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Benvenisti & Downs: Between Fragmentation and Democracy: The Role of National and International Courts

Benvenisti & Downs: Between Fragmentation and Democracy: The Role of National and International Courts

Eyal Benvenisti (Univ. of Cambridge & Law) & George W. Downs have published Between Fragmentation and Democracy: The Role of National and International Courts (Cambridge Univ. Press 2017). Here’s the abstract:

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.

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