of transnational justice presents a seemingly impossible task. On the one hand, it needs to be based on a realistic assessment of transnational power relations. On the other hand, it requires a normative perspective that gains critical distance from such realities and is, furthermore, capable of generating transnational validity. Can such a project get off the ground?

The speaker

Rainer Forst is Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy at Goethe University Frankfurt and  Co-Director of the Research Cluster ‘Normative Orders,’ of the Centre for Advanced Studies ‘Justitia Amplificata’, Director of the Leibniz Research Group ‘Transnational Justice’ and Member of the Directorate of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Bad Homburg. His major publications are Contexts of Justice (Suhrkamp 1994, Univ. of California Press 2002), Toleration in Conflict (Suhrkamp 2003, Cambridge UP 2013), The Right to Justification (Suhrkamp 2007, Columbia UP 2012), Justification and Critique (Suhrkamp 2011, Polity Press, 2013), The Power of Tolerance (with W. Brown, Columbia UP 2014), Justice, Democracy and the Right to Justification (with Replies by Critics; Bloomsbury 2014) and Normativity and Power (Suhrkamp 2015, Oxford UP 2017). In 2012, he received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Price of the German Research Foundation. He is a Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and Associate Editor of Ethics, Member of the Executive Editorial Committee of Political Theory and on the board of numerous international journals in his field. He is co-editor of the series Theorie und Gesellschaft as well as  Normative Orders with Campus Publishers (Frankfurt).


Attendance is free of charge, registration per email to is however compulsory. Registered attendees receive the speaker’s paper.
Coffee, tea and water are available. The lecture will be followed by drinks in the hall of the 3rd floor.


Roeterseilandcampus - building A

Room Faculty of Law, room A3.01

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam