International Public Authority provides the focus for a number of projects analyzing the public authority exercised by international institutions. A significant part of world public opinion regards international institutions with considerable ambivalence: many of these institutions have become powerful; quite a few of their activities raise serious doubts; nonetheless, they should be vested with more powers in order to better further common interests. World public opinion voices legitimacy concerns alongside regulatory demands which poses a serious challenge for these institutions. We share this ambivalent view of international institutions. In response, we propose a theory of international public law. The purpose of this theory is to identify, reconstruct and develop that segment of public international law that governs the exercise of international public authority. Thereby, we aim at articulating world public opinion in the language of international law. International public law stands for the reconstruction and development of the legal regimes governing the activities of international institutions in light of their publicness. In this way, legal scholarship may contribute to improving the legitimacy and the effectiveness of these activities. The research project on the exercise of international public authority shares this purpose with similar projects such as Global Administrative Law or Global Constitutionalism.
Read our lead paper explaining the aims, objectives, and background of the project:
New Publication: Matthias Goldmann: Public and Private Authority in a Global Setting: The Example of Sovereign Debt Restructuring, Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 25 (2018) 1, 331-363.
Publication: Matthias Goldmann and Silvia Steininger (Eds.): Democracy and Financial Order: Legal Perspectives. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg 2018, 230 p.
New Publication: Joana Mendes and Ingo Venzke (Eds.): Allocating Authority: Who Should Do What in European and International Law? Hart Publishig, Oxford 2018, 321 p.
New Publication: Joana Mendes and Ingo Venzke (Eds.): The Idea of Relative Authority in European and International Law, International Journal of Constitutional Law 16 (2018) 1, 75-100.
The International Public Authority team organized two panels on "The Authoritarian Pushback and Institutional Resilience" at the 2018 Annual Conference of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S) at the University of Hongkong.
More than a decade after the emergence of public law approaches to international institutions, such as Global Administrative Law, Global Constitutionalism, or International Public Authority, the international order has changed dramatically. The Trump administration and Brexit epitomize a growing trend against global governance. What had once been taken for granted – the proliferation of institutional institutions and the universality of democracy and human rights – is now being challenged on several fronts. Many governments and political parties stress their respective national interest and decide to opt out of, or terminate, international cooperation mechanisms. At the same time, most international institutions and courts carry on, sometimes under increasing financial and political constraints. The panels will discuss how the authoritarian, nationalist pushback affects the problem-solving capacity and the legitimacy of international institutions and courts as well as their resilience.
The first panel, focussing on international courts, featured presentations by Felix Lange (HU Berlin), Jorge Contesse (Rutgers Law School), Kristin Henrard (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Silvia Steininger (MPIL), and Pedro Villarreal (MPIL). The second panel, dealing with international economic institutions, comprised Francois Finck (Université libre de Bruxelles), Tan Hsien-Li (National University of Singapore), Qingxiu Bu (University of Sussex), Maurizia de Bellis (University of Rome "Tor Vergata"), and Matthias Goldmann (University of Frankfurt/MPIL).
Lead Publications on Courts:
Armin von Bogdandy and Ingo Venzke: In Whose Name? A Public Law Theory of International Adjudication. OUP 2014, 304 p.
Armin von Bogdandy and Ingo Venzke (eds.): International Judicial Lawmaking. Springer 2012, XVII, 509p., ISBN 978-3-642-29586-7. Pre-published as a special issue in German Law Journal 12 (2011), issue 5.
Lead Publication on International Organizations:
Armin von Bogdandy, Matthias Goldmann, and Ingo Venzke: From Public International to International Public Law: Translating World Public Opinion into International Public Authority, European Journal of International Law 28/1 (2017) 115-145
Armin von Bogdandy, Rüdiger Wolfrum, Jochen von Bernstorff, Philipp Dann, and Matthias Goldmann (eds.): The Exercise of Public Authority by International Institutions: Advancing International Institutional Law, Springer 2010, 1005 pages, ISBN 978-3-642-04530-1.
A large number of the contributions to this book were pre-published as a special issue of the German Law Journal 9 (2008), issue 11.
Since 2013, the project has been affiliated with the Cluster of Excellence "Formation of Normative Orders" at Goethe University Frankfurt through a cluster project on the exercise of public authority on the international, supranational and domestic levels, carried out at the Max Planck Institute.
Since 2015, project members have worked on issues of International Health Governance.
The Project is supported by a network of researchers at other institutions:
Principal Investigator: Armin von Bogdandy
Former Project Managers: Jochen von Bernstorff, Philipp Dann, Isabel Feichtner, Ingo Venzke
Research Assistant: Peter Pázmány