Antoinette Scherz

I am a Senior Researcher with ENROL “Enforcing the Rule of Law: What can the European Union do to prevent rule-of-law deterioration from within?” at ARENA, University of Oslo and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Graz. My 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.

Higher education and employment history

Since 2022, I work as a Senior Researcher at ARENA, Centre for European Studies. I currently also work at the University of Graz, where I research and teach political philosophy. From 2017-2020, I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at PluriCourts, University of Oslo. Before joining PluriCourts I was a Research Fellow & Permanent Member of the Board of Directors at the Centre for Advanced Studies “Justitia Amplificata” at the Goethe University Frankfurt. I obtained my PhD in Philosophy from the University of Zurich where I worked as a Research Fellow at the Swiss National Competence Centre for Excellence in Research “Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century”.

I hold a MA in Philosophy, Social Psychology and International Law in from the University of Zurich and held visiting and guest positions the Center for Human Values at Princeton and at McGill University.



University of Graz
Institute of Philosophy
Attemsgasse 25
Graz 8010, Austria