Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lindseth Delivers Daimler Lecture on Europe and the Nation State

This semester Peter L. Lindseth, the Olimpiad S. Ioffe Professor of International and Comparative Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law, is the Daimler Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.  On February 8 he delivered the Daimler Lecture at the Academy, entitled "Power and Legitimacy: Europe and the Nation State."  Professor Lindseth reports that his lecture starts with an overview of his interpretation of “the relationship between democracy and administration in the North Atlantic world in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  It then turns to the question of European integration as a concrete example of that relationship.  On the basis of this legal-historical and political-theoretical discussion (the latter including a detour through Lincoln's notion of democracy as ‘government of, by, and for the people’ from the Gettysburg Address)," he concludes with "some thoughts on the Eurozone crisis.”

The link to the Academy’s summary of the lecture and to a recording of the lecture itself is here.