The Rule of Law in Global Governance

  • Monika Heupel
  • Theresa Reinold

About this book


This book explores whether the co-existence of (partially) overlapping and sometimes competing layers of authority, which characterizes today's global order, undermines or rather strengthens efforts to promote the rule of law on a global scale. Heupel and Reinold argue that whether multi-level governance and global legal pluralism have beneficial or detrimental effects on the international rule of law depends on specific scope conditions. Among these are the mobilization of powerful states and courts, as well as the fit between soft law and hard law arrangements. The volume comprises seven case studies written by International Relations and International Law scholars. Bridging the gap between political science and legal scholarship, the volume enables an interdisciplinary perspective on the emergence of an international rule of law. It also provides much needed empirical research on the implications of multi-level governance and global legal pluralism for the rule of law beyond the nation state.    

Monika Heupel is Junior Professor for International and European Politics at the University of Bamberg, Germany. Her research focuses on the legitimacy of international institutions and on international organizations’ and advanced democracies’ commitment to human rights. Recent work has been published in International Studies Quarterly and European Journal of International Relations.
Theresa Reinold is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She received her PhD from Tuebingen University and has been a visiting scholar at Yale, Harvard, and New York University. Her research focuses on the interaction of politics and law in global governance.                                                   


Legal pluralism Human rights Accountability International relations Multi-level governance

Editors and affiliations

  • Monika Heupel
    • 1
  • Theresa Reinold
    • 2
  1. 1.University of BambergGermany
  2. 2.Leiden UniversityThe Netherlands

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