The Role of of the City in International Law and Governance

Miha Marcenko is researching the role of the city in international law and governance with a special focus on international urban-housing governance. The city, as a discursive framework, is on the international level developed by a network of international institutions, transnational intercity organisations and NGOs each bringing their own interests and ideologies to the table. By looking at the practices of several institutional actors, the role of the city becomes a specific expression of the transformation of interstate international law into a wider global governance regime. And this in turn raises the questions of the role of the state in international law and governance, as well as of the potentials of increased democratic participation in international policy-making. However, the development of the role of the city also points to integral ambivalence permeating international law and governance as it is used for often conflicting social and political aims.