skip to Main Content

Norms of Global Governance Initiative (NGGI)

Description

The Norms of Global Governance Initiative (NGGI) is a research activity within the existing framework of the Earth System Governance Project. The Initiative involves research on the norms of environmental governance, employing dispute scenarios in the form of hypothetical legal cases that call upon citizen juries (panels of approximately 10-15 individuals) to deliberate and decide among the competing demands of parties who cast their arguments in highly concrete terms. The purpose of the NGGI is to identify and model the normative discourses that are fundamental to global environmental governance, to map areas of consensus and disagreement through scenario-based empirical research, and to aggregate the findings in a form that will allow for further progressive development of global environmental norms.

The NGGI is developed and coordinated by Lead Faculty members Walter F. Baber (California State University, Long Beach) and Robert V. Bartlett (University of Vermont).

The Earth System Governance Research Centres in AmsterdamChiang MaiLund, and Oldenburg, as well as colleagues from Idaho State University will collaborate in the NGGI and organize citizen juries at their universities. Other Research Centres will likely join this international collaboration. Background information about the NGGI is available in:

Baber, Walter F., and Robert V. Bartlett. 2011. Juristic Democracy: Using Specific Deliberative Judgments to Identify or Form Global Norms. Paper presented at the Colorado Conference on Earth System Governance, 18 May 2011, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. [download pdf]

 

Following Citizen Juries have been held:

July 2011 – One Citizen Jury with students of the Sustainability Economics and Management MA Programme at Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany.

August 2011 – Two Citizen Juries with participants of the ReSET Summer School “Governance of Global Environmental Change: Towards a Multidisciplinary Discussion in Tertiary Environmental Education“, Pskov, Russia.

October 2011 – One Citizen Jury at Kingston University, United Kingdom.

December 2011 – Three Citizen Juries with the students of Lund University International Master’s Programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science, Lund, Sweden.

December 2012 – Three Citizen Juries with the students of Lund University International Master’s Programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science, Lund, Sweden.

February 2013 – One Citizen Jury with the students of the MSc programme Political Science at the VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

 

Associated Crosscutting Themes

Associated Analytical Problems

You might like these too

Taskforce on Climate Governance
Climate governance must better reflect characteristics of sectoral systems.
Taskforce on Planetary Justice

The Planetary Justice Taskforce of the Earth System Governance Project brings together an interdisciplinary group of…

Taskforce on Ocean Governance

The Taskforce on Ocean Governance seeks to address the daunting multi-level challenge of oceans governance in…

Recent publications

The future of ‘environmental’ policy in the Anthropocene: time for a paradigm shift

What is the future of ‘environmental’ policy in times of earth system transformations and the recognition of the ‘Anthropocene’ as…

Remaking Political Institutions: Climate Change and Beyond

Institutions are failing in many areas of contemporary politics, not least of which concerns climate change. However, remedying such problems…

The political nature of fantasy and political fantasies of nature

Within post-structuralist discourse theory, there has been an ongoing interest in fantasy and the fantasmatic logic. We propose a new…