11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations
The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crises
13-16 September 2017, Barcelona, Spain
Organizers: European International Studies Association and Institut Barcelona Estudis Internacionals
The European Union: Promoting or obstructing global justice?
Global justice is most often thought of as a matter of what would be a fair distribution of goods and resources – hence the quest for global distributive justice. But also a hegemon can distribute goods in a just manner: the focus on distribution of goods in theories of justice blends out the first question of justice, namely that of political power. In this section we propose to engage with the theoretical debates on global political justice through analyses of the EU's global role. While being a polity that grapples with its own internal dilemmas of justice, the European Union also presents itself as an actor that promotes and safeguards values at the global level. But how precisely does this system, this unfinished order of institutionalised duties and obligations, project itself unto the global arena? In the context of intensified globalisation and economic integration, there is increasing recognition that the settlement of justice claims cannot be confined to domestic political settings. Yet, the concept of justice is contested. To the extent that the EU contributes to enhance global justice, what conception of justice does it rely upon and to what extent is this conception echoed by state and non-state actors outside of Europe?
This section will bring together papers that address the conceptual debate on global political justice, and link this to the specific question of the EU's global role. Thus, we aim to cross disciplinary boundaries, in particular between international political theory, international relations and EU studies. There was considerable interest for the call for papers for this section, which will consist of several panels with participation from scholars within the GLOBUS project as well as from the wider scholarly community. A detailed programme will be available in due time.
Helene Sjursen, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo
Ben Tonra, University College Dublin