By Marieke Louis and Lucile Maertens – “We don’t do politics!” is often heard within international organizations (IOs) from international bureaucrats, governmental delegates or civil society representatives engaged in multilateral action. Taking these apolitical claims seriously can unveil the politics of depoliticization within IOs, such as the ILO and UNEP, and sheds new light on the legitimacy of global governance institutions.
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 Velibor Jakovleski – The centenarian organization demonstrates that IOs need active maintenance to remain effective and legitimate.
A researcher at the Global Governance Centre, Dr Cannon presented a paper on the effects of financing reforms for international organisations (IOs).
By Lorenzo Gasbarri – In this case, the ECJ explicitly refers to EU law as being international law and at the same time forming an internal legal system. What does this mean, and are there consequences for the interactions between legal regimes?
By Velibor Jakovleski – Are international organizations simply a way to atone for human suffering, or is their symbolic role crucial for global governance?
By Clarissa Brack Burdeu – Humanitarian action succeeds in ‘an ecosystem where we work together to help others’ as Prof. Michael Barnett noted in the introduction of his presentation.
While WIPO is unique in its governance structure and financing model, the organisation is not unique to the calls for reform that affect other international organisations.