Global Constitutionalism without Global Democracy

Legitimate democratic rule might only occur within a constitutional system, but does legitimate global constitutionalism — or alternatively a global constitution — need democratic legitimacy? This workshop attempts to answer this and other questions arising from the profound transformations in international law.

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.

 

Confirmed speakers

  • Cristina Lafont, Northwestern University
  • Mattias Kumm, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin / New York University
  • Andreas Føllesdal, PluriCourts, University of Oslo
  • Giovanni Sartor, European University Institute
  • Claudio Corradetti, PluriCourts, University of Oslo
  • Richard Bellamy, University College London, European University Institute
  • Dennis Patterson, European University Institute
  • Martin Scheinin, European University Institute

 

Call for Abstracts

Submit an abstract for the workshop here

Deadline: 15 December

 

The workshop is co-organized with the European University Institute in Florence. It is sponsored by "Democracy as Idea and Practice Programme" at the University of Oslo.

 

 

Published Oct. 28, 2015 10:48 AM - Last modified Apr. 18, 2016 1:44 PM