On 11-12 December 2023, the Jean Monnet Chair in European Environmental and Climate Change Law, supported by the OSCE Mission to Serbia, organised the seminar ‘Meaning and aims of ‘E’ pillar in ESG (environmental, social and governance)’. Students of the Master in Environmental Law and PhD program and Environmental Law Clinic Hub had an opportunity to hear more on regulatory changes and corporate sustainability due diligence in practice and to identify and analyse the relevant legal, social, business, ethical, and scientific issues involved. We would like to thank to our panelists who shared their valuable expertise.
Prof. Roversi started with his main thesis as a critique of legal positivism by pointing out that designating a legal institution does not depend solely on the practices and declarative speech acts of officials. Therefore, even if P1 and P2 have the same constitutive rules and there is a corresponding rule-following practice, P1 and P2 can be different institutions, because elements such as the so-called background and systematic fallouts influence the ontology of a legal institution. Prof. Roversi then outlined the meaning of the concept of background, saying that it is some sort of “grammar” that exists before the behavior-according-to-the-rules, or a deeper network of desires and beliefs that emerge as a response to basic social needs. On the other hand, systematic fallouts encompass rules, goals and phenomena that are not visible within the deontic powers of an institution.
Belgrade Legal Theory Group organized the last event in the autumn semester of 2023 with Prof. Cuitzhu Wang (Jagiellonian University) on the topic of institutional belief. The topic of the lecture is connected to her current project “Ethics of Institutional Beliefs” supervised by prof. Adam Dyrda and sponsored by Polish National Science Centre.