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The Future of Global Cooperation: Ethics and Governance 

Virtual Conference

22-23 January 2021 - afternoon CET

The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated both the necessity of and challenges to global cooperation. This conference will reflect on the role that diplomacy can play as a tool to overcome some of the most pressing issues facing the world. Organized by the Global Negotiation Conference in collaboration with the Chair of Political Philosophy and the Centre for Ethics at the University of Zurich, the goal of the conference is to link young professionals and students with senior professionals and academics to discuss contemporary topics in the field of diplomacy and negotiation. To this end, the virtual conference will comprise of one keynote speech, and three expert-led panel discussions centered on the overarching theme of the “The Future of Global Cooperation: Ethics and Governance.” 


Keynote Address: Reflections on the Future of Global Cooperation

Angela Kane, Vice President, International Institute for Peace; Senior Fellow, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation; Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

Moderated by: Prof. Dr. Francis Cheneval, Chair of Political Philosophy, University of Zurich & Dr. Jack Williams, GNC President.

Panel 1: Challenges to Global Cooperation

The panel considers the growing popular scepticism on international treaties and organisations, and explores possibilities for a way forward for international cooperation.

Expert: Prof. Dr. Stefanie Walter, Director of the Center for Comparative and International Studies, University of Zurich

Chaired by: Maxime Schoch, GNC

Read the panel description here.

Panel 2: Regulating the Digital Sphere?

The panel presents an example of a novel area of international cooperation and discusses the role of both the nation state and international institutions in the regulation of the digital sphere.

Expert: Jean-Jacques Subrenat (ret. Amb.), Member of the Board of Directors, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers) (2007-10); Member of ICANN's At-Large Committee (2010-14); Co-founder & first Chair, EURALO Individual Users' Association (2016-18)

Chaired by: Anna Dick, GNC

Read the panel description here.

Panel 3: For a New Global Social Contract

The panel focuses on the role of diplomacy in establishing and implementing global governance rules for the provision of the (global) public good.

Expert: Prof. Dr. Adil Najam, Inaugural Dean, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University


Chaired by: Dr. Jerome Bellion-Jourdan, Senior Fellow in Residence, Global Governance Centre, The Graduate Institute Geneva.

Read the panel description here.

Overview & Registration

You can find the schedule and programme for the full conference here.

Participation in the conference is ​open to all those who are interested - simply complete the registration form below by Thursday 21th January at 17:00 (CET).

Application for panel participation is encouraged for students and recent graduates who are interested in taking part in one of the three panel discussions. To apply please send your CV and a short letter of motivation outlining which panel you'd like to take part in and why to Panel applications are accepted until 17:00 on Friday 8th January 2021.


Applicants are encouraged to thoroughly read through the outlines of the panels.       

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