Global Parliament, The Movie
The Widener Law Review has posted its symposium issue on global democracy, along with a narrated and nicely edited documentary version of the companion conference (perhaps this will be the next generation to archived webcasts – a highlights approach to facilitate later viewing. Sort of an academic version of those old NFL Films recaps of the early Super Bowls. Sort of.) The gathering was convened by Andy Strauss, whose name has become synonymous with the concept of a global parliament. Other speakers included David Kennedy, Richard Falk, Tom Franck, Leila Sadat, and Greg Fox. Although I’m pretty skeptical of a global parliament as a likely or desirable endpoint, as a thought experiment it supplies a useful hook for thinking about global democracy as a matter of both theory and practice. That’s a challenge in which all IL scholars should be engaged.