The individual in the international realm

Sassan Gholiagha

The major claim of this work is that the individual is ubiquitous in the international realm while it remains under-theorized in International Relations and International Law. Hence, the primary aim of this work is to contribute towards a holistic understanding of the individual in the international realm by providing a “grounded” theory of the individual. To this end, two case studies are conducted, both concerning recent developments in the international realm and both being at the nexus of international relations and international law. The first case study is concerned with the “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) while the second case study focuses on International Criminal Law. In both cases individuals are the main reference point. The work sets out from the working hypothesis that the developments to be described in the case studies indicate a paramount role for the individual in processes of constitutionalisation, but that at present International Relations (as a discipline) lacks a coherent theoretical approach to adequately understand the role and position of the individual in the international realm.

Angaben zur Person:
Sassan Gholiagha hat in Osnabrück und Coventry (Großbritannien) Politik, Soziologie und Völkerrecht studiert. Er ist zurzeit Doktorand am Lehrstuhl für Politikwissenschaft, insbesondere Global Governance an der Universität Hamburg und promoviert bei Prof. Antje Wiener, PhD AcSS zur Rolle des Individuums im Internationalen Raum. Seine Forschungsinteressen sind die Theorien der Internationalen Beziehungen, Völkerrecht, Völkerstrafrecht, Normen in den Internationalen Beziehungen und die Responsibility to Protect.

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