Research cluster

European and Global Governance

The European and Global Governance Cluster analyses the implications of the increasingly blurred boundaries of the political space for communities, especially as this relates to the rise of a global civil society and structures of governance beyond the state. The cluster’s research interests include the institutional development of the EU, the influence of the EU on core areas of national policy, the role of legal institutions and mechanisms in EU policymaking and the emergence of a European administrative space. Moreover, they include the structure of global law and institutions: the turn towards post-national law, the participation of organised interests in multi-level decision making, the possibilities of ‘autonomy-protecting’ global governance and the interface between domestic and international authority.


The European & Global Governance Colloquium takes place on Wednesdays 2 - 3:30 pm in room 3.30.

Workshop | Global governance in the Internet era

Hertie School of Governance | 22 and 23 June 2017, Berlin

Convenors: Nina Hall and Markus Jachtenfuchs

The internet has transformed global politics: triggering novel cyber security challenges and empowering new social actors from Occupy Wall Street to Avaaz. It poses distinct challenges for International Relations (IR) ‐ how should this collective resource be managed and governed? And how has this technology, which enables individuals to quickly, rapidly and cheaply connect to others, transformed transnational politics? Yet the discipline of international relations has paid comparatively little attention to the internet’s impact. Rather, debates on internet governance and global governance in the digital era have taken place largely in other disciplines. This is surprising because the rise of the internet touches upon core questions of international relations: the meaning of sovereignty, the relationship between private actors and the state, the emergence of new powerful transnational actors, changing opportunity structures, and the role of international institutions and regime complexes in global governance. It is a major oversight for IR scholars not to investigate if and how the internet challenges conventional IR theories of global governance. We believe that IR can and should deal with causes and consequences of the rise of the internet.

The workshop gathers scholars from around the world for an in‐depth debate over two days. 

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Faculty and researchers