The European Union, global justice and multilateralism
This policy brief reviews the significance of the crisis of multilateralism and its implications for the European Union (EU).
This policy brief reviews the significance of the crisis of multilateralism and its implications for the European Union (EU). Drawing on GLOBUS’ three conceptions of global political justice, we propose that facing the crisis, the Union may choose a strategy of adaptation, re-adjustment and refinement, or normative learning respectively. The strategies rely on different ideas of what it would take to establish a just multilateral order. Each would allow the Union to take heed of some forms of resistance to multilateralism while emphasising others to a lesser extent. They also entail different risks and costs for the EU. The challenge is to develop a multilateral system that acknowledges difference without abandoning core principles. Given the transnational nature of global problems, a successful resolution of this challenge is essential.
Helene Sjursen, ARENA Centre for European Studies