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Contestation is currently one major field of research on international norms: does contestation strengthen or weaken a norm? What role does international law play in this regard? How do norm proponents and norm challengers change their strategies in norm contestation processes? Drawing on constructivist perspectives as well as on international law, the articles in this Special Issue explore the effects of norm contestation and its dynamics by analysing the Responsibility to Protect ( R2P ) and the responsibility to prosecute from different theoretical perspectives.

In: Global Responsibility to Protect

This article seeks to shed light on the question of how ‘meanings’ of an international norm adapt to norm contestation and asks whether and how R2P is being adapted to contestation. We contend that the reframing of an existing international norm by norm proponents in order to adapt it to dynamics of norm contestation have not been discussed adequately in the literature to date. Constructivist research on norm contestation could benefit from taking into account concepts in the new institutionalist literature. By combining the institutionalist concepts of ‘borrowing’ and ‘sharing’ with the literature on norm entrepreneurs and their framing-attempts in norm diffusion processes, we conjecture that an expansion in contestation increases the likeliness of the adaptation of the norm in question along the line of the contested issues. We aim to trace this adaptation by analysing the dynamics of R2P’s change in meaning and focus in its process of implementation.

In: Global Responsibility to Protect

This article focuses on the role of justice claims for issues of global governance. Conflicting justice convictions held by states can become considerable stumbling blocks for multilateral negotiations. Normative claims which call for strengthening individual rights, such as human rights or human security, often collide with statist sovereignty convictions, such as the right of non-intervention, territorial integrity and non-interference. Conflicts between negotiating parties also occur on questions of distribution, recognition and procedural justice. The article argues that such justice conflicts affect the outcome of negotiations. Two recent negotiation processes and governance efforts at the United Nations are examined: the Responsibility to Protect (2005) and the Arms Trade Treaty (2013).

In: International Negotiation
Zur Grundlegung der Theologie im Anspruch von Glaube und Vernunft
Die Prüfung des Glaubens vor der Vernunft und die Grundlegung theologischwissenschaftlicher Reflexion sind Hauptanliegen der Fundamentaltheologie. Sie wird in diesem Band auf den Prüfstand gestellt. Zur Klärung einer bisweilen irritierenden Vielfalt von ästhetischen, hermeneutischen, analytischen und bibeltheologischen Argumentationsstrategien will dieser Band eine Diskussion über Ziele, Struktur und spezifische Methoden der Fundamentaltheologie in Gang setzen. Dokumentiert werden Referate einer Tagung über das »Proprium der Fundamentaltheologie« in Paderborn (2009). Sie erörtern Fragen nach den Erkenntnisquellen der Theologie, nach der Wissenschaftlichkeit ihrer Verfahren, nach ihrer Bestimmung als (Glaubens)Wissenschaft oder als Weisheit.