Sovereignty: A Global Perspective

University of St Andrews

29-30 April, Gateway Building, University of St Andrews

 Part of the British Academy Conference Programme and supported by the Academia Europaea


Monday 29 April

8.50 – 9.15



Professor Sally Mapstone, FRSE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews
Fiona Hyslop, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs
Professor Christopher Smith


10.30 – 12.30  Chair: Professor Catherine Steel, University of Glasgow
Professor Dean Hammer, Franklin and Marshall College: ‘Thinking about Sovereignty: Is there a Fictional State in the Roman Republic?’
Professor Valentina Arena, UCL: ‘‘Actiones populares, the Commonwealth, and the Right of the Individual’?’
Dr Christoph Lundgreen, Technische Universität Dresden: ‘Sovereignty – a concept to be avoided at all costs for the pre-Bodin world?’


13.30 – 15.30 Chair: Dr Pamela Edwards, Senior Research Scholar, Yale Center for the Study of Representative Institutions

Professor Luke Habberstad, University of Oregon: ‘Forms and Memories of Sovereignty in Early Imperial China: Beyond Heaven’s Mandate, All-Under-Heaven, and So Forth’
Dr Ben Holland, University of Nottingham: ‘Pufendorf on Sovereignty in the Composite Moral Person of the State’
Professor Stephen Legg, University of Nottingham: ‘Scalar, Spectacular and Subaltern Sovereignty: Negotiating Colonial Autocracy and Democracy at the India Round Table Conference, 1930-32’

15.30- 16.00

16.00 – 17.30  Chairs: Professor Ian Taylor and Dr Konrad Lawson, University of St Andrews
Dr Catherine Jones, University of St Andrews: ‘Chinese World Order, Sovereignty, and International Practice’
Dr Filippo Costa Buranelli, University of St Andrews: ‘The institution of sovereignty in Central Asia’

18.00  Chair: Professor John Hudson, University of St Andrews
Keynote Lecture: ‘The Enlightenment Crisis of Sovereignty’, Professor Richard Whatmore, University of St Andrews

Tuesday 30 April

9.30 -10.45  Chair: Professor Tony Lang, University of St Andrews
Dr Richard Alcaro, Istituto Affari Internazionali: ‘The fraying transatlantic order and Europe’s struggle in a multipolar world’
Professor Joost Fontein, Johannesburg: ‘Water, power and sovereignty: Case studies from Zimbabwe and Kenya’


11.15- 12.30  Chair: Professor Ali Watson, University of St Andrews
Professor Elena Isayev, University of Exeter: ‘Hosts and Higher Powers: Asylum as Discourse on Sovereignty and Responsibility’
Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge, University of Birmingham: ‘Hannah Arendt in Baddawi: ‘The definite is the shadow and not the owner’ (Yousif M. Qasmiyeh)’


13.30-15.00 Chair: Professor John Ferguson, University of St Andrews
Dr Taylor St John, University of St Andrews: ‘Renegotiating Sovereignty: Governments and the Incremental Adjustment of International Investment Law’
Dr Kanad Bagchi, MPIL Heidelberg: ‘Monetary sovereignty and international Monetary Coordination: Never the Twain Shall Meet?’
Dr Mark Somos, MPIL Heidelberg: ‘Company-states, sanctions and secession: expansive and divisible sovereignty in law and history’

15.00- 15.30

15.30-16.30  Chairs: Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge, University of Birmingham, Professor Christopher Smith, University of St Andrews
Professor Harmut Rosa, Erfurt: ‘Resonant Sovereignty? The Challenge of Social Acceleration – and the Prospect of an Alternative Conception’

16.30-17.30 Round Table Discussion
Chair: Professor John Hudson
Jim Gallagher, Centre on Constitutional Change.
Leila Sansour, CEO, Open Bethlehem.