legitimacy


Pragmatism and power at the ICC: US crimes not a priority

The Taliban’s grab of power in Afghanistan also has repercussions for international justice. Law scholar and EUI alumna Sophie Duroy draws attention to a recent statement by the International Criminal Court Prosecutor that essentially lets the US off the hook for crimes committed in the war against terror.

Legitimate governance and the Taliban’s takeover

The Taliban’s ascent to power in Afghanistan marks the end of US state building efforts and perhaps of liberal interventionism. The US and its European allies failed to establish legitimate governance, and thousands of Afghans suffer the consequences. SPS researcher Wolfgang Minatti points out why the Taliban now face a similar challenge.

COVID-19 and the Social Contract: A Lesson from Sub-Saharan Africa

Political theorist and Max Weber Fellow, Eniola Anuoluwapo Soyemi examines compliance with COVID-19 restrictions among citizens in African countries, and locates high levels of cooperation in the mutual respect and obligation people feel towards each other, rather than to state governments.