Research Associate

Goethe University Frankfurt/Main
Cluster of Excellence „The Formation of Normative Orders“
Max-Horkheimer-Straße 2
60629 Frankfurt am Main

Room                1.10 („Normative Orders“ Building)





Since 2009 PhD candidate International Graduate Programme (IGP) of the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” (Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main, Germany)
2009 M.A. “International Relations: Global Governance and Social Theory” (Jacobs University Bremen & Universität Bremen)
2008-2009 Student assistant Dr. Jens Steffek (Universität Bremen, Sonderforschungsbereich 597 “Staatlichkeit im Wandel”, Germany).
2008-2009 Teaching assistant Prof. Dr. Welf Werner (Jacobs University Bremen, Germany)
2007 Research assistant "Radar do Sistema Internacional" (Research Institute, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
2007 Especialização International Law (Faculdade de Direito Milton Campos & CEDIN, Brazil)
2007 Bacharelado Law (Faculdade de Direito da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil)
2005 Bacharelado International Relations (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais – PUC Minas, Brazil)
2004-2005 Internship United Nations Development Programme (UNDP - Brasília, Brazil)


Gomes Pereira, Mariana (2011): ‘Transnational Governance Networks and Democracy: What Are the Standards?’ in: Olaf Dilling, Martin Herberg und Gerd Winter (ed.) Transnational Administrative Rule-Making: Performance, Legal Effects and Legitimacy, Oxford: Hart, 281-304 (with Jens Steffek).

Research Interests

  • Global Governance
  • Democratic Theory
  • Constructivism - IR
  • International Law
  • World Social Forum

Research Project

Setting new standards: an assessment of the potential of Contestation to improve the democratic quality of global governance.

Taking into consideration that the development of a post-national constellation, as it has been unfolding since the 1980s, brings issues of rule and domination to the fore of global governance, a normative reframing on the way we understand its democratic deficit towards neo-republican lines shall be most welcome. As neo-republican scholars suggest, we should be particularly attentive to what is “a deficit in the reflexive capacity of citizens to initiate democratic reform” (Bohman, 2007: 16). Citizens are not only increasingly affected by rules in whose creation they have not been involved in any meaningful sense but, most concerning, they are short of normative powers to properly oppose such governance, reviewing its eventually arbitrary interferences. Nevertheless, present scholarship on alleviating the democratic deficit of global governance is strongly biased towards its input dimension and tends to disregard desirable contestatory practices. Identifying institutional mechanisms that could properly empower the citizen after a certain political decision has been made, ensuring that he or she is not only capable to hold authorities accountable but also - most fundamentally – to question the very standards that sustain global governance’s structure of power, is therefore a pressing concern and it is the aim of my PhD project. The research will take as an important source of inspiration the model of Contestatory Democracy developed by the political philosopher Philip Pettit (1997), hypothesizing that designing mechanisms through contestatory lines could not only present compelling new avenues for public control, but could also compensate for existing limitations and trade-offs in the implementation of other democratic procedures internationally.