The Human Rights Institute holds the II Seminar ’For an Earth Constitution’

Luigi Ferrajoli
Luigi Ferrajoli
The Human Rights Institute of the University of Valencia (IDH-UV) is holding its II Seminar "For a Constitution of the Earth" on Friday 28 April, based on the work of the prestigious Italian jurist Luigi Ferrajoli. The sessions will take place in the assembly hall of the Department of Philosophy of Law and Politics of the Faculty of Law (Tarongers Campus).

Luigi Ferrajoli, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy of Law at the Università Roma Tre, presented his book For an Earth Constitution: Humanity at the Crossroads (Editorial Trotta) on 17 October, in the framework of a first seminar on his work, organised by the IDH-UV. The aim of this new seminar is to continue the academic discussion on his work, on this occasion following an open methodology based on Call for Papers to set up the programme.

The seminar will begin at 9.30 a.m. with an intervention by videoconference by Professor Ferrajoli, who will be introduced by Professor Cristina García Pascual, co-director of the seminar, together with Professor José Antonio García Sáez. This will be followed by two round tables. The first will deal with the general aspects of the Constitution of the Earth: foundations, comparisons and criticism. The second will deal with specific aspects of the Earth Constitution: rights, environmentalism, common goods and institutions.

Born in Florence in 1940, Luigi Ferrajoli obtained his qualification in Philosophy of Law in 1969 with the work entitled "Axiomatised theory of law.General Part". From 1970 to 2003 he taught Philosophy of Law and General Theory of Law at the Università degli Studi di Camerino, where, among other positions, he was Director of the Institute of Historical-Legal, Philosophical and Political Studies. Since 2003 he has been teaching at the Università Roma Tre, where he is currently Professor Emeritus of Philosophy of Law. According to Professor Ferrajoli, "only a Constitution of the Earth that introduces a planetary public domain for the protection of the vital goods of nature, prohibits all weapons as illicit goods, starting with nuclear weapons, and introduces a treasury and suitable global institutions to guarantee the defence of the rights of freedom and the implementation of social rights can realise the universalism of human rights. The project of a Constitution of the Earth is not a utopian hypothesis, but the only rational and realistic response capable of limiting the savage powers of states and markets for the benefit of the habitability of the planet and the survival of humanity".

Both seminars are part of the research project "Times and spaces for inclusive justice. Rights for a resilient society in the face of new challenges. (IN_JUSTICE PID2021-126552OB-I00)".