Johan Karlsson Schaffer
- PhD in Political Science, 2009.
- MSc in Political Science, 2002.
- BSc in International Relations, 2000.
I am Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo, associated with the research projects Should states ratify human rights conventions? and MultiRights. As of December 2012, I am principal investigator for the research project The consensus paradox, funded by the Research Council of Norway.
I earned my doctoral degree in political science from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2009. I have also studied at the University of Essex, UK, and the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
My main research interests are located at the intersection of political and international theory, and especially democratic theory. My doctoral dissertation Democrats without borders: A critique of transnational democracy (2008) critically challenges cosmopolitan and deliberative models of transnational democracy.
Together with Birgit Peters (University of Münster) and Martin Binder (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung), I've co-founded Austat, a Norwegian-German network for junior researchers in international relations, international law and political philosophy studying the exercise of authority by international institutions.
Prior to joining the NCHR, I have done research on domestic origins and effects of international norms with regard to prostitution and trafficking policies within the Nordic Prostitution Policy Reform research project, funded by the Swedish Research Council. I have also been a visiting researcher at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Germany, and a visiting lecturer at University West, Sweden.
- “The consensus paradox: Does deliberative agreement impede rational discourse?” Co-authored with Henrik Friberg-Fernros. Political Studies 62:S1, 2014, doi: 10.1111/1467-9248.12103.
- “The turn to authority beyond states.” Co-authored with Birgit Peters. Transnational Legal Theory 3:4, 2013, doi: 10.5235/20414005.4.3.315.
- The legitimacy of international human rights regimes: Legal, Political and Philosophical Perspectives. Volume co-edited with Andreas Føllesdal and Geir Ulfstein. Cambridge University Press, 2013.
- “Legitimacy, global governance and human rights institutions: Inverting the puzzle.” In The legitimacy of international human rights regimes. Andreas Føllesdal, Johan Karlsson Schaffer and Geir Ulfstein (eds.). Cambridge University Press, 2013.
- “Comrades, push the red button! Banning the purchase of sexual services in Sweden but not Finland.” Co-authored with Gregg Bucken-Knapp and Pia Levin. In: Negotiating Sex Work: Unintended Consequences of Policy and Activism, edited by Samantha Majic & Carisa Showden. University of Minnesota Press, 2014 (in press). ISBN: 9780816689583.
- “Security, equality and the clash of ideas: Sweden’s evolving anti-trafficking policy.” Co-authored with Gregg Bucken-Knapp and Karin Persson-Strömbäck. Human Rights Review 13:2, 2012, 167–185, doi: 10.1007/s12142-011-0214-y.
- “The boundaries of transnational democracy: Alternatives to the all-affected principle.” Review of International Studies, 38:2, 2012, 321–42, doi: 10.1017/S0260210510001749.
- "Manifest för den glada statsvetenskapen." With Anders Hellström. Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift 112:4, 2010, 368-73.
- Democrats without borders: A critique of transnational democracy. Doctoral dissertation, University of Gothenburg, 2008. <http://gupea.ub.gu.se/dspace/handle/2077/18348>
- “Prostitution policy reform and the causal role of ideas: A comparative study of policy-making in the Nordic countries”. With Gregg Bucken-Knapp. Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift 110:1, 2008, 59–65.
- “Affected and subjected: The all-affected principle in transnational democratic theory”. Discussion Paper SP IV 2006–304 Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, 2006. <http://bibliothek.wzb.eu/pdf/2006/iv06-304.pdf>
- ”Kompisen som inte ville leka: Sveriges nej i utländsk press”. With Mette Anthonsen. In: Henrik Oscarssson & Sören Holmberg (eds.): Kampen om euron. Göteborg 2004.
- Dawit och friheten. Om den svenske samvetsfången och Eritreas inställda demokratisering. With Rickard Sjöberg (eds.). Stockholm: Silc förlag, 2004. ISBN: 91-974771-7-6.
- "The co-originality of human rights and democracy in an international order." Second revise and resubmit with International Theory.
For working papers in various stages of progress and completion, see my SSRN Author Page: http://ssrn.com/author=1833185.
Recent conference presentations & invited talks
- “State consent and international legitimacy: A modest defence.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Nordic Network in Political Theory, Oslo, 31 October–2 November 2013.
- “Comments on legitimacy.” Presentation at the PluriCourts Workshop on Concepts and Methods, University of Oslo, 10–11 September 2013.
- “Human rights and conflict: Political contestation and international norms.” Invited talk at the Section for Human Rights Studies, Department of History, University of Lund, 29 August 2013.
- “The co-originality of human rights and democracy in an international order.” Paper presented at the MultiRights seminar, University of Oslo, 9 April 2013.
- "The consensus paradox: Does deliberation impede rational discourse?" Paper presented at the Episto Kick-off Conference, University of Oslo, 4-5 April 2013.
- “Deliberative democracy in transnational governance: Problems of legitimacy, agency, and representation.” Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Democracy as Idea and Practice, Oslo, 10–11 January 2013.
- “The Nordic human rights paradox: Causes and contestations.” With Malcolm Langford. Paper presented at the Nordic Human Rights Paradox Workshop, Oslo, 11–12 December 2012.
- “Why extraterritoriality? Trafficking, human rights and Nordic prostitution policies.” With Gregg Bucken-Knapp. Paper presented at the Nordic Human Rights Paradox Workshop, Oslo, 11–12 December 2012.
- “Legitimacy, global governance and human rights institutions: Inverting the puzzle.” Presentation at the Research Seminar Series in Practical Philosophy and Political Theory, University of Gothenburg, 8 March 2012. An earlier version was presented at the Multi-Rights Start-up Conference, Oslo, 9–10 September 2011.
- "The subjects of legitimacy in international institutions." Paper presented at the 1st Authority Beyond States Workshop, Oslo 26–27 May 2011. Earlier versions of this paper were presented at the Nordic Network in Political Theory meeting, Oslo 29-31 October, 2010, the 40th Annual Meeting of the Swedish Political Science Association, Gothenburg, 30 September-1 October, 2010, and at the 7th SGIR Pan-European International Relations Conference, Stockholm, 9-11 September, 2010.
- "The Same Policy, But Different Ideas: The Ideational Underpinnings of the Norwegian and Swedish Bans on the Purchase of Sexual Services." With Gregg Bucken-Knapp. Paper presented at the European Conference on Politics and Gender, Budapest, Hungary, 13-15 January, 2011.
- "The consensus paradox: Why deliberative agreement impedes rational discourse." With Henrik Friberg-Fernros. Paper prepared for the the Oslo–Paris International Workshop on Democracy, Paris, France, 18–20 October, 2010.
- "Why cosmopolitans should (not) embrace world federalism." Paper presented at the 7th SGIR Pan-European International Relations Conference, Stockholm, 9-11 September, 2010.
- “Security, Equality and the Clash of Ideas: Sweden’s Evolving Policy Towards the Trafficking of Women for Sexual Purposes.” With Gregg Bucken-Knapp & Karin Persson Strömbäck. Paper presented at the 60th Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, 29 March–1 April 2010.
- “Democracy versus human rights: Why Habermas and Held fail to resolve the tension.” Paper presented at the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, 16 March 2010 and at the Research Forum, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo, 22 March 2010.
- “The stability of a cosmopolitan political order: Federalism versus functionalism”. Paper presented at the 51st Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, New Orleans, LA, 17–20 February 2010.
- “Prostitution policy reform and the causal role of ideas”. With Gregg Bucken-Knapp. Paper presented at the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Toronto, Canada, 3–9 September 2009.
- "Democrats without borders." Presentation at the Department of Political Science, Örebro University, Sweden, 31 March 2009.
- "Democrats without borders." Presentation at the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University, Sweden, 18 March 2009.
- “Alternatives to the all-affected principle of democratic inclusion”. Paper presented at the 50th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, New York, NY, 15–18 February 2009.