Here are the research projects dealing with issues of Governance. You will also find the list of recent publications related to this cluster.

Automated Interpretation of Political and Economic Policy Documents: Machine Learning Using Semantic and Syntactic Information

Professor David Sylvan, Professor Jean-Louis Arcand and Senior Researcher James Henderson (Idiap Research Institute), funded by SNSF. January 2019–December 2022.
This project aims to to develop a general understanding of how state agencies’ policy announcements are interpreted by taking streams of policy announcements and interpretations, annotating (coding) the interpretations by hand, then using machine learning and natural language-processing techniques to develop a model which generates annotations from announcements.
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Bombs, Banks and Sanctions: A Sociology of the Transnational Legal Field of Nuclear Non-proliferation, 

Associate Professor Grégoire Mallard, funded by ERC. March 2017–February 2022.
This project will analyse how the implementation of sanctions against nuclear proliferators has led to the creation of a global system of surveillance of the financial dealings of all states, banks and individuals.
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Bringing the Seed Wars to the Courtroom: Legal Activism and the Governance of Plant Genetic Resources in Brazil and India

Professor Shalini Randeria, funded by SNSF. October 2015–September 2019.
This project proposes a critical ethnography of legal activism around plant genetic resources for food and agriculture in Brazil and India, two mega-diverse countries with large agricultural sectors and vibrant civil societies. In recent years, conflicts over genetic resources in Brazil and India have increasingly taken the form of class action and public interest litigation.
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Can an International Organisation’s Propensity to Reform Help its Member-states Break through Policy Gridlock?

Professor Thomas Biersteker with Professor Cédric Dupont, Cecilia Cannon and Velibor Jakovleski, funded by SNSF. September 2016–August 2019.
Is there an observable relationship between the reform any given international organisation (OI) has undergone, and the effectiveness of that OI? Without disregarding emergent global governance arrangements, this project refocuses scholarly attention to assess the implications of IO adaptation under a changing environment. It posits that UN agencies with a record of institutional reform are more likely to experience policy breakthroughs than those that show few signs of reform.
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Explaining International Organizations’ Mission Creep: How international Bureaucrats Shape Bioethics

Professor Annabelle Littoz-Monnet, with Xinyu Yuan and Ceren Bulduk, funded by SNSF. September 2017–August 2020.
How do international bureaucrats expand their missions in new policy areas? Taking the case of bioethics, this project tests the hypothesis that international mission creep is best explained by the role of bureaucratic entrepreneurs who can steer bureaucratic action.
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The Global Political Ecology of Lithium Commodity Chain (LITHIUM)

Professor Marc Hufty, funded by SNSF. September 2017–August 2021.
In order for technological solutions not to turn into social and political problems, this project aims to understand the issues surrounding the use of lithium, a natural resource presented as an element of importance for the green economy.
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Interface Law: Legal Interactions between Spheres of Authority in Global Economic Governance

Professor Nico Krisch, funded by SNSF. June 2017–May 2020.
This project analyses how the interactions between (formal and informal, public and private) spheres of authority in the global order are reflected in the theory and practice of law. It uses the issue area of global economic governance as an example and focuses on six jurisdictions – Germany, the UK, the US, Brazil, India and China – to inquire into the ways in which conflicts between different layers of law (and informal norms) are processed in judicial, quasi-judicial and regulatory settings.
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The Paths of International Law: Stability and Change in the International Legal Order (PATHS)

Professor Nico Krisch, ERC Advanced Grant. October 2017–September 2022.
International lawmaking tends to be an overly rigid instrument that handicaps change in international politics and global public policy. However, in fields such as international criminal law or the law of international organisations, it has developed rapidly,and often informally. The project aims to understand this contradiction.
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Polio Eradication: Overcoming the Final Barriers and Ensuring a Lasting Legacy for Health Systems (Phase II)

Michaela Told and Stephen Matlin, with Professor Ilona Kickbusch. A Global Health Centre project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. April 2017–March 2019.
This project explores the critical dimensions of the global effort to eradicate polio, focusing on overcoming the final barriers and ensuring a lasting legacy for health systems as well as the role of European countries in this effort.
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To Save and To Defend: Global Normative Ambiguity and Regional Order

Professor Stephanie Hofmann, with Anamarija Andreska and Francesco Romani, funded by SNSF. September 2017–August 2021.
This project aims to understand and explain (1) how the global institutional level relates to regional visions of international security order and (2) why some regional security organisations are more compatible with the UN while others challenge the UN in security matters and suggests alternative orders.
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Understanding the Norms and Practices of Pathogen-Sharing to Improve Global Health Security

Coordinated by Dr Suerie Moon and Adjunct Professor Gian Luca Burci, funded by SNIS. December 2018–November 2020.
This projects aims to answer three research questions :  (1) How can pathogen- and benefit-sharing practices be measured, described and meaningfully assessed? (2) What are the most important determinants of pathogen-sharing and non-sharing? (3) What specific global governance tools and instruments are likely to be most effective?
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