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The Future of Democratic Sovereignty and Transnational Law
¤ Seyla Benhabib ¤ 8 September 2014
This essay examines the rise of legal cosmopolitanism in the period since the UDHR of 1948 as it gives rise to two very distinct sets of literature and preoccupations. The author argues that transnational human rights norms strengthen rather than weaken democratic sovereignty. read more

Fourteen misconceptions about extraterritorial human rights obligations
¤ Rolf Künnemann ¤ 26 July 2014
Human rights are the foundation of modern international law. in our days international and transnational economic and political decisions deeply affect the wellbeing of people far away from the respective decision makers. over the past 20 years some areas of international law have developed – often against broad protests of civil society activists - that are in conflict with human rights. For states – and the human rights community - to address these legal and (...) read more

Global Governance and the Achievement of a Universal Civil Society
¤ Arnaud Blin ¤ 26 March 2014
I SUPPOSE men to have reached the point at which the obstacles in the way of their preservation in the state of nature show their power of resistance to be greater than the resources at the disposal of each individual for his maintenance in that state. That primitive condition can then subsist no longer; and the human race would perish unless it changed its manner of existence… But, as men cannot engender new forces, but only unite and direct existing ones, they have no other means of (...) read more

Universal Declaration of Emerging Human Rights
¤ 3 October 2012
The Universal Declaration of Emerging Human Rights (UDEHR) is a programmatic instrument of international civil society aimed at state actors and other institutional forums for the crystallization of human rights in the new millennium. The Declaration’s point of departure is the idea that civil society plays a fundamental role in facing the social, political, and technological challenges that contemporary global society presents. For this reason it is provided with the UDEHR, an additional (...) read more

The Great Together
¤ Confucius, Los Cuatro Payasos Muertos, Traversées, Wikipedia ¤ 7 June 2011
Confucius (孔子 -kǒngzǐ-, literally “Master Kong”) (September 28, 551 B.C. - 479 BC) was a Chinese thinker, the creator of Confucianism, and one of the most influential figures in Chinese history. The teachings of Confucius have survived thanks to his Anaclets, which contain some of the discussions he had with his disciples. Biography Confucius was born in the town of Qufu in the former state of Lu, now part of the Shandong Province, in the Kong family, a noble family of landowners. His (...) read more

The Emergence of Global Administrative Law
¤ Benedict Kingsbury, Nico Krisch, Richard B. Stewart ¤ 20 October 2010
Emerging patterns of global governance are being shaped by a little-noticed but important and growing body of global administrative law. In this article we begin the task of identifying some patterns of commonality and connection sufficiently deep and farreaching as to constitute an embryonic field of global administrative law. We point to some factors encouraging the development of common approaches, and to mechanisms of learning, borrowing, and cross-referencing, that are contributing to (...) read more

Giving Africa Voice within Global Governance: Oral History, Human Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Council
¤ Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni ¤ March 2007
This paper seeks to present three key arguments that need to be taken into account during the process of remaking of the world order and recreation of a new global governance architecture. Firstly, it raises the key issue of the African continent and the African people being perceived as a problem to be solved rather than a voice to be heard within global politics. It calls for the African continent to transcend its current ‘subaltern position’ in international relations and make its voice (...) read more

Hearing on Neo-liberal Politics and European Transnational Corporations in Latin America and the Caribbean
¤ Permanent People’s Tribunal ¤ 2 February 2006
The EU-LAC bi-regional network requested to convene a session of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) on Transnational Corporations (TNCs) in Latin America on 2 February 2006, to investigate the increasingly dominant role of European TNCs in strategic areas, such as services, infrastructure, petroleum, water, finance and telecommunications. They particularly asked for an examination of the threats thereby posed to political sovereignty, development policy, economic autonomy, environmental (...) read more

The Democratic Legitimacy of Public-Private Rule Making: What Can We Learn from the World Comission of Dams?
¤ Klaus Dingwerth ¤ November 2005
This article attempts to provide answers to one specific and one general question: How should we evaluate the performance of the World Commission of Dams in terms of its democratic legitimacy? And what does the evaluation of the commission’s performance tell us about the legitimacy of global rule making in more general terms? Based on these questions, the article comes to two main conclusions. First, the democratic legitimacy of the World Commission of Dams’ standard-setting process can be (...) read more

Another System of International Relations
¤ Gustave Massiah ¤ October 2004
The current international system is forcing the adjustment of every society to adapt the global market and to its dominant logic; it is barring all paths to social transformation. The search for alternatives to the transformation of every society requires another international system. To move along in the definition of a strategy, the author proposes guidelines organized around two imperatives: a new global constitution founded on global democracy; a global social contract founded on the (...) read more

The Extraterritorial Scope of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)
¤ Rolf Künnemann ¤ October 2001
While investigating the extraterritorial scope of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), this paper introduces the threefold classification of internal, external, and international obligations applicable to all Human Rights treaties. Moreover, it emphasizes that most Intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) are duty-bound under Human Rights treaties and suggests steps to operationalize the related obligations of states. This paper looks at some relevant (...) read more


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