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Debate

Grotius Dialogue - Timothy William Waters - Boxing Pandora: The Justice and Practicality of Secession

Date
28 May 2019
Time
Location
Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw
Steenschuur 25
2311ES Leiden
Room
B014

International law and politics have long distrusted secession, viewing it as chaotic, destabilizing and illiberal. But what if unchanging borders are the problem? Drawing on his forthcoming book, Waters examines the untested assumptions behind the current orthodoxy around borders, arguing that a more flexible approach to secession might actually reduce instability and be more consistent with values of justice.

Timothy William Waters is a professor of international law at Indiana University. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a former Humboldt Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut in Heidelberg, he teaches and writes on international criminal law, conflict, and the formation of states. His book ‘Boxing Pandora: Rethinking Borders, States and Secession for a Democratic World’ will be published by Yale University Press this fall.

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