18 / GLOBAL GOVERNANCE

19 – 24 November 2018        Send to printer


Course directors

Garry Lawrence Jacobs, World Academy of Arts and Science, India
Winston Percival Nagan, University of Florida, Gainesville, United States
Ivo Šlaus, Dag Hammarskjöld University College of International Relations and Diplomacy, Zagreb, Croatia


Course description:

The world we live in presents challenges and opportunities beyond the capacity of even the strongest, most developed nations or group of nations to effectively address without working in concert with the rest of humanity. Peace and security, climate and environmental management, immigration and population, trade and investment, technological development and employment, tax evasion and money-laundering, drug traffic and terrorism compel us to seek global solutions backed by institutions with the capacity and authority to conceive, implement and enforce them. None of these issues can be effectively addressed at the level of individual nation states pursuing their own self-interest in competition or conflict with that of other nations or by bilateral agreements or regional groups of nations. All necessitate increasing and unprecedented levels of cooperation and collaboration by the global community as a whole.

We live in an increasingly globalized world, yet our instruments of governance remain anchored in antiquated, flawed and largely ineffective national level institutions guided by narrow perspectives, misguided priorities, competitive strategies and mutually exclusive objectives. Global governance remains an artificial appendage or after-thought forged by the compulsions of necessity rather than consciously conceived and designed as an integral and essential component of a comprehensive and effective system for human self-governance.

Humanity and its institutions have, no doubt, evolved dramatically from the time a few centuries ago when international relations were decided by the whims of monarchs and ambitions of colonial empires, enforced by the exercise or threat of violence, enshrined in bilateral treaties and alliances, modified to suit the apparent advantages of the moment, and founded on principles of self-interest and balance of power. Today the world is governed by myriad institutions at innumerable levels, including international governmental institutions, charters, conventions, treaties, rules of law, committees, systems, multinational and national corporations, non-governmental organizations and associations relating to peace, security, justice, trade, economy, finance, transport, communication, education, science, technology, culture, religion, entertainment and other fields.

In spite of this multiplication of pathways and instruments for governance, the rapid evolution of global society continues to outpace the development of institutions to guide, monitor and manage the increasing range and magnitude of the opportunities and challenges that arise. The growing gap between the needs of humanity and its prevailing system of institutions severely retards our collective progress and threatens to undermine the foundations of peace, security, freedom and stability on which the gains of the post-World War II and post-Cold War world have been achieved.

This three-day roundtable cum PG course will explore the recent challenges and opposition to the continued evolution of global governance to identify the key drivers of global social evolution, critical obstacles and impediments, the most desirable goals and effective strategies to further progress toward their realization. It will build on insights derived during the Dubrovnik Roundtable on the Future of Democracy (April 2018) and the Paris Colloquium on the role of international organizations in global economic governance (May 2018). It will seek to draw insights from multiple fields—economy, politics, law, human rights, civil society, media, education, science, technology, psychology and culture—and explore the interdependences between them.

More info can be found here: http://www.worldacademy.org/courses/iuc-nov-2018/global-governance


Course lecturers

Zlatko Lagumdžija, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Goran Bandov, Dag Hammarskjöld University College of International Relations and Diplomacy, Zagreb, Croatia
Erich Hoedl, European Academy of Sciences, Austria
Alberto Zucconi, Person-Centered Approach Institute, Italy, Italy
Garry Lawrence Jacobs, World Academy of Arts and Science, India
Stefan Brunnhuber, Diakonie Kliniken Zschadrass, Germany
Thomas Reuter, University of Melbourne, Australia
Elif Cepni, Nisantasi University, Turkey
Tibor Toth, Comprehensive Nuclear Test - Ban Treaty Organization, Austria
Nebojša Nešković, World Academy of Arts and Science, Serbia
Marcel Van de Voorde , Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Emil Constantinescu, The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization , Romania
Momir Đurović, Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts, Montenegro
Zbigniew Bochniarz, University of Washington, United States


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