International Symposium on Global Ethic, Law and Policy
-›› Symposium Overview
-›› Stephan Schlensog: The History and Essence of the Global Ethic
-›› Hans Küng: Global Ethic, Law and Politics
-›› Program • pdf
Global Ethic, Law and Policy
Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 3-4 November 2011
Since its adoption by the World Parliament of Religions in 1993, and as a result of the extensive work of its drafter, Dr. Hans Küng, and others, the Global Ethic has been related to many areas of human activity, including economics, politics, pedagogy and international relations. The focus of this Symposium is on two fields that have received comparatively less attention in connection with the Global Ethic: law and policy.
The participants in Symposium will be an invited group of presenters and participants, all of whose expertise will contribute to an energetic and engaged discussion of the Symposium’s topics in plenary sessions and personal discussions.
Global Ethic and Law
As a fundamental institution of all societies, law is a deeply influential factor in individual and social activity. Yet its normative status is controversial, particularly in pluralistic, secularized societies. Is law essentially the result of legislative creation and juridical interpretation, or does it – and should it – reflect ethical imperatives? If law does have ethical content, what are the sources of that content. How does it achieve social consensus in religiously diverse societies that are increasingly globalized as a consequence of cultural, commercial and technological interaction? The first day of the Symposium will be concerned with these and related questions. The presentations and resulting dialogue will concern theoretical aspects and practical contexts in which the Global Ethic may contribute to the enrichment of law, particularly international law.
Global Ethic and Policy
As a general concept, policy encompasses formulations of principles and strategies that address problems and establish prescriptive courses of action. The Symposium will concentrate on the potential implications of the Global Ethic for public policies dealing with international cooperation, diplomacy, inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue. In addition to thematic presentations on a new paradigm of international relations, the second day will include consideration of a specific case study: the governmental regulation of financial markets.
The Symposium is being organized by the Global Ethic Foundation, Tübingen, in cooperation with the Berkley Center, Georgetown University, and is made possible through the generous support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stuttgart, Germany and the Stiftung Van Meeteren, Düsseldorf, Germany.