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The Story of Sovereignty, the Rule of Law, and the Rise of the Nation State:
The Cases of Europe and America
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Popular Sovereignty, the Rule of Law, and the Nation State did not just appear ex nihilo. They evolved over hundreds of years with much bloodshed, intellectual debate, and trial and error. Their interdependent development was crucial to the success of the Nation State. Developing notions of private property and capitalism would also be indispensable ingredients. Over the course of four lectures, some milestone events will allow us to establish a time line. In the 21st century, the concepts of sovereignty and the rule of law are undergoing challenges facilitated by the internet and social media, giving rise to exponentially multiplied domestic and transnational forces which greatly complicate governance. Some of these forces are weakening their cohesiveness. These forces are being met by nationalist and conservative forces as evidenced by BREXIT, the growth of nationalist parties in Europe, and recent Red State – Blue State election trends in America. We will conclude with a few thoughts on, and discussion of, the future of National Sovereignty and the Nation State.

Instructor Bio:

Dr. Williams has received two Master’s degrees and a Doctorate in International Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, a joint Tufts and Harvard program.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A405 Phil Williams Feb 22, Mar 1, 8, 15 Th 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Alumni Hall (UVA) A

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