Which future for multilateralism?

Is the liberal world order legitimate? ARENA and the Egmont Institute hosted a policy dialogue in Brussels on 29 November addressing perspectives from the EU, Russia, India, China, Brazil, South Africa and the United States. 

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This seminar discussed the EU’s changing relations with major powers. Increasingly, global norms and values are contested. The EU is often considered a vanguard of a law based, Liberal World Order. The Common Foreign and Security Policy gained strength in parallel with the consolidation of this order after the end of the Cold War. But is the Liberal Order legitimate? Aiming to identify what might be viable reforms to the global order and the multilateral system, the seminar addressed perspectives from the EU itself, Russia, India, China, Brazil, South Africa and the United States. Is there evidence of common views? On which core principles could a viable multilateralism be rebuilt in order to resolve key global challenges such as migration, climate, armed conflict and poverty?

Read more: Which future for multilateralism? Event summary



Registration and coffee


Welcome and introduction

Helene Sjursen, ARENA Centre for European Studies / GLOBUS

Sven Biscop, Egmont Institute


Panel I: What should be the building blocs of the (new) normative order? Exploring the positions emerging powers

Chair: Sven Biscop

Philani Mthembu, Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD)

Fernanda Magnotta, Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado

Shibashis Chatterjee, Jadavpur University




Panel II: Reform, rebuild or dismantle the multilateral system? Making sense of the roles of permanent members of the UN Security Council

Chair: Helene Sjursen

Sergey Utkin, Russian Academy of Sciences

Kenneth Chan, Hong Kong Baptist University

Nicolas Bouchet, The German Marshall Fund




Panel III: Lessons for Europe: Perspectives from inside and outside the EUs institutions

Chair: Sonia Lucarelli, University of Bologna / GLOBUS

Giovanni Grevi, European Policy Centre / College of Europe

Alexandros Yannis, European External Action Service

Helene Sjursen, ARENA Centre for European Studies / GLOBUS

Ben Tonra, University College Dublin / GLOBUS


Close of conference

Download programme (pdf)

Participation upon invitation only.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact GLOBUS Coordinator Helene Sjursen

Tags: EU and global justice, Contesting justice
Published Oct. 23, 2019 11:08 AM - Last modified Dec. 5, 2019 10:55 AM