The Chinese Journal of Global Governance (CJGG) is dedicated to the studies of the legal development in the globalization era, and particularly to the global governance and its interaction with the international rule of law. CJGG aims to provide a forum for scholars, practitioners and policy-makers to discuss a broad range of legal issues about globalization, global governance and international law. The journal considers articles that provide in-depth analysis of global governance issues, the impact of global governance on international legal order, and the response of international communities, nation states and non-governmental organizations in terms of international institution-building and international law enforcement. Normative analyses and empirical studies in the area of global governance are welcome in CJGG as the journal will cover certain «core» fields such as international law, international studies, international politics and economics.

Congratulations to Professor Qingjiang Kong, China University of Political Science and Law, the Editor in Chief of the brand new CJGG, for this great achievement. And thanks for inviting me to be part of the Editorial Board.

Jacob Katz Cogan over at International Law Reporter informs that the research project Towards a Credible Ethics for Global Governance at the University of Helsinki Faculty of Law invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Researcher. The information is here.


The Hertie School of Governance has issued a Call for Papers for a workshop on ‘Subsidiarity in Global Governance’ in Berlin on 19 and 20 June 2014. The workshop will gather around 25 scholars from law, politics and related disciplines for an in-depth debate over two days. The organizers welcome proposals from scholars at any level – PhD students at an advanced stage, postdoctoral and more senior researchers alike. The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2013. Details can be found here.

IBEI (Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals) and ESADEgeo (ESADE Business School’s Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics) are organizing the second edition of the Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance, an international workshop to discuss the institutional design of global governance, on 9 & 10 January 2014. The workshop will focus on networks in global governance. The aim is to examine the potential and limitations of network approaches, as well as the challenges that networked governance at the global level can pose in terms of effectiveness, accountability and democracy. Confirmed keynote speakers include Deborah Avant (University of Denver), Miles E. Kahler (University of California San Diego) and Magnus Thor Torfasson (Harvard Business School) as well as Narcís Serra (former Spanish Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister) and Javier Solana (former NATO Secretary General and EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy). Abstracts of up to 500 words should be sent to info@bcnwgg.net by 27 September 2013. Further information is available at http://bcnwgg.net/call-for-papers/.

The Hertie School of Governance in Berlin invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Global Governance for its  Research Cluster “European and Global Governance”Here is the information. The deadline for applications is 24 February 2013.

Call for Papers

Varieties of Subsidiarity: Deference and Defiance in Global Public Authority

Hertie School of Governance, European and Global Governance Cluster Workshop, 26 November 2012, Berlin

Global governance is more influential than ever, but it is also under ever greater challenge. It reaches deep into domestic politics and law in a growing number of issue areas, and public discourses increasingly reflect this fact. As a result, the relationship of different layers of law and politics has gained greater salience; as domestic contestation of global governance is growing, questions about the appropriate site of decision-making on issues with transboundary impact have become central.

One of the most common frames for these questions, both analytically and normatively, is the notion of ‘subsidiarity’. Although frequently used only in Europe, it may denote a broader patterns of conflicing relationships between levels of political authority. In this workshop, we aim to better understand the value of this notion as a guiding line as well as its uses and meanings in discourses about global governance in politics and law. In particular, we are interested in the ways in which practices of deference to, or defiance of, global governance reflect, implicitly or explicitly, understandings of the distribution of powers among different levels of authority and its guiding principles.

For the workshop, we invite papers on this general problematique, and in particular on the following questions:

– What factors – normative and otherwise – drive processes of deference and defiance? – What conceptions of subsidiarity are reflected in them? – What institutional mechanisms have evolved to process the distribution of tasks among levels of authority (as well as contestation about it)? – Is ‘subsidiarity’ a useful concept to understand and shape the relationship of different levels of authority in global governance? What limitations does it have?

In this endeavour, we expect significant variation in understandings of subsidiarity, both geographically and among issue areas. In order to capture this variation, we are particularly interested in papers that address processes beyond Europe, and especially in developing countries which are often most affected by global governance, but also often those to which least attention is paid. We also invite papers from all related disciplines, including political science, law, political theory, anthropology, and sociology.

The workshop builds on a previous workshop on ‘Global Governance as Public Authority’, held in Berlin in April 2011. It will gather around 20 scholars for an in-depth debate on the proposed topics at a day- long workshop on 26 November 2012. We will be happy to receive proposals from scholars at any level –PhD students at an advanced stage, postdoctoral and more senior researchers alike. Travel and accommodation expenses will be borne by the organizers. Papers discussed at the workshop should have 10-15 pp. and present a substantial argument about the issue without the need to be publication- ready. At the workshop, papers will not be presented individually but will be discussed by the organizers and by Michael Zürn (Science Center Berlin) and Joseph Weiler (NYU Law School) as well as by the conference participants.

Paper Application

Workshop Date and Venue


Abstracts (max 300 words) by 21 July 2012

Final Paper submission due by

11 November 2012

Research cluster website:

26 November 2012 European and Global Governance Cluster

Hertie School of Governance Berlin Hertie School of Governance

Quartier 110 – Friedrichstr. 180 10117 Berlin Germany

Tel.: +49 (0)30 – 259 219 – 334 Fax: +49 (0)30 – 259 219 -111

http://www.hertie-school.org/en/facultyandresearch/research-clusters/european-and-global- governance/

Please send your abstract (300 words maximum) to Christiane Kraft-Kasack (kasack@hertie-school.org) until 21 July 2012.

Markus Jachtenfuchs & Nico Krisch

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