Constitutionalism and Politics
An interdisciplinary Working Group at the European University Institute
Lectures and Book Launches

Multilevel Constitutionalism of Public Goods – Methodology Problems in International Law (Hart Publishing, 2017) by Ulrich Petersmann

7th June 2017

The Constitutionalism and Politics Working Group and The International Law Working Group have the pleasure to invite you to launching of the book: Multilevel Constitutionalism for Multilevel Governance of Public Goods Methodology Problems in International Law (Hart Publishing, 2017) by Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann

On Wednesday, 7th of June, 3-5 pm in Sala del Camino, Villa Salviati

About the Book

This is the first legal monograph analysing multilevel governance of global ‘aggregate public goods’ (PGs) from the perspective of democractic, republican and cosmopolitan constitutionalism by using historical, legal, political and economic methods. It explains the need for a ‘new philosophy of international law’ in order to protect human rights and PGs more effectively and more legitimately. ‘Constitutional approaches’ are justified by the universal recognition of human rights and by the need to protect ‘human rights’, ‘rule of law’, ‘democracy’ and other ‘principles of justice’ that are used in national, regional and UN legal systems as indeterminate legal concepts. The study describes and criticizes the legal methodology problems of ‘disconnected’ governance in UN, GATT and WTO institutions as well as in certain areas of the external relations of the EU (like transatlantic free trade agreements). Based on 40 years of practical experiences of the author in German, European, UN, GATT and WTO governance institutions and of simultaneous academic teaching, this study develops five propositions for constituting, limiting, regulating and justifying multilevel governance for the benefit of citizens and their constitutional rights as ‘constituent powers’, ‘democratic principals’ and main ‘republican actors’, who must hold multilevel governance institutions and their limited ‘constituted powers’ legally, democratically and judicially more accountable.

About the author

Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann is emeritus professor and former head of the law department of the European University Institute at Florence (Italy). He combined 40 years of legal practice in German, European, UN, GATT and WTO governance institutions with teaching international and European law at numerous universities in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the USA as well as in African and Asian countries. He was secretary, member or chairman of numerous GATT/WTO dispute settlement panels and chairman of the International Trade Law Committee of the International Law Association (1999-2014).

The event will be chaired by: Prof. Gábor Halmai, Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the EUI

Discussants: Prof. Margot Salomon, Associate Professor in the Law Department at London School of Economics and Dimitri van den Meersche, EUI researcher, Law

The book can be found in the EUI library. A full table of contents can be found here

All members of the EUI are welcome! We hope to see you there!

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