Global Constitutionalism - Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law (website of the journal) seeks to promote a deeper understanding on the foundations, limitations and principles of political order and their dynamics over time on a global scale. The journal is interested in work that refers to constitutionalism as a template for empirical, conceptual or normative research on past, present and future political and legal practices, within and beyond the state.
Constitutionalism is understood here not as the study of a legal document, but as a reference frame for interdisciplinary research with a particular focus. Constitutionalism in a wide sense is associated with the study of the constitutive elements of legal and political practice that are central for the assessment of its legality or legitimacy. Constitutionalism does not presuppose the existence of a written constitution. It merely presupposes the interplay between social and institutional practices in which claims to legality and, therefore, legitimate authority, and democracy are central. Constitutionalism analyses the role of fundamental norms, the type of actors, and the institutions and procedures through which legal and political decisions are made. In a more narrow modern sense constitutionalism focuses on the basic ideas relating to justice (such as human rights), procedural fairness and participation (e.g. democracy) and the rule of law as they relate to institutional practices and policies in and beyond the state.
An overview of existing literature on the topic is available from the Oxford Bibliographies Online in the "Global Constitutionalism" article by Antje Wiener (Full text PDF).
GlobCon invites submissions from scholars of International Law, Political Science, International Relations, Comparative Constitutional Law, Comparative Politics, Political Theory and Philosophy.
GlobCon is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that seeks to develop interdisciplinary discourse about global constitutionalism. It welcomes submissions on a wide range of topics related to constitutionalism, human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
The editors of the Journal are:
- Jeffrey Dunoff, Temple University
- Jonathan Havercroft, University of Southampton, UK
- Mattias Kumm, WZB Berlin and New York University
- Antje Wiener, University of Hamburg
- James Tully, Consulting Editor, University of Victoria
The Journal's editorial board is comprised of scholars from International Law, International Relations, International Political Theory and Philosophy: Mathias Albert, Richard Bellamy, Seyla Benhabib, Armin v. Bogdandy, John Borrows, Jutta Brunnée, Michael Byers, Carlos Closa, Gordon Christie, Jean L. Cohen, Grainne de Burca, Avigail Eisenberg, Michelle Everson, Ezzedine Choukri Fishere, Rainer Forst, Friedrich Kratochwil, Jürgen Neyer, Konrad Ng, Nicholas G. Onuf, Robert Post, Susan Rose-Ackerman , Kim Rubenstein, Joanne Scott, Rainer Schmalz-Bruns, Jo Shaw, Quentin Skinner, Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Stephen Toope, Neil Walker, Jeremy Webber and Michael Zürn.
The journal has been published in association with the Chair of Political Science especially Global Governance, University of Hamburg and the Centre for Globalisation and Governance at the University of Hamburg between 2010 and 2016. During this period Sassan Gholiagha has been the managing editor of the journal.
All information regarding the submission of manuscripts for Global Constitutionalism can be found on the journal's website (website of the journal).
For further inquries get in touch with the managing editor Dr. Yoon Jin Shin.
Activities and Publications
Scholars Workshop: New Thinking in Global Constitutionalism (6 July 2019)
The Scholars Workshop will discuss papers on global constitutionalism/global governance/human rights. One of the goals of the Workshop is to advance global constitutionalism as an interdisciplinary field. Another is to promote the creation of networks of scholars working in similar fields. Thus, the Center invited submissions from a broad range of disciplines including International Law, Political Science, International Relations, Comparative Constitutional Law, Comparative Politics, Political Theory and Philosophy.
Further information can be found in the workshop programme.
GlobCon roundtable with Rainer Forst
As part of the journal a roundtable with Rainer Forst under the titel "Towards a Critical Theory of Transnational Justice" was organised at the Universtity of Hamburg on June 10, 2013. Mattias Kumm, Anthony F. Lang Jr., Miguel Poiares Maduro, James Tully and Antje Wiener have participated and discussed at the event moderated by Maximilian Steinbeis.
The event was made available as a lecture2go (link to video).
Antje Wiener comments "Rescue Package For Fundamental Rights" on Verfassungsblog
In light of the Solange Reversed proposal suggested by the Bogdandy team, Antje Wiener published a comment on the idea of a "rescue package for fundamental rights". Read the full blog post here (full text on Verfassungsblog).
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