Conference: The Legitimation and Delegitimation of Global Governance Organizations

Bremen, 11-13 September 2013

Conference participants can download all available papers here.

Conference Programme

 Preliminary Conference Programme “The Legitimation and Delegitimation of Global Governance Organizations” as of 2 September 2013

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

13:00 Registration & Coffee (SFG-Building, First Floor)

Opening Plenary: The Dynamics of Legitimation in Intergovernmental and Non-State Global Governance (Room 1040)

Welcome: Lothar Probst, Managing Director, InIIS.                   Introduction: Klaus Dingwerth, Universität Bremen
Opening Lecture by Steven Bernstein, University of Toronto
Chair: Klaus Dingwerth, Universität Bremen
Discussant: Catia Gregoratti, Lunds Universitet
16:00 Coffee Break
16:30 Panel A1: The (De-)Legitimation of International Orders (Room 1030) Panel A2: The (De-)Legitimation of International Organizations (Room 1020)
Thomas Müller, Universität Bielefeld Stratificatory vs. Democratic Notions of Legitimacy: The Evolving Legitimation of Great Power Privileges in Global Governance Organisations, 1919-2012
Maximilian Terhalle, Freie Universität Berlin The Politics of Legitimacy, Order Transition, and Contestation
Catia Gregoratti, Lunds Universitet Occupy, Democracy and Global Governance
Dominik Zaum, University of Reading & Jennifer Welsh, University of Oxford Legitimating the UN Security Council
Ellen Reichel, Universität Bremen The Legitimation of UNHCR, 1970-2010
Antonia Witt, Universität Bremen The Legitimation of the OAU/AU: Between Citizens and Survival
Chair Martin Nonhoff, Universität Bremen Matthias Ecker-Ehrhardt, Universität Leipzig
Discussant Alexandru Grigorescu, Loyola University Chicago Sebastian Botzem, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
18:30 End of Day 1
19:30 Conference Dinner for Paper-Givers, Chairs and Discussants

Thursday, 12 September 2013


Plenary Session: The Rise of Democratic Principles in the Legitimation of International Organizations (Room 1040)

Alexandru Grigorescu, Loyola University Chicago
Something’s got to give? Democratic Pressures and Decision-Making Rules in International Organizations
Thomas Sommerer, Stockholms Universitet
The Opening Up of International Organizations: Trasnational Access in Global Governance
Chair: Tobias Weise, Universität Bremen
Discussant: Patrizia Nanz, Universität Bremen
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 Panel B1: Access to International Institutions as a Legitimation Strategy (Room 1030) Panel B2: Competition for Legitimacy (Room 1020)
Rainer Baumann, Universität Duisburg-Essen When Do Non-State Actors Get Admitted to State Delegations at International Conferences? The Case of Climate Change Policy
Tobias Weise, Universität Bremen The Opening Up of Intergovernmental Security Organizations
Pawel P. Pustelnik, Cardiff University Competition for Legitimacy in Global Environmental Governance: ICAO, EU and Emission Trading for International Aviation
Burkard Eberlein, Ian Hutchinson & Alan J. Richards, York University Toronto (De)Legitimating Global Governance Organizations: The Case of International Accounting Standards
Chair Bernd Schlipphak, Universität Münster Catia Gregoratti, Lunds Universitet
Discussant Thomas Sommerer, Stockholms Universitet Steven Bernstein, University of Toronto
12:30 Lunch Break
14:00 Panel C1: Public Attitudes towards International Organizations (Room 1030) Panel C2: Legitimation Dynamics in Public and Private Global Governance (Room 1020)
Matthias Ecker-Ehrhardt, Universität Leipzig Why do they want the UN to decide? A Two-step Approach to the Formation of Public Support for Global Authority                                   Bernd Schlipphak, Universität Münster Do Actions Matter Directly or Indirectly? The Social Legitimacy of International Organizations and Public Deliberation                Henning Schmidtke, Universität Bremen The Entry of the Laity into the Altar of International Relations: Why International Institutions become Publicly Contested Berenike Prem, Universität Bremen Just Warriors or Just Mercenaries? The Framing Contest between Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) and Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) over the Public Image of Private Contractors
Ina Lehmann, Universität Bremen The Legitimation of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 1970-2010
Chair Tobias Weise, Universität Bremen Antonia Witt, Universität Bremen
Discussant Dominik Zaum, University of Reading Andrea Schneiker, Universität Siegen
16:00 Coffee Break

Roundtable: The Practice of Legitimation: Strategies, Challenges and Dilemmas (Room 1040)

Jan Aart Scholte, University of Gothenburg
Inge Kaul, Hertie School of Governance and former Director, Office of Development Studies, UNDP
Michael Hammer, Director International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC), London
María Pérez-Esteve, World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva
Chairs: Ellen Reichel and Antonia Witt, Universität Bremen
18:00 End of Day 2

Friday, 13 September 2013

9:00 Panel D1: Sources and Effects of Legitimacy (Room 1030) Panel D2: Contested Legitimation Norms (Room 1020)
Maxi Ussar, London School of Economics Legitimising International Development Organisations – a False Claim to ‘Moral Authority’?
Gisela Hirschmann, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung Accountability and the Legitimation of IO Authority
Marie Sudreau & Juan P. Bohoslavsky, UNCTAD Does Legitimacy Make a Difference? The Case of The UNCTAD’s Principles on Responsible Sovereign Financing
Sophie Eisentraut, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung Judging Rule Beyond the State: States’ Requirements of Legitimate Global Governance
Clara Brandi, German Development Institute Legitimation Norms in Global Economic Governance
Chair Jan Aart Scholte, University of Gothenburg Ina Lehmann, Universität Bremen
Discussant Anders Uhlin, Lunds Universitet Aletta Mondré, Universität Duisburg-Essen
11:00 Coffee Break
11:30 Panel E1: Legitimation through Symbolic Alignment (Room 1030) Panel E2: Legitimation Research in IR and International Law: Next Steps (Room 1020)
Tobias Lenz, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
The Political Economy of Symbolic Legitimation: Parliamentarization in Regional Economic Organizations Gustavo G. Müller, University of Warwick
The Legitimacy of Regional Security Governance: Accessing Reciprocal Legitimation Among Peers
J. Benton Heath, New York University / Curtis, Mallet-Prevost
Institutions as Arguments: From Legitimacy to Legitimation in the Study of Global Governance
Hans Agné, Jens Bartelson, Jonas Tallberg & Anders Uhlin, Stockholms Universit & Lunds Universitet Legitimacy in Global Governance
Chair Ellen Reichel, Universität Bremen Gisela Hirschmann, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
Discussant Dominika Biegoń, Universität Bremen Jan Aart Scholte, University of Gothenburg
13:00 Lunch Break

Concluding Plenary: Perspectives on Legitimation – Where do we go from here? (Room 1040)

Bob Reinalda, Radboud University Nijmegen
Legitimating International Organizations: Major Lessons – and Major Challenges
Sebastian Botzem, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
International Legitimation from an Organizational Studies Perspective
Chair: Ina Lehmann, Universität Bremen
15:15 End of Conference


We reserved rooms in two hotels in Bremen. For your convenience you can choose either to be located on campus or downtown.

Please use the keyword that we mentioned in our e-mail for your booking, which we kindly ask you to proceed with before July 31. After this day we cannot guarantee for available rooms.

On campus: 7 Things Hotel
Universitätsallee 4

Single Room: € 60.00; Double Room: €70.00
Breakfast optional: €6.50
+49 (0) 421/ 696 77 3 77

Downtown: Best Western Hotel
Bahnhofstraße 8

Single Room: €69.00; Double Room: €85.00
Breakfast included.
+49 (0) 421-30870

If you prefer a cheaper option, we recommend the places below. Please make sure to reserve your room as early as possible, as we did not reserve any rooms at these locations.

Youth Hostel Bremen
Kalkstraße 6

1 Person: €33.50 + €10.00 for Single Room.
+49 421 163820


Townside Hostel
Am Dobben 62

Single Room: €30.00; Double Room: €25.00 (per person).
+49 (0) 421.78015


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You can find the main sites on campus on the map below.

  • Our workshop will take place in the Seminar- und Forschungsgebäude (SFG), located on the campus of the University of Bremen, Enrique-Schmidt-Str. 7, 28359 Bremen.
  • Coming from downtown it is recommendable to take the tram No. 6. The Best Western Hotel is situated closely to Hauptbahnhof, where No. 6 leaves. Please take the direction “Universität” and get off at “Universität Zentralbereich”. The ride takes approximately 15 minutes.
    See the BSAG website for tickets and information. Tickets are also available on the tram.
  • From and to the airport, please take the same line: No. 6.
  • Coming from 7things Hotel it is a five-minutes walk to SFG (see plan of the campus above).
  • Taxi service is available at +49 (0) 421/ 14 0 14 (

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