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Zoran Oklopcic

Associate Professor

Degrees:LL.B. (Zagreb), Exec. M.A. (Amsterdam), LL.M. (Central European), S.J.D. (Toronto)
Email:zoran.oklopcic@carleton.ca
Office:D587 LA (Loeb Building)

My research focuses on the vocabulary of peoplehood in the context of state-formation at the intersection of three disciplines: constitutional theory, normative political theory, and international law. I have recently published on the metamorphosis of self-determination in the post-Cold War context; the concept of territorial rights in the context of theories of secession; and, the inadequacy of the concept of pouvoir constituant as means to justify the creation of new constitutional orders in the (semi-)periphery.

I am currently working on three parallel projects: exploring the legal imaginary of Catalan sovereigntists; questioning the salience of territorial rights in the context of the secession of Crimea from Ukraine; and, conceptualizing the idea of ‘provincialized’ constitutional pluralism.

In the past, I was MacCormick Visiting Fellow at the University of Edinburgh School of Law (2013),  Junior Faculty at Harvard Law School’s  Institute for Global Law and Policy (2013 – 2015), Visiting Researcher at the Department of Political Sciences University of Pompeu Fabra (2014), Hauser Global Research Fellow at the NYU School of Law (2014), and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Victoria Department of Political Science (2015).

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Areas of Interest:

  • Constitutional Theory:  constituent power, popular sovereignty, republicanism
  • Political theory: theories of secession, theories of territorial rights
  • International law: self-determination of peoples, critical approaches to international law
  • Comparative constitutional law: Canada, Spain, the Balkans

Select and forthcoming publications:

Books

Z. Oklopcic, Beyond the People: A Constitutional Theory of Deep Territorial Pluralism [Oxford University Press, forthcoming]

Special Issues

Guest editor of the special issue of (2015) 16:3 German Law Journal “The crisis in Ukraine between the law, power and principle”

Guest editor of the special issue of (2015) 52:1 Politička misao: Croatian Journal of political science “Self-determination and secession: the case of Yugoslavia”.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Z. Oklopcic, The Idea of Early-Conflict Constitution Making: The crisis in Ukraine Beyond Territorial Rights and the Paradox of Constitutionalism” (2015) German Law Journal 658-690.

Z. Oklopcic, “The anxieties of consent: Theorizing secession between constitutionalism and self-determination” (2015) 22:2 International Journal of Group and Minority Rights 259-277.

Z. Oklopcic, “Što je čije: Ili, teritorijalna prava na ‘ovim prostorima’” [“Whose is what? Or, territorial rights ‘in these lands’”] (2015) 52:1 Politička misao: Croatian Journal of political science 111-140.

Z. Oklopcic, “Provincialising Constitutional Pluralism” (2014) 5:3 Transnational Legal Theory 331-363.

Z. Oklopcic, “Three Arenas of Struggle: A Contextual Approach to the Constituent Power of ‘the People'” (2014) 3:2 Global Constitutionalism 200-235.

Z. Oklopcic, “Beyond Empty, Conservative and Ethereal: Pluralist Self-Determination and the Peripheral Political Imaginary”, (2013) 26:3 Leiden Journal of International Law, 509-529

Z. Oklopcic, “Constitutional (Re)Vision: Sovereign Peoples, New Constituent Powers, and the Formation of Constitutional Orders in the Balkans”, (2012) 19:1 Constellations, 81-101

Z. Oklopcic, “Independence Referendums in Democratic Theory in Quebec and Montenegro”, (2012) 18:1 Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 22-42.

Z. Oklopcic, “The Territorial Challenge: From Constitutional Patriotism to Unencumbered Agonism in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, (2012) 13:1 German Law Journal, 23-50.

Z. Oklopcic, “The Migrating Spirit of the Secession Reference in Southeastern Europe”, (2011) 24:2 Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, 347-376.

Z. Oklopcic, “Populus Interruptus: Self-Determination, Independence of Kosovo and the Vocabulary of Peoplehood”, 22:4  (2009) Leiden Journal of International Law, 677-702.

Chapters in peer-reviewed book volumes

Z. Oklopcic, Redeeming the triple struggle? The Yugoslav accounts of Non-Alignment“ in Vasuki Nesiah, Michael Fakhri, and Luis Eslava, (eds.), Bandung at Sixty: Critical Pasts and Pending Futures (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016).

Z. Oklopcic, “Which pluralism? External self-determination at the intersection of national, social and geopolitical emancipation” in Stephen Tierney (ed.) Nationalism and Globalisation (Oxford and Portland: Hart Publishing, 2015), 185-203.

Z. Oklopcic, “A Farewell to Rhetorical Arms?: Unravelling the Self-Determination of Peoples” in Andrée Boisselle, Glen Coulthard, Avigail Eisenberg, and Jeremy Webber, eds.,  Recognition and Self-Determination. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press 101-125.

Z. Oklopcic, “Constitutional Politics of Secession: Travelling from Quebec to Montenegro (and Back?)” in A. Pavkovic and P. Radan, eds., Ashgate Research Companion on Secession (London: Ashgate, 2011), 131-146.

Z. Oklopcic, “Constituent Power and Polity Legitimacy in the European Context: A Theoretical Sketch” in J. Drew, ed., Redefining Europe (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2005):133-149.

Other (Non-refereed) Scholarly Publications

Z. Oklopcic, “Drafting Independence: Catalan Declaration of Sovereignty and the Question of Constituent Power in Context”, Int’l J. Const. L. Blog, February 2013.

Z. Oklopcic, “Review of Joel Colón-Riós’ ‘Weak Constitutionalism’”, Int’l J. Const. L. Blog, October 15, 2012.

Z. Oklopcic, “Preliminary Thoughts on the Kosovo Opinion”, EJIL: Talk!, July 26 2010.

Z. Oklopcic, “Reflections on self-determination, and the status of Kosovo in light of the Report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia”, EJIL: Talk!, December 31 2009.

Z. Oklopcic, “The Paradox of Constitutionalism: Constituent Power and Constitutional Form”, (book review) (2008) 6:2 International Journal of Constitutional Law, 358-370.

Z. Oklopcic, “Self-Determination of Peoples and Plural-Ethnic States in Contemporary International Law: Failed States, Nation-building and the Alternative, Federative Option” by Edward McWhinney, (book review) (2007) 45 Canadian Yearbook of International Law, 617-623.

Books

Z. Oklopcic, Beyond the People: A Constitutional Theory of Deep Territorial Pluralism [Oxford University Press, forthcoming]

Special Issues

Guest editor of the special issue of (2015) 16:3 German Law Journal “The crisis in Ukraine between the law, power and principle”

Guest editor of the special issue of (2015) 52:1 Politička misao: Croatian Journal of political science “Self-determination and secession: the case of Yugoslavia”.