Policy dialogue: The EU and global justice in a changing world order

The European Union is often described as a vanguard of a law-based world order, and since its inception it has proclaimed an ambition to promote justice at the global level. But how can the EU contribute in the present context of contestation over global norms?

On March 3 2020, GLOBUS hosted a policy dialogue discussing the implications of the present context of global uncertainty and unpredictability for the EU's foreign policy. 

The development of the EU’s foreign and security policy gained momentum in parallel with the strengthening of multilateralism at the end of the Cold War, and its foreign policy initiatives have been underpinned by a belief in the legitimacy of multilateralism and in the ability of this order to contribute to enhance global justice. On this basis, it has amongst other things played a key role in climate negotiations and has developed a capacity for contributing to peace operations and crisis management.

The law based, multilateral, world order can no longer be taken for granted. Its legitimacy is challenged both by emerging powers, who point to the perceived hegemony of Europe and  'the West', and by the EU’s ally the United States.

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In this policy dialogue, we will discuss the implications of the present context of uncertainty and unpredictability for the foreign policy of a Union that is also struggling with its own internal challenges. We will discuss to what extent there is a shift in the Union’s own prioritization of global values, as well as what the implications of such a shift might be for the value basis of the EU’s foreign policy. Through these discussions, we also address the ambiguities of the EU’s own policies, past and present, with regard to the promotion of global justice, as well as possible scenarios for future developments. 

The Policy Dialogue will provide a unique opportunity for European policy makers and practitioners to engage in the topics of climate change, migration, development and conflict resolution with GLOBUS researchers and the relevant stakeholders attending the event.

Draft programme

Note that the speakers are currently being confirmed


Registration and coffee


Welcome note 

Seán Kelly | MEP, European People's Party (Ireland)

Helene Sjursen | GLOBUS Coordinator, ARENA Centre for European Studies


The EU, multilateralism and global political justice

Helene Sjursen | GLOBUS Coordinator, ARENA Centre for European Studies

Ellis Mathews | Head of Division, Multilateral Relations, EEAS

Birgit van Hout | Regional Representative for Europe, UN Human Rights Office 




The EU, climate change and global justice

Franziskus von Lucke | Researcher, University of Tübingen / GLOBUS project

Yvon Slingenberg | Director, DG for Climate Action

Nick Mabey | Chief Executive, E3G




Coffee break


The EU, migration and global justice

Sonia Lucarelli | Associate Professor, University of Bologna / GLOBUS project and Michela Ceccorulli | Adjunct Professor, University of Bologna / GLOBUS Project 

Roberta Metsola | MEP, European People's Party (Malta) & member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Josephine Liebl | Head of Advocacy, European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)




The EU, trade, development and global justice

Pundy Pillay | Professor, Wits School of Governance / GLOBUS project & Johanne D. Saltnes | ARENA Centre for European Studies / GLOBUS project

Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana | MEP, Greens (Germany), Vice-Chair, Committee on Development

Geert Laporte | Deputy Director, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)






The EU, security and global justice

Ben Tonra | Professor, University College Dublin / GLOBUS project

Rene Van Nes | Head of Division, Conflict Prevention and Mediation Support, EEAS

Sonya Reines-Djivanides | Executive Director, European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO)




Closing remarks

Mairead McGuinness | MEP, European People's Party (Ireland), 1st Vice-President of the European Parliament 

Ben Tonra and Helene Sjursen

The event will be followed by the launch of the GLOBUS art installation, Area G5


This event requires registration

If you have any questions about the event, contact Helene Sjursen or Jelena Radakovic.

Published Dec. 10, 2019 11:02 AM - Last modified May 10, 2020 3:39 PM