Pluralism and Integration: from Civil Society to an Impartial and Fair Global Order
A workshop jointly organized by ASAP (Academics Stand Against Poverty) and Juris
North. We aim to attract contributions that will deepen and broaden the understanding of how
to address partiality and unfairness in the world order. We hope to have participants from
different disciplinary approaches and backgrounds, including those outside of the mainstream
theories of global justice.
Any community or population consists of people who are different in many senses. Pluralism
is a permanent feature. Similar to the civil society, the international community includes
several agents of very different natures (sovereign states, cultures, subcultures, religions,
individuals). People in civil societies may be weak or strong, wealthy or poor, classed as abled
or disabled, and so on, while the international arena includes developed and non-developed
nations, democratic and non-democratic legal systems, populated and not populated territories,
sovereign states, pseudo-states, quasi-states, and other. Both in the case of civil societies and
the international community, national and international agents, respectively recognize some
inter-subject rules of conduct.
In any circumstances in which there are agents of different kinds their interrelations will
introduce identity and conflict of interests. As a result, some criteria are needed for choosing
the principles that can guarantee decision-making impartiality and the fairness of the outcome.
Arguably, in the case of civil societies, many national legal orders already offer rules and
mechanisms to secure normatively and effectively impartiality in the way in which different
persons are considered and a certain degree of fairness (or at least, the ability to challenge
The global order is very different. Although there are international rules and mechanisms that
in principle acknowledge equality of states and give central roles to non-governmental
organizations and, to an extent, people (for example, European Union law), realpolitik shows
clearly that impartiality in the way different international agents are considered is scattered (for
example, there are some states that are “more equal” than others) and therefore, the fairness of
the current world order is highly questionable.
1. The global order can progress from a pluralism of pluralisms to one version of pluralism
that is widely sharable when no world order can be equally hospitable to all states,
cultures, religions and persons it makes room for, or when no world order can please
everyone in regard to how much inequality it engenders.
2. Sovereign states can cooperate together and accept limitations without sacrificing their
sovereignty. Similarly, other international agents can cooperate together and accept
limitations without compromising their freedom.
3. Individuals can be (i) partial for their state under rules of a fair competition and also be
(ii) impartial in their defense and promotion of those fair rules themselves.
• Deadline for submission (abstract only): Friday 11th January 2019.
NOTE: please email your abstract (no more than 500 words long and written in English) to
Dr Jorge E. Núñez email@example.com
• Notification of decision: by Friday 25th January 2019.
• Deadline for final submission (draft paper): Friday 17th May 2019.
NOTE: the draft paper for presentation should be not more than 12,000 words long,
including footnotes, and written in English.
GENERAL INFORMATION and ENQUIRIES
General Information about the Conference: www.ivr2019.org
General Enquiries about this special Workshop: Dr Jorge E. Núñez firstname.lastname@example.org