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Review of José Alvarez's The Impact of International Organizations on International Law

Besson, Samantha

In: European Journal of International Law, 2019, vol. 30, no. 1, p. 344-349

Université de Fribourg

International courts and the jurisprudence of statehood

Besson, Samantha

In: Transnational Legal Theory, 2019, vol. 10, no. 1, p. 30-64

International courts (ICs) have not only been specifying States’ duties, but have also contributed to the definition of States themselves. The article focuses on the case-law of three ICs: the International Court of Justice qua generalist international law court, and its making of the ‘internationalised State’; the European Court of Human Rights qua regional human rights court, and its...

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...