Antoinette Scherz



Postdoctoral Fellow

Resident at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
September 2014‒March 2015

Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
»International Legitimacy: Concept and Standards«

Project outline:
The legitimacy of international institutions has become an issue of growing importance as more and more states delegate competences to international institutions, where they are no longer under the direct control of their citizens. But when is an international institution legitimate and hence is worthy of support? The concept of domestic legitimacy being essentially tied to democracy cannot be transferred directly to the international realm. Therefore, a different, international concept of legitimacy that does not rely on a political nationalist conception of legitimacy is required. (Antoinette Scherz)

Funding of the stay:
»Justitia Amplificata. Rethinking Justice − Applied and Global«

Scholarly profile of Antoinette Scherz


Antoinette Scherz is in the process of receiving her Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from the University of Zurich in 2014. Her thesis was titled »The Contribution of Normative Theory to the Institutional Design of Multilateral Democracy: An Evaluative Framework for the European Union «.

Main areas of research:
International Political Theory, Institutional Design, Legitimacy, Democratic Theory and the Concept of Peoples

Selected publications:
  1. (with Rebecca Welge),»Union Citizenship Revisited: Multilateral Democracy as Normative Standard for European Citizenship«, in: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2014).
  2. »The Legitimacy of the Demos: Who Should Be Included in the Demos and on What Grounds?«, in: Living Reviews in Democracy Bd. 4 (2013).