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PD Dr. Janne Mende

Max Planck Research Group Leader

mende@mpil.de
Tel. +49 (6221) 482-635

Current Research Projects

Conference: Open for Registration

Human Rights Responsibilities beyond the State.
Pushing the Boundaries of Public and Private

10-11 June 2021, online

Convened by Janne Mende and Anneloes Hoff, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg

Sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the research project ‘Business Actors beyond Public and Private: Authority, Legitimacy and Responsibility in the United Nations Human Rights Regime

Biographical Note

PD Dr. Janne Mende is Max Planck Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law since 2020. In her Research Group MAGGI (“The Multiplication of Authorities in Global Governance Institutions”) she analyzes the authority of state, inter-state and non-state actors of global governance in the United Nations and the European Union. Additionally, she leads the DFG-funded Research Project “Business Actors beyond Public and Private: Authority, Legitimacy and Responsibility in the United Nations Human Rights Regime” (BAPP) since 2018.

Prior to her time at the MPIL, she has held positions as deputy professor for Transnational Governance at the Technical University of Darmstadt (2019/20), project leader at the Institute for Political Sciences at the University of Giessen (2018-2020), postdoctoral fellow at the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences (2017/18) and postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Development and Decent Work at the University of Kassel (2014-2017).

Over the past years, she has held visiting positions at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, the School of Global Studies in Gothenburg, the Danish Institute for Human Rights in Copenhagen, the WZB – Berlin Social Science Center, Research Unit Global Governance, the Research Centre Human Rights at the University of Vienna, the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice at the University of Nottingham and the New School for Social Research in New York.

Her habilitation thesis (Nomos 2020) analyzes the transformations resulting from the challenging constellation between global governance and human rights between and beyond the public and the private sphere. Her PhD thesis (Campus 2015; Rowman & Littlefield Int. 2016) analyzes liberal and communitarian approaches to collective rights, discussing the chances and challenges of indigenous human rights to culture and identity in the United Nations. A previous study on universalism, cultural relativism and female genital mutilation/cutting was published in 2011 (Transcript).

Academic Degrees:

07/2018: Habilitation and Venia Legendi in Political Science, University of Kassel
05/2014: Dr. rer. soc. in Political Science, University of Giessen
05/2010: Magistra Artium in Political Science, Social Anthropology, Psychology, Free University Berlin

Research Areas

Human Rights
Global Governance and Transnationalization
International Institutions
United Nations
European Union
Business and Human Rights
Non-State Governance Actors
Authority, Legitimacy and Power
Qualitative Research in International Organizations
Transnational Democracy
International Political Theory
Theories of International Relations
Culture, Identity and Cultural Rights

Publications

Monographs

Mende, Janne (2021): Der Universalismus der Menschenrechte, Stuttgart: utb (scheduled for spring 2021)

Mende, Janne (2020): Global Governance und Menschenrechte: Konstellationen zwischen Privatheit und Öffentlichkeit (series: Internationale Politische Theorie, ed. by Christian Volk, Thorsten Thiel), Baden-Baden: Nomos

Mende, Janne (2016): A Human Right to Culture and Identity? The Ambivalence of Group Rights (series: Studies in Social and Global Justice, ed. by Benjamin Holland, Tony Burns), London: Rowman & Littlefield International (peer-reviewed)

Mende, Janne (2015): Kultur als Menschenrecht? Ambivalenzen kollektiver Rechtsforderungen, Frankfurt am Main/New York: Campus Verlag

Mende, Janne (2011): Begründungsmuster weiblicher Genitalverstümmelung. Zur Vermittlung von Kulturrelativismus und Universalismus, Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag

 

Articles and Book Chapters

Mende, Janne (2021): Are Human Rights Western – And Why Does it Matter? A Perspective from International Political Theory, in: Journal of International Political Theory, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 38-57, online: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1755088219832992 (peer-reviewed)

Mende, Janne (2021): Common Identities, Overlapping Authorities and Complexity. Practices of (De-)Legitimation in the United Nations, in: Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law Research Paper, vol. 6, no. 2021-05, online: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3790292

Mende, Janne (2020): Experteninterviews in internationalen Organisationen: Zwischen Standardisierung und Narration, in: Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 139-152 (peer-reviewed)

Mende, Janne (2020): The Public, The Private and The Business-Societal: A Threefold Approach to Business Responsibility for Human Rights, in: Michael Stohl/Alison Brysk (eds.): A Research Agenda for Human Rights, Northampton/Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Pub., pp. 155-172

Mende, Janne (2020): Business Authority in Global Governance: Beyond Public and Private, in: WZB Berlin Social Science Center Discussion Paper, no. SP IV 2020-103, online: https://www.econstor.eu/handle/10419/218731

Mende, Janne/Müller, Stefan (2020): Einfach komplex? Die gesellschaftliche Vermittlung politikwissenschaftlicher Analysen, in: Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 379-399, online: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s41358-020-00229-0 (peer-reviewed)

Mende, Janne/Drubel, Julia (2020): At the Junction: Two Models of Business Responsibility for Modern Slavery, in: Human Rights Review, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 313-335, online: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12142-020-00596-9 (peer-reviewed)

Mende, Janne (2020): From Exploration to Explanation. Researching the United Nations and other International Institutions, in: Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law Research Paper Series, no. 2020-02, online: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3526756

Mende, Janne (2020): Unternehmen als gesellschaftliche Akteure: Die unternehmerische Verantwortung für Menschenrechte zwischen privater und öffentlicher Sphäre, in: Nikolaus Goldbach/Franziska Paulmann/Julia Druschel/Carolina Alves Vestena (ed.): Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf Soziale Menschenrechte, Baden-Baden: Nomos, pp. 77-98 (Reprint)

Mende, Janne (2020): Global Governance, in: Scott N. Romaniuk/Manish Thapa/Péter Marton (ed.): The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Global Security Studies, Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-74336-3_220-1, online: https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-3-319-74336-3_220-1.

Mende, Janne (2020): Business Enterprises and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: A Hybrid Approach, in: Philani Mthembu/Miguelángel Verde Garrido/Adam S. Wilkins (ed.): The Global Politics of Human Rights. Bringing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) into the 21st Century, Berlin: Berlin Forum on Global Politics, pp. 112-116. ISBN: 978-1-920216-68-9, online: https://bfogp.org/publications-and-projects/the-global-politics-of-human-rights/

Mende, Janne (2019): The Concept of Modern Slavery: Definition, Critique, and the Human Rights Frame, in: Human Rights Review, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 229-248, online: 10.1007/s12142-018-0538-y, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12142-018-0538-y (peer-reviewed)

Mende, Janne (2018): Normative and Contextual Feminism: Lessons from the Debate around Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, in: Gender Forum, An Internet Journal for Gender Studies, vol. 17, no. 68, pp. 47-69, online: http://genderforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/5_Mende_Normative-and-Contextual-Feminism.pdf

Mende, Janne (2018): Indigene Menschenrechte als Pluralisierung des Menschenrechts, in: Zeitgeschichte Online, Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, special issue: Menschenrechte und Humanitarismus, online: https://zeitgeschichte-online.de/indigene-menschenrechte-universalismus-oder-indigenitaet

Mende, Janne (2018): The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, in: Fritz Thyssen Foundation Working Group on Human Rights in the 20th Century (ed.): Sources on the History of Human Rights, online: https://www.geschichte-menschenrechte.de/business-human-rights/

Mende, Janne (2017): Die Entwicklung unternehmerischer Verantwortung für Menschenrechte: Privatisierung oder Diffusion?, in: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Special Issue 52: Politik und Verantwortung, ed. by Christopher Daase/Valentin Rauer/Stefan Kroll/Julian Junk, pp. 409-435 (peer-reviewed)

Mende, Janne (2017): Unternehmen als gesellschaftliche Akteure: Die unternehmerische Verantwortung für Menschenrechte zwischen privater und öffentlicher Sphäre, in: MenschenRechtsMagazin, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 5-17, online: https://publishup.uni-potsdam.de/opus4-ubp/frontdoor/deliver/index/docId/40432/file/mrm22_01.pdf

Mende, Janne (2016): Die Bedeutung und Legitimität nichtstaatlicher Akteure im Menschenrecht, in: Kritische Justiz, Vierteljahresschrift für Recht und Politik, vol. 49, no. 4, pp. 2-9, online: https://www.kj.nomos.de/fileadmin/kj/doc/2016/Aufsatz_KJ_16_04.pdf

Mende, Janne (2016): Öffentlicher Menschenrechtsschutz, privater Menschenrechtsbruch. Alte und neue Antagonismen in Zeiten der Globalisierung und Global Governance, in: Karl-Rudolf Korte (ed.): Politik in unsicheren Zeiten: Kriege, Krisen und neue Antagonismen, Baden-Baden: Nomos, pp. 278-292

Mende, Janne (2016): Global Governance und libertärer Paternalismus: Akteure, Normativität und Legitimität, in: Zeitschrift für Praktische Philosophie, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 557-596, online: https://www.praktische-philosophie.org/mende-2016.html (peer-reviewed)

Müller, Stefan/Mende, Janne (2016): Weder getrennt noch eins. Identität, Differenz und die Frage der Freiheit, in: Stefan Müller/Janne Mende (ed.): Differenz und Identität. Konstellationen der Kritik, Weinheim: Beltz Juventa, pp. 7-28

Mende, Janne (2016): Moderne Sklaverei: Unschärfen eines Begriffs, in: Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik, vol. 61, no. 9, pp. 33-36

Mende, Janne (2016): Collective Identity, in: Paul Tiedemann (ed.): Right to Identity (Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie – Beiheft 147, ed. by Internationale Vereinigung für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie), Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, pp. 129-150

Mende, Janne (2016): Kulturelle Identität und Politik, in: Sybille de la Rosa/Sophia Schubert/Holger Zapf (ed.): Transkulturelle Politische Theorie. Eine Einführung, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, pp. 43-62

Mende, Janne (2015): Privatheit und Governance in der Internationalen Politischen Theorie, in: Zeitschrift für Politische Theorie (Special Issue: Internationale Politische Theorie, ed. by Nicole Deitelhoff, Christian Volk), vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 207-222, online: https://www.budrich-journals.de/index.php/zpth/article/download/22878/20010 (peer-reviewed)

Mende, Janne (2015): The Imperative of Indigeneity: Indigenous Human Rights and Their Limits, in: Human Rights Review, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 221-238 (peer-reviewed)

Mende, Janne (2014): Die Privatheit der Privatsphäre, in: Zeitschrift für Kritische Theorie, vol. 20, no. 38/39, pp. 230-234

Mende, Janne (2013): Die Ordnung der Moral, in: Erwägen Wissen Ethik, Forum für Erwägungskultur, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 271-274

Mende, Janne (2013): Amartya Sen: Identity and Violence. The Illusion of Destiny, in: Samuel Salzborn (ed.): Klassiker der Sozialwissenschaften. 100 Schlüsselwerke im Portrait (2. edition 2016), Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, pp. 389-392

Mende, Janne (2013): Ruth Benedict: Patterns of Culture, in: Samuel Salzborn (ed.): Klassiker der Sozialwissenschaften. 100 Schlüsselwerke im Portrait (2. edition 2016), Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, pp. 116-120

Mende, Janne (2013): Der Doppelcharakter von Kritik. Zur Konstellation immanenter und transzendenter Kritik, in: Stefan Müller (ed.): Jenseits der Dichotomie. Elemente einer sozialwissenschaftlichen Theorie des Widerspruchs (series: Frankfurter Beiträge zur Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, ed. by Rolf Haubl, Katharina Liebsch, Dieter Mans), Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, pp. 157-180

Mende, Janne (2012): Normativität und Relationen im transkulturellen Vergleich, in: Holger Zapf (ed.): Nichtwestliches politisches Denken. Zwischen kultureller Differenz und Hybridisierung (series: Trans- und interkulturelle Politische Theorie und Ideengeschichte, ed. by Sybille de la Rosa, Holger Zapf, Sophia Schubert, Alexander Weiß), Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, pp. 47-63

Mende, Janne (2011): Kultur, Volk und Rasse. Die deutsche Ethnologie im Nationalsozialismus und ihre Aufarbeitung, in: Anthropos, Internationale Zeitschrift für Völker- und Sprachenkunde, vol. 106, no. 2, pp. 529-545 (peer reviewed)

Mende, Janne/Müller, Stefan (2009): Einleitung, in: Janne Mende/Stefan Müller (ed.): Emanzipation in der politischen Bildung. Theorien, Konzepte, Möglichkeiten, Schwalbach/Ts.: Wochenschau Verlag, pp. 5-17

 

Edited Volumes and Special Issues

Finzsch, Norbert/Hulverscheidt, Marion/Mende, Janne/Oeming, Madita/Frederikson, Bodil (2018): Special Issue: On Clitoridectomy, in: Gender Forum. An Internet Journal for Gender Studies, vol. 17, no. 68

Mende, Janne (2016): Special Issue: Menschenrechte, nichtstaatliche Akteure und Legitimität, in: Kritische Justiz, Vierteljahresschrift für Recht und Politik, vol. 49, no. 4 (with articles by Brigitte Hamm, Andreas Kruck, Andreas von Staden, Jana Hönke)

Müller, Stefan/Mende, Janne (ed.) (2016): Differenz und Identität. Konstellationen der Kritik, Weinheim: Beltz Juventa (with chapters by Christoph Menke, Regina Becker-Schmidt, Astrid Messerschmidt, Gertrud Nunner-Winkler, Ruth Sonderegger et al.)

Mende, Janne/Müller, Stefan (ed.) (2009): Emanzipation in der politischen Bildung. Theorien, Konzepte, Möglichkeiten, Schwalbach/Ts.: Wochenschau Verlag

Recent Publications

  • Are Human Rights Western—And Why does it Matter? A Perspective from International Political Theory. In: Journal of International Political Theory 17 (1), 38-57 (2021). doi: 10.1177/1755088219832992.
  • Common Identities, Overlapping Authorities and Complexity. Practices of (De-)Legitimation in the United Nations. In: Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law Research Paper 2021-05 (2021). doi: 10.2139/ssrn.3790292. Open Access
  • Experteninterviews in internationalen Organisationen: Zwischen Standardisierung und Narration. In: Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen 27 (2), 139-152 (2020). doi: 10.5771/0946-7165-2020-2-139.
  • Global Governance und Menschenrechte: Konstellationen zwischen Privatheit und Öffentlichkeit. Internationale Politische Theorie. Nomos, Baden-Baden, 2020, 340 p. doi: 9783848715985 Details
  • The Public, the Private, and the Business-Societal. A Threefold Approach to Business Responsibility for Human Rights. In: A Research Agenda for Human Rights, Michael Stohl, Alison Brysk (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham 2020, 155-172. Details Full Access (PDF, 293.9 KB)
  • Einfach komplex? Die gesellschaftliche Vermittlung politikwissenschaftlicher Analysen. In: Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 30 (3), 379-399 (2020). doi: 10.1007/s41358-020-00229-0 (with Stefan Müller).
  • At the Junction: Two Models of Business Responsibility for Modern Slavery. In: Human Rights Review 21 (3), 313-335 (2020). doi: 10.1007/s12142-020-00596-9 (with Julia Drubel). Open Access
  • Unternehmen als gesellschaftliche Akteure: Die unternehmerische Verantwortung für Menschenrechte zwischen privater und öffentlicher Sphäre. In: Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf Soziale Menschenrechte, Nikolaus Goldbach, Franziska Paulmann, Julia Druschel, Carolina Alves Vestena (eds.). Nomos, Baden-Baden 2020, 77-98.
  • Business Enterprises and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): A Hybrid Approach. In: The Global Politics of Human Rights. Bringing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) into the 21st Century. Berlin Forum on Global Politics. Berlin Forum on Global Politics, Berlin 2020, 112-116. Open Access
  • Global Governance. In: The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Global Security Studies, Scott N. Romaniuk, Manish Thapa, Péter Marton (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Basingstoke/New York 2020. Details
  • Normative and Contextual Feminism: Lessons from the Debate around Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. In: Gender Forum, An Internet Journal for Gender Studies 17 (68), 47-69 (2018). Open Access
  • The Concept of Modern Slavery: Definition, Critique, and the Human Rights Frame. In: Human Rights Review 20 (2), 229-248 (2019). doi: 0.1007/s12142-018-0538-y. Open Access

Blogposts

  • A New Responsibility in the Making: Business Companies and Human Rights. WZB Orders Beyond Borders, 2018. Open Access
  • Which Business? Controversies about the Scope of Application of a Future Treaty on Business and Human Rights. Völkerrechtsblog, 2018. Open Access
  • Plagiate – die frühe Rolle der Universitäten. theorieblog, 2019. Open Access

Working Papers

  • From Exploration to Explanation. Researching the United Nations and other International Institutions. Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law Research Paper Series 5 (2), 2020. doi: 10.2139/ssrn.3526756. Open Access
  • Business Authority in Global Governance: Beyond Public and Private. WZB Berlin Social Science Center Discussion Paper SP IV (103), 2020. Open Access

Memberships

• German Political Science Association (DVPW)

        • Section International Relations

        • Section Political Theory

        • Working Group Sociology in International Relations

        • Working Group Human Rights

• Section “Norms and Changes in Global Politics”, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen (spokesperson)

• Standing Group “International Political Theory”, European Consortium for Social Research (ECPR)

• Working Group “International Relations as a Social Science”, British International Studies Association (BISA)

• Research Group “United Nations”, University of Potsdam

• Research Group “Migration and Human Rights”, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen

• Working Group “Reforming the United Nations”, German Society for the United Nations (DGVN)

• Global Business and Human Rights Scholars Association (BR2R)

• Academic Council on the United Nations System

• Connecticut/Baden-Württemberg Human Rights Research Consortium

• Max Planck Group on Business and Human Rights (spokesperson)

Miscellaneous

Head of Conferences and Workshops

“Public(s) in Global Politics”, annual conference of the DVPW working group “Sociology in International Relations” in cooperation with the section “Political Sociology” of the German Sociological Association (DGS), 11.-12.11.2021 (with Ulrich Franke, Thomas Müller, Jasmin Siri)

“Human Rights Responsibilities beyond the State. Pushing the Boundaries of Public and Private“, online workshop, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, 10.-11.06.2021 (with Anneloes Hoff)

“Beyond Western Liberalism: Mapping Blind Spots in IR Norm Research”, GGS annual conference, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, 2.-3.12.2019 (in cooperation with DVPW thematic group “IR Norms Research”, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg, Institute of Political Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt)

“The Concept of Mediation in International Relations”, annual conference of the DVPW working group “Sociologies in International Relations”, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, 14.-15.11.2019 (with Frank Gadinger and Nele Kortendiek)

“Researching International Organizations Empirically”, workshop of the section “Norms and Changes in World Politics”, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, 15.11.2018

Supervision of PhD Theses

Valter Angelo da Silva Junior: Non-State Actors’ Authority under European Union’s Trade Agreements

Serdar Damar: The Changing Authority of the Kurdish Liberation Movement during the so-called Arab Spring

Marie Lohrum: The Governance Authority of Lobbyists in the EU

Fumie Nakamura: The Governance Authority of Transnational Municipal Networks