On September 17, from 12 p.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m. East Coast Time, Indiana University's Masons School of Law and George Mason University's Law and Economics Center are sponsoring an online event on Crossing Boundaries, Crossing Boundaries: New Ideas on migration, secession and political freedom. "The event will include presentations by Prof. Timothy Waters and myself from Indiana on our respective new books on secession and" Voting with the Feet "(the introduction to my book Free to Move is available for free here ). Registration is free and open to the public. You don't have to be affiliated with either university in any way to see it.
The event will also be commented on by Prof. Sanford Levinson of the University of Texas, one of the world's foremost experts on secession, democracy and their relationship with constitutional theory. Dean Austen Parrish of Indiana University Law School will introduce and moderate the speakers.
Here is a description from the event website:
With all the expansion of freedom in modern times, the borders of most countries have remained firm and rigid. And although capital and goods flow relatively freely, people's ability to move between countries or change their citizenship is severely limited. Two new books critically examine these limits and suggest changes. Ilya SominThe book Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration and Political Freedom (Oxford University Press 2020) advocates a far-reaching expansion of people's ability to "vote with their feet" both domestically and across international borders. Timothy William WatersThe book Boxing Pandora: Rethinking Borders, States and Secession in a Democratic World (Yale University Press 2020) advocates a radical rethinking of the conventional opposition to secession: Is secession dangerous and destabilizing, or a path to stability and greater justice for divided societies? Professor Sanford Levinson will comment on both books.
I previously commented on the excellent book by Tim Waters at the Balkinization Symposium dedicated to him and the American secession by F. H. Buckley: The Threat of National Separation. In this post, I refer to Buckley and Tim Waters' response to the commentators and offer some brief rejoinder. Sandy Levinson was also a participant in the Balkanization Symposium. See his post here.
I'm looking forward to the event!