International institutions’ role in shaping legal concepts: a comparative showcase
The panel explores the role of international institutions in shaping legal concepts. This takes place on at least two levels: first, it is well-established that legal concepts are generally indeterminate and in need of interpretation and contextualization – second, legal concepts need to be understood in relation to other concepts, leading to complex balancing constellations. In legal spaces beyond the state, which enmesh in various heterarchical ways, concepts are particularly under-defined and malleable. Hence institutions‘ role in shaping legal concepts is crucial. At the same time, international actors are confronted with internal and external contestations over interpretations of the same concepts. In this panel, we take a comparative look at four concepts that were forged in different international institutional contexts: the rule of law and tenure security in the UN (Birkenkötter and Wadlig) – gender equality in World Athletics (Krech) – and the Consumer in the EU (Tagiuri).