Miha Marcenko is a PhD Candidate at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut. He has a Law Degree from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (2014) and an LL.M. Degree in Public International Law from the University of Manchester, UK (2015). During his undergraduate studies, he spent two semesters in Istanbul, Turkey, studying and working in the international law field. Furthermore, during his Master studies, Miha interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, The Netherlands. After graduation, he worked at the Syrian Legal Development Programme, Manchester, UK, developing trainings on international law for the Syrian civil society and was later an intern at the Tunisian Red Crescent in Médenine, Tunisia, where he worked with refugees. Miha likes to spend time outdoors running, cycling, doing photography, as well as dancing Cuban salsa. One day he also plans to learn how to cook well.
Miha’s project is entitled ‘The Role of the City in International law and Governance’. By using a discursive methodology he is researching how and with what aims the role of the city is developed in international law and governance, specifically focusing on international governance of urban housing issues. He does this by researching the practices and the interaction within a network of international institutions (UN-Habitat, UN Special Rapporteur for the right to Adequate Housing, World Bank), the largest transnational intercity organisation United cities and Local Governments, and the representatives of the civil society (Habitat International coalition and Slum dwellers International). These actors engage in the international governance of housing and urban issues by promoting their own ideologies and goals, and in the process collectively shape the role of the city.
In a wider sense, he looks at how the discursive development of the role of the city can be understood as an expression of the transformation of interstate international law into a wider global governance regime. This in turn opens the possibility of increased democratic participation in international policy-making. By looking at the rising relevance of municipal governments in international policy-making Miha also examines how the role of the state is changing in international law and governance. And lastly, Miha researches the development of the role of the city through the integral tension and ambivalence permeating international law and governance. By examining the role of the city through the interrelated fields of international urban and housing governance, he observes how it is being shaped both by the goals of economic development and human rights.