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The Future of Global Cooperation

Conference Announcement

Theme: The Future of Global Cooperation
Subtitle: Ethics and Governance
Type: Global Negotiation Conference
Institution: Department of Philosophy and Europa Institute,
University of Zurich
Location: Online
Date: 22.–23.1.2021

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

Panel Discussions​

- 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

- 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: Anriette Esterhuysen, Chair, United Nations Internet
Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group

- 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

Main Discussant: Jerome Bellion-Jourdan, Senior Fellow in Residence,
Global Governance Centre, The Graduate Institute Geneva.


Registration is open to all those who are interested, while graduate
students can also apply to take part in one of the panels.

For more information on the program and how to register please visit
the conference website: