Realising Global Political Justice

22 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2020

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Erik Oddvar Eriksen

University of Oslo - ARENA Centre for European Studies

Date Written: May 29, 2020


The notion of global political justice implies that the conditions of justice in one way or the other have been globalised. Yet, the world is inherently unjust. This paper first outlines indicators of dominance, viz., arbitrary rule, which the GLOBUS project takes as the basic criterion of injustice. In order to identify what global political justice requires, the paper undertakes a critical assessment of concepts of global political justice: justice as non-domination, as impartiality and as mutual recognition. The paper delineates indicators of the three conceptions of global political justice. It identifies the main shortcomings of the conceptions. Global justice requires the creation and reform of institutions and of background contexts in which decisions are made. In particular there is a need for giving the affected parties due hearing. Hence, the call for collaborative arrangements. A template for design of collaborative arrangements required by justice as mutual recognition is outlined. In order to address the problem of ensuring justice without rights’ enforcement capacity, the paper discusses the design of a multilevel world order.

Keywords: Dominance, globalisation, impartiality, institutional design, justice, recognition

Suggested Citation

Eriksen, Erik Oddvar, Realising Global Political Justice (May 29, 2020). GLOBUS Research Paper 18/2020, Available at SSRN: or

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