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Silje A. Langvatn is Associate Professor in Political Philosophy at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT). She has previously held positions such as postdoctoral fellow at SVT, postdoctoral fellow at PluriCourts, University of Oslo, Law & Philosophy, fellow at Yale Law School (2016), and Fulbright Visiting Fellow at Harvard Government Department (2009).

Recent publications

Langvatn, S.A. & Holst, C. (2022) Expert accountability: What does it mean, why is it challenging—and is it what we need? Constellations 00, 1– 16

When mistakes are made in political life, a standard remedy is to find someone to hold to account. But when experts who take part in governance make mistakes, they are seldom the ones who are held to account. So, is the solution to make these «unaccountable experts» more accountable? Not so quick, we argue. Case: The severe expert mistakes made in the preparation of the impact assessment report for opening the South Eastern Barents Sea for petroleum activity.

Holst, C., & Langvatn, S. A. (2021). Descriptive representation of women in international courts. Journal of Social Philosophy, 00, 1– 18

"Should Blacks Represent Blacks, and Women Represent Women? A Contingent "Yes" (Jane Mansbridge 1999). In a new article, Cathrine Holst and I revisit Mansbridge's article, which presented a systematic framework for evaluating the costs and benefits of such descriptive representation. Mansbridge developed her framework with elected assemblies in mind.

We look at how the calculus changes when the question is descriptive representation of women in international courts. For this type of institution, we argue, some of the costs of descriptive representation become costlier, and some of the benefits become weaker.

Publication overview in Cristin

  • Show author(s) (2022). Expert accountability: what does it mean, why is it challenging - and is it what we need? Constellations. 16 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). The Proportionality Test as a Test of Public reason.
  • Show author(s) (2021). PluriCourts Lunch Seminar: What is it we disagree about when we disagree about the legitimacy of an institution? A framework for identifying and diagnosing legitimacy disagreements.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Legitimacy Disagreements: A Framework of Analysis.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Descriptive representation of women in international courts. Journal of Social Philosophy. 1-18.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Understanding disagreements about the legitimacy of institutions.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Ulike syn, eller ulike måtar å argumentere for sitt syn. Klassekampen.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Taking Public Reason to Court: Understanding References to Public Reason in Discussions about Courts and Adjudication. 42 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Rewriting Academic Role Expectations in Light of Climate Change?
  • Show author(s) (2020). Public Reason and Courts. Cambridge University Press.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Preface to Public Reason and Courts. xi-xxxvi.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Korleis kan forskarar skape tillit til forskning?
  • Show author(s) (2020). Hvordan kan forskning være med på å skape tillit i samfunnet? ALLEA rapport. .
  • Show author(s) (2020). Eit amerikanisert rettsvesen? Klassekampen. 2 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Domstolar sin legitimitet og klimarettsaka.
  • Show author(s) (2019). What is it we disagree about, when we disagree about the legitimacy of an institution?
  • Show author(s) (2019). Introduction to the Symposium: Political and Legal Theory on the Legitimacy of International Courts. Temple International and Comparative Law Journal. 242-246.
  • Show author(s) (2019). International Courts as Exemplars of Global Public Reason .
  • Show author(s) (2019). Hva er Demokrati? .
  • Show author(s) (2018). What is it we disagree about, when we disagree about the legitimacy?
  • Show author(s) (2018). Institutional legitimacy.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Analyzing institutional legitimacy.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Accountability of experts: What does it mean, why is it challenging - and is it what we need?
  • Show author(s) (2018). Accountability of experts - is it what we need?
  • Show author(s) (2017). What do we mean when we say that there is a legitimacy crisis for human rights?
  • Show author(s) (2017). The turn from justice to legitimacy.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Rawls' political political philosophy.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Post public reason in an age of post-truth politics?
  • Show author(s) (2017). Populist backlashes against international courts - Invited comment on Erik Voeten's PluriCourts annual lecture.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Is there a place for public reason in post-truth politics?
  • Show author(s) (2017). Do we improve the legitimacy of international courts by making them "more accountable"?
  • Show author(s) (2017). Conceptualizing legitimacy in discussions about international courts.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Conceptualizing and Measuring the Legitimacy of International Criminal Tribunals. 25 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Accountability of expertise? Frameworks for addressing the normative challenges of increasing reliance on experts.
  • Show author(s) (2017). "The exemplar of public reason- A framework for analyzing public reason in courts".
  • Show author(s) (2017). ""Use of public reason" or "the public use of reason""?
  • Show author(s) (2016). Unge forskere sprenger grenser.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Should International Courts Use Public Reason? Ethics and International Affairs. 355-377.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Rawls' Political Liberalism Reconstructed. 33 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Public reason - an essentially contested term? Opening address.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Legitimate, but unjust; just, but illegitimate: Rawls on political legitimacy. Philosophy & Social Criticism. 132-153.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Judges as moral experts in courts.
  • Show author(s) (2016). International Courts and non-arbitrary discretionary power.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Et tverrfaglig problem.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Why some international courts should sometimes use public reason, and what that might mean in practice.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Why International Courts should use Public Reason.
  • Show author(s) (2015). The Legitimacy of International Courts: How do we conceptualize it?
  • Show author(s) (2015). Should International Courts use Public Reason?
  • Show author(s) (2015). Rawls on Theoretical and Practical Reason.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Legitimate, but Unjust. Just, but Illegitimate.
  • Show author(s) (2015). International Courts' Public Reason.
  • Show author(s) (2015). How much can O'Neill's justificatory approach to human rights justify? - Comment on Onora O'Neill's Grimen lecture.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Expertise and Democratic Accountability in Courts and Public Administration.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Deliberative demokratimodellar.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Courts and Public Reason: Why International Courts May be a Special Case.
  • Show author(s) (2014). What Does it Mean to Say that an International Court has a "Public Reason"?
  • Show author(s) (2014). What Does it Mean to Say That an Tnternational Court Should "Reason in Public Reason"?
  • Show author(s) (2014). Rawls' Late Political Liberalism.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Rawls' Concept and Conception pf Legitimacy.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Rawls' Concept and Conception of Political Legitimacy.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Public reason and political legitimacy. 23 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Public Reason and the Legitimacy of International Courts.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Politisk filosofi for eit sosialdemokrati. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift. 343-346.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Legitimacy.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Er sosialdemokratiet liberalt?
  • Show author(s) (2014). Daniel Bodansky's Analysis of Legitimacy.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Borgardygder i Habermas og Rawls sine demokratimodellar.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Book Review: International Criminal Justice: Legitimacy and Coherence, edited by G. Boas, W. A. Schabas and M. P. Scharf. Nordic Journal of International Law. 347-355.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Blind Spots and Complementarity in Habermas' and Rawls' Models of Deliberative Democracy.
  • Show author(s) (2014). 17.mai: Frå pølsefest til prinsippdiskusjon? - Kva forhold vanlege borgarar har, og kan ha, til konstitusjonen.
  • Show author(s) (2014). 17. Mai: Frå pølsefest til prinsippdiskusjon - kva forhold vanlege borgarar har, og kan ha, til konstitusjonen.
  • Show author(s) (2013). The Idea of an European Science and Technology Value Atlas.
  • Show author(s) (2013). The Idea and Ideal of Public Reason – John Rawls’ Attempt to Conceptualize a Well-ordered Constitutional Democracy.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Skuggeskrivarane.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Reflections on the ICC-ASP Conference and International Criminal Justice.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Rawls' shift in focus from "political justice" to "political legitimacy": What difference does it make?
  • Show author(s) (2013). Rawls' røyst.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Public Reason and Political Legitimacy.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Meir enn Stemmerett.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Kvinna - Den tause borgar.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Grunnlov tatt for gitt? Demokrati og offentlig begrunnelse.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Frå "De Stummes Lejr" til "idealet om offentlig fornuft".
  • Show author(s) (2013). Ferdamann med stein i skoen. (Svar til Arild Pedersen sitt "Ferdaminne frå Skjervheimen" i Dag og Tid, 27.10.2013).
  • Show author(s) (2013). Eit rom fullt av elefantar (Om ICC sitt statspartsmøte i Haag 2013).
  • Show author(s) (2012). Suggestions for a Value-based Governance: The Idea of a ”European Science and Technology Value Atlas”. .
  • Show author(s) (2012). Rawls on Legitimacy.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Kvinna - Den tause borgaren.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Kva er det norske? Kronikk.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Kortfilm som presenterer Prosjektet Value Isobars og The European S&T Value Atlas.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Intervju om prosjektet Value Isobars og The European Science &Technology Value Atlas.
  • Show author(s) (2011). What Rawls asks of the individual.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Superborgaren. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift. 90-97.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Superborgaren. Dagsavisen.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Reconstructing Rawls' Political Liberalism.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Rawls on "Public reason", Habermas on "Public use of Reason".
  • Show author(s) (2011). Presentation of the idea of an European Science and Technology Value Atlas (ESTVA).
  • Show author(s) (2011). Practice dependence and political constructivism in Rawls' Political Liberalism.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Hemmelig val og offentlig fornuft.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Eit nytt offentlegheitsideale? Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.). 2 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Rawls' Idea of Public Reason - Between "Public Reasons" and "Reasoning in Public".
  • Show author(s) (2010). Rawls om "offentlig fornuft" versus Habermas om "offentlig bruk av fornuften".
  • Show author(s) (2010). Public Reason - Also in Private: On the importance of "Pre-public Reasoning" as part of Rawls' civic ideal.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Private følelser og offentlig fornuft?
  • Show author(s) (2010). Martha Nussbaum - i rettferdas nybrottsland. 23 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Grounding Political Morality- In Mediis Rebus.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Can a liberal state support basic research? A Political Liberal Approach.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Kan ein liberal stat støtte grunnforskning?
  • Show author(s) (2007). Normative grounding in Political Liberalism: "postmetaphysical", "non-metaphysical" or "freestanding"?
  • Show author(s) (2007). Gud i det offentlege, eller offentleg gudløyse? Politisk liberale tilnærmingar.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Feminisme i Tangoland. Fett. 4 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Når sant må seiast- Ein diskusjon av Karl-Otto Apels transcendentalpragmatiske sanningskonsepsjon.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Menn om Menn. Fett. 36.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Martha Nussbaums universalistiske feminisme. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift. 360-372.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Eit muslimsk, feministisk dilemma. Fett. 52-53.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Argumentativ reformasjon. Demo. 30-31.
  • Show author(s) (2004). John Rawls: Ein teori om rettferd. Fett. 41-41.
  • Show author(s) (2004). Aurdal versus Matlary og vice versa. Fædrelandsvennen.
  • Show author(s) (2004). A Systematic Approach to Karl-Otto Apel's Explication of the Conception of Truth. Proceedings of the Durham-Bergen Postgraduate Philosophy Seminar. 73-96.
  • Show author(s) (2001). Distributive Justice through International Law - A Discourse Ethical Approach.

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