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Öffentliche Vorträge von Fellows des Max-Weber-Programms

an der Humboldt-Universität vom 31. Mai bis 3. Juni 2010

  • Dr. Autumn Lockwood Payton, US policies towards the International Criminal Court: Evaluating country responses to the Bilateral Immunity Agreement campaign
    In response to the entry into force of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in 2002, the United States which stood in opposition to the Court, asked every country to sign an agreement that would exempt US citizens from prosecution by the International Criminal Court. In order to gain the cooperation with these so-called Bilateral Immunity Agreements (BIAs) the US government threatened to sanction countries that did not conclude a BIA by revoking military and economic aid. Some countries, like Colombia, Macedonia and Uganda, chose to conclude BIAs, while others, such as Croatia, Mali and Brazil, chose sanctions over signing these agreements. Why did some countries respond to US threats while others did not? In this talk I will review the Bush administration’s policy towards the International Criminal Court and propose an answer to the question of why some countries responded affirmatively to US demands while other countries chose to be sanctioned.
    Montag, 31. Mai, 16 Uhr c.t., DOR 24, 3020
  • Dr. Elaine Fahey, Jagged-edged jigsaw: The boundaries of constitutional differentiation and Irish-British-Euro relations after the Treaty of Lisbon
    Key objectives of the Stockholm Programme are judicial cooperation and the unity of EU law. However, constitutional differentiation has been far from a constitutional success and the Court of Justice has not given its imprimatur to the operation of the Schengen Protocol Irish-British “special arrangements.” Such “special arrangements” are no longer afforded to new accession States. Yet a fragile outsider stance of “opt-out/opt-in” now characterises the Irish and British relationship with the entire Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, in the form of Protocols and Declarations as contained in the Treaty of Lisbon.
    Ostensibly, water borders and the Common Travel Area shared between Ireland and the UK have had a far-reaching influence on Irish-British-European affairs but do not provide a unified or complete explanation for the Irish position reached after the Treaty of Lisbon. It is argued here that increased constitutional flexibility appears legally disproportionate to its effectiveness as a matter of EU law because of its potential for incoherence. From an Irish perspective, major complexities surround the operation of the Protocols and Declarations obtained and the simplicity of relevant domestic constitutional law provisions remains problematic, as does the absence of mention of the Common Travel Area in Irish law.
    1. Juni 2010, 18 Uhr c.t., Unter den Linden 11, 101 (Bibliothek des Walter Hallstein-Institutes)
  • Dr. Sara Konoe, International Finance, Politics, and Global Governance
    As financial market integration progressed after the collapse of the Bretton Woods System in the 1970s, capital market expansion and the global competitiveness of domestic financial sectors became major economic policy goals for the industrial economies. However, in combination with global macroeconomic imbalances, financial liberalization that was pursued without adequate knowledge of its risk either on the side of the market or the state increased financial volatility, and eventually led to the 2007-09 financial crisis. In addition, the lack of cross-national cooperation in financial supervision created regulatory pitfalls, thus contributing to the current financial crisis. Based on the analysis of political economy factors that drove 2007-09 financial crisis, I will discuss a new financial institutional architecture and international policy cooperation in order to enhance global financial market stability.
    2. Juni 2010, 10-12 Uhr, Universitätsstr. 3, 003
  • Dr. Richard Kirwan, Scholarly Reputation, Academic Community and the Fashioning of Institutional Public Image in Early Modern Germany: The Case of the University of Helmstedt, 1576-1680.
    The reputations of universities had always been built upon the profiles of their more famous scholars. Men of renown acted as bright lights to which eager students were drawn and served a means by which the magnificence of a university’s patrons could best be illuminated. The pressures of competition brought about by the growth in the number of universities operating within the Empire in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries meant that the projection of institutional public image became ever more important. The corporate celebration of exemplary scholars occupied a central place in fashionings of institutional standing and prestige. Over the course of the sixteenth century, as competition between institutions became more intense, celebrations of the individual began to extend with greater frequency to the lesser men of a university, offering a broader characterisation of the academic cohort and thus providing a more complete indication of institutional worth.
    In this lecture I will examine the representational enterprises of scholars at the University of Helmstedt in the first century of its existence. I will explore the motivations behind such activities and investigate their purposes and effects. In particular I will seek to investigate their role in fostering community within universities and in inscribing academic social agency more generally. The manner in which such practices facilitated the fashioning of institutional reputation and assisted in the competition for standing within various prestige economies will also be explored.
    2. Juni 2010, 18 Uhr, Dorotheenstr. 65, 358
  • Dr. Alexia Katsanidou, The Greek Political System and why all went wrong
    Greece is a third wave Democracy that was re-established after the fall of the dictatorship in 1974. It had the opportunity to re-invent itself and its institutions within a democratic European environment. The country though did not start its political existence in 1974. Political forces that pre-existed left their mark both on democratization and on political practices that followed. This lecture will present an overview of the Greek political system providing an insight on the structures of power, the institutions and the mentality that govern Greek politics. We will try to pinpoint the weaknesses of the system and its pathogenies that potentially lead the country close to bankruptcy.
    By the end of this lecture one will have a good knowledge of the political system in Greece and will be able to evaluate other European systems and their contingency to similar crises.
    3. Juni 2010, 18 Uhr, Universitätsstr. 3b, 003