Introduction: fragmented territoriality

  • Katja Freistein
  • Philip Liste
Original Article


In this contribution, we introduce a special issue on ‘Organizing Fragmented Territoriality’, pointing to the role of spatiality, territory and knowledge.


territory global governance normativity Law fragmentation space 



The idea of this special issue was launched and augmented during a number of workshops organised in the context of the EU Cost Action IS1003 on ‘International Law Between Constitutionalisation and Fragmentation’, chaired by Wouter Werner. Particular thanks goes to him, Tanja Aalberts, Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, Nik Rajkovic, and all the participants of the COST Meetings in Copenhagen, Hamburg, Lund, Weimar and Amsterdam. It was a great pleasure to meet you all.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katja Freistein
    • 1
  • Philip Liste
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-EssenDuisburgGermany
  2. 2.Chair of Political Science & Global Governance, University of HamburgHamburgGermany

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