Antoinette Scherz

Senior Researcher
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Visiting address Gaustadalléen 30A 0373 Oslo

Academic interests

Antoinette Scherz is a Senior Researcher in the project Enforcing the Rule of Law: What can the European Union do to prevent rule-of-law deterioration from within? (ENROL) at ARENA, University of Oslo and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Graz. 

Her research is in international political theory at the intersection of political philosophy, international legal theory and international relations theory. It focuses on two main areas: the legitimacy of international institutions and transnational democracy. Current research interests include: legitimacy and authority, the concept of the people, political autonomy, migration, human rights and democratic backsliding in the European Union.


Antoinette Scherz has previously been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at PluriCourts at the University of Oslo, a Research Fellow & Permanent Member of the Board of Directors at the Centre for Advanced Studies: 'Justitia Amplificata: Rethinking Justice - Applied and Global' at the Goethe University Frankfurt,  and Research Fellow at the Swiss National Competence Centre for Excellence in Research 'Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century' at the University of Zurich.

She studied philosophy, social psychology and international law in Zurich and Geneva. She received her Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from the University of Zurich. During her doctorate, she visited McGill University and the Center for Human Values at Princeton University.


  • Sandven, Hallvard & Scherz, Antoinette (2022). Rescue Missions in the Mediterranean and the Legitimacy of the EU’s Border Regime. Res Publica. ISSN 1356-4765. doi: 10.1007/s11158-022-09550-7.
  • Zysset, Alain Fabio & Scherz, Antoinette (2021). Proportionality as procedure: Strengthening the legitimate authority of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Global Constitutionalism. ISSN 2045-3817. 10(3), p. 524–546. doi: 10.1017/S2045381721000071.
  • Scherz, Antoinette (2019). Tying legitimacy to political power: Graded legitimacy standards for international institutions. European Journal of Political Theory. ISSN 1474-8851. p. 1–23. doi: 10.1177/1474885119838137. Full text in Research Archive
  • Adams, N.P.; Scherz, Antoinette & Schmelzle, Cord (2019). Legitimacy beyond the state: institutional purposes and contextual constraints. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (CRISPP). ISSN 1369-8230. 23(3), p. 281–291. doi: 10.1080/13698230.2019.1565710. Full text in Research Archive
  • Scherz, Antoinette & Zysset, Alain (2019). The UN Security Council, Normative Legitimacy and the Challenge of Specificity. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (CRISPP). ISSN 1369-8230. 23(3), p. 371–391. doi: 10.1080/13698230.2019.1565720. Full text in Research Archive
  • Scherz, Antoinette (2018). Representation in Multilateral Democracy: How to Represent Individuals in the EU While Guaranteeing the Mutual Recognition of Peoples. European Law Journal. ISSN 1351-5993. 23(6), p. 495–508. doi: 10.1111/eulj.12267.
  • Scherz, Antoinette & Welge, Rebecca (2015). Union Citizenship Revisited: Multilateral Democracy as Normative Standard for European Citizenship. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. ISSN 1369-183X. 41(8), p. 1254–1275. doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2014.969202.
  • Scherz, Antoinette (2013). The Legitimacy of the Demos: Who Should Be Included in the Demos and on What Grounds? Living Reviews in Democracy. ISSN 1663-0165. 4, p. 1–14. Full text in Research Archive

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  • Adams, N.P.; Scherz, Antoinette & Schmelzle, Cord (2021). Legitimacy Beyond the State: Normative and Conceptual Questions. Routledge. ISBN 9780367694975.

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