“Responsibilization” in Global Governance
- International Institutions
- International Law
Global governance is about regulating issue areas, and thus involves extensive negotiations on who should do what in international politics. Such issues are permeated by an understanding of rights, obligations, duties and responsibilities, and extensive negotiations on how to allocate them, both in the present and for the future. Actors interested in promoting normative change in the field of human rights, security or climate politics engage in debates on distributing these obligations and responsibilities. The political and normative struggle to negotiate who is responsible for what is sometimes referred to as “responsibilization.” This roundtable brings the instrumental use or avoidance of moral language to analytical scrutiny. What are the techniques through which “norm entrepreneurs” frame political questions as having moral implications? Under what conditions are such moral framings accepted? When do institutions or transnational coalitions rely on naming and shaming? How do they articulate obligations and duties, “ascribing” responsibilities through these speech acts? What are the productive and counterproductive uses of blaming? The roundtable brings together experts working on security, climate change and the protection of human rights to reflect on the prevalence, success and challenges of using moral language in global governance, and explores these questions from both a Global North and a Global South perspective.
- Joanna Bourke-MartignoniGeneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (Switzerland)
- Malavika RaoGraduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Switzerland)
- Huaru KangZhengzhou University (China)
- Erna BuraiGraduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Switzerland)