Global Governance Institute



GGI Policy Brief: Innovating Global Public Policy – Cross-Disciplinary Research and Collaboration

Theories of public policy have traditionally been based on the assumption that policies are developed and implemented by sovereign states, designed specifically for the territorially delineated national communities they govern. As the world becomes increasingly globalised and interconnected, these assumptions no longer hold. States are still key players but other sites of authority have emerged above, below, and alongside national spaces. Policy-makers’ spheres of influence do not always coincide territorially with regulatory targets (e.g. transnational businesses) and, in many issue areas, the boundaries between ‘policy-makers’ and ‘policy-takers’ have become increasingly blurred. Most importantly, global public goods challenges and ‘wicked’ transboundary problems such as climate change cannot be solved on the national level alone. 

Published: Aug 17, 2018 10:53:23 AM

GGI Working Paper: Making the World Great Again: Using Global Public Goods to Enhance Global Governance Outcomes

How can global governance (GG) facilitate international cooperation to improve the production of global public goods (GPGs)? This Working Paper argues that using GPGs as the basis for analysis of GG clarifies the cooperation challenges at the heart of different GPGs and provides a coherent framework to assess what pathways are likely to effectively produce GPGs.

Published: Apr 11, 2018 1:43:08 PM

GGI Working Paper: Unlocking the Riddle of UN Reform for the 21st Century and Beyond: The Keys to Legitimate Governance

The United Nations (UN) is many things, to many people, but few engage with this institution and its future in a reflexive and comprehensive manner. This Working Paper explores the potential for UN reform from a holistic perspective, arguing that to make sense of the full complexities of world politics, a whole host of different viewpoints will be required. 

Published: Apr 9, 2018 2:04:45 PM

GGI Working Paper: Basic Income, Labour Automation and Migration - An Approach from a Republican Perspective

This Working Paper examines the relationship between labour automation, basic income (BI) and migration. It argues that labour automation is likely to increase economic insecurities around the globe, putting millions of jobs at risk. Using the republican concept of 'freedom as non-domination', the paper demonstrates that the introduction of BI is an appropriate way to respond to labour automation and prevent domination on the national level. 

Published: Mar 20, 2018 3:25:21 PM

GGI Working Paper: An Empirical Study on the Finance-Growth Nexus in Brunei Darussalam – A Target for Economic Diversification

This study investigates the long-run relationship between financial development and economic growth in Brunei Darussalam and its direction of causality using data from 1975 to 2013. Previous studies on the finance-growth nexus have typically concluded that the financial sector is important to stimulate economic growth and vice versa. However, few studies to date have examined this relationship in the context of small, resource-abundant countries such as Brunei. 

Published: Mar 12, 2018 2:26:19 PM

The Prohibition of Torture: Future Priorities for Research, Policy and Practice

The prohibition of torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment is one of the most fundamental principles of international human rights law. As an absolute and universal norm, the ban on torture cannot be derogated under any circumstances, not even in a state of war or public emergency. States are not just obligated to refrain from using or condoning torture, they are also required to take positive measures to prevent its occurrence, protect and support victims, investigate any allegations of torture, and prosecute those responsible.

Published: Dec 20, 2017 12:18:38 PM

GGI Annual Report 2016-2017

The GGI has consolidated its operations and profile in 2016-17, establishing itself as a key centre for global governance scholarship and practice in London, the UK and internationally. Over the course of the year, we were fortunate to be joined by some of the most prominent scholars and practitioners in the field. The GGI is also at the forefront of a new generation of global governance research, encouraging debate and collaboration across disciplines and issue areas with the aim of devising global public policy interventions that actually work.

Published: Dec 15, 2017 11:50:18 AM

GGI Policy Brief: Responding to the Global Crackdown on Civil Society

Civil society organisations (CSOs) have emerged as active participants in local, national, and global governance processes, often mobilising across borders to promote and protect human rights and hold governments accountable for repressive actions. However, in many countries, CSOs are under significant pressure as states deploy a range of formal and informal strategies to undermine their credibility, financial security, and legal protection. 

Published: Sep 25, 2017 11:03:16 AM

GGI Explainer: Torture Prohibition and Prevention

The prohibition of torture and other forms of ill-treatment is an absolute and peremptory norm (jus cogens) of international law. As such, it cannot be derogated, even in a state of war or emergency, and it can be enforced even against a state that has not ratified any of the relevant treaties. States are not just obligated to respect the prohibition of torture, they are also required to take positive measures to prevent its occurrence.

Published: Sep 4, 2017 2:34:37 PM

GGI Explainer: The United Nations Human Rights Regime

The promotion of human rights has been one of the primary principles of the United Nations (UN) since its founding in 1945. The UN human rights regime consists of a dense array of treaties, institutions and mechanisms as well as an ever-growing body of international human rights norms.

Published: Aug 23, 2017 10:51:32 AM

GGI Explainer: The Paris Agreement

The 2015 Paris Agreement has been breaking new ground in international climate policy. It marks a fundamental shift away from the ‘top-down’ governance model of its predecessor, the Kyoto Protocol. Recognising the primacy of domestic politics for galvanising climate action, the Paris Agreement follows a decentralised, ‘bottom-up’ approach that makes it more flexible and, arguably, more resilient to political shocks such as the US decision to withdraw from the treaty. The Agreement, however, can only deliver if ambition is scaled up over time.

Published: Aug 9, 2017 4:50:18 PM

GGI Policy Brief: Climate Change Loss and Damage

At the 2015 international climate talks in Paris, loss and damage constituted one of the most prominent – and divisive – issues for negotiators. The idea of loss and damage reflects a growing recognition that not all climate change impacts can or will be avoided through reductions of greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation) or adjustments to climatic changes (adaptation): Some adverse impacts are already ‘locked in’ as a result of past, current and projected future emissions.

Published: Mar 29, 2017 4:29:34 PM

GGI Annual Report 2015-2016

The GGI has established itself as a leading research platform on global governance and a distinctive venue for public policy dialogue. In 2015-16, our workshops and events have brought together leading scholars and policy experts, including for a major international symposium on ‘Situating Global Governance Scholarship’. Our public lecture series has featured prominent policy-makers, such as Baroness Catherine Ashton or Elizabeth Dibble, as well as outstanding critical thinkers on global governance, such as Jack Donnelly, David Kennedy and Saskia Sassen.

Published: Mar 10, 2017 3:30:00 PM

GGI Policy Brief: Climate Governance after the Paris Agreement

In November 2016, the Global Governance Institute (GGI) hosted over 30 leading international practitioners and scholars in the field of climate change law, governance and policy for a workshop on the Paris Agreement and its potential to drive forward effective climate governance. This report serves as a summary of the workshop’s discussions, which were held under Chatham House Rule.

Published: Feb 16, 2017 5:00:56 PM

GGI Policy Brief: Global Drug Policy, Human Rights and Public Security: Perspectives from Latin America

This  report is based on the discussions of a workshop convened by The Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS), UCL's Institute of the Americas, and UCL's Global Governance Institute in June 2016 to assess the outcomes of the United Nations Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS). The event, which brought together representatives from academia, civil society, and government, was held under Chatham House Rule.

Published: Nov 15, 2016 11:07:35 AM

GGI Policy Brief: Human Rights & Climate Change: Connecting the Dots

In June 2016, Unicef UK and UCL’s Global Governance Institute convened a roundtable of international experts, drawn from various disciplines, to discuss how human rights apply in the context of climate change, the growing role of climate change litigation and concrete policy recommendations for next steps.

Published: Sep 2, 2016 5:38:31 PM

GGI Annual Report 2014-2015

The UCL Global Governance Institute (GGI) has continued to build on strong foundations in its second year of operations. 2014-15 has been notable for consolidating engagement with UCL colleagues, as well as with our wider domestic and international networks. Our  event series has featured such luminaries as Professor Robert Keohane, Princeton University, and Peter Chase, Vice President of the US Chamber of Commerce. 

Published: Feb 2, 2016 5:13:35 PM