Global Transnationalisation and Democratisation Compared 

WP 9 – Global Transnationalisation and Democratisation Compared

WP 9 events

Florence, 16-17 May 2008

Organised by John Erik Fossum (ARENA) and Christian Joerges (EUI/ZERP)

Hosted by the European University Institute  

In cooperation with, and supported by, the CONNEX network, and supported by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs


This event is open to EUI researchers and teachers, subject to registration in advance. If you wish to attend, please contact Claire O’Brien.


Some of the contributions to the workshop are published in the RECON Research Report WP 9: ‘Global Transnationalisation and Democratisation Compared’, edited by John Erik Fossum (ARENA) and Christian Joerges (UniHB), December 2010.



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Friday 16 May

09:00-09:15  Welcome and introduction
Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann, EUI 

09:15-09:30  Opening remarks
John Erik Fossum, ARENA, and Christian Joerges, ZERP/EUI


09:30-11:00 Section I: Cosmopolitan democracy: RECON model III conceptualized and assessed 

Cosmopolitanism explained and assessed (download paper)
Hauke Brunkhorst, University of Flensburg

RECON’s cosmopolitan dimension outlined (download paper)
John Erik Fossum, ARENA, University of Oslo

11:00-11:15 Coffee break

Section II: Transnational governance, deliberative supranationalism and constitutionalism 

11:15-13:00  1. The global level

Governance networks and the disappearance of public accountability  (download paper)
Jens Steffek, University of Bremen

The WTO: How intrusive a system of goverance is this?  (download paper)
Alexia Herwig, University of Bremen
13:00-14:30 Lunch break

14:30-16:30  2. Europe

The discourse theory of law and the European constellation  (download paper)
Christian Joerges, ZERP, University of Bremen 

Between Joerges and Habermas: Tensions between the discourse theory of law and the Europeanisation project
Thorsten Hüller, University of Bremen

Justice and the right to juridification in the European Union  (download paper)
Jürgen Neyer, Europa-Universität Viadrina

19:30 Dinner


Saturday 17 May


09:30-11:15  3. Canada

Canada’s ‘external constitution’: De-democratisation through trade liberalisation treaties (download paper)
Stehpen Clarkson, University of Toronto

The WTO, NAFTA and Canada
Robert Wai, Osgoode Hall

11:15-11:30 Coffee break

Section III: Democratisation and cosmopolitisation compared 

11:30-13:00  1. The European Union

The European Union and the cosmopolitan thrust
Chris Rumford, Royal Holloway, University of London

The European cosmopolitan thesis assessed
Ulrike Liebert, University of Bremen/EUI

13:00-14:30 Lunch break

14:30-16:00  2. Canada

Canada as a cosmopolitan? (download paper)
Errol Mendes, University of Ottawa (paper presented by John Erik Fossum)

The Canadian cosmopolitan thesis assessed
Nikolas Rajkovic, EUI

16:00-17:00  Section IV: Concluding discussion: Implications for RECON summed up 

19:30 Dinner 


Workshop discussants:

Claire O’Brien, EUI
Maria Weimer, EUI
Poul Kjaer, EUI



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