International Institutions

Research Department II investigates the institutional conditions needed to achieve just peace. International organizations and international law, along with other “normative orders”, such as concepts of morality and justice, assume a vital role in regulating conflicts and establishing sustainable peace. How must international institutions be set up so that they may function effectively? How can conflict between competing norms be diffused and differing interpretations of law and justice harmonized? What means of implementing global norms are justified? 

Projects within the research program Just Peace Governance primarily address the relation between peace and justice. Both are social values that must be realized through politics. However, these ideas often lead to tensions, such as when competing conceptions of justice come into conflict and lead to strife or when certain perspectives of justice are put aside for the sake of peace. The decisive question here is how to balance competing peace and justice claims and which institutional and normative provisions to take in order to permanently achieve just peace. In short: How can governance make use of international institutions to promote both peace and justice in equal measure?