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GLOBE Online Panel | What is Global Governance in the time of COVID-19?

Tuesday September 22, 2020, from 12:30 to 13:30
Research seminar

Diana Tussie (FLACSO Argentina), Bela Pertiwi (BINUS Indonesia), Jan Wouters (KU Leuven), Tom Pegram (UCL London).
ModeratorJacint Jordana (IBEI)

Panel available in video:

With Diana Tussie (FLACSO Argentina), Bela Pertiwi (BINUS Indonesia), Jan Wouters (KU Leuven), Tom Pegram (UCL London)

Moderator: Jacint Jordana (IBEI)

The world has been hit by the most serious public health crisis of the last 100 years: the Covid-19 pandemic, which has left many nations and economies on hold. The disruptive outbreak of COVID-19 and the ensuing global crisis continue to send shockwaves across the planet. COVID-19 reminds us of the dangers posed by global systemic risks to the protection and safeguarding of human life in our ever more global civilisation. It also exposes a basic contradiction between an enormously complex planetary ecosystem and our still dominant form of political organisation: a fragmented system of sovereign states.

In this online panel, four global governance (GG) experts from Asia, Latin America and Europe will discuss how GG has dealt with the pandemic and the expected successes and failures as a result. The panel will discuss how the pandemic has shaped the current dynamics of GG and to what extent it will contribute in transforming global decision-making structures in different GG institutions, such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO) or World Health Organisation (WHO).

Diana Tussie has a BA in Sociology and a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics. She directs the Master's Degree in International Relations at the FLACSO Argentina headquarters and is a Senior Researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), which she joined in 1987. During her career, she was a visiting professor at the universities of Oxford and Manchester and recently from the German Institute of Global Affairs. In 2017 she was awarded the Global South Distinguished Scholar Award by the Global South section of the International Studies Association.

Sukmawani Bela Pertiwi is currently a faculty member in the International Relations Department, Bina Nusantara University. She serves as the subject content coordinator of courses on regionalism and area studies. She received her bachelor degree from the Department of International Relations, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in 2010. In 2014, she received her Master's degree in International Politics from American University, Washington, D.C., the United States. Prior to joining the Bina Nusantara University in 2015, she was a lecturer in the International Relations Department, UGM, and manager of publications in the Institute of International Studies (IIS), UGM. She has also served as researcher in the Centre for Southeast Asian Social Studies (PSSAT), UGM, in 2010-2015.

Jan Wouters is Full Professor of International Law and International Organizations, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam EU and Global Governance, and founding Director of the Institute for International Law and of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies - an interdisciplinary research centre with the status of both a Jean Monnet and KU Leuven Centre of Excellence at KU Leuven. He is President of KU Leuven’s International Policy Council. He studied Law and Philosophy at Antwerp University, obtained an LL.M. at Yale University and was Visiting Researcher at Harvard University. As a Visiting Professor at Sciences Po (Paris), Luiss University (Rome) and the College of Europe (Bruges) he is currently teaching EU external relations law.

Tom Pegram is Associate Professor in Global Governance and the Deputy Director of the Global Governance Institute. Tom's research focuses on global/transnational governance, regulatory politics and international organizations, with an emphasis on human rights, international standards, and national human rights institutions (NHRIs). His research has featured in the journals International Organization, the European Journal of International Relations, the American Journal of International Law, Governance, Global Policy, Human Rights Quarterly, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, among others. His article (with Prof. Katerina Linos, Berkeley Law), ‘What Works in Human Rights Institutions’, published in AJIL, won the International Studies Association’s Diplomatic Studies Section Article Award 2018.

Jacint Jordana is Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He has a PhD in Economics (Universitat de Barcelona, 1992). His research is focused on topics such as multi-level and transnational governance, regulation and institutions, and policy diffusion. He has been a visiting Fellow at the Copenhagen Business School, Australian National University, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, University of California (San Diego) and Konstanz University. From 2005 to 2010 he was co-chair (together with David Levi-Faur) of the ECPR standing group on Regulatory Governance. Currently, he is Director of the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of Barcelona City Council.

Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program, the Project “Global Governance and the European Union: Future Trends and Scenarios (GLOBE)”, addresses the strategic priorities identified in the EU Global Strategy such as – trade, development, security and climate change – as well as migration and global finance, in order to identify the major roadblocks to effective and coherent global governance by multiple stakeholders in a multipolar world.