Supranationality in the Institutional Structure of Mercosur: Border-crossing Regulations of Human Trafficking

Casola, Laura

This project tries to show the connection that exists between a supranational institutional structure and the consolidation of a regional integration process. The main hypotheses of the work is that supranational patterns contribute to create a regional identity based on the common substrate of the member states, which gives rise to a vision of regional common future that generates common projects to reach the integration. Using the case of Mercosur (Southern Common Market), the viability and necessity of introducing supranational features in its institutional structure will be analysed, taking into account the constitutional, political and social characteristics of its members for the solution of specific transnational problems like human trafficking, which is taken as an example to prove to what extent member states are willing to transfer sovereignty to supranational institutions. The project is funded by the German Research Foundation Research Training Group (GK 1261): “Critical Junctures of Globalization” and will be continued in 2011. The PhD project by Laura Casola is supervised by Matthias Middell.