The European Political Order: State-less but Democratic and Just?

WP 1 – Theoretical Framework

WP 1 events

Oslo, 30 September-1 October 2010


Organised by ARENA – Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo


Workshop summary (D66) (pdf)


This workshop is part of WP 1 – Theoretical Framework. The aim is to critically discuss new theoretical developments in political theory regarding the transnationalisation of the democratic state and to refer them to the three RECON models. The workshop is launched with an open lecture by Prof. Jean L. Cohen at the University of Oslo.


Practical information

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Open lecture by Prof. Jean Cohen

Constitutionalism Beyond the State: Myth or Necessity?

Professor Jean L. Cohen
Nell and Herbert M. Singer Professor of Contemporary Civilization, Columbia University New York


Thursday 30 September, 10:15-12:00

ARENA – Centre for European Studies, in cooperation with The Research Programme on Democracy, is pleased to announce the lecture ‘Constitutionalism beyond the state: Myth or necessity?’ by Jean L. Cohen. Prof. Cohen visits Oslo to participate in the RECON workshop ‘The European political order: State-less but democratic and just?’ organized by ARENA. Read more.

Abstract: The emergence of global governance and global laws that directly affect individuals and regulate the conduct of states toward their own citizens raise questions about the basic hierarchy of authority among states, regional bodies and global institutions. The legitimacy of global law and governance is particularly contested when they have constitutionalism- and democracy-eviscerating effects. In this lecture, Prof. Cohen asks what kind of constitutionalism is appropriate beyond the state, and what the relation among distinct and competing legal orders should be. She argues in favour of a human rights-oriented constitutionalism, which would require a reform of the global political system. 

Full abstract and paper can be downloaded here.

Venue: Undervisningsrom 2, Georg Sverdrups hus (University library).

No registration required.


Workshop programme

Restricted to invited guests

Venue: ARENA – Centre for European Studies. Where to find us


Thursday 30 September



Erik O. Eriksen and John Erik Fossum
ARENA, University of Oslo


Transnational justice and democracy

Rainer Forst
Johann Wolfgang Goethe University

Comment: Kjartan Koch-Mikalsen , Norwegian University of Science and Technology


Coffee break


The state between facts and norms. A reflection on the analysis of the concept of the state

Daniel Gaus
ARENA, University of Oslo

Comment: Cathrine Holst, ARENA, University of Oslo



Friday 1 October


Democratic authority beyond coercion. The idea of formal statehood

Rainer Schmalz-Bruns
University of Hanover

Comment:  John Erik Fossum, ARENA, University of Oslo


Coffee break


On the political theory of the European Union – a rights-based state-less government

Erik O. Eriksen
ARENA, University of Oslo

Comment: Jean Cohen, Columbia University

For more information, please contact Daniel Gaus (ARENA)