​Projects in cooperation with Wilhelm Merton Centre

European Constitutional Law - Theoretical and Dogmatic Principles

In cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Prof. Dr Stefan Kadelbach is working on the topic of European citizenship within this project.


Focus "Minority Studies: Language and Identity

The co-director of the Wilhelm Merton Centre for European Integration and International Economic Order, Prof. Dr. Dr. Rainer Hofmann, has been involved in the interdisciplinary LOEWE priority "Minority Studies: Language and Identity" since 2019 with the sub-project "A.1 Minority Rights", which he leads, with the collaboration of Dr. Nathalie Baumgart, LL.M. (Cape Town) (until 2021) and Mr. Moritz Malkmus (since 2021). The subject of the sub-project's jurisprudential research is the international legal instruments and regulations for the protection of (national) minorities, in particular Article 27 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966 and the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities of 1998. The sub-project deals, among other things, with the question of the extent to which the aforementioned provisions of international law can be applied not only to protect so-called old (autochthonous) minorities but also to integrate new (allochthonous) minorities that have come into being as a result of migration movements, while at the same time preserving their independent identity, as is already the practice of the treaty monitoring bodies of the above-mentioned agreements and is advocated in considerable parts of international law scholarship.

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​Legitimation Through International Law and Legitimation of International Law

In cooperation with the research centre "Normative Orders" of Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Prof. Dr Jens Steffek, Prof. Dr Stefan Kadelbach and others investigated legitimation narratives in the discourse on international law and human rights. The research project took place between 2012 and 2017.


The InternationalLegal Order in Global Governance, Norms, Power and Policy

Dr. Alain Germeaux

2022, Editon palgrave macmillan

ISBN: 978-3-031-16056-1

Examines the challenges international law faces and what the way forward may look like

Aims to answer the question of how and why international law impacts the behaviour of actors on the international stage

Draws on an interdisciplinary range of sources to explore a communicative action-based approach

"The Plurality Trilemma; A Geometry of Global LegalThought"

Prof. Dr. David Roth-Isigkeit

2018, Edition Palgrave MacmiIlan
ISBN: 978-3-319-72856-8

Combines a comprehensive overview of recent developments in global legal thought with an innovative research framework

Traces the different approaches to global law back to their roots in social theory

Develops a provocative thesis on a meta-level of discourse pointing to the structural contingency and path dependence that global legal thinking owes to social and political theory

Normative conditions of development policy (research and doctoral groups)

Within the framework of the project, ten scholarship holders, each of whom dealt with topics of development cooperation from their own perspective in their dissertations, developed various approaches to this topic area under the project management of Prof. Dr. Stefan Kadelbach. The project took place from 2007 to 2012 and central theses of the participants' work were summarised in a joint anthology: Stefan Kadelbach (ed.) (2014): Effective or Just? Die normativen Grundlagen der Entwicklungspolitik (Series: Normative Orders, Vol. 11).


Entwicklungund Recht - Eine systematische Einführung

Dann / Kadelbach / Kaltenborn (Hrsg.)

Nomos, 2014, 816 S.
ISBN 978-3-8487-0284-8

The Normativity of Law in Transition

Under the project management of Prof. Dr. Klaus Günther and Prof. Dr. Stefan Kadelbach, in cooperation with the Cluster of Excellence "Normative Orders", conceptions of normativity were elaborated and tested for their suitability with regard to the changing framework conditions of global governance, global justice and legitimacy. The project took place from 2007 to 2012.


Recht ohne Staat? Zur Normativität nicht staatlicher Rechtsetzung

by Stefan Kadelbach (Hg.), Klaus Günther (Hg.).

from the series „Normative Orders“

2011, Campus Verlags
ISBN 978-3-593-39527-2