Dr Philip Liste

Associate Senior Fellow

Related project

Repetition as a Technique of Global Governing

Current affiliation

Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Professor for Political Science



Dr Philip Liste joined the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Research Fellow from Oktober 2018 to September 2019. He conducted his research in the Research Unit 'Global Cooperation and Polycentric Governance'.



University Hamburg

Political Science, especially Global Governance, Faculty for Business, Economy and Social Sciences

Senior Researcher and Lecturer


University Hamburg

Political Science, especially Global Governance, Faculty for Business, Economy and Social Sciences

Acting Chair (Vertretungsprofessur)


Humboldt Universität Berlin

Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Institute of Advanced Studies

Forum Transregionale Studien, Rechtskulturen

Postdoc Fellow


Goethe University Frankfurt

Institute for Political Science

Researcher and Lecturer


Peace Research Institute Frankfurt

Research Area on Democratic Peace, International Organization, and International Law

PhD Grant Holder/Research Associate

Research Interests

  • Polycentric Power, Law and Geographies
  • Global Governance
  • Transnational Constellations
  • Human Rights & Global Inequality
  • Law & Society Studies
  • Critical Legal Theory
  • Transnational Legal Pluralism

Research Project at the Centre

The Dark Sides of Transnational Cooperation: How Power is at Work in Polycentric Law

In various fields like environment, trade, or finance, transnational legal regulation is a polycentric process, a global struggle for law, during which heterogeneous socie-tal expectations are transformed into legal norms. At the same time, such practice may consist in regulatory capture and/or the production of regulatory gaps. While actors cooperate to achieve certain forms of regulation, the conditions of future co-operation among a global multiplicity of actors are also affected through transnational regulatory arrangements. Global cooperation is thus no longer innocent.

As the recently leaked 'Paradise Papers' have revealed, global cooperation is structured and enabled by a complex arrangement of regulatory fragments and regulatory gaps. Instead of the morality of legal—i.e. legalized—tax avoidance, the more important question is how the complex webs of national and international regulation (or 'deregulation') have come into being and how they set the conditions of the addressed transnational business practice. The widely addressed moral problems of tax avoidance demonstrate that we may not want to welcome (global) cooperation in every respect. A 'cosmopolitanism of the few' (David Kennedy) or even forms of 'international aristocracy' (Philip Allott) do build upon and entail inter- or transnational cooperation. Complex forms of transgovernmental 'network governance' (Anne-Marie Slaughter) 'global administrative law' (NYU) or 'new constitutionalism' (Stephen Gill and Claire Cutler) do not necessarily operate to the benefit of all. Borrowing from critical legal theory, the project seeks to scrutinize the transnational nexus of law and cooperation. It will ask:

  • How does transnational legal regulation structure societal relations of power both across and within nation-state borders?
  • How do networking actors cooperate to 'capture' national and international regulation?
  • How are complex regulatory fragments and regulatory gaps connected? How is global cooperation affected by this nexus?

Current Projects

  • The Dark Sides of Transnational Cooperation: Tax Avoidance and the Juridification of Global Hierarchies (KHK / CGCR)
  • Repetition as a Technique of Global Governing (together with Katja Freistein)
  • New Geographies of Governance: Transnational Law and Political Space in the Making
  • New International Relations Theory (NIRT) - Collaborative Research Network with Anna Leander (Graduate Institute, Geneva), Ole Jacob Sending (NUPI, Oslo), and Antje Wiener (Universität Hamburg)
  • Global Governance and the Legacies in Critical Legal Theory
  • Geographies of Transnational Legal Practice
  • Transnational Violence

Selected Publications

Liste, Philip (2016). Geographical Knowledge at Work: Human Rights Litigation and Transnational Territoriality, European Journal of International Relations 22: 1, pp. 217-239. 

Liste, Philip (2016). Colliding Geographies: Space at Work in Global Governance, Journal of International Relations and Development 19: 2, pp. 199-221 (Special Issue on 'Fragmented Territoriality', ed. by Katja Freistein and Philip Liste). 

Liste, Philip, and Freistein, Katja (2016). Introduction: Fragmented Territoriality, Journal of International Relations and Development 19: 2, pp. 193-198 (Special issue on 'Fragmented Territoriality', ed. by Katja Freistein und Philip Liste).

Liste, Philip (2014). Transnational Human Rights Litigation and Territorialized Knowledge: Kiobel and the 'Politics of Space', Transnational Legal Theory 5: 1, pp. 1-19. 

Liste, Philip, and Wiener, Antje (2014). Lost Without Translation? Cross-Referencing and a New Global Community of Courts, Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 21: 1, pp. 263-296.

Liste, Philip (2014). Völkerrechtspositionen: Die diskursiven Produktionsbedingungen demokratischer Außenpolitik (Positions in International Law: the Discursive Production Conditions of Democratic Foreign Policy), in: Herschinger, Eva and Renner, Judith (eds.): Diskursforschung in den Internationalen Beziehungen, Baden-Baden: Nomos. 

Liste, Philip, and Fischer-Lescano, Andreas (2013). Konstitutioneller Pluralismus der Weltgesellschaft <Constitutional Pluralism in World Society>, in: Bäuerle, Michael, Dann, Philipp, and Wallrabenstein, Astrid (eds.): Demokratie-Perspektiven. Festschrift für Brun- Otto Bryde zum 70. Geburtstag, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, pp. 569-580.

Liste, Philip (2012). 'Public' International Law? Democracy and Discourses of Legal Reality, Netherlands Yearbook of International Law 42 (2011), pp. 177-191. 

Liste, Philip, and Brock, Lothar (2012). Nord-Süd-Beziehungen: Postkoloniale Handlungsfelder und Kontroversen (North-South-Relations: Postcolonial Action Fields and Controversies), in: Staack, Michael (ed.): Einführung in die Internationale Politik: Studienbuch, München: Oldenbourg.

Liste, Philip, and Freistein, Katja (2012). Organisation-im-Kommen: Intertextualer Institutionalismus in der Analyse von Weltorganisationen (Organisation-on-the-rise: Intertextual Institutionalism in the Analysis of World Organisations), in Koch, Martin (ed.): Weltorganisationen, pp. 71-100. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Liste, Philip (2008). Articulating the Politics & Law Nexus: War in Iraq and Practice Within Two Legal Systems, International Political Sociology 2: 1, pp. 38-55. 

Liste, Philip, and Fischer-Lescano, Andreas (2005). Völkerrechtspolitik. Zu Trennung und Verknüpfung von Politik und Recht der Weltgesellschaft <International Law Policy. Separations and Connections between Politics and Law in World Society>, Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen 12: 2, pp. 209-249.