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International Public Authority

About the Project:

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:

From Public International Law to International Public Law: Translating World Public Opinion into International Public Authority (2016, available on SSRN)

News

New Publication: Armin von Bogdandy and Pedro Villarreal: International Law on Pandemic Responses: A First Stocktaking in Light of the Coronavirus Crisis, MPIL Research Paper Series No. 2020-07.

New Publication: Armin von Bogdandy; Überstaatlicher transformativer Konstitutionalismus. Bemerkenswertes vom Interamerikanischen System für Menschenrechte, Der Staat 58 (2019) 1, 41-56.

New Publication: Pedro Alejandro Villarreal Lizárraga: Pandemias y derecho: una perspectiva de gobernanza global. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Institudo de Investiganciones Jurídicas, Mexico 2019.

 

Events

Participants of the workshop "The End of International Public Authority? Contestation, Crisis, and Resilience of International Institutions" (28 - 29 November 2019, MPI Heidelberg)

Program IPA Workshop 2019

Programmentwurf_kurz.pdf (PDF, 112.6 KB)

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Publications

Lead Publications on Courts:

Armin von Bogdandy and Ingo Venzke: In Whose Name? A Public Law Theory of International Adjudication. OUP 2014, 304 p.

  • German Version: Armin von Bogdandy and Ingo Venzke: In wessen Namen? Internationale Gerichte in Zeiten globalen Regierens. Frankfurt a.M., Suhrkamp 2014, 383 p.
  • Spanish Version: Armin von Bogdandy and Ingo Venzke: ¿En nombre de quién? Una teoría de Derecho público sobre la actividad judicial internacional. Translated by Paula Andrea Acosta Alvarado. Bogotá, Colombia, Universidad del Externado de Colombia, 402 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.

  • Reviews by Lorenzo Casini, International Organizations Law Review 9 (2012) 249–262, and Klaus W. Grewlich, Die Öffentliche Verwaltung (2012) 318-319.

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.

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Related Projects and Partner Institutions

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:

  • Justus Liebig University, Gießen: Jürgen Bast, Chair for Public Law and European Law
  • Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen: Jochen von Bernstorff, Chair for Public Law, International Law, Constitutional Theory and Human Rights
  • Humboldt University, Berlin: Philipp Dann, Chair for Public and Comparative Law
  • Goethe University Frankfurt: Matthias Goldmann, Junior Professor of International Public Law and Financial Law
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam: Ingo Venzke, Project on the Architecture of Postnational Rulemaking

 

Related Individual Academic Qualification Projects

Selection

 

Project Team

Principal Investigator: Armin von Bogdandy

Project Manager: Matthias Goldmann and Silvia Steininger

Project Members: Kanad Bagchi, Franz Ebert, Fabian Eichberger, Martin Jarrett, Achilles Skordas, Mateja Steinbrück Platise, Pedro Villarreal, Benedict Vischer

Former Project Managers: Jochen von Bernstorff, Philipp Dann, Isabel Feichtner, Ingo Venzke