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Courts and administrations on different levels of governance make gradually larger parts of European and international law. They frequently step in where alternatives fail. The thought of limiting and legitimizing law-making through the separation of powers is as entrenched at the domestic level as it is evasive beyond the state. The workshop sets out to think about the separation of powers in European and international law-making.

Event details of Checking and Balancing Law-making Beyond the State
Start date 20 March 2014
End date 21 March 2014
Time 13:00
Architecture of Postnational Rulemaking

This event is organized within the project ' The Architecture of Postnational Rulemaking'.

Main questions 

The workshop canvasses three broad clusters of inquiry:

  • First, it tries to gain normative traction by asking which ideas and normative programmes underpin the separation of powers in different contexts.
  • Second, can we see iterations of the separation of powers in the practice of law-making beyond the state?
  • Third, what are the implications of structural differences between political settings and how do they affect the separation of powers? 


Jochen von Bernstorff, University Tübingen

Armin von Bogdandy, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law  

Eoin Carolan, University College Dublin

Joseph Corkin, Middlesex University

Deirdre Curtin, University of Amsterdam, ACELG

Diane Desierto, University of Hawai'i 

Mikael Rask Madsen,  University of Copenhagen

Chantal Mak, University of Amsterdam, CSECL 

Joana Mendes, University of Amsterdam, ACELG (organizer)

Kalypso Nicolaidis, University of Oxford

Andreas von Staden,University of St. Gallen

Ingo Venzke, University of Amsterdam, ACIL (organizer)

Benedict Vischer, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Bruno de Witte, European University Institute / University of Maastricht  


Attendance is limited to invited participants. If you are interested in attending the workshop, please send an email to Ingo Venzke,