By Nico Krisch – The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have serious domestic and international political consequences and to exacerbate existing trends to reshape the landscape of international and transnational institutions. These six trends, when combined, could be dangerous for the structure of global governance as we know it.
Life in the time of COVID: First reactions, future directions
By Adam Przeworski - This piece reflects on the various events brought on by coronavirus and speculates on their long-term consequences. It contemplates the state of our beliefs,…
The politics of methods in the controversy over how to treat coronavirus
By Annabelle Littoz-Monnet & Juanita Uribe - The quest to find a Covid-19 treatment has incited a highly publicized debate related to longstanding questions about scientific…
What can evolution tell us about governance and the COVID-19 crisis?
By Velibor Jakovleski - The COVID-19 pandemic has increased speculation about what the future of the global order will look like. This piece attempts to makes sense of prevailing…
COVID, Crisis and Change in Global Governance
By Nico Krisch - The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have serious domestic and international political consequences and to exacerbate existing trends to reshape the landscape of…
Governance, in crisis: What COVID-19 means for the present and future of global governance
Introducing a new series of think pieces to reflect critically on the limits (or untapped potential) of existing governance systems and innovative ways to solve future global…
How will the Covid-19 pandemic reshape refugee and migration governance?
By Kristin Bergtora Sandvik & Adele Garnier - The blog identifies marginalisation, legal distancing and the ambiguity of care as the key characteristics of the Covid-19…
Why the ICRC should think twice about its work on urban violence
By Miriam Bradley - The ICRC’s work on urban violence has led to significant and surprising shifts in its humanitarian boundaries—shifts that may damage its ability to carry…
Crises Reveal UN Shortcomings
By Stephen Browne - Is the UN really capable of finding timely solutions to global problems? The coronavirus pandemic and environmental crises are testing the operations of the UN…
Introducing a new series of think pieces to reflect critically on the limits (or untapped potential) of existing governance systems and innovative ways to solve future global challenges.
By Kristin Bergtora Sandvik & Adele Garnier – The blog identifies marginalisation, legal distancing and the ambiguity of care as the key characteristics of the Covid-19 pandemic response currently reshaping refugee and migration governance.
By Elisabeth Dubois – Understanding the growing trend and reliance on emerging digital technologies, and the need for their improved governance, will be critical in the response to COVID-19 and future crises.
Democratizing international negotiations? Towards a virtual and inclusive negotiation for the world after COVID-19
By Jerome Bellion-Jourdan – This blog post explores the potential to launch a virtual and inclusive negotiation to lay the foundations for future formats of international negotiations after COVID-19, with the possible drafting of a “Shared Humanity Charter”. Using innovative technological solutions and collaborative methods, this would be a first activity of the emerging International Negotiation Platform.
By Michelle Bentley – Covid-19 will radically change and challenge global action on biological weapons. By demonstrating the extreme consequences of biological warfare (both in terms of public health and social disruption), the pandemic will redefine the current debate and put new pressure on international actors to address the threat through global governance structures.
By Christopher Szabla – The outbreak of Covid-19 has closed borders around the world, appearing to have deepened a crisis in globalization that has challenged the mobility of people, goods, and services between countries and even within them. Can global governance norms and institutions play a role in restoring or even improving movement in a post-Covid world given an ongoing hostility to them? History provides an indication that such a crisis may be as much of an opportunity to rearticulate an international regime as it is a potential hazard for it.
Let’s Think Beyond Kyoto, Paris and Social Movements: The Legal Responsibility of Private Actors for Climate Change
By Gor Samvel – In the post-COVID19 world, neither a state-centric Paris Agreement, nor social movements will be sufficient to deal with climate change. The pandemic, most probably to be followed by an economic crisis, presents us with a historic choice about the future diversity and sustainability of our energy sources.
By Dennis Rodgers – Thinking about order provision in spatial, organisational, and authoritative terms shows how gang governance has evolved locally and reveals examples of “gangsterisation” at the national and global levels.
By Naghmeh Nasiritousi – It is not a question of either or, the Paris Agreement is necessary but needs to be strengthened with complementary initiatives.
By Urs Luterbacher – Why leading by example sometimes does not pay, and why a return to the principles of the Kyoto Protocol is necessary.
By Thomas G. Weiss – With the Trump administration’s aberrant attacks on international institutions short-sighted and missing the mark, Democrats should once again champion multilateralism.
By Nico Krisch – If (re)designed based on the principle of subsidiarity, international investment adjudication could supplement rather than substitute or challenge domestic processes.
By Jerome Bellion-Jourdan – States are not off the hook in the “Business and Human Rights” agenda: a key take away of recent events at the United Nations and beyond; a timely reminder of the “smart mix of measures” foreseen by the UN Guiding Principles for States to foster business respect for human rights; a strong call on States to act, along with business, against the background of Kofi Annan’s warning: “if we cannot make globalization work for all, in the end it will work for none.”
By Velibor Jakovleski – The ILO’s Centenary Declaration seeks a reinvigorated role for the organization in the global governance of work. But it could end up as just another example of compromised adaptation to rapidly changing circumstances.