Archive: October, 2013

Pufendorf Research Seminar – Immi Tallgren on the Religious in ICL – POSTPONED!

The research seminar with Dr. Immi Tallgren has been postponed until further notice!


(On Wednesday 27 November at 13.15-15.00 hrs, Dr. Immi Tallgren from the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki, will held a seminar with the title “The Religious in International Criminal Law”

The seminar will be held in Röda Tornrummet, 4th floor at Juridicum.)

24 October manuscript seminar: Mariagiulia Giuffré and Jens Vedsted-Hansen

Our visiting doctoral candidate Mariagiulia Giuffré invites comments to her draft manuscript entitled
“Seeking Protection in Europe: Refugees, Human Rights, and Bilateral Agreements Linked to Readmission”
at a seminar on Thursday 24 October, 10.15-12.00 at Röda tornrummet, Level 4, Juridicum.
Professor Jens Vedsted-Hansen, Department of Law, Aarhus University, has kindly agreed to comment on the manuscript during the first part of the seminar. His research profile here.
As usual, the second part will be devoted to comments from the plenary. Mariagiulia is in an advanced stage of the project, with a defense planned at the School of International Studies at the University of Trento next year.
Please send an email to Cecilia K Andersson at for your copy of Mariagiulia’s manuscript.

Research Seminar with Professor Panu Minkkinen (Helsinki)

On Thursday 7 November at 13.00-15.00, Professor Panu Minkkinen, University of Helsinki, will hold a seminar, open to both researchers and students, on his current research project which touches on sovereignty, constitutional theory, and a radicalization of the idea of law as a human science. The seminar will be based on the following introduction:

The Coldest of All Cold Monsters’: Nietzsche as a Constitutional Theorist

Despite the strong political implications of his philosophy, Nietzsche is seldom regarded as a political philosopher per se, let alone as a constitutional theorist. My presentation will, however, attempt to reconstruct a Nietzschean constitutional theory drawing both from Nietzsche’s main published works as well as unpublished fragments. The argument that the presentation wishes to make is that Nietzsche’s understanding of the state is a critique of mechanism and, as such, theoretically speaking organic, and that Nietzsche’s organic state is animated by a life force that is not wholly unlike the vitalism of Herbert Spencer. Despite Nietzsche’s scornful criticism of Spencer, the critical engagement betrays an academic kinship which, more importantly, brings Nietzsche into a lineage of political theorists ranging from Carl Schmitt to Gilles Deleuze. The lineage will hopefully allow us to consider a critical perspective into the state that is neither traditionally Marxist nor confusedly postmodern, a perspective that I have elsewhere called political constitutional theory.

For a fuller introduction, see

The seminar will be held in Styrelserummet, 4th floor at Juridicum.

L/UMIN Launched

On Friday, 27 September 2013, the Faculties of Law at Lund and Uppsala University publicly launched their common research project within the field of migration law. The project goes by the abbreviation L/UMIN – Lund Uppsala Migration Law Network – and covers nine different subprojects at the moment:
– The Migration Court and its obligation to investigate (Isa Cegrell-Karlander)
– Discrimination in asylum- and migration law (Maria Bexelius)
– Climate change refugees and “strategic litigation” (Matthew Scott)
– The price of solidarity: Division of responsibilities within the EU and between EU and third states (Eleni Karageorgiou)
– Children with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities within the asylum procedure (Anna Bruce)
– Is it for real? The investigation of “genuineness” of invoked protection grounds (Rebecca Stern)
– Trafficking, slavery, servitude and forced labour (Vladislava Stoyanova)
– Law, fact and problem-solving, with special attention to the problem of refugees (Aleksandra Popovic)
– Age assessments in the asylum procedure (Gregor Noll)

Research is being funded by the European Refugee Fund and by funds made available by the Vice Chancellors from both Universities.

More information on the L/UMIN project or on the different subprojects is available at

Pufendorf Research Seminar – Alistair Rieu-Clarke

On Tuesday 8 October at 14.00-16.00, Dr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke of University of Dundee will hold a seminar on examining institutional options for co-ordinating two framework conventions on transboundary waters – the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention and the 1992 UNECE Helsinki Convention. The main focus of the work is on assessing how these global/regional instruments can support the implementation of river basin specific agreements.

The seminar will be held in Styrelserummet, 4th floor, Juridicum.