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Between Fragmentation and Democracy
The Role of National and International Courts

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  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108403399

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  • Between Fragmentation and Democracy explores the phenomenon of the fragmentation of international law and global governance following the proliferation of international institutions with overlapping jurisdictions and ambiguous boundaries. The authors argue that this problem has the potential to sabotage the evolution of a more democratic and egalitarian system and identify the structural reasons for the failure of global institutions to protect the interests of politically weaker constituencies. This book offers a comprehensive understanding of how new global sources of democratic deficits increasingly deprive individuals and collectives of the capacity to protect their interests and shape their opportunities. It also considers the role of the courts in mitigating the effects of globalization and the struggle to define and redefine institutions and entitlements. This book is an important resource for scholars of international law and international politics, as well as for public lawyers, political scientists, and those interested in judicial reform.

    • Promotes an understanding of the phenomenon of fragmentation in global governance and its consequences
    • Analyzes fragmentation by assessing the challenges posed by a multitude of international actors
    • Explores the potential role of the judiciary in responding to the relationship between domestic and international regulation and politics
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108403399
    • length: 245 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. International political economy and the fragmentation of international law
    3. The impact of domestic politics on global fragmentation
    4. The brittle independence of international tribunals and its effects on fragmentation
    5. The emergence of interjudicial cooperation among national courts
    6. Interjudicial cooperation and the potential for democratization of the global regulatory sphere
    7. How global judicial 'countermajoritarianism' can enhance democracy and inclusion
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  • Authors

    Eyal Benvenisti, University of Cambridge
    Eyal Benvenisti is Whewell Professor of International Law at the University of Cambridge and the Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. He is also Professor of Law at Tel-Aviv University and Global Visiting Professor at New York University School of Law.

    George W. Downs
    George W. Downs (1946–2015), a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, was a leading scholar of international relations, international security, human rights, international law, and public policy. He was a Professor of Politics, Chair of the Department of Politics (1998–2000), and Dean for Social Sciences (2000–9) at New York University. Prior to that, he had been a professor in the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, New Jersey (1987–98). He was the author of Optimal Imperfection?: Domestic Uncertainty and Institutions in International Relations (with David M. Rocke, 1995), and The Search for Government Efficiency: From Hubris to Helplessness (with Patrick D. Larkey, 1986), as well as numerous articles in political science, law, and public policy.

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