Prof. Patrick Glenn

Henry G. Schermers Fellow for the period of 1 September 2010 – 30 June 2011

Patrick Glenn was the Henry G. Schermers Fellow (1 September 2010 – 30 June 2011), LL.D. from the Université de Strasbourg and a Peter M. Laing Professor of Law of Comparative Law at McGill University, Montreal. Patrick Glenn was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1940.

The Cosmopolitan State

"I propose to reconceptualise the state as an epistemic community, and one which is cosmopolitan in its ability to deal with normative information of diverse provenances. There have been various conceptions of the state, and it is said to be of declining importance, yet it remains the most significant political and legal institution in the world because of the control it has exercised over information. The epistemic coherence which the state will be able to generate in the future, however, is qualitatively different from that of the past. In the future the state will have to be explicitly cosmopolitan, such that notions of unity or exclusivity will be complemented by notions of commensurability, multivalence, compatibility, and interdependence. This is not as radical a notion as it may appear, since all states have been, and remain, cosmopolitan in various degrees".

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A dedicated blog in loving memory of Prof. Patrick Glenn (1940-2014).