IV OBSERVARE International Conference

18-20 February 2021 – Vimeiro

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OBSERVARE, the research unit in International Relations of the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, is organizing its IV International Conference on “MULTILATERALISM, A CONDITION FOR GLOBAL GOVERNANCE”.
The IV OBSERVARE International Conference aims to address a very current topic. At a time when international organizations and multilateral initiatives are underestimated or even fought, it is important to rethink their role in the international society and to assess the conditions that will allow the improvement of global governance mechanisms, when global issues are clearly a priority and even urgent.

The general topic around multilateralism is divided into several partial subtopics, with emphasis on the study of the concept of a new international order, the possibilities of cosmopolitan democracy and global governance, as well as how multilateralism is perceived from the point of view of several continents.

In order to allow the theoretical density of the contents and the collective learning process, the Conference is residential, and will be held at the Golf Mar Hotel in Vimeiro on 18-20 February 2021.

Without prejudice to the time reserved for individual presentations in simultaneous thematic panels (on two themes: institutional attempts and informal initiatives to regulate global governance), the Conference will take place in plenary sessions with expert conferences: John Ikenberry (Princeton University), Daniele Archibugi (Sapienza, Università di Roma) and Rafael Calduch (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), a panel with the participation of Parfait Onanga-Anyanga (Diplomat of Gabon, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for the Horn of Africa), Reginaldo Nasser (Professor of International Relations at the Universidade Católica – São Paulo), and Nathalie Tocci (Director of the Istituto degli Affari Internazionali, Rome), followed by the presentation of collective studies prepared by inter-university research groups and wide-ranging debates.

The privileged working language will be English. However, if necessary there will be simultaneous translation that will allow communications in Portuguese.

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Preparatory Comission

  • Brígida Brito
  • Luís Moita
  • Luís Tomé
  • Luís Valença Pinto
  • Luísa Godinho
  • Paula Pereira

SUBTOPICS

The Conference will address the following six subtopics

The concept of “new order”

In view of the disorderly, if not chaotic, international system, there is an ambition to find an “order” for it. In the post-1945 war, an “order” was established with the creation of the United Nations system, the international financial system and even the monetary system (the dollar as the international reserve currency). Throughout the 1970s, a “new international economic order” was called for. Following the 1st Gulf War, President Bush proclaimed a “new order”. This subtopic intends to carry out a historical analysis of the concept of new order in its various aspects, taking stock of the situation of the order-disorder dichotomy until today, also analysing the current trends for a possible reorganization of the international system.

Institutional attempts to regulate world governance

It will examine the historical experiences that tried to regulate the international system, with emphasis on the attempt of the Society of Nations, examining its failure, and then of the United Nations and the great intergovernmental organizations such as the WTO, including the more or less informal structures, such as the G7 and the G20. In the analysis of the UN, a special focus should be made in order to inventory the proposals for its reform, namely that of the Security Council, showing the possible causes for its apparent failure and analysing the current crisis of multilateralism.

Informal attempts to regulate global governance

Apart from formal institutions, transnational social dynamics and new references of cognitive representations emerge, as well as attempts to influence the world order, whether in a liberal perspective or as a critical position in the face of predatory globalization. In this light, different ways of trying to influence the international system deserve to be studied, such as the Bilderberg Club, the World Economic Forum in Davos or the World Social Forum. What is the real scope of these diffuse dynamics and unconventional initiatives?

The imperatives of multilateralism seen from different continents

Almost always, the conceptions that tend to regulate the world system start from a vision of the North, from North America to the greater Eurasia. Hence the advantage of complementing these conventional approaches with an analysis that meets the points of view of the different continents, be it Africa, Asia or Latin America, including Europe, trying to consider the forms of possible articulation between institutions at a regional or continental level and multilateralism on a global scale.

Cosmopolitan democracy and global constitutionalism

This subtopic proposes to revisit the various theses about the viability of a democracy exercised on a scale that goes beyond the national space, often referred to as cosmopolitan democracy. This feasibility is related to the question about the existence of a worldwide public space that can be the “place” of global citizenship. Such a study, from a sociological and communicational perspective, benefits from being completed with the proposals in international law, namely the positions that advocate a global constitutionalism.

A multi-level architecture for global governance

This subtopic takes stock of the situation as to what has been proposed for the construction of a new regulation of the international system, from a constructivist perspective, with the possibility of foreseeing a variable geometry, articulating the various global and local, regional and transnational scales in a multi-level perspective. This occurs in a context where the inter-state system is confronted with the involvement of multiple actors, with possible relevance for intergovernmental organizations, large multinational corporations and city networks.

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Morning

Bus trip from Lisbon to Hotel Golf Mar in Vimeiro.
 

Afternoon

1st session (3-5 pm) – Opening

  • Speech by the Rector of UAL
  • Initial OBSERVARE presentation – Luís Moita
  • Special guest conference – to be confirmed
  • Debate

2nd session (5.30-7.30 pm ) – Subtopic: The “new order” concept

  • Conference: John Ikenberry (Princeton University)
  • Presentation of a study prepared in partnership between the international relations department of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and UAL
  • Debate
 
Friday, 19 February 2021

Morning

3rd session (9.30-11 am) – Subtopic: Institutional attempts to regulate global governance
five simultaneous panels, each presenting four previously selected papers, followed by a debate:

    • Origin and meaning of international organizations with a worldwide vocation.
    • Role and scope of regional intergovernmental organizations.
    • State sovereignty and multilateralism: an incompatibility?
    • United Nations reform: an impossibility?
    • Multilateralism in the fields of security, economics, environmental sustainability, work and culture.

4th session (11.30 am-1 pm) – Subtopic: Informal initiatives to regulate global governance
five simultaneous panels, each presenting four previously selected papers, followed by a debate:

    • From G7 to G20: meaning and influence.
    • From the Bilderberg Club to the Davos Forum.
    • World Social Forum: from anti-globalization to alter-globalization.
    • The role of major world conferences: from Rio 92 to Marrakech 2019.
    • Cities in the management of globality: the local and the global.
 

Afternoon

5th session (3-5 pm) – Subtopic: Multilateralism seen from different continents

    • Introduction and moderation: (to be invited)
    • Panel among invited speakers:
    • Parfait Onanga-Anyanga (Gabonese diplomat, United Nations Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa), Reginaldo Nasser (Pontifícia Universidade Católica – São Paulo, Brazil), Nathalie Tocci (Director of the Istituto degli Affari Internazionali, Rome, Italy), a still unidentified Asian guest
    • Debate

6th session (5.30-7.30 pm) – Subtopic: Cosmopolitan democracy and global constitutionalism

    • Conference: Daniele Archibugi (Sapienza, Università di Roma)
    • Presentation of a study prepared in partnership between the international relations department of the University of Minho and UAL
    • Debate
 
Saturday, 20 February 2021

Morning

7th session (9.30-11 am) – Subtopic: A multi-level architecture for global governance

    • Conference: Rafael Calduch Cervera (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
    • Presentation of a study prepared in partnership between the international relations department of the FEUC – University of Coimbra and UAL
    • Debate

8th session (11.30 am-1 pm) – Closing of the Conference

    • Panel with special guests (to be confirmed)
    • Conclusion by OBSERVARE
 

Afternoon

Bus trip from Hotel Golf Mar in Vimeiro to Lisbon

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Morning

Bus trip from Lisbon to Hotel Golf Mar in Vimeiro.
 

Afternoon

1st session (3-5 pm) – Opening

  • Speech by the Rector of UAL
  • Initial OBSERVARE presentation – Luís Moita
  • Special guest conference – to be confirmed
  • Debate

2nd session (5.30-7.30 pm ) – Subtopic: The “new order” concept

  • Conference: John Ikenberry (Princeton University)
  • Presentation of a study prepared in partnership between the international relations department of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and UAL
  • Debate

Friday, 19 February 2021

Morning

3rd session (9.30-11 am) – Subtopic: Institutional attempts to regulate global governance
five simultaneous panels, each presenting four previously selected papers, followed by a debate:

    • Origin and meaning of international organizations with a worldwide vocation.
    • Role and scope of regional intergovernmental organizations.
    • State sovereignty and multilateralism: an incompatibility?
    • United Nations reform: an impossibility?
    • Multilateralism in the fields of security, economics, environmental sustainability, work and culture.

4th session (11.30 am-1 pm) – Subtopic: Informal initiatives to regulate global governance
five simultaneous panels, each presenting four previously selected papers, followed by a debate:

    • From G7 to G20: meaning and influence.
    • From the Bilderberg Club to the Davos Forum.
    • World Social Forum: from anti-globalization to alter-globalization.
    • The role of major world conferences: from Rio 92 to Marrakech 2019.
    • Cities in the management of globality: the local and the global.

Afternoon

5th session (3-5 pm) – Subtopic: Multilateralism seen from different continents

    • Introduction and moderation: (to be invited)
    • Panel among invited speakers:
    • Parfait Onanga-Anyanga (Gabonese diplomat, United Nations Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa), Reginaldo Nasser (Pontifícia Universidade Católica – São Paulo, Brazil), Nathalie Tocci (Director of the Istituto degli Affari Internazionali, Rome, Italy), a still unidentified Asian guest
    • Debate

6th session (5.30-7.30 pm) – Subtopic: Cosmopolitan democracy and global constitutionalism

    • Conference: Daniele Archibugi (Sapienza, Università di Roma)
    • Presentation of a study prepared in partnership between the international relations department of the University of Minho and UAL
    • Debate

Saturday, 20 February 2021

Morning

7th session (9.30-11 am) – Subtopic: A multi-level architecture for global governance

    • Conference: Rafael Calduch Cervera (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
    • Presentation of a study prepared in partnership between the international relations department of the FEUC – University of Coimbra and UAL
    • Debate

8th session (11.30 am-1 pm) – Closing of the Conference

    • Panel with special guests (to be confirmed)
    • Conclusion by OBSERVARE
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Afternoon

Bus trip from Hotel Golf Mar in Vimeiro to Lisbon

Call for Papers

OBSERVARE invites to the submission of paper proposals, according to the following criteria:

Those who wish to participate in the Conference by submitting papers, may now submit the respective abstract using the form on the right. Abstracts can be sent until 30 October 2020 and their acceptance will be communicated in the following two weeks. On the other hand, all congressmen, whether or not submitting papers, must register and make payment through the appropriate form, which will be available from 15 November 2020.

Papers must be included in one of the two subtopics of the Conference, divided into ten panels:

SUBTOPIC B: Institutional attempts to regulate global governance
B1 – Origin and meaning of intergovernmental organizations with a global vocation.
B2 – Role and scope of regional intergovernmental organizations.
B3 – Sovereignty of States and multilateralism: an incompatibility?
B4 – Reform of the United Nations: an impossibility?
B5 – Multilateralism in the fields of security, economics, environmental sustainability, work, and culture.

SUBTOPIC C: Informal initiatives to regulate global governance
C1 – From the G7 to the G20: meaning and influence.
C2 – From the Bilderberg Club to the Davos Forum.
C3 – Review of the World Social Forum: from anti-globalization to alter-globalization.
C4 – Role of the major world conferences: Eco 92, Marrakech…
C5 – Cities in the management of globality: the local and the global.

Only papers on these points will be accepted (for example, a summary on climate change will not be accepted, unless it deals with the mechanisms of global management of environmental problems; another example: a summary on the security dimension of world governance will be accepted, but not about the fight against the Islamic State).

Abstracts, whether of individual or collective authorship, must be written in English and must be between a minimum of 3000 and a maximum of 6000 characters (spaces included). The title may not exceed 20 words. They must be between 4 and 6 keywords. The author(s) must be duly identified. Each author may submit a maximum of one communication individually, or two in co-authorship.

From the papers received, the Conference Organizing Committee will select four to be presented orally in each thematic panel. Thus, the total number of papers cannot exceed 40 (four papers in ten panels) in order to ensure reasonable times for presentation and debate.

Papers that are not accepted for oral presentation in the respective panel can be converted into written works or scientific papers, with two possible destinations: an article, with the dimension of 12000 characters, to be published in the JANUS yearbook; or a scientific essay, which, after being peer reviewed, may appear in a special issue of JANUS.NET, e-journal of International Relations.

Registration

The abstract must be sent using this form by 30 October 2020.


Mín. 3000 Max. 6000 characters
From 4 to 6

 

The participation in the congress has an associated fee that includes accommodation, 2 nights with breakfast, at the Hotel Golf Mar Vimeiro in single room, 5 meals and transport Lisbon-Vimeiro-Lisbon.

Payment until 15 December 2020
Standard – 300€
Students – 150€

Payment until 15 January 2021
Standard – 350€
Students – 150€

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CONFERENCE LOCATION

Hotel Golf Mar is located by the sea on the west coast, 50 km north of Lisbon.

Praia do Porto Novo – Vimeiro
2560-100 Maceira, Portugal

N 39.17932° W 9.35489°