Kick-off: Reconsidering European contributions to global justice

Since its inception the EU has proclaimed an ambition to promote justice at the global level. But what precisely is the EU’s contribution to global justice? And what would a just foreign policy look like? The kick-off conference of the GLOBUS project will be held in Oslo on 9-10 June 2016.

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The Horizon 2020-funded project Reconsidering European Contributions to Global Justice (GLOBUS) will be launched in June 2016. The aim of the project is to critically assess the EU's impact on global justice. GLOBUS Coordinator Helene Sjursen (ARENA Centre for European Studies) will gather scholars from different parts of the world to address both the principled and practical dilemmas involved in developing a foreign policy to improve conditions for global justice.

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GLOBUS Kick-off Conference Brochure (pdf)

While the first day of the conference is open to the public, the second day will be devoted to internal project sessions.

Registrations are closed. Please contact Geir Kværk if you would like to attend the conference.

Thursday 9 June 2016

9.00 Registration and coffee

Ole Petter Ottersen
Rector, University of Oslo

Presentation of the GLOBUS project
Helene Sjursen
GLOBUS Coordinator, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo

I: Justice in a globalised world

How should we think about justice beyond the jurisdiction of the state? What are the key challenges to justice in the context of globalisation?


Justice as non-dominance, as impartiality, or as mutual recognition?
Erik O. Eriksen
ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo

  Q&A session

Keynote lecture: Global justice against global finance

Many accounts of global justice are free-standing, disconnected from a diagnosis of the obstacles to it. This lecture takes a different path. Starting from an account of the structures of globalising financialised capitalism, Nancy Fraser proposes an account of justice that can inform, and help to coordinate, struggles against it.

Nancy Fraser, Member of GLOBUS Scientific Advisory Board
New School for Social Research, New York City and Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Oslo


John Erik Fossum
ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo

Q&A session

11.15 Coffee break

II: Transborder issues and the vulnerability of states and citizens

Increased flows of migration, climate change, changing patterns of trade, and security risks challenge borders and affect peoples’ interests without regard for their status or citizenship. What are the specific claims of justice emanating from these fields? Who does the EU recognise as rightful claimants to justice within these domains? How does the EU proceed to determine whose concerns should be included?


Climate justice
Thomas Diez
University of Tübingen

Sonia Lucarelli
University of Bologna
  Cooperation and conflict
Ben Tonra
University College Dublin
  Trade and development
Pundy Pillay
University of the Witwatersrand

Chris Lord
ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo

Panel discussion
Q&A session

Chair: Helene Sjursen

13.15 Lunch

III: Gender justice

In the context of globalisation, feminists link up across national borders to claim recognition for women’s rights. Acknowledging gender equality as a key justice concern, Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallström launched a strategy for a feminist foreign policy. But what does a feminist foreign policy look like, and what challenges arise in its realisation?


The quest for a feminist foreign policy and challenges to peace diplomacy
Karin Aggestam
Lund University

Q&A session

Chair: Helene Sjursen

15.00 Coffee break

IV: BRICS perspectives on global justice

What are the most prominent justice claims emanating from emerging powers? There may be diverging perspectives on what would be adequate procedures for resolving concerns for justice. To what extent, and how, do the EU’s policies take heed of the claims from these states and from their citizens?


Leticia Pinheiro
State University of Rio de Janeiro

Sreeram Chaulia
O.P. Jindal Global University

Yiwei Wang
Renmin University of China 

South Africa 
David Everatt
University of the Witwatersrand


Mai'a K. Davis Cross
ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo

Panel discussion
Q&A session

Chair: Helene Sjursen


End of conference



GLOBUS General Assembly meeting

Meeting room Skillebekk


Reception and dinner

Friday 10 June 2016

The second day of the conference is devoted to internal sessions and is not open to the public.

Programme day two

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Further information about the venue and how to get there from the airport

For questions related to attendance, please contact Geir Kværk


GLOBUS is coordinated by ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo and has partners in Italy, Germany, Ireland, South Africa, Brazil, India and China, in addition to Norway.

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The project is funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme, Societal Challenges 6: Europe's contribution to a value-based global order and its contestants.

Published Feb. 16, 2016 2:39 PM - Last modified Oct. 4, 2022 12:11 PM