Program in Global Governance

Program in Global Governance

Funded by the Erin Jellel Collins Arsenault Trust

The political instability generated by the end of the Cold War, in a context of global climate change and growing interconnections among countries economically, culturally and politically as a direct consequence of globalization, has meant that governance at a global level has never been more necessary. At the same time, these dynamics make the shortcomings of the current system all too apparent. In particular, the state-centric global governance system of the post-WWII era, including the almost absolute principles of state sovereignty and non-intervention on which it is based, seem anachronistic in a world where we can no longer pretend to be unaffected by the often dire impact of economic, health and political trends on disadvantaged people around the world. Tragically, the resultant lacuna has only meant that human suffering worsens as the world seems to hopelessly look on.

ISID’s Program in Global Governance was created in 2013 to address this challenge by exploring new, practical ways of filling this governance void. Based at ISID in the Faculty of Arts, the Program is a collaborative effort with the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism in the Faculty of Law. It represents a bold attempt to marry the research and intellectual power of McGill University with the most innovative, if not audacious, efforts by leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors to design new forms of governance that are more appropriate for the circumstances we find ourselves in.

Given the complexities global governance necessarily entails, it is important that a broad definition be adopted in order to avoid inadvertently foreclosing possible solutions. For this reason, global governance is defined as the formal and informal rules and practices designed to promote sustainable, inclusive development and democratic governance.  While such rules and practices would typically be applicable at the supranational and transnational levels, they also could include local or national experiments which demonstrate the potential for wider application.

Generously supported by the Erin Jellel Collins Arsenault Trust, the Program in Global Governance has three main components: Professors of Practice in Global Governance, Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Global Governance, and ISID’s Speaker Series.

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