Launch of the Institute for Global Negotiation

17 March 2022 at 18:30 

University of Zurich, Aula, G-01, Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zürich/Online

The importance of working across borders to address global challenges and deepen cooperation is more important than ever. It was guided by this firm belief that the Institute for Global Negotiation (IGN) was launched in 2021 and we are pleased to officially mark this with a hybrid event featuring a keynote address delivered by the Chair of the Advisory Board, Baroness Catherine Ashton.     

The IGN has grown from the annual Global Negotiation Conference (GNC) which has taken place in Switzerland since 2014. To take into account its growing membership and increased activities the association underwent a period of reorganisation from 2019-2021 culminating in the establishment of the IGN. The Institute is hosted by Chair of Political Philosophy at the University of Zurich. 

We cordially invite members of the Swiss and global community to join us either in-person or online either via YouTube or Zoom (register below) to celebrate the launch of the IGN. We hope that the occasion will provide an opportunity to explore collaborations and potential exchanges with practitioners, researchers and the wide public.  

Registration is required with the launch followed by an apero provided by the Dr. Tobias W. Langenegger Memorial Society.

Keynote Address

Global Negotiation: Challenges and Opportunities


Baroness Catherine Ashton

Chair of the IGN Advisory Council, Former Vice President of the European Commission and former High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy


The Right Honourable Baroness Catherine Ashton served as the European Union's first High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy from 2009 to 2014. She earned wide praise as a negotiator, leading the P5+1 talks on Iran’s nuclear program and galvanizing agreement between Serbia and Kosovo. 


Previously, Baroness Ashton served as the first woman Commissioner for Trade in the European Commission and the first woman British European Commissioner. A Life Peer in the British House of Lords, she is a former nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, among other accolades. Baroness Ashton is currently a Senior Policy Advisor at Chatham House and the Global Europe Chair at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington D.C. as well as a Senior Advisor to the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva.

The keynote will be moderated by Professor Michael Ambühl, Member of the IGN Advisory Council



To attend the launch please complete the registration form below. Please register as early as possible though registration both online and in-person will still be available until two hours beforehand.  


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Please be aware that the event will take place in the Aula of the University of Zurich, Ramistrasse 59, 8001 Zurich. The building is an approximately 5-minute walk from the main University of Zurich building. If travelling from the main station we’d advise taking Tram 3 (direction: Klusplatz) to Zurich, Kunsthaus and then walking 4-minutes to Ramistrasse 59.