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The Multiplication of Authorities in Global Governance Institutions (MAGGI)

Max Planck Research Group, headed by Janne Mende, funded by the Max Planck Society (2020-2025).

Head

PD Dr. Janne Mende is Max Planck Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. She has held positions as deputy professor for Transnational Governance at the Technical University of Darmstadt and project leader at the Institute for Political Sciences at the University of Giessen. Her research focuses on human rights, global governance, international institutions and transnational norms. Her publications include "Der Universalismus der Menschenrechte" (utb 2021), “Global Governance und Menschenrechte: Konstellationen zwischen Privatheit und Öffentlichkeit“ (Nomos 2020), “A Human Right to Culture and Identity? The Ambivalence of Group Rights“ (Rowman & Littlefield International 2016) and “Begründungsmuster weiblicher Genitalverstümmelung. Zur Vermittlung von Kulturrelativismus und Universalismus“ (Transcript 2011).

About the Research Group

The Max Planck Research Group on "The Multiplication of Authorities in Global Governance Institutions" (MAGGI) focuses on the authority of state, intergovernmental and non-state actors in global governance, especially in the UN and the EU. We investigate which actors yield which form of authority – and how can their authority be democratically embedded. Operationalizing authority as governance power that is legitimated by a connection to public interests, the Research Group seeks to identify different forms of authority between and beyond public and private roles, in order to address the challenges for democracy on a global level.
The Research Group MAGGI is closely affiliated with the Research Project International Public Authority, which is led by Armin von Bogdandy. Additionally the Research Group leads the Human Rights Discussion Group.


Team

Ruji Auethavornpipat

Auethavornpipat, Ruji

Ruji Auethavornpipat is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. He is researching the constitution of international organizations’ authority in the migration regime complex. His research also examines the contestation of global migrant protection norms at sites of implementation, especially in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining MAGGI in January 2022, he was a Research Fellow at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, the Australian National University.


Julia Drubel

Drubel, Julia

Julia Drubel is Senior Research Fellow in the research group since June 2021. Before that she was Research Associate at the Chair of International Relations at Justus Liebig University in Giessen. In her Doctoral Thesis she researched the effectiveness of the ILO’s prohibition of forced labour under the conditions of a globalized economy. The Thesis provides explanations of why the norm is not sufficiently realized. Her research areas are global normativity, Global Political Economy, Global Social Governance and Sustainability.


Marie Lohrum

Lohrum, Marie

Marie Lohrum is a PhD student in the research group since 2021. Her dissertation examines the possibility of interest group influence on the European legislative process. After her B.A. in Integrative Social Studies at Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, she graduated from the M.Sc. Research Master European Studies at Maastricht University in fall 2019. In her master thesis she researched who gets access to officials in the European Commission and what determines this access. Her research interests are European Union politics, democracy theory, extremism and the influence of non-state governance actors.


Katharina McLarren

McLarren, Katharina

Katharina McLarren joined the research group in April 2022 as Senior Research Fellow. Before, she was a lecturer in International Relations at the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. In her doctoral thesis she examined the role of religion in shaping international society. Her main areas of research include religion in Foreign Policy Analysis and International Relations theories as well as developments in the MENA region since the Arab Spring. She completed her MA in Governance and Public Policy at the University of Passau and her BSc in International Relations (International Programme) at the LSE.


Fumie Nakamura

Nakamura, Fumie

Fumie Nakamura is a PhD student in the research group since January 2021 and researches cities and authority. Fumie received her M.A. in Social Sciences (Democracy and Governance) from the University of Tartu. In her Master’s thesis, Fumie investigated the emergence and functions of informal accountability in transnational contexts and illustrated this underlying concept in the realm of a municipal network in the European Union. She also holds an M.A. in Literature (Cultural Sciences German Studies) from Waseda University and a B.A. with a major in Communication Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Ronya Ramrath

Ramrath, Ronya

Ronya Ramrath joined the research group as student assistant in October 2021. She is currently in the process of completing her Bachelor in Philosophy and Mathematics at Heidelberg University after spending last year on exchange at the University of Cambridge, where she studied philosophy with a focus on political theory and philosophy of language. 


Publications

Mende, Janne/Auethavornpipat, Ruji/Lohrum, Marie/Nakamura, Fumie (2022): The Multiplication of Authorities in Global Governance Institutions: A Research Agenda, in: Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law Research Paper Series, vol. 7, no. 2022-06, online: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4062679

Mende, Janne (2021): Private Actors, NGOs and Civil Society in Multilevel Governance, in: Benz, Arthur/Broschek, Jörg/Lederer, Markus (Hrsg.): A Research Agenda for Multilevel Governance, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar,  S. 171-189, online: https://doi.org/10.4337/9781789908374.00017

Mende, Janne (2021): Public and Individual Interests. Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic, in: Jahrbuch Technikphilosophie, Jg. 7, S. 312-315, online: https://doi.org/10.5771/9783748910961-312

Mende, Janne (2021): Norm Convergence and Collision in Regime Overlaps. Business and Human Rights in the UN and the EU, in: Globalizations, online first: https://doi.org/10.1080/14747731.2021.1983342 (peer-reviewed)

Mende, Janne (2021): The Contestation and Construction of Global Governance Authorities. A Study from the Global Business and Human Rights Regime, in: Global Constitutionalism, online first: https://doi.org/10.1017/S2045381721000113 (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): Business Authority in Global Governance: Beyond Public and Private, WZB Berlin Social Science Center Discussion Paper, no. SP IV 2020-103, online: https://www.econstor.eu/handle/10419/218731


Associated Researchers

Luis Aue

Aue, Luis

Luis Aue is a Research Fellow at the research unit Global Humanitarian Medicine at WZB Berlin Social Science Center and at the Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS)” at Free University Berlin. His research focuses on global health politics, the political sociology of expertise, and international relations theory. Currently, he works on a project on the policy history of diarrheal diseases. Here, he explores how authority performances and the design of expertise interact. He studied history, economics, and political science in Göttingen, Essen and Southampton. He is a graduate student in political science at Free University Berlin.


Andreas Corcaci

Corcaci, Andreas, Dr.

Andreas Corcaci is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. His research interests lie in the areas of multilevel governance judicial politics, and European integration with a focus on environmental, energy and climate policy, as well as concept structures and QCA. Currently, he is conducting research on environmental dispute settlement and compliance beyond the nation state. He has a Dr. phil. from Technische Universität Darmstadt, as well as a BA in Political Science and an MA in Governance and Public Policy. His dissertation on compliance in the European Union is based on a set theoretical concept formation and pursues a case study comparison with the help of QCA.


Serdar Damar

Damar, Serdar

Serdar Damar is currently working as an educational supervisor in Frankfurt am Main. He is a PhD student since 2021 and researches the protagonists of the Kurdish liberation movement and their loss of authority in the wake of the so-called Arab Spring. He studied political science at the Goethe University in Frankfurt and at the San Diego State University in California. In 2013 he graduated with a thesis on the political economy of Turkey in the post-bipolar world. His research interests lie in the areas of global governance, international relations between state and non-state actors, as well as theories of democracy and freedom.


Valter Angelo da Silva Junior

Angelo da Silva Junior, Valter

Valter Angelo da Silva Junior joined the project as an associate researcher in 2021. He researches non-state actors’ authority as it relates to European Union policy and decision making in transnational trade agreements. He holds a research position at the Federation of German Industries as a German Chancellor Fellow granted by the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung. He holds an M.A in International Politics from Universidade Estadual da Paraiba (Brazil) in which he investigated Chinese quantitative methods to measure state power. His research interests are European Union trade policies, interest groups’ influence and transnational governance.


Anneloes Hoff

Hoff, Anneloes

Anneloes Hoff is a Senior Research Fellow in the project “Business Actors Beyond Public and Private: Authority, Legitimacy and Responsibility in the United Nations Human Rights Regime” at Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. She is working on business and human rights. Her interdisciplinary background includes a DPhil and an MPhil in Socio-Legal Studies from the University of Oxford, and a BA (Hons) in International Law and Politics from University College Roosevelt (Utrecht University). Her doctoral thesis examined a gold mining corporation’s corporate social responsibility practices in the face of mining resistance, drawing on fifteen months of ethnographic fieldwork in Colombia.


Ioannis Kampourakis

Kampourakis, Ioannis

Ioannis Kampourakis is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam, working under the theme 'The Rule of Law in the Face of Rising Private Powers'. Prior to joining ESL, Ioannis held postdoctoral positions at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, and at the Edmond J Safra Center for Ethics, Tel Aviv University. He is currently also a Visiting Professor at Tel Aviv University, a Visiting Lecturer at the Riga Graduate School of Law, and a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Oxford. Ioannis holds a PhD in Law from the Free University of Berlin, where he studied as a stipendiary Fellow of the international doctoral programme, 'Human Rights Under Pressure'. He also holds a Master's in Public Law from Université Paris I-Sorbonne and an LLB from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Ioannis's areas of research include legal theory, political economy, and EU and international law, with a focus on transnational economic governance. Drawing from the governance and regulation of Global Value Chains, Ioannis attempts to map and analyze the transformations in the form and function of law in contemporary supply chain capitalism. Besides his academic endeavours, Ioannis is also a published author of fiction.


Umer Bilal Khan

Khan, Umer Bilal

Umer Bilal Khan has been a PhD candidate in the field of Global Governance at the University of Rostock since 2019, funded by the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung. His PhD focuses on the multiple and different forms of authorities at play in Global Governance, which go beyond the solid, contractual, and traditional command and obedience framework of understanding. Before starting his Ph.D., he worked as a Policy Research & Development Officer at the Planning & Development Department of the province Balochistan in Pakistan with focus on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He is a DAAD alumnus with a Master’s in Public Policy & Good Governance from the University of Passau.


Michele Krech

Krech, Michele

Michele Krech is a Doctoral (JSD) Candidate at New York University (NYU) School of Law. Her research interests lie at the intersection of international and transnational law, global governance and institutions, and feminist legal theory. Her current research examines norm adoption and regulatory change in the hybrid private-public context of global sport governance. Michele holds an LLM in International Legal Studies from NYU, a JD from the University of Ottawa, an MA from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University, and a BA in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University. 


Maria Manoli

Manoli, Maria

Maria Manoli is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL) of the Faculty of Law at McGill University, where she has also been an Erin JC Arsenault Fellow in Global Space Governance. Her doctoral research focuses on the use and exploration of space natural resources from an interdisciplinary and critical theoretical perspective. She holds an LLM in Civil Law and an LLM in International Studies from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where she also completed her undergraduate studies in law, as well as an LLM in Air and Space Law from the IASL at McGill. She has published several academic articles and edited two books in the field of space law, and is often involved in international research projects, such as the Global Space Governance study and the MILAMOS project at McGill. Her areas of interest include public international law, space law, law and technology, critical legal studies, and postcolonial approaches to international law.


Marisa McVey

McVey, Marisa

Marisa McVey is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews, School of Management, working on issues of human rights due diligence and accountability. Her doctoral thesis focused on critically analysing companies’ implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Alongside her work at St Andrews, she is a Research Fellow at Aston Law School, focusing on digital rights and privacy. She holds an MRes (Management) from St Andrews, an LLM (Business and Human Rights) and LLB (Law with Politics), both from Queen’s University, Belfast.


Raphael Oidtmann

Oidtmann, Raphael

Raphael Oidtmann currently serves as a parliamentary and legal advisor to the State Parliament of Hesse and holds further appointments as adjunct lecturer at Mannheim Law School, as associate researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, and as associate postgraduate (‘doctorant associé’) at the Centre Marc Bloch Berlin. Previously, he was the scientific advisor to the executive director at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) and held positions as a research fellow and lecturer at the universities of Mannheim and Mainz. Raphael holds master’s degrees in political science (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz), international and comparative law (University of Mannheim & University of Adelaide) and international relations (University of Cambridge). He is an alumnus of the Hague Academy of International Law and currently an external PhD candidate at the Institute of Political Science at Goethe University Frankfurt (supervised by Professor Nicole Deitelhoff). Raphael’s principal teaching and research interests pertain to (general) international law, international criminal law, the history of international law, human rights and the law of armed conflict as well as international relations theory and history, geopolitics, international security studies and European Union integration. Recently, his research has focussed on (1) the actorness qualities of international institutions, in particular international (criminal) courts and tribunals, (2) the notion of global health in the context of international law as well as (3) questions of implementing and maintaining (international criminal) jurisdiction in areas of limited statehood (such as the High Seas, the Arctic, or Antarctica).


Moritz Vinken

Vinken, Moritz

Moritz Vinken is research fellow and PhD candidate at the MPIL under the supervision of Armin von Bogdandy (working title: A cartography of international environmental law through the lens of international public authority). His fields of research lie in International Environmental Law, Transnational Law, the International Public Authority Approach as well as other Legal Approaches to Globalization. He studied law at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (first state exam), at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II; Licence et Maîtrise en droit international) as well at the King’s College London (LL.M. Transnational Law).


Former Team Members

Franziska Plümmer

Plümmer, Franziska, Mag. Dr.

Franziska Plümmer was Senior Research Fellow in the project. Before joining MPIL, she worked as a junior lecturer at the University of Tübingen and as a postdoc at the University of Vienna. Her research lies at the intersection of International Relations, critical security studies and China studies. Her doctoral thesis inquired into the Chinese border regime’s regulation practices. Within the Research Group, she was working on digital sovereignty and authority in global institutions of data regulation.


Schuller, Kerstin

Kerstin Schuller was student assistant in the research group. She finished her MA in conference interpreting at Heidelberg University, with German, English and Portuguese as her working languages. Prior to that she studied law at the University of Freiburg, specializing in German, European and international public law, and completed a BA in translation studies at Heidelberg University.