Wish Sydney was a bit closer!
Posted on behalf of Ben Golder (firstname.lastname@example.org):
This symposium will examine the nexus between the political dominance of liberal legal ideas and the economic dominance of neo-liberal capitalism.
According to classical liberal theory the state is legitimate to the extent that it respects legality. The idea that the state should respect individual rights and the rule of law continues to have considerable purchase on our political discourse: the language of human rights is used by NGOs to criticise state violence, and by the same states to justify the violence of military interventions; those concerned with the legal response to terrorism often invoke the rule of law to criticise the expansion of powers for the executive branch of government; while the very same executive pays meticulous attention to justifying actions such as torture in legal terms. Indeed, law is so central to the contemporary political imagination that the theorist…
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