IVR 2013

Por Jorge Luis Fabra Zamora (jorgefabraz@gmail.com)

Les anuncio el Congreso Mundial de Filosofía del Derecho, a realizarse en Brazil el próximo año. Toda la información, aquí.

21st to 27th July 2013
Campus of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


The Brazilian Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (ABRAFI), supported by several entities, has the privilege to organize the 26th World Congress of Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (Internationale Vereinigung für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie) (IVR), with the theme Human Rights, Democracy, Rule of Law and Contemporary Challenges in Complex Societies. It is the first time that this congress takes place in Brazil.

Legal Philosophy and Social Philosophy are disciplines which enjoy a great deal of importance and prestige in Latin America, and especially in Brazil. Minas Gerais, particularly, has a long tradition in this field, which goes back to Tomás Antônio Gonzada, during the colonial period, and a solid reputation both amongst Brazilian academics and international scholars. The Federal University of Minas Gerais, which will host the event, is one of the biggest and most important public universities of the country, with more than 31,000 undergraduate students and 15,000 Post-graduate students. Over its 85 years of existence, the university has produced four Presidents of the Republic and many Governors of the State.

The general topic of the congress reflects the concern of Legal Philosophers and Social Philosophers with the challenges faced by plural societies and, in particular, the so-called developing countries. How is democracy possible in societies composed by cultural traditions and political projects so diverse? How is it possible to reconcile economic development with the protection of individual freedom and the cultural rights of each nation? To what extent could one not say that the claim to universality of Human Rights is not actually a Western prejudice? To what extent the economic and social development of Northern countries does not compromise the development of the countries in the Southern hemisphere? We intend to provide an opportunity for these and other issues to be discussed by the international community of legal scholars, in order to ignite a set of debates that may contribute to the construction of a better world.

Further to the Working Groups (with direct submission of papers) and to the Special Workshops (proposed by participants), there will be eight Plenary Sessions, with the following keynote speakers:
  • Celso Lafer (Brazil)
  • Speaker to be confirmed
  • Norbert Horn (Germany)
  • Sindiso Mnisi Weeks (South Africa)
  • Stephan Kirste (Austria)
  • Tom Campbell (Australia)
  • Yasutomo Morigiwa (Japan)
The winner of the IVR’S Young Scholar Prize, which will be chosen in early 2013, will also be one of the Keynote Speakers. All activities of the congress will be held in English.

For this edition of the Congress, the Organizing Committee has introduced a few changes. Firstly, the Committee has set apart some time and space at the Congress Programme for the national sections of the IVR to hold meetings of their members. The Presidents of the national sections of the IVR may request the Organizing Committee to organize these meetings. Secondly, for the first time on the history of the congress, scholarships will be granted to academics and students from developing countries who wish to participate on the event.

Apart from its academic interest, the event is also a unique opportunity for scholars to establish or consolidate a network with researchers around the world, and for this reason the social programme is almost as important as the Working Groups and Special Workshops. The Organizing Committee will offer a Welcoming Reception on 21 July, a presentation of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Minas Gerais on the 23rd, a full-day trip to the Museum and Botanic Garden of Inhotim on the 24th and a Farewell Dinner on the 26th, as well as daily meals at the Congress venue for lunch. We hope that these social events may encourage these networks.

Belo Horizonte, which is known as the World Capitol of Bars and Restaurants, was the first planned capitol city in Brazil, which was built in 1897. The city has 2,400,000 inhabitants and is one of the most pleasant big cities in Brazil, with an average temperature in July of 19°C, with no rain at this time of the year. The city is served by an airport with direct flights from Buenos Aires, Lisbon and Miami, amongst other international destinations. We suggest the participants to reserve an extra day for a short trip to Ouro Preto (75 Km away), the ancient capital of the State and a UNESCO Heritage Site.

We hope to see you shortly in Belo Horizonte, so you can enjoy our famous hospitality.

Prof. Dr. Marcelo Campos Galuppo