Lehrveranstaltungen GÜMPLOVÁ Petra

Course description:

Sovereignty is a central category of modern political thought and a distinguishing feature of modern world order. Yet, there has never been much sympathy for sovereignty among political theorists who criticized its authoritarian implications. Today many thinkers believe that the concept of sovereignty has finally been rendered completely obsolete in the process of globalization, European integration, and the rise of transnational governance and cosmopolitan human rights law. This class offers an overview of the discourse on sovereignty and sovereign statehood. The theories in focus will include works by Thomas Hobbes, Jean Jacques Rousseau, John Locke, the Federalists, Hans Kelsen, Carl Schmitt, and Hannah Arendt. In the second part of the class, we will discuss transformation and challenges to sovereignty in the postwar international order.

Instructor: Petra Gümplová

Time and location: Tuesday, 10 to 12 hrs, LG2/ Room 306

Course description:

Natural resources are in the center of many international conflicts and global justice issues – territorial disputes, climate change, global poverty, resource curse are just a few examples. This seminar discusses available approaches to natural resource justice in contemporary international political theory and philosophy. It compares these approaches with the system of rights to natural resources anchored in the international law system of state sovereignty and with the international law regimes regulating global commons. The seminar aims at providing students analytical framework and a justice perspective to analyze critically various issues of natural resource justice and governance in contemporary world.
The second part of the class is organized as a series of research workshops about cases which students choose and research on their own.

Instructor: Petra Gümplová

Time and location: Monday, 16 to 18 hrs, LG 1/ Room 219