Is ‘Political’ International Law the Enemy of Democracy?

Monday, November 6, 2017 13:00to14:30
Chancellor Day Hall NCDH 609, 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

The Oppenheimer Chair and the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism invite you to a talk by Florian Couveinhes Matsumoto, on how treaties are used to bypass and weaken democracy, and what we can do about it.

Coffee and Tea will be served. RSVP at oppenheimer [at] mcgill.ca


This talk will focus on the potential threats to Democracy posed by treaties, and on more democratic ways to negotiate, adopt and ratify them. Couveinhes Matsumoto will address how treaties are used by a business and political elite to impose unpopular organs, procedures and policies; the reasons explaining why these methods are increasingly problematic and criticized; and how to improve the democratic character of treaty negotiations, adoption and ratification.


Florian Couveinhes Matsumoto is Assistant Professor of public Law at the École normale supérieure (Ulm) in Paris, France, where he teaches international Law, European Law, legal philosophy and the history of legal thought.

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