Seminar Series

The Global Governance Centre offers three seminar series.


Global Governance Colloquium Series

The Global Governance Colloquium series aims to build a denser research community by providing scholars of governance issues a platform to present and discuss works in progress across disciplinary boundaries. The colloquia take place biweekly on Mondays over lunchtime.

For a list of past events in this series, consult our events page.


International Geneva Luncheons


The Centre works closely with the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) to co-organise up to two International Geneva Luncheons every semester with the support of the Canton and City of Geneva. The seminars bring together senior management at the UN with guest professors and Graduate Institute faculty to reflect on cutting edge ideas about institutions and governance emerging in current scholarly research.

International Geneva Luncheons organised in 2018 included:

  • "The Privatisation of International Political Rule" - Ole Jacob Sending, Research Director at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (25 April, 2018)

  • "Breaking Gridlock: Resilience, Innovation, and Leadership in World Politics" -David Held, Professor of Politics and International Relations and Master of University College at Durham University (04 December, 2018)

International Geneva Luncheons organised in 2017 included:

  • "How can international agreements be designed to improve international cooperation?" - Barbara Koremenos, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan (18 May, 2017)

  • "Reputation and Accountability: Understanding the United Nations’ Failure to Effectively Confront Sexual Violence" - Kristina Daugirdas, Professor of Law, University of Michigan (29 May, 2017)

  • "How the Rise of Public-Private Partnerships is Changing International Governance" - Liliana Andonova, Professor of International Relations/Political Science, The Graduate Institute (08 December, 2017)

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The Geneva International Sanctions Network brings together scholars, students and practitioners interested in international targeted sanctions and draws on expertise developed through the Targeted Sanctions Consortium. The group meets regularly for closed workshops and talks, which are organised and moderated by Dr. Erica Moret and co-chaired by Prof. Thomas Biersteker.

Geneva International Sanctions Network events in 2019 included:

  • "Russia’s response to Western sanctions and its pivot to Asia", Maria Shagina, CEES Fellow at the University of Zurich (16 December 2019)

  • "How US foreign policy has affected European exports of goods to Iran from 1971 to 2015" - Pau Maturana Nolla" Autonomous University of Barcelona (9 December 2019)

  • "Can we make leaders good? Positive influences on ethical political leadership" - Jamie Gaskarth, Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham. (18 November 2019)

  • "Trends in U.S. Sanctions Enforcement: A Historical Perspective, 1998-2018" - Miles Harrison, Recent MSc Graduate, Oxford University (4 November 2019)

  • "Sanctions in an era of trans-Atlantic geopolitical divergence" - Chloé Cina, Director of Global Sanctions & Embargoes Team at Deutsche Bank, and Claire Colbert, Vice President of Anti-Financial Crime at Crown Agents Bank (28 March, 2019)

Geneva International Sanctions Network events in 2018 included:

  • "The Art of Sanctions: A View from the Field". Richard Nephew, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University (05 June, 2018)

  • "The Redistributive Impact of Restrictive Measures on EU Members: Winners and Losers from Imposing Sanctions on Russia”. Francesco Giumelli, University of Groningen (27 February, 2018)

Geneva International Sanctions Network events in 2017 included:

  • "The U.S. and Europe in a Brave New Post-Transatlantic World?" - Fabrice Pothier, Senior Associate and Director, Ukraine Project, Rasmussen Global (07 January, 2017)

  • "Implementation of Financial Sanctions – current landscape and emerging unintended consequences" - Dr. Justine Walker, Director Financial Crime (Sanctions and Bribery), British Bankers Association (19 January, 2017)

  • "Friend or Foe? Mapping EU member state positions on sanctions against Russia" - Dr. Maria Shagina, Ukrainian sanctions specialist (28 March, 2017)

  • "Trump, Brexit and EU defence" - Tomáš Valášek, Director, Carnegie Europe (30 October, 2017)

  • "Financial Sanctions and Sanctions Evasion-The North Korean Case Study". Jin Sun, Doctoral Candidate Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (21 November, 2017)

Geneva International Sanctions Network events in 2016 included:

  • Aurélien LLorca, Coordinator, Panel of Experts, UN Security Council Committee on the Central Africa Republic, on the UN’s Central Africa Republic (CAR) sanctions (29 February, 2016)

  • “China’s Use of Sanctions as Part of Beijing’s Economic Statecraft”. Dr James Reilly, Jean Monnet Fellow, European University Institute and Associate Professor, Dept of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney (29 March, 2016)

  • “Legal Complexities of UN Sanction’s Implementation by the EU". Marusa Veber, Visiting Fellow at the Programme for the Study of International Governance, Graduate Institute (28 April, 2016)

  • "Negative Impact of Unilateral Coercive Measures on the Enjoyment of Human Rights”. United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and international sanctions, Idriss Jazairy (11 May, 2016)

  • Book launch. “Targeted Sanctions: The Impacts and Effectiveness of United Nations Action”, Professor Thomas Biersteker, Director of the Programme for the Study of International Governance, Graduate Institute (24 May, 2016)

  • Book launch. “Targeted Sanctions: The Impacts and Effectiveness of United Nations Action”, Professor Thomas Biersteker, Director of the Programme for the Study of International Governance, Graduate Institute (24 May, 2016)

  • Workshops organised on behalf of members of the UN’s Group of Experts supporting the United Nations Security Council’s committee responsible for sanctions against ISIL, Al-Qaida and the Taliban (24 May, 2016)

  • “Japan’s Economic Sanctions Against Russia”. Professor Noboru Miyawaki.  Ritsumeikan University, Osaka, Japan (08 June, 2016)

  • Report presentation, “The New Deterrent? International Sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine Crisis: Impacts, Costs and Further Action”. Dr Erica Moret and Professor Thomas Biersteker (15 November, 2016)

  • "The Interactive Effects of Co-Existing Sanctions Regimes: The Case of Iran”,  Togeir Braathen, Norwegian Refugee Council (08 December, 2016)

  • A conversation on nuclear non-proliferation, European security and sanctions with Benjamin Hautecouverture, Senior Researcher, Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique, Paris (20 December, 2016)

Geneva International Sanctions Network events in 2015 included:

  • “Developments in Iran sanctions”, general discussion by group members (23 September, 2015)

  • “The Sovereign Debt Sanction: Striking the legal equilibrium between foreign policy and finance.” Ramon della Torre, Compliance Specialist (20 October, 2015)

  • “How sanctions impact financial markets. The case of Russia in 2014”. Dawid Jarosz, PhD candidate, IR/Political Science department, Graduate Institute (20 October 2015)

Geneva International Sanctions Network events in 2014 included:

  • “Legality of Unilateral Sanctions”.  Pierre-Emmanuel Dupont, Head of Public International Law and Dispute Settlement at London Centre of International Law Practice (14 December, 2014)

  • “Legality of Unilateral Sanctions”.  Cristian Bobocea, Masters student, Graduate Institute (14 December, 2014)