Talk looks at world in flux

July 27, 2012

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One of the world’s foremost social scientists will explore the changing nature of global governance as part of the Visiting Scholar Seminar Series on Wednesday, August 1.

Professor Luk Van Langenhove is Director of the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) in Belgium and Representative of the Rector at UNESCO. He has published widely on regional integration, social sciences, psychology and positioning theory.

Professor Van Langenhove will give a historical analysis of international multilateral governance, from its genesis at the Peace of Westphalia through its incarnation in the post-Second World War landscape in the forms of the United Nations and ‘Bretton Woods’ institutions.

He will then argue that in its current form – intended to serve and protect the interests of sovereign states – the system is not up to facing the planet’s challenges.

What Professor Van Langenhove sees instead is ‘multilateralism mode 2.0’, which recognises the rise of regionalism, the growing autonomy of international organisations and the increasing influence of citizens in debating and deciding issues in a wired world.

The Future of Multilateralism: Is time ready for Multilateralism 2.0? will take place in the Brian Hill Lecture Theatre, Murdoch University South Street Campus at 1.30pm.

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