Legitimacy and the State Conference

14 October 2016 to 15 October 2016


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Legitimacy and the State Conference

Traditionally, legitimacy has been associated exclusively with states. But are states actually legitimate? And why should questions of legitimacy be about only them?

This Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence conference focuses on these two questions. It will examine both critiques and defences of the legitimacy of the state, and will consider assumptions about the nature of authority that inform the usual focus of discussions of legitimacy on the state. Finally, the conference will enquire into the legitimacy of supranational institutions and law beyond the state.

These questions will be examined in papers by eleven distinguished academics. Each paper will be introduced and discussed by an expert commentator, to whom the author will have an opportunity to respond, before being discussed by all participants.

About the authors and commentators


L.S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values, Princeton University, and Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University.

Professor, Columbia University, and Research Professor, King's College London.


Events details:

Friday 14 October: 9am - 6pm

Registration and refreshments: 8.30am

Cocktail reception: 6-7pm

Dinner: 7-9pm

Saturday 15 October: 9am - 5.30pm

Registration: (inc. GST)

Full fee: $350

Full time student: $50

Dinner: $70 (optional)


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Other upcoming events:

Julius Stone Address: The Democratic Deficit

13 October 2016

Speaker: Professor Joseph Raz

Is the authority and legitimacy of international organisation threatened or undermined by a democratic deficit, and what, if anything, can be done about it? In his lecture, Professor Raz will include observations about the reasons for the success and for the moral legitimacy of democratic decision-making in states, and their possible role in international bodies.

Time: 14 October: 9am-6pm with cocktail function & dinner to follow. 15 October: 9am-5.30pm

Location: LT 024, Level 0, New Law Building Annexe (F10A), Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Full Fee $350; SLS Student $50; Dinner $70

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement

Phone: (02) 9351 0429

Email: 35004443554e1c5c264b161c350f17374e462a0803453541