On 30 April I participated in a seminar at Chatham House on renovating international governance institutions sponsored by Open Society Foundations. It was a fascinating discussion spanning international finance, health, democracy and human rights. I had the pleasure of leading a discussion on the international criminal court. Strikingly, in much discussion of global governance institutions the question of international enforceability is rarely tabled. Debate is often foregrounded in an emphasis on cooperation and aligning interests over enforcement action in the face of trenchant resistance to transnational regulatory goals. In part, this reflects a prevailing ‘common sense’ position which privileges applying a problem-solving pragmatism to the global governance problematique. Continue reading How can the Int’l Criminal Court be Strengthened?
With colleagues at UCL and the London International Development Centre, we have published a piece on the governance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in The Lancet Global Health. This publication reflects a highly interdisciplinary collaboration which took the form of a series of intensive workshops through 2014-15 convened by Dr Jeff Waage and Chris Yap. The report provides an analytical review of the SDG process, drawing on experts in different SDG areas identifying potential interactions. This exercise generates a Continue reading Governing the UN Sustainable Development Goals
I had an enjoyable time at this year’s International Studies Association Annual Conference. As an added bonus, the meeting was hosted in New Orleans this year. I chaired an excellent panel on Global Governance in the Interregnum which showcased the recent Special Forum published in Millennium co-edited by myself and Michele Acuto. Special mention to the fantastic comments provided by our discussant, Rorden Wilkinson. I also participated in a panel on ‘International Diffusion Meets Domestic Politics’ with some great Continue reading International Studies Association, New Orleans 2015
I have had an article published at Millennium – Journal of International Studies on Governing Relationships: The New Architecture in Global Human Rights Governance. It uses the UN Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) as a way into exploring some of the contemporary scholarship on global governance architectures. The abstract follows:
The global human rights regime has undergone extraordinary expansion in the last thirty years. It is particularly notable for its profusion of state and non-state actors and levels of formal articulation. This article seeks to make legible the human rights governance architecture from the global to the local level, within an Continue reading Governing Relationships: The New Architecture in Global Human Rights Governance
Together with my colleague Dr Michele Acuto at UCL, I have convened a special edition of the journal Millennium under the title Global Governance in the Interregnum. Contributors include: Madeline Carr (Aberystwyth University), Matthias Hofferberth (University of Texas), Maximilian Mayer (University of Bonn), Philipp Pattberg (VU Amsterdam), and Oscar Widerberg (VU Amsterdam). It has been very interesting drilling down on some of the core conceptual, theoretical and empirical questions surrounding global governance. The resulting special edition is intended to contribute to a very live debate on the direction of travel in global governance scholarship. We are grateful to the editors of Millennium for the Continue reading Global Governance in the Interregnum