15.03.2022: Paths Panel VII: Exploring Paths of Change in the field of Business and Human Rights

The panel put perspectives from theory and practice, from different continents, and from old and new technologies into conversation.

Speakers were: Lara Jesani, Human Rights Activist and Advocate at Bombay High Court, Robert McCorquodale, Prof. of International Law and Human Rights, University of Nottingham and Kebene Wodajo, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Business Ethics, University of St. Gallen. The panel was moderated by Dorothea Endres, PhD Candidate in International Law and Researcher at the Global Governance Centre, The Graduate Institute, Geneva.

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14-15.10.2021: Alternative Approaches to International Organizations in International Law

A pioneering two-day conference co-organized by the Graduate Institute’s Global Governance Centre and International Law Department laid the groundwork for the development of new, multidisciplinary scholarly agendas on the study of International Organizations in International Law.

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14.06.2019: A Norm in the Making: Banning the Global Trade in Tools of Torture

As part of the Graduate Institute’s EU Lecture Series, the Global Governance Centre co-organized a panel event to take stock of the developments leading to the creation of the Alliance and the prospects and challenges of adopting and implementing a global ban on tools of torture.

Keynote speaker: Cecilia Malmström 

Panel: Barbara Bernath, Andrew Clapham, Michael CrowleyGerald StaberockNico Krisch, and Ezgi Yildiz 

13.03.2018: Is the UN a Source of Progress?

The Global Governance Centre was officially inaugurated with a lecture on “Is the UN a source of progress?" by Michael Barnett, George Washington University. The lecture was followed by a discussion with the GGC Co-directors Annabelle Littoz-Monnet and Nico Krisch.

08.02.2018: What is the Future of Global Governance?

Roundtable exploring the state, and prospects of global governance. Are we witnessing a transformation of global governance? What kinds of actors could fill the gaps in resources and leadership if we are witnessing a hegemonic withdrawal.

Panel: Liliana Andonova, Joost Pauwelyn, Michael Barnett, and Kal Raustiala, chaired by Annabelle Littoz-Monnet.

19.10.2017: Targeted Sanctions: The Impacts and Effectiveness of United Nations Actions

Book presentation: Thomas Biersteker (ed.). International sanctions have become the instrument of choice for policy-makers dealing with a variety of different challenges to international peace and security. This is the first comprehensive and systematic analysis of all the targeted sanctions regimes imposed by the United Nations since the end of the Cold War.

02.12.2016: The UN's Normative Role in an Agenda 2030 World

Seventy years after the United Nations (UN) was created, the norms and values codified in the UN Charter are back in the spotlight through the Agend 2030. This conference convenes representatives from the UN system, Member States, academia, non-governmental organisations, and students to identify gaps and generate forward-looking ideas related to the UN’s normative work.

19.02.2015: International Affairs Today: Towards Order or Anarchy?

World affairs today appear to ignore ‘order.’ Enshrined in the age-old Westphalian system, the role of the nation-state is more than ever under challenge. Governments compete with multinational businesses, NGOs and ever-multiplying informal networks to attempt to control the narrative.

Panel: Michael ParmlyMichael MollerMiguel Angel Moratinos, Jussi HanhimakiMohamed Mahmoud Mohamedou, and Frederic Koller

Governing Plastic: The Global Political Economy and Regulation of Plastic Production and Pollution

Project Lead:  Annabelle Littoz-Monnet

Timeline: September 2019 - July 2021

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Testing the Focal Point Theory of International Adjudication: An Empirical Analysis of The ICJ’s Impact on Maritime Delimitation

Project Lead: Ezgi Yildiz

Timeline: January - December 2020

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Explaining International Organizations' Mission Creep

Project Lead: Annabelle Littoz-Monnet

Timeline: September 2017 – August 2020

Research Assistants: Ceren Bulduk, Xinyu Yuan

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Interface Law - Legal Interactions between Spheres of Authority in Global Economic Governance

Project Lead: Nico Krisch

Timeline: June 2017 – May 2020

Research Assistants: Lucy Lu Reimers, Francesco Corradini

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Bombs, Banks and Sanctions:  A Sociology of the Transnational Legal Field of Nuclear Nonproliferation

Project Lead: Grégoire Mallard

Associated Researchers: Anna Hanson, Farzan Sabet

Timeline: March 2017 – May 2020

Research Assistant: Jin Sun

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UN Reform and Effectiveness - What Types of Reform Enhance an International Organisation's Effectiveness?

Project Lead: Thomas Biersteker, Cedric Dupont

Timeline: September 2016 – August 2019

Associated Researcher: Cecilia Cannon

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To Save and To Defend - Global Normative Ambiguity and Regional Order

Project Lead: Stephanie Hofmann

Timeline: June 2017 – August 2021

Research Assistants: Anamarija Andreska, Francesco Romani

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The Paths of International Law - Global Stability and Change in the International Legal Order

Project Lead: Nico Krisch

Timeline: Oct 2017 – September 2022

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United Nations Sanctions and Mediation

Project Leads: Thomas Biersteker, Rebecca Brubaker, David Lanz

Timeline: March 2017 – November 2018

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International Relations Studies and Education

Project Lead: Thomas Biersteker, Marina Lebedeva

Associated Researcher: Félix Grenier

Timeline: 2016 – 2018

Partners: Moscow State Institute of International Relations

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Webinar: North Korea-Iran nuclear negotiations: what you really need to know (Part 1)

Project Lead: Grégoire Mallard, Stephanie Hofmann

Webinar: North Korea-Iran nuclear negotiations: what you really need to know (Part 2)

Project Lead: Grégoire Mallard, Stephanie Hofmann

Global Governance and ‘Technologies of Expertise’

Dr. Ben Williamson and Dr. Radhika Gorur discuss the outcomes of a symposium co-organised by the Graduate Institute's Global Governance Centre and NORRAG. International scholars came together to present their research, identify common research trajectories, and determine a larger joint research agenda around this specific topic.

SDG Portal

Dr. Cecilia Cannon introduces The Institute’s new SDG Portal which provides a window on our research projects, publications, courses, events and other activities connected to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Sanctions App 3.0: real time access to sanctions data

Prof. Thomas Biersteker discusses the new version of SanctionsApp ahead of its official launch at the United Nations in New York.

Bridging the gap between research and UN policy

Prof. Thomas Biersteker, David Haeri and Dr. Katia Papagianni  on how to better bridge the gap between research and policy at the UN in the areas of peace and security, development, human rights and humanitarian action.

Negotiating the Governance of the Internet

Dr. Roxana Radu discusses her SNIS Award winning PhD thesis on internet governance.