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Surviving Trump, Brexit, BRICS

19 March 2019 | 16:0017:30

| Spoken language: English

How Europe can stand up for global governance

The post-war international liberal order is under threat. While traditional multilateral global governance prospered in the first two decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the work of international organizations has become fiercely contested in recent years. And it’s not just the BRICS who are piling on the pressure – the very architects of that post-war order are shaking its foundations.

A zero-sum approach to multilateralism under the Trump administration has led the US to withdraw or distance itself from a number of international organizations. Meanwhile, the UK’s decision to leave the EU may reflect a broader popular sentiment that international organizations are simultaneously too distant, too intrusive, and too ineffective.

On the occasion of the publication of the 3rd edition of the popular textbook International Organization, Thomas Conzelmann (FASoS), Hylke Dijkstra (FASoS), Anke Moerland (LAW) and Andrea Ott (LAW) will debate the crisis of the international liberal order and what Europe and the EU can do to support the existing system of global governance.

This debate will be chaired by Roberta Haar (UCM) and is the first event in the new Studio Europa Lecture Series established by the Maastricht, Working on Europe programme.


  • Prof. Roberta Haar (UCM) specializes in foreign policy analysis and transatlantic relations.


  • Dr. Hylke Dijkstra (FASoS) is co-author of International Organization(3rd ed.) and lead researcher of NestIOr, a large EU-funded project about the decline and death of international organizations.
  • Prof. Thomas Conzelmann (FASoS) holds the chair in International Relations and specializes in global governance, particularly the relevance of peer review mechanisms.
  • Dr. Anke Moerland (LAW) specializes in international trade regulation, in particular the protection of intellectual property rights through bilateral and regional agreements.
  • Prof. Andrea Ott (LAW) holds the chair in EU External Relations Law and is a well-known expert on the legal aspects of the EU’s external relations.


19 March 2019