Project GLOBUS – Reconsidering European Contributions to Global Justice

Basic data

Acronym:
GLOBUS
Title:
Reconsidering European Contributions to Global Justice
Duration:
01/06/2016 to 31/05/2020
Abstract / short description:
GLOBUS is a multinational project led by ARENA (Oslo) that critically assesses the EU’s impact on justice in a global system characterised by uncertainty, risk and
ambiguity. GLOBUS defines a new research agenda for the study of the EU’s global role. This agenda directs
attention to underlying political and structural challenges to global justice that are prior to the distributive problem,
as well as to the fact that what is just is contested both by theorists and policy makers. GLOBUS provides in depth knowledge of how the EU proceeds to promote justice within the specific fields of climate change, trade,
development, asylum/migration and security while also speaking to the key horizontal issues of gender and human rights within each of these fields. Rather than focusing on a single dimension GLOBUS develops three different conceptions of justice. This nuanced
conceptual scheme allows GLOBUS to address the multifaceted challenge of justice, and to specify the EU’s realimpact. GLOBUS takes heed of the reality of ‘the foreign will’ through intense engagement with partners outside Europe. This provides a ‘reality check’ of the limits and potential for the EU’s future place in a multi-polar order. The three conceptions of justice as non-dominance, as impartiality and as mutual recognition all have limitations as they prioritize some challenges to global justice over others. These limitations are important in order to empirically
discern inhibiting factors for global political justice– such as power, unequal competences and the prevailing
‘system of states’ – as well as in order to specify how the EU contributes to justice. In order to develop a feasible model of justice promotion, we adjust for the empirical and normative constraints that the data collection brings about. We further factor in the viewpoints and experience of practitioners and stakeholders, GLOBUS provides policy-relevant recommendations that take into consideration ideal requirements while at the same time not losing sight of the realities of power.
Keywords:
European Union
Europäische Union
globalisation
Globalisierung
climate change
Klimawandel
foreign policy
Außenpolitik
justice
Gerechtigkeit

Involved staff

Managers

Institute of Political Science
Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

Contact persons

Department of Social Sciences
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Institute of Political Science
Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Department of Social Sciences
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Institute of Political Science
Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

Local organizational units

Institute of Political Science
Department of Social Sciences
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

Funders

Brüssel, Belgium
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