Realising Global Political Justice

ARENA Working Paper 4/2021 (pdf)

Erik Oddvar Eriksen

Image may contain: Organism, Terrestrial plant, Font, Pattern, Symmetry.The notion of global political justice implies that the conditions of justice in one way or the other have been globalised. Yet, the world is inherently unjust. This paper first outlines indicators of dominance, viz., arbitrary rule, which the GLOBUS project takes as the basic criterion of injustice. In order to identify what global political justice requires, the paper undertakes a critical assessment of concepts of global political justice: justice as non-domination, as impartiality and as mutual recognition. The paper delineates indicators of the three conceptions of global political justice. It identifies the main shortcomings of the conceptions. Global justice requires the creation and reform of institutions and of background contexts in which decisions are made. In particular there is a need for giving the affected parties due hearing. Hence, the call for collaborative arrangements. A template for design of collaborative arrangements required by justice as mutual recognition is outlined. In order to address the problem of ensuring justice without rights’ enforcement capacity, the paper discusses the design of a multilevel world order.


This paper was first published as Globus Research Paper 18/2020. It is part of the project ‘GLOBUS – Reconsidering European Contributions to Global Justice’ which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 693609. Available at:

Tags: Dominance, Globalisation, Impartiality, Institutional Design, Justice, Recognition
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