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KINT 3720 - Can the World be Governed ?

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Voir les plans de cours et bibliographies



Course Description

Globalization reigns supreme in our world, yet its foundations and the existing tools of global governance are being undermined by a series of developments emanating from different horizons. This is happening at a time when there is an increasing realization that certain challenges require urgent solutions on a global scale. Can the existing institutions and processes of global cooperation adapt to the new context and respond to the emerging demands? Where will the initiatives and the support come for those transformations? Which regimes of international cooperation need strengthening and how should that be done? The course aims at exploring these questions in an analytical and policy oriented way. It will take a broad approach encompassing the action of the State actors, the private sector, civil society, academia and the NGO actors. It will seek an understanding of the forces at work in key issues and domains of global interdependence. It will try to assess how the highly diversified processes of global governance are responding. it will focus on understanding how international regimes are working in many dimension of our global world, how they are evolving, how they might be improved. Each of the three members of the teaching team will mentor presentations to be made, at each session, by one or more students on aspects of the topics covered by the general theme of the session and provide their own perspectives or an introduction on the history and context of theme for the benefit of all students.
This multifaceted sustained progress in globalization is increasingly under stress with recent events, showing that the trends that had become natural can reverse themselves and that the unintended effects and costs of globalization may be affecting its course and its resilience. Brexit, the Trump campaign, perceived inequalities, developments in China, new geopolitical tensions challenge the foundations of globalization. The course will seek to take stock of these current developments and raise some of the questions that are testing the resilience of globalization and of the framework that has sustained it.
The course will be articulated around open questions requiring an understanding of international cooperation and processes in different areas. It will call on critical and active involvement by all participants. It will have a strong policy dimension, seeking to conceive potential solutions to the different types of challenges the global governance mechanisms face.


  • CARRE, Philippe (Diplomat French MFA at present member Conseil d'Etat.)
  • MENTRE, Arnaud J. (Diplomat French MFA)
  • PERRIN DE BRICHAMBAUT, Marc (Judge at the International Criminal Court.)

Course validation

Student assessment will be based on the presentation in class, the final written essay together with its brief oral presentation, as well as the student's contribution to discussion in class ( as an additional factor albeit more lightly weighted). Guests speakers will, at intervals, speak to class with a view to providing a high-level but practical outlook on course topics they have a particular experience with.
Possible TOPICS FOR REGIME ESSAYS: -The role of non-state actors in fighting climate change. - Are international labor standards still relevant? - Can Oceans be managed? - Dispute resolution in international investments. - Mirror international institutions, will they work? - The international protection of cultural goods. - Fighting against the impunity of major crimes. - Can corruption be addressed by international cooperation? - Free trade zones today. - Can nuclear weapons be eliminated? - Are there still BRICS? - Can global food security be achieved? How? - Are SDGs a template for global government?


Each student will have to prepare an essay (5000 words +), selected from a list proposed by the teaching team, on an existing international regime and its evolution, with mentoring by a member of the teaching team, to be submitted prior to the final two sessions where these will be briefly presented to class orally .

Required reading

Karns, Mingst and Stiles, International Organizations: The Politics and Processes of Global Governance (3d ed. 2015)

Plans de cours et bibliographies

  • Introductory session: Globalization and Global Governance 2017: momentary "stalling" or change of paradigm?
  • (presentations by the three teachers on : a brief history of global governance; the challenges to the existing international order presented by recent globalization-related phenomena; and analysis of the present situation following Pt Trump's orientation on multilateralism)
  • How much security can the existing pillars of int'l security governance still provide? ( The UN Charter as provider of global security, non-global approaches, new global challenges)
  • Which Human rights does globalization imply or require?
  • Global trade, global economic  development?
  • Migrations, refugees and labor force mobility: conciliation or crisis?
  • Global IT versus local sovereignty (taxation, regulation, security): crunch time?
  • Will the global climate crisis be managed collectively?
  • How much global governance is needed and possible for the financial system to remain global?
  • Is global health a constraint or requirement of globalization?
  • 10.Global tools and templates: .Are frameworks for "global thinking "required ? .Is the EU still a   template for regional integration and cooperation?
  • 11 and 12: brief oral presentations of student written essays. (the sequence of themes may vary depending on each teacher's  constraints, one or two being specifically in charge of each session with the others contributing)

Biographical Information

Title: Marc Perrin de BRICHAMBAUT Conseiller d'État, long diplomatic experience (lately Secretary general of OSCE), at present Judge at the International Criminal Court  
Philippe CARRE, career diplomat in French ministry of Foreign affairs, background in security and EU, at present at Conseil d'État.
Arnaud Mentre, career diplomat in French MFA,(background in security, and BRICs (Russia,India)at present in charge of North America desk).