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 out its core mandate.
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.
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 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.
By Wayne Sandholtz – Evidence suggests that authoritarianism is on the rise and will likely erode the international rule of law and shape how the international order evolves. Here’s how.
By Selçuk Çolakoğlu – The G20 constitutes a platform in which an unestablished middle power such as Turkey can potentially enjoy a rare privileged position.
By Kristin Bergtora Sandvik & Dennis Dijkzeul – While localization is high on the agenda for humanitarian actors, at present, humanitarian governance does not support the localization agenda. To understand better why, we explore three issues underpinning humanitarian governance: the problem construction, consolidation and growth of the sector, and the sorting of civilians. We conclude that the localization agenda is important, but for it to succeed a fundamental change of the humanitarian system is needed.
By Nina Teresa Kiderlin, Pedro José Martinez Esponda & Dorothea Endres – Challenging the common narratives of legal change, the PATHS project investigates the different pathways through which stability and change travel in the international legal order.
By Emmanuel Robert – In spite of their catchy names and enthralling rankings, what do liveability indexes really tell us about cities?
By Jolene Yiqiao Kong, Richard Burzynski and Cynthia Weber – The interaction of three forces – organizational missions, new technologies, and political narratives – will shape the UN system’s approach to AI.