by Costas Douzinas / (09 July 2018) The historic Agreement of June 17 2018, signed in the Prespes lakes between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) brings to an end an international dispute festering for 25 years. The agreement ensures a peaceful future of solidarity and shared economic development for the […]


*Book review by Albena Azmanova published on (4 May 2018) Costas Douzinas’ Syriza in Power (Polity, 2017) carries a wondrous resemblance to Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince (1513). The latter is penned by a state official turned humanist philosopher; the former by a humanist philosopher turned an accidental state official. Both works scrutinise without moralization the world of politics […]

Human RightsPolitical Philosophy

by Costas Douzinas / Critical Legal Thinking, 30 May 2013 Thesis 4: Universalism and communitarianism rather than being opponents are two types of humanism dependent on each other. They are confronted by the ontology of singular equality. The debate about the meaning of humanity as the ground normative source is conducted between universalists and communitarians. […]

IdeasLaw and RightsPolitical Philosophy

by Costas Douzinas Thesis 3: The post-1989 order combines an economic system that generates huge structural inequalities and oppression with a juridico-political ideology promising dignity and equality. This major instability is contributing to its demise Why and how did this combination of neoliberal capitalism and humanitarianism emerge? Capitalism has always moralized the economy and applied […]


by Boaventura de Sousa Santos / Critical Legal Thinking, 28 September 2017 The Catalonia referendum this Sunday will become part of the history of Europe, possibly for the worst of reasons. I will not discuss here the substantive questions, which can be interpreted as being historical, territorial, respecting internal colonialism or self-determination. These are the […]

Human RightsPolitical Philosophy

by Costas Douzinas / Critical Legal Thinking, 21 May 2013 We will explore the strong internal connection between these superficially antagonistic principles, at the point of their emergence in the late 18th century here and in the post-1989 order in the next part. The religious grounding of humanity was undermined by the liberal political philosophies […]


by Spiros Sideris / / 09.09.2017 Mr. Douzinas, we are in Tallinn were you are participating in the procedures of the Estonian EU presidency, where the parliamentarians who sit in foreign affairs committees will discuss which issues? This is a standing meeting which takes place every six months in the capital of the country […]


by Richard Roman and Edur Velasco Arregui The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks started on August 16 with very little of the fire and fury Donald Trump had promised during his campaign. His pledge to abolish the deal has largely been replaced with a plan to modernize it. Some currents within the Trump […]


by  Josep Maria Antentas In June 2017 a referendum on Catalan independence was announced by the Government of Catalonia, formed by members of the Junts pel Sí coalition, supported by the Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP), for October 1 2017. The Spanish state government opposes any regional self-determination referendum, maintaining that the Spanish Constitution does not […]