Next week will see a particularly joyful event, the inauguration of the Global Governance Centre at the Graduate Institute. Growing out of the Programme for the Study of International Governance, of which Annabelle Littoz-Monnet and I became directors last fall, the Centre aims to provide a platform for understanding how global governance develops, what impact it has, and what challenges it faces and from whom. It is interdisciplinary in nature, bringing together political scientists, lawyers, historians, economists, sociologists and anthropologists in the hope to create stimuli and deeper reflection on the evolution of global governance in an ever more complex and contested world. We discuss scholarship in our Global Governance Colloquium and around occasional public lectures. Research projects at the centre inquire – among others – into United Nations reform, the mission creep of international organizations, international sanctions, and the interface laws between different spheres of authority in global governance.
We mark the inauguration of the Centre with a lecture by Michael Barnett, Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at the George Washington University, and a leading scholar on international institutions and global governance. Speaking on “Is the UN a source of progress?”, Michael Barnett will explore the hopes, fears and problems encountered by the world organization – and shed light on the conflicted world order more generally. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, 13 March 2018, at 18h30 at the Graduate Institute. More information on the event is here; more information on the Global Governance Centre and its various projects can be found here. We hope to involve many of you in the work of the Centre!