Université de Fribourg

Institutionalising global demoi-cracy

Besson, Samantha

In: Justice, Legitimacy and Public International Law, 2009, p. 58-91

Université de Fribourg

European Human Rights, Supranational Judicial Review and Democracy - Thinking outside the judicial box

Besson, Samantha

In: Human Rights Protection in the European Legal Order: Interaction between European Courts and National Courts, 2011, p. 97-145

Université de Fribourg

Europe as a Demoi-cratic Polity

Besson, Samantha

In: Retfaerd - Nordisk Juridisk Tidsskrift, 2007/30/1/116/3-21

The question of democratic legitimacy in Europe has resurfaced with a particular gravity after the French and Dutch rejection of the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe in 2005. By concentrating on the supranational or international level of governance in the EU, accounts of European democracy propounded since the early 1990s have diverted attention away from the national level. Since...

Université de Fribourg

Human Rights and Democracy in a Global Context - Decoupling and Recoupling

Besson, Samantha

In: Ethics and Global Politics, 2011, vol. 4, no. 1, p. 19-50

Human rights and democracy have been regarded as a mutually reinforcing couple by many political theorists to date. The internationalisation of human rights post-1945 is often said to have severed those links, however. Accounting for the legitimacy of international human rights requires exploring how human rights and democracy, once they have been decoupled or disconnected, can be recoupled or...