Pu­blic Law: Research Program

The re­se­arch agen­da of the De­part­ment of Pu­blic Law is struc­tu­red on the ba­sis of a three-di­men­sio­nal to­pi­cal ma­trix. The ge­ne­ral doc­tri­nal struc­tu­res and theo­re­ti­cal ques­ti­ons that un­der­lie pu­blic se­cu­ri­ty law are lo­ca­ted on the fun­da­men­tal axis of the ma­trix. The se­cond axis re­flects the ma­jor trends in the field: in­ter­na­tio­na­li­za­ti­on, di­gi­ta­li­za­ti­on, and frag­men­ta­ti­on. The third axis re­pres­ents the nor­ma­ti­ve chal­len­ges to pu­blic se­cu­ri­ty law: fun­da­men­tal rights, ru­le of law, and de­mo­cra­cy. The ma­trix aims to struc­ture a field that is less esta­blis­hed in the in­ter­na­tio­nal dis­cour­se than are mo­re tra­di­tio­nal are­as of le­gal re­se­arch. On the one hand, the ma­trix will ser­ve as a fra­me­work for de­part­men­tal pro­jects; on the other hand, the ma­trix will eit­her be cor­ro­bo­ra­ted by the­se pro­jects or it will be ad­jus­ted and mo­di­fied in ac­cor­dance with their re­sults. So­me pro­jects will ha­ve a fo­cus in one di­men­si­on of the ma­trix; others will be lo­ca­ted at the in­ter­sec­ti­on of two or mo­re di­men­si­ons. For ex­am­ple, a theo­re­ti­cal pro­ject on de­ep di­sa­gree­ments, which con­cen­tra­tes on the epis­te­mo­lo­gi­cal, me­ta-ethi­cal, and me­tho­do­lo­gi­cal im­pli­ca­ti­ons of un­re­sol­va­ble di­sa­gree­ments for po­li­tics and law, ad­dres­ses the frag­men­ta­ti­on trend at a fun­da­men­tal le­vel. A ju­ni­or re­se­arch pro­ject who­se goal is the de­ve­lop­ment of a phi­lo­so­phi­cal­ly-groun­ded fun­da­men­tal right to ci­vil di­so­be­dience is po­si­tio­ned at the in­ter­sec­ti­on of all three di­men­si­ons sin­ce it al­so in­vol­ves frag­men­ta­ti­on along the fault li­nes of our de­ep di­sa­gree­ments.