Cosmopolitanism in Constitutional Law
Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life
Date: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Rd
Abstract: Is constitutionalism a welcoming home for the cosmopolitan ideal in law? Traditionally, law-minded cosmopolitans took international law as the site of choice for anchoring cosmopolitanism. Perju argues that this effort has been largely unsuccessful, however, the recent advent of "global constitutionalism" opens new avenues of inquiry about the future of cosmopolitan law. Perju will explain how Kant's political philosophy is particularly helpful in this endeavor.
Vlad Perju is the Director of the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College and a tenured Associate Professor at Boston College Law School. His primary research interests include the law of the European Union, comparative constitutional law and theory, international and comparative law and jurisprudence. Perju was awarded the 2009 Ius Commune Prize for his article entitled "Reason and Authority in the European Court of Justice." His paper "Cosmopolitanism and Constitutional Self-Government" was selected for presentation at the 2010 Yale/Stanford Junior Faculty Forum. In 2008, Perju was appointed by the President of Romania to a seven-member Commission on Constitution Reform. He remains actively involved in the process of constitutional reform both in Romania as well as in the European Union. Perju received a doctorate from Harvard Law School, law degrees from the University of Bucharest and the University of Paris, and an LLM degree from the European Academy of Legal Theory.