Antoinette Scherz

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Higher education and employment history

Antoinette Scherz is a Postdoctoral Fellow at PluriCourts. She has previously been a Research Fellow & Permanent Member of the Board of Directors at the Centre for Advanced Studies: “Justitia Amplificata: Rethinking Justice - Applied and Global” at the Goethe University Frankfurt (2015-2017), a Postdoctoral Research Fellow also with Justitia Amplificata (2014-15) and Research Fellow at the Swiss National Competence Centre for Excellence in Research “Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century” a the University of Zurich (2009-2014).

Antoinette Scherz studied philosophy, social psychology and international law in Zurich and Geneva. She received her Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from the University of Zurich in 2014. Her thesis was titled “The Contribution of Normative Theory to the Institutional Design of Multilateral Democracy: An Evaluative Framework for the European Union”. During her doctorate, she visited McGill University and the Center for Human Values at Princeton University.

Academic interests

Antoinette's research expertise is in international political theory as well as in democratic theory in particular international legitimacy, institutional design, and the concept of the people.


Scherz, Antoinette (forthcoming, 2017) “Representation in Multilateral Democracy: How to Represent Individuals in the EU while Guaranteeing the Mutual Recognition of Peoples.” European Law Journal.

Scherz, Antoinette and Welge, Rebecca (2015), “Union Citizenship Revisited: Multilateral Democracy as Normative Standard for European Citizenship.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 41 (8): 1254–75. doi:10.1080/1369183X.2014.969202. 

Scherz, Antoinette (2013) “The Legitimacy of the Demos: Who Should Be Included in the Demos and on What Grounds?” Living Reviews in Democracy 4 (0) (May 24). 

Published Oct. 5, 2017 2:13 PM - Last modified Dec. 12, 2017 4:13 PM