Research Projects

The Global Governance Centre undertakes innovative research projects on international governance across a number of issue domains. Scholars engage with people working at the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG), in addition to the many non-governmental actors working on aspects of public and private governance.

 

Bombs, Banks and Sanctions


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This project provides a sociological analysis of the actors, institutions, networks, technologies and discourses involved in the transnational governance of nuclear nonproliferation.

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Brexit, European security and International Governance


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This project seeks to examine how European challenges can be met most effectively – in the post-Brexit era – in relation to wider security, stability and shifts in international governance. 

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European Union Economic Sanctions

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This project studies European Union autonomous sanctions used outside of the United Nations Security Council framework, with a principal focus on the EU’s sanctions on Russia in response to Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

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Explaining International Organizations’ Mission Creep

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How do international bureaucrats expand their missions in new policy areas? By looking at 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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Interface Law: Legal Interactions between Spheres of Authority in Global Economic Governance


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This project seeks to analyze how the interactions between (formal and informal, public and private) spheres of authority in the global economic order are reflected in the theory and practice of law.

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Remodeling Global Cooperation

 

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The Graduate Institute’s Programme for the Study of International Governance and the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) are looking for creative ideas from Graduate Institute students on how global cooperation should be organized to better respond to today’s challenges.

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The Paths of International Law: Stability and Change in the International Legal Order


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The growing density of interactions between spheres of authority in global governance – the focus of the proposed research unit – puts pressure also on traditional legal structures.

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Targeted Sanctions Initiative


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The Programme maintains and updates a database on the impacts and effectiveness of multilateral targeted sanctions. As part of the project, more than 50 scholars and practitioners located at institutions around the world have examined two decades of experience with UN targeted sanctions.

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To Save and To Defend:Global Normative Ambiguity and Regional Order


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The persistent demand for peace operations has left the UN overburdened. The UN Charter makes provisions regarding the role of regional security organizations (RSOs) in maintaining international peace and security. However, it does not clarify whether the UN has primacy over such matters.

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United Nations Reform and Effectiveness


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Today, the UN faces complex, new, global challenges. Its ability to adapt and reform to address them will determine not only its own fate as an organisation, but also that of the peoples it represents. This three-year project analyses what types of reform enhance an international organisation’s effectiveness.

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