Decent Society

Modernization and globalization have not only aggravated existing inequalities between, as well as within, societies but have also produced new forms of inequality. The research focus Decent Society maps the realities of (in)justice under conditions of multi-scalar governance and legal pluralism as well as delineating new spaces in which citizens and non-citizens strive for justice. Contemporary processes of juridification and multinormativity are reshaping and redrawing the boundaries between domestic and international law as well as between politics and policy. Furthermore, they pose new challenges for democracy, governance, and the exercise of individual and collective citizenship rights under conditions of the dismantling of the rule of law in various societies.


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