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Global Constitutionalism without Global Democracy. Sponsored by “Democracy as Idea and Practice Programme”, University of Oslo

Dates:
  • Thu 14 Jan 2016 09.00 - 18.00
  • Fri 15 Jan 2016 09.00 - 13.00
  Add to Calendar 2016-01-14 9:00 2016-01-15 13:00 Europe/Paris Global Constitutionalism without Global Democracy. Sponsored by “Democracy as Idea and Practice Programme”, University of Oslo

International law is undergoing several profound transformations. New sectors develop as with the consolidation of the regime of Investment Arbitration or with the advancement of already existing areas as with the WTO. At the same time, claims about the “judicialization” of international law and processes of “global constitution” call for more precise definitions of terms such as
‘constitutionalism’, ‘constitution’ and ‘constitutionalisation’.

The starting assumption of the workshop is that domestic and global constitutionalism have in common several structural features but not that of democracy and legitimacy. Should global constitutionalism incorporate mechanisms and standards of democratic rule? If so how?

Legitimate democratic rule might only occur within a constitutional system, but does legitimate global constitutionalism — or alternatively a global constitution — need democratic legitimacy? Is the “we the people” the same constituent source of legitimacy for both domestic and global constitutionalism? And at the institutional level, is the implication to democratize and strengthen centralized bodies, such as reforming the UN General Assembly as well as fostering the role of global governance institutions such as the WTO, the IMF and the World Bank? Or can incorporation of international law within domestic democratic contexts render international law under sufficient democratic control?

These themes of the workshop are both descriptive and normative. It starts with a mapping of proposed models for global constitutionalism, and subsequent discussions will examine possible democratic deficits and their possible resolutions within specialized regimes.

Registration and/or abstract submissions are welcome.

Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia

International law is undergoing several profound transformations. New sectors develop as with the consolidation of the regime of Investment Arbitration or with the advancement of already existing areas as with the WTO. At the same time, claims about the “judicialization” of international law and processes of “global constitution” call for more precise definitions of terms such as
‘constitutionalism’, ‘constitution’ and ‘constitutionalisation’.

The starting assumption of the workshop is that domestic and global constitutionalism have in common several structural features but not that of democracy and legitimacy. Should global constitutionalism incorporate mechanisms and standards of democratic rule? If so how?

Legitimate democratic rule might only occur within a constitutional system, but does legitimate global constitutionalism — or alternatively a global constitution — need democratic legitimacy? Is the “we the people” the same constituent source of legitimacy for both domestic and global constitutionalism? And at the institutional level, is the implication to democratize and strengthen centralized bodies, such as reforming the UN General Assembly as well as fostering the role of global governance institutions such as the WTO, the IMF and the World Bank? Or can incorporation of international law within domestic democratic contexts render international law under sufficient democratic control?

These themes of the workshop are both descriptive and normative. It starts with a mapping of proposed models for global constitutionalism, and subsequent discussions will examine possible democratic deficits and their possible resolutions within specialized regimes.

Registration and/or abstract submissions are welcome.


Location:
Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia

Affiliation:
Department of Law

Type:
Workshop

Speaker:
Prof. Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann (European University Institute)
Prof. Martin Scheinin (European University Institute)
Prof. Richard Bellamy (EUI - Max Weber Programme)
Prof. Giovanni Sartor (EUI - Law Department)
Prof. Dennis Patterson
Prof. Mattias Kumm (WZB and NYU)
Prof. Pavlos Eleftheriadis (University of Oxford)
Prof. Andreas Føllesdal (University of Oslo)
Prof. Claudio Corradetti (University of Oslo-PluriCourts)
Prof. Cristina Lafont (Northwestern University)
Dr. Aoife O’Donoghue (University of Durham)

Organiser:
Prof. Giovanni Sartor (EUI - Law Department)
Prof. Claudio Corradetti (University of Oslo-PluriCourts)

Contact:
Claudia de Concini (EUI - Law) - Send a mail

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