Governance, cooperation and law

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Heads of delegations at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

After Trump, the Groundswell of Global Climate Action is ever more central to the climate regime

The Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action marks growing integration between the intergovernmental climate regime and cities, businesses, and other actors. Perhaps the most extraordinary thing about the UN climate conference that finished in Marrakech last week was how little the cataclysmic election of Donald Trump slowed the negotiations between […]

by × 22 November 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Central Square and Legislative Council Building, Hong Kong

In the darkest hour we must have faith not fear

We have hit a new low over these past two weeks. Barely anyone could have foreseen the outcome of the US elections last week that has led to a questioning of democracy. While in Hong Kong, Beijing NPCSC’s interpretation of the Basic Law (the constitution that governs Hong Kong Special […]

by × 18 November 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Can Marrakech’s COP22 solve the unfinished tasks of Paris’ COP21?

Can Marrakech’s COP22 solve the unfinished tasks of Paris’ COP21?

In December 2015, the 21st conference of the parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) had made a decisive turning point in the world’s endeavour to avert dangerous changes in our climate. 195 nations pledged to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by the […]

by × 17 November 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

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To save itself, the EU must look east

The people of the former Eastern Bloc know how a bad union can impact their lives, and consequently they see the immense benefits in their membership of a democratic, free and (relatively) prosperous union. But recent years, possibly decades, have shown that the European Union is in trouble. Not only […]

by × 10 November 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

2016 Presidential election in Taiwan. Image: Studio Incendo. Source: Flickr Creative Commons.

Practicality over politics: Taiwan’s case for inclusion in international organisations

Since the Nationalists fled the mainland controlled by the communists following the Chinese Civil War in 1949, Taiwan has been governed as an independent country; first, as a military junta overseen by Chiang Kai-Shek, but from 1996 onwards as an electoral democracy. In just over two decades, Taiwan has built the […]

by × 04 November 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

On poverty of purpose and moral leadership

On poverty of purpose and moral leadership

In the past week we had the pleasure to have the Blavatnik School of Government’s Dean Ngaire Woods as a guest lecturer at Schwarzman College (Tsinghua University) sharing various lessons, from global governance issues to the challenges in current political leadership. Personally, the lectures brought back a lot of memories […]

by × 03 November 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Window to the World: View of the Oxford University Press from the Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government. Photo by John Cairns.

Oxford University Press vs a photocopy shop in Delhi: The difficulty in arguing fairness

Sitting right in front of the iconic Oxford University Press (OUP), is Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, where my classmates (from 55 countries) and I spent the last 12 months grappling with difficult questions of public policy. Our cohort did not shy away from a heated discussion. You could see […]

by × 19 September 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Anti-Brexit march in London, July 2016. Photo by: David B Young. Source: Flickr Creative Commons

It’s perfectly sensible to want a second EU referendum. Here’s why

In 1955, a referendum was held in Sweden on whether the country should continue to drive on the left or if there should be a switch to the right. A government committee investigating this issue had recommended such a change, the main argument being that this was the traffic system […]

by × 12 September 2016 ×