As Alain Touraine noted, long before the advent of new and social media, "marginally, considered for so long a failure of integration, becomes the hallmark of an opposition, a laboratory in which a new culture and a social counterproject
are being elaborated" (Touraine quoted in Lievrouw, 2006 p.
This is still an uphill battle, because Cartarescu's cosmopolitan counterproject
jars with a resilient tradition both inside and outside Romania.
Unlike the theorists of cosmopolitan law and justice without state sovereignty, the paradox for which I want to argue is that today the rearticulation and democratization of sovereignty (internal and external), configured within a multilayered world order with effective international institutions and an updated international law, is the sine qua non for the emergence of a global "rule of law" and constitutes an important part of a counterproject