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GLOBE Webinar: Charles Roger - The Origins of Informality

Why the Legal Foundations of Global Governance are Shifting, and Why It Matters

28 May 2020 - 15:00 - 16:00 CET

Charles Roger joins the GLOBE Webinar Series to discuss his new book "The Origins of Informality: Why the Legal Foundations of Global Governance are Shifting, and Why It Matters" (2020, Oxford University Press).  Then, Dr. Ayelet Berman (Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore) will offer some reflections and kick off the discussion ahead of the audience Q&A.

About the book: This book explores the phenomenon of informal international organizations. These bodies are involved in governing many of the most important issues the world currently faces, and differ significantly from the highly legalized, formal organizations the world has traditionally relied on. But despite their evident importance, they remain poorly understood. This book develops a new approach to thinking about these puzzling institutions, presents new data revealing their extraordinary growth over time, and develops a novel theory about why states are creating them.

About the author: Charles Roger is Assistant Professor and Beatriu de Pinós Research Fellow at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). Before joining IBEI, Charles was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto. He has also worked with the United Nations and other organizations in various consulting roles, including as a member of the UN High-Level Expert Group on Climate Change, Energy and Low-Carbon Development in Africa and as a contributing author of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In addition to The Origins of Informality, Charles published Transnational Climate Change Governance (CUP, 2014; coauthored with Harriet Bulkeley et al.). His research has also been published in journals like Global Policy, International Interactions, International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Review, and the Review of International Organizations.

Discussant: Ayelet Berman (Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore) 
Moderator: Kari Otteburn (Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven) 

Participation is free and the webinar can be joined from anywhere in the world.


Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program, the Project “Global Governance and the European Union: Future Trends and Scenarios” (GLOBE) addresses the strategic priorities identified in the EU Global Strategy such as – trade, development, security and climate change – as well as migration and global finance, in order to identify the major roadblocks to effective and coherent global governance by multiple stakeholders in a multipolar world. GLOBE seeks to provide policy makers, academics and the general public with an analytical grip on the state of play in global governance, by developing new theoretical and methodological approaches. It also hopes to equip national and European policy makers with tools to identify constraints and opportunities in a set of global governance scenarios for 2030 and 2050.


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Duration: 1 hours


Organised by

Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven

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