How can we define and recognise justice in global environmental policies and politics? Who sets the standards of what are to be considered just environmental policies? Is there anything particular about justice in the field of the environment? And what are the impediments to realising global environmental justice? These are some of the key questions that were raised repeatedly throughout the workshop on “Global Environmental Justice” which the Global Norms team hosted together with Darrel Moellendorf from San Diego State University on 26 and 27 April 2013 at the University of Bremen.
On 6th May, Jens Steffek will visit us to discuss ongoing publication projects with our research team. As a part of his visit, he will also deliver a talk about “The Democratic Output Legitimacy of International Organizations”. The talk engages with the notion that international organizations are often assessed either against input criteria associated with democratic process or against output criteria associated with effective and efficient problem-solving. While the two sets of criteria are thus often pitted against each other, Steffek argues for a notion of “democratic output criteria” that reconiles fundamental ideas that underlie the different assessments. Notably, this notion includes institutional mechanisms for keeping powerful actors in check and for enhancing the epistemic quality of decision-making, inter alia through systematic citizen input.
Jens Steffek is Professor of Transnational Governance at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. His publications include Evaluating Transnational NGOs – Legitimacy, Accountability, Representation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009; co-edited with Kristina Hahn); Civil Society Participation in European and Global Governance: A Cure for the Democratic Deficit? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008; co-edited with Claudia Kissling and Patrizia Nanz); Legitimacy in an Age of Global Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007; co-edited with Achim Hurrelmann and Steffen Schneider) and Embedded Liberalism and Its Critics: Justifying Global Governance in the American Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).
Steffek will be the fourth guest in our series of invited lectures, following earlier visits from Anna Holzscheiter (FU Berlin), Catia Gregoratti (Lund University) and Jan Aart Scholte (Warwick University). The talk takes place at InIIS, Seminar Room, at 4:00 p.m.; guests are welcome.
Together with Darrel Moellendorf from San Diego State University, the Global Norms team will host a workshop on global environmental justice on 26-27 April. The programme includes an opening lecture from Henry Shue (University of Oxford) on ‘Unconditional Responsibility for Climate Mitigation’, followed by twelve contributions that deal with questions of justice in relation to deforestation, the conservation of biological diversity, the protection of natural resources, and climate change. Participants will join us from Austria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the UK, and the US. The lecture by Henry Shue (26 April, 9:00 a.m., Gästehaus Teerhof) will be open to the public; those interested in joining the talk are kindly asked to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The full workshop programme is listed below. Continue reading