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The research focus addresses the ambivalences of juridification, which entail growing legal activism and a judicialisation of politics from the local to the global scale.These developments are currently reshaping law, politics and policy, and redrawing their boundaries. Furthermore, they pose new challenges for democracy and the exercise of individual and collective citizenship rights. Realities of legal uncertainty and injustice under conditions of multi-scalar governance and legal pluralism but also the potential of creating new norms from “below”. It will involve an analysis of judicial protest and the quest for justice around redefinitions of the “public good” as well as the “commons”—issues that are matters of concern to citizens, civil society and courts alike.
The focus complements the research field of Democracy in Question (Ivan Krastev), intersects with the focus on International Law and Normativity (Milos Vec) and with that on History and Memory (Timothy Snyder).
- Bringing the Seed Wars to the Courtroom: Legal Activism and the Governance of Plant Genetic Resources in Brazil and India
(based on the ‘Wiener Vorlesung’: Entrechtung und Verrechtlichung: Entpolitisierung der Demokratie?, March 3, 2015)
Entrechtung & Verrechtlichung: Entpolitisierung der Demokratie? in: IWMpost 115, 2015.
Entrechtung und Verrechtlichung: Entpolitisierung der Demokratie? in: Tranist – Europäische Revue, 46, 2015.