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Online-Vortrag: Leviathan and Cerberus: From Equal Sovereignty to Colonialism in International Law

José Manuel Barreto, Professor at the Department of Law, Catholic University of Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia Monday, July 12, 2021 - 06:00 PM

The paper proposes that not only the state, but also the empire, and the company are full subjects of international law; this three-headed structure looks like a Cerberus and makes evident that international law not only regulates the relations between nation states, but also between states, empires, and companies: a centuries old crisis encircles the Westphalian system. Above all, Cerberus not only incarnates international law; the same three subjects have inveterately operated as agents of modern imperialism. This insight suggests a second version of the metaphor of Cerberus―that of imperialism itself. Just as political theory has found in Hobbes’ Leviathan the beast that symbolizes the terror the absolutist and totalitarian states are capable of inspiring, Cerberus can be the monster that epitomizes the destruction and horror mobilized by imperialism.

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