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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

GGI Resources: Global Governance Wiki

This wiki compiles some of the most influential definitions of global governance and related concepts. It also provides an overview of the most relevant theoretical approaches to understanding global governance.  

Published: Nov 13, 2015 1:10:00 PM

Research Article: A Third Generation of Global Governance Research

Prof David Coen, Director of the UCL Global Governance Institute (GGI), and Dr Tom Pegram, the Deputy Director, have just published a Commentary in the journal Governance which sets out some initial thoughts on an ambitious new research agenda for global governance scholarship.

Published: Oct 9, 2015 1:37:58 PM

GGI Policy Brief: The Global Governance of Climate Change

Climate change governance is in a state of flux; the multilateral architecture that has dominated for the last two decades is gradually being replaced by a more fragmented and decentralised regime composed of less clear-cut institutions. The top-down, treaty approach has been infused with a bottom-up logic of voluntary pledges, and now shares the stage with a diverse range of characters such as bilateral agreements, subnational and non-state initiatives, and national courts.

Published: Aug 4, 2015 4:30:24 PM

GGI Policy Brief: The International Criminal Court (ICC)

The ICC is an extraordinary development in regulatory human rights governance. The apex international enforcement venue for mass-atrocity crimes, the ICC represents a significant ceding of authority to independent judicial structures.

Published: Apr 30, 2015 2:37:55 PM

Research Article: Global Governance in the Interregnum

Global governance is in flux. Scholarship on the practice of global governance has reimagined it as a realm of disputes and confrontation, rather than one of interest-alignment within multilateral interstate forums. A profound sense of governance deficit is provoking critical reflection both within the corridors of power and among practitioners and scholars.

Published: Jan 10, 2015 11:59:00 AM