IV OBSERVARE International Conference

25-27 November 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, CONDITION OF GLOBAL GOVERNANCE”.

The IV OBSERVAREInternational Conference aims to address the very current topic of Multilateralism, a condition for Global Governance. At a time when global issues are clearly an urgent priority, and when international organizations and multilateral initiatives have been 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, including the renewing and relaunching of multilateralism.

The general topic around multilateralism is divided into several 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 residential2, 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 (Italian National Research Council, Rome, and University of London, Birkbeck College) and Rafael Calduch  Cervera (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), a panel with the participation of Parfait Onanga-Anyanga (Diplomat, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Horn of Africa), Reginaldo Nasser (Professor of International Relations at the Catholic University – São Paulo), and Didier Bigo (Sciences-Po and Kings College), followed by the presentation of collective studies prepared by inter-university research groups and extensive debates. The opening and closing sessions were attended by special guests: Federica Mogherini (Rector of the College of Europe in Bruges), Mariano Aguirre (Associate Fellow, Chatham House) and António Vitorino (Director General of the International Organization for Migration).

The basic working language is English. Simultaneous translation into Portuguese will be available in the plenary sessions.

1 Research unit in International Relations at the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa.
2 In the event that the health situation advises against the face-to-face nature of the Congress, the organization reserves the right to transpose it to the online modality, free of charge for the participants.

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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

A – 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.

B – 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.

C – 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?

D – 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.

E – 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.

F – 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.

PROGRAMME

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Morning

Bus trip from Lisbon to Hotel Golf Mar in Vimeiro.
 

Afternoon

3-5 pm – OPENING SESSION

  • Address by the Rector of UAL
  • Initial OBSERVARE presentation – Luís Moita
  • Opening conference – Federica Mogherini (Rector of College of Europe, Bruges)
  • Debate

5.30-7.30 pm – SUBTOPIC A: The “new order” concept

  • Conference – John Ikenberry (Princeton University)
  • Presentation of a collective study prepared by an inter-university research group
  • Debate
 
Friday, 26 November 2021

Morning

9.30-11 am – SUBTOPIC B: Institutional attempts to regulate global governance
Five simultaneous panels, each presenting four previously selected papers, followed by a debate:

  • B1 – Origin and meaning of international organizations with a worldwide vocation.
  • B2 – Role and scope of regional intergovernmental organizations.
  • B3 – State sovereignty and multilateralism: an incompatibility?
  • B4 – United Nations reform: an impossibility?
  • B5 – Multilateralism in the fields of security, economics, environmental sustainability, work and culture.

11.30 am-1 pm – SUBTOPIC C: Informal initiatives to regulate global governance
Five simultaneous panels, each presenting four previously selected papers, followed by a debate:

  • C1 – From G7 to G20: meaning and influence.
  • C2 – From the Bilderberg Club to the Davos Forum.
  • C3 – World Social Forum: from anti-globalization to alter-globalization.
  • C4 – The role of major world conferences: from Rio 92 to Marrakech 2019.
  • C5 – Cities in the management of globality: the local and the global.
 

Afternoon

3-5 pm – SUBTOPIC D: Multilateralism seen from different continents

  • Introduction and moderation (to be confirmed)
  • Parfait Onanga-Anyanga (Diplomat, United Nations Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa), Reginaldo Nasser (Pontifícia Universidade Católica – São Paulo, Brazil), Didier Bigo (Sciences-Po e Kings College) and a guest from Asia (to be confirmed).
  • Debate

5.30-7.30 pm – SUBTOPIC E: Cosmopolitan democracy and global constitutionalism

  • Conference – Daniele Archibugi (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Roma and University of London, Birkbeck College) – “Perspectives for multilateralism in face of the sovereignist challenge”
  • Presentation of a collective study prepared by an inter-university research group
  • Debate
 
Saturday, 27 November 2021

Morning

9.30-11 am – SUBTOPIC F: A multi-level architecture for global governance

  • Conference: Rafael Calduch Cervera (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
  • Presentation of a collective study prepared by an inter-university research group
  • Debate

11.30 am-1 pm – CLOSING SESSION

  • Closing Conference: Mariano Aguirre (Associate Fellow, Chatham House) and António Vitorino (Director General of OIM)
  • Conclusion by OBSERVARE
 

Afternoon

Bus trip from Hotel Golf Mar in Vimeiro to Lisbon

PROGRAMME

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Morning

Bus trip from Lisbon to Hotel Golf Mar in Vimeiro.
 

Afternoon

3-5 pm – OPENING SESSION

  • Address by the Rector of UAL
  • Initial OBSERVARE presentation – Luís Moita
  • Special guest conference – Federica Mogherini (Rector of College of Europe, Bruges)
  • Debate

5.30-7.30 pm – SUBTOPIC A: The “new order” concept

  • Conference – John Ikenberry (Princeton University)
  • Presentation of a collective study prepared by an inter-university research group
  • Debate

Friday, 26 November 2021

Morning

9.30-11 am – SUBTOPIC B: Institutional attempts to regulate global governance
Five simultaneous panels, each presenting four previously selected papers, followed by a debate:

  • B1 – Origin and meaning of international organizations with a worldwide vocation.
  • B2 – Role and scope of regional intergovernmental organizations.
  • B3 – State sovereignty and multilateralism: an incompatibility?
  • B4 – United Nations reform: an impossibility?
  • B5 – Multilateralism in the fields of security, economics, environmental sustainability, work and culture.

 

11.30 am-1 pm – SUBTOPIC C: Informal initiatives to regulate global governance
Five simultaneous panels, each presenting four previously selected papers, followed by a debate:

  • C1 – From G7 to G20: meaning and influence.
  • C2 – From the Bilderberg Club to the Davos Forum.
  • C3 – World Social Forum: from anti-globalization to alter-globalization.
  • C4 – The role of major world conferences: from Rio 92 to Marrakech 2019.
  • C5 – Cities in the management of globality: the local and the global.

Afternoon

3-5 pm – SUBTOPIC D: Multilateralism seen from different continents

  • Introduction and moderation (to be confirmed)
  • Parfait Onanga-Anyanga (Diplomat, United Nations Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa), Reginaldo Nasser (Pontifícia Universidade Católica – São Paulo, Brazil), Didier Bigo (Sciences-Po e Kings College) and a guest from Asia to be confirmed.
  • Debate

 

5.30-7.30 pm – SUBTOPIC E: Cosmopolitan democracy and global constitutionalism

  • Conference – Daniele Archibugi (Italian National Research Council, Rome, and University of London, Birkbeck College) – “Perspectives for multilateralism in face of the sovereignist challenge”
  • Presentation of a collective study prepared by an inter-university research group Debate
  • Debate

Saturday, 27 November 2021

Morning

9.30-11 am – SUBTOPIC F: A multi-level architecture for global governance

  • Conference: Rafael Calduch Cervera (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
  • Presentation of a collective study prepared by an inter-university research group
  • Debate

 

11.30 am-1 pm – CLOSING SESSION

  • Closing Conference: Mariano Aguirre (Associate Fellow, Chatham House) and António Vitorino (Director General of OIM)
  • Conclusion by OBSERVARE

 

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 presenting papers may submit their abstract through the form. Abstracts may be submitted until 30 September 2021 and their acceptance will be communicated in the following two weeks. On the other hand, all the congress participants, whether they present a paper or not, must register through the form, until 12 November 2021.

The communications must be focused on one of the two sub-themes of the Conference, divided into ten panels:

SUBTOPIC B: Institutional attempts to regulate global governance
B1 – Origin and meaning of international organizations with a worldwide vocation.
B2 – Role and scope of regional intergovernmental organizations.
B3 – State sovereignty and multilateralism: an incompatibility?
B4 – United Nations reform: 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.

Participation in the congress has an associated fee which includes: 2 nights (All Included) at the Golf Mar Vimeiro Hotel in a single room and transport Lisbon-Vimeiro-Lisbon.

Payment till 12 November 2021
Public – 300€
Students – 150€

Registration is limited according to hotel capacity.
Participants submitting abstracts for communication should register as soon as the abstract is accepted for oral presentation in panel.
OBSERVARE Integrated Researchers are exempt of any charges.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

The abstract of the paper should be submitted through this form by 30 September 2021.

Mín. 3000 Max. 6000 characters
From 4 to 6

 

REGISTRATION

Registration is required for all participants, and must be done through this form.

 

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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°

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°