Hierarchy, Coordination, or Conflict? Global Law Theories and the Question of Human Rights Integration

Journal européen des droits de l'homme/European Journal of Human Rights, no. 3, 2014

27 Pages Posted: 4 May 2014 Last revised: 16 Apr 2015

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Moritz Baumgärtel

Utrecht University - Faculty of Law; Utrecht University - University College Roosevelt

Dorothea Staes

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - Perelman Center for Legal Philosophy; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Francisco Mena Parras

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - Institute of European Studies; Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - Research Group Fundamental Rights & Constitutionalism

Date Written: May 2, 2014

Abstract

One way to address the multilayered architecture of international human rights law is to consider the various theories that have focused on the legal effects of globalisation. Based on a review of nine ‘global law’ theories, this article differentiates between three models of human rights integration. ‘Hierarchical integration’ as found in the theories of neo-naturalism, global constitutionalism, and global administrative law implies the recovery of a global hierarchical legal order. ‘Coordinative integration’ asserts that the most feasible approach to human rights integration is to establish links between the constitutive elements of an irreducible global legal pluralism. Its main proponents are theorists of ordered legal pluralism, neo-institutionalism, and systems theory. Finally, a model of ‘conflictual integration’ has been adopted by pragmatic approaches, critical legal studies, and theories of the Global South. These are skeptical of an imposition of order or coordination and hold that the driving force for the development of human rights law is the antagonistic relation between global actors. Our classification offers a clear and systematic way to deal with these fundamentally different notions of ‘human rights integration’.

Keywords: Human rights, integration, global law, fragmentation, globalisation

Suggested Citation

Baumgärtel, Moritz and Staes, Dorothea and Mena Parras, Francisco, Hierarchy, Coordination, or Conflict? Global Law Theories and the Question of Human Rights Integration (May 2, 2014). Journal européen des droits de l'homme/European Journal of Human Rights, no. 3, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2432203

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Dorothea Staes

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - Perelman Center for Legal Philosophy ( email )

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University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

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Francisco Mena Parras

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - Institute of European Studies ( email )

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Belgium

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - Research Group Fundamental Rights & Constitutionalism ( email )

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