Global Governance Programme/EUI: Latest news on research, Policy and Activities

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The further internationalisation of the EUI, both in terms of attracting non-European researchers and stakeholders and ensuring that the Institute pays increasing attention to the world beyond Europe is a key priority for us. The Robert Schuman Centre is playing a central role in this endeavour through the Global Governance Programme. The reach of the GGP has expanded both institutionally and geographically. Our professors and fellows conduct policy oriented research aiming also at creating a forum for a fruitful exchange between the worlds of academia and policy. Over the past months they have engaged with academics of the calibre of Fritz Scharpf (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies), Anne-Marie Slaughter (New America Foundation), Keith Banting (Queen’s University), as well as officials from institutions such as the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, the European Central Bank and the Gulf Cooperation Council. Among our most recent conferences: The WTO @ 20: Taking Stock and Looking Forward; Domestic Dynamics and Global-Regional Perspectives. Implications for the EU - with the participation of Abdel-Aziz Abu Hamad Aluwaisheg, Gulf Co-operation Council Assistant Secretary General for Foreign Affairs - and Mobility in Crisis: Is Europe Becoming more Mobile during the Economic Crisis or is European Mobility in Crisis? - with the participation of Will Kymlicka (Queen’s University). Our professors also design executive training seminars with a truly global reach, to mention but one, “Mapping China’s Futures” in May. We have set-up partnerships with important institutions, to carry out research on issues such as trafficking of human beings (with Open Society Foundations) and trade regulation (E15 Initiative – International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development and the World Economic Forum) as well as to provide tailor-made executive training, such as in the case of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the International Trade Centre.

Read more about our work and plans for the coming months in this issue, and visit our website to keep abreast with our activities and publications! 



Research in Progress...

Global Economics: Trade, Investment and Development

What are the policy options to reduce regulatory barriers to trade?
Professors Mavroidis and Hoekman,
together with a group of high calibre experts (the E15 Task Force on Regulatory Systems Coherence), will present them at the Nairobi WTO ministerial meeting and the Davos 2016 WEF.
A combination of applied research 
and advisory activities:
Hoekman sets-up the 
Advising4Development  programme.
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The Protection of Democracy in Integration Organisations in Europe and LAC

How do regional organisations, such as the EU or MERCOSUR, implement democratic conditionality clauses? Read more about this EU-LAC Foundation funded project directed by Professor Carlos Closa Montero.

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Knowledge raises awareness and is empowerment. For this reason we created GlobalStat: a public information tool for users around the world that will expand and evolve over time. It offers an incredible amount of statistical data free of charge from international sources and presents them in a user-friendly way for each and every one of us to learn more about how we live, the freedoms we enjoy and the limitations we face in our globalised world.

Gaby Umbach,
Founding Director

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Transnationally Mobile Migrants: Between two ‘Homes’

Today’s globalised world seems to be all about mobility. Yet:

  • Who are today’s transnationally mobile migrants?
  • What forms does migrants’ transnational mobility take?
  • In what ways are they integrated in their countries of origin and in their countries of residence?
  • And what kinds of capital do they transfer between their two ‘homes’?

The AGG: a Successful Executive Training Model


Europe in the World,
Sound Bites on the EU…
Andrew Moravcsik, Robert F. Cooper and
Anne-Marie Slaughter

The success of both the tailor-made and the regular executive training seminars of the AGG lies in the very high profile scholars and experts, who are active in the sector and contribute up-to-date knowledge and first-hand experience, as well as in the interactive learning activities. Through simulation exercises, case study analysis, and structured group discussions participants get the most out of their training experience as they delve in the topic and enhance their skills, for example in negotiation techniques or scenario planning and scenario thinking techniques.
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Upcoming Events

11 June, Divided We Stand: Europe's New Ways of Projecting Power and Influence in 21st Century World Politics, Europe in the World Seminar Series

19 - 20 June: EU Politics of Memory

24 June: When States Share the Reigns: Delegating Decision-making Autonomy in Conflict Management

1 July: Prioritizing Integration Goals in the ASEAN Economic Community

8 - 9 July: Governing Irregular Migration: States, Actors and Intermediaries (Athens – venue: Aegli Zappeiou, Garden of Zappeio)

30 - 31 July: IV EU-Asia Trade Roundtable & EU-China Trade Conference
For more events


The EU needs a better and fairer scrutiny procedure over Rule of Law compliance, Carlos Closa

Regulatory spillovers and the trading system: from coherence to cooperation, Bernard M. Hoekman, Petros C. Mavroidis (Overview Paper – E15Initiative Task Force on Regulatory Systems Coherence)

European Muslims: caught between local integration challenges and global terrorism discourses, Anna Triandafyllidou (IAI Working Papers, produced within the framework of the New-Med Research Network)
Dispute Settlement in the WTO  (Mind over Matter), Petros C. Mavroidis

Upholding the rule of law in the EU: on the Commission's 'pre-article 7 procedure' as a timid step in the right direction, Dimitry Kochenov, Laurent Pech

Societal foundations of European policy divergence in financial governance, Stefan A. Schirm

Bridges to Nowhere? WTO Adjudication and the Academic World, Petros C. Mavroidis, May 2015, E15Initiative blog

Irregular migration in the Mediterranean: four key principles for solving the crisis, Anna Triandafyllidou, 23 April 2015, LSE-EUROPP blog

How should trade fit into the Sustainable Development Goals?, Bernard M. Hoekman, 7 April 2015, WEF blog

Transnational Sustainability Governance in the Global South: A Comparative Study of Producer Support in Brazil, Philip Schleifer 
For more publications

Live Web Event

10 June, 16.15 - 19.00 CET
The Governance of Religious Diversity: Freedom of Religion or Freedom from Religion
with Tariq Ramadan, Tariq Modood, Gurpreet Mahajan, Joseph H.H. Weiler and Bhikhu Parekh 

within the conference 
The Governance of Religious Diversity More or Less Secularism?10 - 12 June, EUI 



Professor Anna Triandafyllidou is the EUI coordinator of the two recently launched projects: “Cultural Base: Social Platform on Cultural Heritage and European Identities” - a three-year research project funded by the Horizon 2020 research and innovation framework programme of the EU - and “TRAFFICKO”- funded by the Open Society Foundations. The former aims to discuss and define/formulate a new policy agenda to address the main challenges and issues in the field of culture. TRAFFICKO instead aims to assess Italy’s anti-trafficking policies and interventions, especially in the agriculture sector in Sicily and in the domestic work sector in Tuscany.
The GGP and the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID) of the University of Manchester launch the research project “On the Political Economy of Measuring State Capacity and Governance: Mapping Transnational Approaches and their Production” (June 2015 – February 2016). The project aims at measuring state effectiveness and will result in an innovative cross-sectional dataset on the political economy of state capacity and governance indicators. The research team is composed of Prof. David Hulme (ESID), Dr. Debora Valentina Malito (GGP), Dr. Antonio Savoia (ESID) and Dr. Gaby Umbach (GGP).

Professor Heidi Hardt is the first Fulbright visiting fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre. Hosted by the “Europe in the World” Research Area, she has been conducting research on the conditions under which NATO develops its political and strategic institutional memory, meaning how it learns in practice from its crisis management.

The GGP is supporting the update of a number of EUDO Observatory on Citizenship databases. In few clicks you can now access useful information on Acquisition and Loss of Citizenship, Protection against Statelessness, National Citizenship Laws, Citizenship Case Law and National Electoral Laws not only in Europe, but also in the Americas.

Dr Gaby Umbach and Dr Ruby Gropas have been appointed Book Review Editors of the Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS).

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