A Faustian pact? Selling the Rule of Law in South East Europe

A Faustian pact? Selling the Rule of Law in South East Europe

Wednesday, 8 February 2017 - 5:00pm
Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
Damir Banović (University of Sarajevo)
Mehmet Karlı (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Kalypso Nicolaïdis (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Francis Cheneval (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s College, Oxford); Adis Merdzanovic (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

SEESOX Seminar Series
The rise of illiberalism in South East Europe

The current European crises appear to have facilitated the (re-)emergence of illiberalism as a viable alternative for political elites, both within the European Union and on its periphery. Arguably, this effect has been greater in transition countries that found their path towards liberal democracy disrupted, as well as in countries that already face internal challenges in terms of their legal, political, social, or economic environments. The seminar series will look at the conditions that allow illiberal ideas to infiltrate and illiberal practices to develop; how such ideas are expressed and instrumentalised in different fields of social interaction; their impact on politics and economics; and, finally, what, if any, counter-reactions they have produced. Are these temporary setbacks caused by the crises, or a frustration with the European Union and certain of its policies? Or are we witnessing a profound and longer-lasting challenge to the primacy of the liberal democratic model?

This seminar will explore the concept of Rule of Law and its promotion in South East Europe. Kalypso Nicolaïdis will offer a conceptual framework for EU Rule of Law promotion inside and outside of the European Union. Damir Banović and Mehmet Karlı will speak about contemporary Rule of Law challenges in the Western Balkans/Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey, respectively. They will also reflect of the applicability of the conceptual framework with respect to the developments in the region and the EU’s role in the promotion of the Rule of Law.

Damir Banović (LL.M), senior teaching assistant at the Law Faculty (University in Sarajevo) at the Department for Theory of State and Law. He is as member of the European Commission on Sexual Orientation Law (ECSOL), scientific network Verfassungspolitik in Mitel- und Osteueropas (Humboldt Universität in Berlin) and enrolled in a two-years scientific project Human Dignity in Europe (Universität in Luzern). Selected publications: Država, politika i društvo - Analiza postdejtonskog političkog sistema (2011) (co-editor with Saša Gavrić); Parlamentarizam u Bosni i Hercegovini (2012) (co-editor with Saša Gavrić); The Political System of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Institutions-Processes-Actors (2013) (coauthor with Saša Gavrić and Marinha Barreiro); Seksualna orijentacija i rodni identitet u pozitivnom pravu Bosne i Hercegovine (2012) (coauthor with Vladan Vasić) and Savremeni problemi pravne i političke filozofije (2016) (co-editor with Bojan Spaić). He has published more then 20 scientific paper in domestic and international journals.

Mehmet Karli is Assistant Professor of International Law at Galatasaray University Law Faculty and a Visiting Academic At SEESOX, European Studies Centre, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. Since 2015, he is also serving as the Director of the European Studies Centre at Galatasaray University. He teaches international law, international economic law (international trade and investment) and international human rights law. His work and research focus on such topics as investor-state dispute settlement, investor protection and political/security crises, international trade governance and WTO, tensions between regionalism and multilateralism in international trade, human rights protection in Turkey, and challenges to rule of law in authoritarian states. As part of his academic visit at SEESOX, Karli pursues two separate research projects. The first one focuses on the potential trade governance alternatives for the U.K. during and after Brexit and the variable geometry of Britain’s future relationship with the EU. The second project examines the challenges to rule of law in Turkey. Karli holds D.Phil, M.Phil and M.Jur degrees from the University of Oxford, Faculty of Law, and an LL.B. degree from the Faculty of Law of Galatasaray University. While he was in Oxford he worked as a researcher at  SEESOX as part of the Programme on Contemporary Turkey. Following the completion of his D.Phil in 2010, he was affiliated with the Centre for International Studies of the University of Oxford as a Senior Research Associate between 2012 and 2016.

Kalypso Nicolaïdis is Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford and director of the Center for International Studies and the Department of Politics and International Relations. She teaches theory of international relations, European integration, international political economy, negotiation and research methods. At Oxford, she has also chaired various research programmes including South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX) which runs, inter alia, the Greek-Turkish Network and the programme on the political economy of southeast Europe; the Cyberstudies programme; the programme Rethinking Europe in a Non European World (RENEW); and the Programme on Global Trade Ethics. Outside Oxford, she is a member of the Council of the European Council of Foreign Relations (ECFR) including as advisor for its EU Foreign Policy Scoreboard, as well as a founding member of the Spinelli Group. Before moving back to Europe, she taught European affairs and international relations at Harvard University where she was associate professor at the Kennedy School of Government, as well as the founder and chair of the Kokkalis Programme on Southeast Europe. 

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