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3rd General Assembly in September 2020 – online


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 3rd General Assembly and Progress Meeting, which was scheduled in London, finally took place online. Day 1 was fully dedicated to the discussion on the progress of the working papers. This paper, which relies on the measure of “state regulatory space” (state sovereignty in the face of investor protection), was discussed by Axel Marx from KUL. The next paper “Case-study of the UNFCCC regime” was a collaboration between UCL London and Binus University and was presented by Julia Kreienkamp and Charanpal Singh Bal. This paper on climate change governance was discussed by Robert Kissack from IBEI. The morning secession was closed by a paper on the changing role of informal institutions in the regulatory governance of global finance, authored by Fulya Apaydin and Charles Roger from IBEI. This paper was discussed by an external scholar, Colin Provost, from UCL London.

The afternoon session was the scientific core of the 3rd Progress Meeting, featuring five paper presentations. The first paper by ESADE “Case Study of the European Security Architecture: NATO and OSCE” was presented by Ana Sanchez and discussed by Miriam Bradley from IBEI. It provided an overview of the actors and recent developments regarding European security and defence policy. The second paper “Case-study on the World Trade Organization” was presented by a new GLOBE researcher, Bert Kerremans from KUL, and discussed by Yoram Haftel from HUJI. The third paper on the “Case-study on Aid for Trade” was presented by Juliana Peixoto from our Argentinian partner university FLACSO and discussed by Bela Sukmawani from BINUS Indonesia. After a short break, a fourth paper was presented by Thanos Kouliopoulos from ESADE: “Case Study of Cyber Governance”. This paper was discussed by Alexandros Tokhi from WZB Berlin. The last paper “The role of the private sector: corporations’ contribution to the fight against climate change” was presented by Kyle Herman from UCL and discussed by Charles Roger from IBEI.

The second day of the 3rd Progress Meeting started with three paper presentations. The first “Global finance, states and other stakeholders” was presented by David Levi-Faur from HUJI and discussed by Angel Saz from ESADE. The second paper on “Mapping of cross-cutting issues”, was presented by Alexandros Tokhi and Irem Ebeturk from WZB and discussed by David Levi-Faur from HUJI. Notably, the authors provide quantitative analysis of institutions’ international authority. The third paper “Current governance and institutional models’ shortcomings” was presented by Kari Ottoburn from KUL and discussed by Tom Pegram from UCL.

After that, the highlight of the 3rd Progress Meeting started: the “GLOBE Online Panel: What is Global Governance in the Time of COVID-19?” with the participation of Diana Tussie from FLACSO Argentina, Bela Pertiwi from BINUS Indonesia, Jan Wouters from KU Leuven and Tom Pegram from UCL London. This live-broadcasted event was moderated by Jacint Jordana. In this online panel, four global governance (GG) experts from Asia, Latin America and Europe discussed how GG has dealt with the pandemic and the expected successes and failures as a result. The panel looked at how the pandemic has shaped the current dynamics of GG and to what extent it contributes in transforming global decision-making structures in different GG institutions, such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO) or World Health Organisation (WHO).

After that, Jacint Jordana opened the 3rd General Assembly. First, Lewin Schmitt from IBEI presented the new foresight plan by the Commission and connected it to the GLOBE Project. Second, Jacint Jordana from IBEI explained the further development of the GLOBE project such as the publication plan. In the following project manager Adam Holesch, explained the novelties around GLOBE Social Media and Website. The activities of the year 2020/2021 such as the MOOC, the GLOBE webinars, and future dissemination activities were explained after that. KM invited GLOBE members to submit their feedback to the proposed MOOC structure. A Q&A round was the last point of the General Assembly. Finally, Jacint Jordana closed the session with the hope to see all the participants during the 4th Progress Meeting in 2021 in Barcelona.