The workshop rationale is based on the observation that IR research on international law and legalization does rarely intersect with international political theory (IPT). This lack of communication is to the detriment of both research strands. IPT's normative musings on global governance and order are often oddly detached from really existing international law and politics, while empirical research grapples with properly conceptualizing the normativity of international law. The goal of the workshop thus is to search for more convincing accounts of the relation between facts and norms both in empirical and normative research on international law. To this end it aims at furthering links between the research strands, as well as at strengthening the theoretical and practical role law plays in empirical and normative theories of global governance. Ultimately, it seeks to contribute to synthesizing empirical knowledge and normative considerations in political theories of international law. Thus, papers interpreting newest research results from empirical IR scholarship or trends in international law and international legal scholarship in terms of traditional and contemporary political theories of IR, or even developing new political theoretical approaches to international law are welcomed. We also seek papers confronting traditional and recent normative theories with empirical evidence aiming either at corroborating or improving their empirical assumptions in regard to international law. The efforts can also be supported by papers reflecting on the relationship of facts and norms in IPT and empirical research on international law and legalization on a meta-theoretical level.