Subsidiarity in Global Governance at ICONS Conference

ICON-S-logoAs part of the ICONS conference in Berlin, we’ll have a panel on ‘Subsidiarity on Global Governance’ in which we aim to discuss findings of our recent research project on the topic. We’ll have papers on the general theme (by Markus Jachtenfuchs and myself), on selective subsidiarity in the WTO (by Tomer Broude), on subsidiarity as a guiding principle in international human rights courts (by Andreas Follesdal) and on side-lining subsidiarity in collective security (by Isobel Roele). The papers are part of a broader symposium on the topic that will appear in Law & Contemporary Problems later in the summer. The panel, moderated by Grainne de Burca, will juxtapose different takes on subsidiarity and try to work out whether and to what extent the principle should serve as guidance for allocating powers in global governance. It will take place on Friday, 17 June, from 17:15 to 19:00 at Humboldt University in room BE2 E42. The overall conference programme is here – with lots of exciting talks and panels!

Russian Approaches to IL: Roundtable 13 April

KremlinOn 13 April the Graduate Institute will host a round table on ‘Russian Approaches to International Law’, which will discuss the recent book on the topic by Lauri Malksoo (University of Tartu). The event is co-organized with the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva. Participants will be, apart from the author, Laurence Boisson de Chazournes (University of Geneva), Olga Chernishova (European Court of Human Rights), Maria Issaeva (Threefold Legal Advisors LLC, Moscow), Fuad Zarbiyev (Graduate Institute) and myself. The discussion will start at 17:30. Details are here – all welcome, but please register on the site.

 

 

Accountability in Global Governance: Europe’s Roles

Globe 2016 springToday I have a short piece out in the review of the Graduate Institute, the Globe, on ‘Accountability in Global Governance: Europe as Laboratory, Vanguard, or Obstacle?‘. In this piece I trace different ways in which the European Union – through its judicial as well as political bodies – contributes to the construction of a global administrative law, but also acts in certain areas as an important obstacle to it. The text forms part of a broader symposium on Europe in the World which contains a number of interesting contributions from different disciplinary angles. The whole issue is available here.

Transnational Sovereignties: London, 17-18 March

Transnational SovereigntiesNext week I’ll participate in an exciting conference on ‘Transnational Sovereignties: Constellations, Processes, Contestations’, convened by Peer Zumbansen and Stephen Minas at King’s College London, and bringing together a great group of scholars with very different perspectives. I’ll talk about ‘Liquid Sovereignty?’, drawing on my work on liquid authority as well as my broader engagement with translating political ideas from the domestic to the international level. Information on the conference, also on how to attend, can be found here.

International Law Literature Forum

LitForum pictureThe International Law Literature Forum at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva is a new platform to discuss contemporary cutting-edge international law scholarship. It focuses on work in progress and seeks to stimulate an open discussion of new directions in scholarship in the Geneva research community. In the spring of 2016, it features an exciting programme with papers by Mikael Rask Madsen (University of Copenhagen, 29 Feb), Yuval Shany (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 16 March), Jan Kleinheisterkamp (London School of Economics, 7 April), Ignacio de la Rasilla del Moral (Brunel University, 27 April), Ratna Kapur (Jindal Global Law School, 11 May) and Georg Nolte (Humboldt University, Berlin, 30 May). Information on the different sessions and topics can be found on the Forum website.

Workshop on Adaptation and Change in Global Governance – Barcelona, Feb 2016

BCNWGGBarcelona Workshop on Global Governance: “Adaptation and Change in Global Governance”, 4 & 5 February 2016  

Next week IBEI and ESADE will host an exciting workshop on adaptation and change in global governance – the 4th edition of the Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance – which I’m co-organizing. There is a great lineup of speakers, with keynotes being given by David Held, Pascal Lamy and Javier Solana. The programme is here, the idea below. The workshop is open, but registration is required here.

Adaptation and Change in Global Governance

The world is changing, but its institutions do not always change in the same way and at the same speed. Global governance institutions adapt and change in response to both internal and external stimuli, and they often also provoke changes in norms, structures and other actors. Much of the infrastructure of global governance—including intergovernmental organizations, international normative frameworks, and privately-created bodies—was created in the aftermath of World War II. In many cases, the mandates of intergovernmental organizations and private bodies have since expanded beyond recognition, budgets and staff numbers have multiplied, and legal frameworks have been extended and revised. In short, the world looks very different now from 70 years ago, and so too do the institutions of global governance. Still, many observers decry a reluctance to change, even a gridlock. Against this background, the 2016 Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance asks how the institutions of global governance change – how they initiate and manage internal reforms, adapt in response to external stimuli, and provoke change in other institutions – and what limitations this change faces. Key questions include:

  • How do institutions adapt in response to external changes? Are some kinds of institution more adaptable than others? What determines their level of adaptability?
  • What are the main drivers of internal change in international organizations? How is such change resisted, accepted, and managed?
  • What role does individual leadership play in guiding change in global governance institutions?
  • How do global governance institutions provoke change in international norms, structures, and other actors?

The Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance is a venue for the study of global governance – its structure, effects, and problems – from an interdisciplinary perspective, bringing together scholars from international relations, law, sociology, anthropology, political theory, public administration and history. Its 4th edition will be held on 4 & 5 February 2016 in Barcelona. The workshop is organized by ESADEgeo (ESADE Business School’s Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics) and IBEI (Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals). The Organizing Committee consists of Miriam Bradley, IBEI; Nico Krisch, IBEI & Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies; Angel Saz‐Carranza, ESADEgeo

CfP: ICON-S Conference Berlin 2016: Borders, Otherness, and Public Law

ICON-S-logoThe International Society of Public Law will hold its next conference from 17 to 19 June 2016 in Berlin on the topic of “Borders, Otherness, and Public Law”. The topic and programme are already promising enough, but most of the success of the conference will depend on exciting papers and panels. The Call for Papers and Panels is open until 15 February – submissions from all corners of the broad field of public law are welcome!

New paper: The Many Fields of (German) International Law

I have a new paper out on SSRN on ‘The Many Fields of (German) International Law‘. The abstract is below. The paper is my contribution to a very interesting, Virginia-based project on ‘comparative international law’, which seeks to make progress in understanding how and why international law is understood and practised differently in different countries. Comments and suggestions welcome!

Abstract: This paper contributes to the emerging field of comparative international law with a focus on academic international law in Germany, but also with an interest in the methodology of comparison. It uses the concept of social field as the starting point of its inquiry, outlines the different fields that are at play in international law, and then inquires into the operation of these fields, and their interrelations, in the case of Germany. It highlights particular characteristics of German international legal thought, the relatively limited projection of German scholarship into the transnational field of international law, and the peculiar dependence of international law on the broader public law field in Germany. It then inquires into the respective strengths of field-based and alternative approaches for understanding German international law, and concludes by considering the broader promise of placing social fields at the centre of the comparative effort.

Subsidiarity in Global Governance

PaternosterMarkus Jachtenfuchs and I have a paper out on SSRN on ‘Subsidiarity in Global Governance‘. It is the framing paper for a symposium on the topic that will appear in early 2016 in Law & Contemporary Problems, with exciting contributions from a range of international law and international relations scholars. it concludes a project we have conducted over the last few years and forms part of a broader research endeavour on authority interfaces in global governance which we are pursuing with a group of Berlin-based colleagues. The abstract of the subsidiarity paper is below.

Jachtenfuchs & Krisch: Subsidiarity in Global Governance – Abstract
Subsidiarity has become increasingly prominent in the theory and practice of global governance and international law. It responds to a need for a principled distribution of tasks between different layers of governance and expresses a general commitment to lower-level decisionmaking at a time when many fear that international authority might be expanding too fast. The symposium which this paper introduces interrogates the prospect and limits of the subsidiarity principle in the global context, focusing on different issue areas – regional economic integration, trade and investment, human rights, and international security, as well as cross-cutting empirical and normative aspects. This framing paper situates subsidiarity among competing principles, evaluates its appeal from a normative perspective and develops a number of conjectures about its prevalence, potential and limitations based on insights from comparative politics as well as the case studies in the symposium. The picture that emerges from this inquiry is not a homogeneous one. Subsidiarity is not present or desirable in all contexts, and empirically we find significant variation across issue areas and institutional settings. But the principle is beginning to shape different areas and institutional contexts, and it holds significant promise as normative and legal guidance for institutional design and the exercise of authority in the global realm. The landscape of subsidiarity is bound to remain variegated, but the concept is gaining ground and for many actors holds much appeal as a principled way of balancing the need for strong global cooperation with a continuing emphasis on the value of local self-government.

CfP: Workshop on Adaptation and Change in Global Governance – Barcelona, Feb 2016

BCNWGGBarcelona Workshop on Global Governance: “Adaptation and Change in Global Governance”

4 & 5 February 2016 – IBEI & ESADEgeo, Barcelona

Call for Papers

The world is changing, but its institutions do not always change in the same way and at the same speed. Global governance institutions adapt and change in response to both internal and external stimuli, and they often also provoke changes in norms, structures and other actors. Much of the infrastructure of global governance—including intergovernmental organizations, international normative frameworks, and privately-created bodies—was created in the aftermath of World War II. In many cases, the mandates of intergovernmental organizations and private bodies have since expanded beyond recognition, budgets and staff numbers have multiplied, and legal frameworks have been extended and revised. In short, the world looks very different now from 70 years ago, and so too do the institutions of global governance. Still, many observers decry a reluctance to change, even a gridlock. Against this background, the 2016 Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance asks how the institutions of global governance change – how they initiate and manage internal reforms, adapt in response to external stimuli, and provoke change in other institutions – and what limitations this change faces. Key questions include:

  • How do institutions adapt in response to external changes? Are some kinds of institution more adaptable than others? What determines their level of adaptability?
  • What are the main drivers of internal change in international organizations? How is such change resisted, accepted, and managed?
  • What role does individual leadership play in guiding change in global governance institutions?
  • How do global governance institutions provoke change in international norms, structures, and other actors?

The Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance is a venue for the study of global governance – its structure, effects, and problems – from an interdisciplinary perspective, bringing together scholars from international relations, law, sociology, anthropology, political theory, public administration and history. Its 4th edition will be held on 4 & 5 February 2016 in Barcelona.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Pascal Lamy (former Director-General of the World Trade Organization) and David Held (Professor of Politics and International Relations, Durham University).

The workshop is organized by ESADEgeo (ESADE Business School’s Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics) and IBEI (Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals).

We invite abstract proposals from interested scholars from all disciplines. Proposals should not exceed 500 words in length. Preferred format for all submissions is PDF. Please send your proposals an attachment to esadegeo@esade.edu and insert “Submission: Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance” as the subject line of the message. The deadline for abstracts is 21 October 2015. All proposals will undergo peer review and notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 16 November 2015. Full papers are expected to be delivered by 27 January 2016 for circulation among participants.

Key information

Send submissions: esadegeo@esade.edu with Subject: “Submission: Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance”

Notifications of acceptance: 16 November 2015

Organizing Committee

  • Miriam Bradley, IBEI
  • Nico Krisch, IBEI & Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
  • Angel Saz‐Carranza, ESADEgeo