Justice, Law and Society

  • Date:
    6-10 October, 2021
  • Location:
    Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukraine
  • Deadline:
    8 August, 2021

The Aspen Institute Kyiv announces the recruitment of participants for Justice, Law and Society Seminar, which will take place on October 6-10, 2021 in Dnipropetrovsk region.

The seminar is designed to create a platform for dialogue between professionals in the field of jurisprudence, public administration and human rights, aiming to understand the philosophical aspects of the state and legal phenomena by joining the Western philosophical tradition.

Participants of the seminar will take part in moderated dialogues with elements of the Socratic method  reading and discussing fragments of works of classical and modern thinkers, exchanging views and experiences with the intention to better understand themselves, their professional mission and the essence of state and legal phenomena.

For four days, participants will discuss fundamental issues of the philosophy of law:

The idea of ​​justice

The idea of ​​justice is the foundation of any legal system. However, the concept itself remains unclear and open to mutually exclusive interpretations. Does justice have objective criteria that are independent of the values ​​of individuals, societies, and cultures? Is justice, after all, an agreement based on changing values?

Law and rights

The law is one of the forms of legal consolidation of human rights. But does the law always guarantee rights? Is a person inherent in a certain set of rights by its very nature  regardless of the legislative acknowledgement? Or perhaps rights are just a construct generated by the will of the legislator?

The essence and purpose of the state

The question of the appointment of the state still remains debatable. What values ​​and principles should underlie the state? How has the idea of ​​the purpose of the state changed and what changes does the concept of the state undergo in the XXI century?

Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss the role and responsibilities of society leaders in the development of legal culture, legal awareness and fair public relations.

The seminar is open to professionals in the field of jurisprudence, public administration, human rights, professional journalism and scholars who have an active civic position and are leaders in the field.

Justice, Law and Society Seminar is held with the financial support of the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine.

Participation in the seminar is free, on a competitive basis.

Registration will be open from July 1 to August 8, 2021.

The seminar is part of the Justice, Law and Society Program, aimed at creating a dialogue platform for leaders who influence the reform of the justice system and contribute to the rule of law. Within the program area there are seminars, round tables and other events.

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