Dictating Norms: Who Decides What's Right for the World?

The Inauguration of Global Governance Watch

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 The proliferation of international policymaking organizations has intensified and institutionalized the influence of global governance. Suprastate and non-state actors, such as the United Nations, NGOs, and international financial institutions, have risen in prominence and power, bringing with them internationalist agendas that are challenging states' abilities to steer their own domestic policies and priorities. As the lines between state sovereignty and global governance become increasingly blurred, who should decide what's right for the world?

What are the processes by which international agendas are declared universal, and are they democratic? What happens when national governments disagree with world agendas and how are disputes arbitrated? As globalization progresses, should national governments expect to cede some aspect of sovereignty?
Please join us to discuss these and other important questions as the Federalist Society and AEI inaugurate a joint project, Global Governance Watch (GGW).  A web-based resource that addresses issues of transparency and accountability at the United Nations, in NGOs, and related international organizations, and the threats that such organizations pose to national sovereignty, the GGW project focuses on four strategic areas:  1) national security -- exploring the ways in which international organizations have become increasingly involved in national defense policy, 2) development -- monitoring the efficacy of international organizations that conduct development work, 3) global regulation -- assessing the impact of international efforts to regulate such areas as health policy, intellectual property rights, and corporate social responsibility, and 4) human security -- assessing human rights actors and related global efforts to promote a secure world free from "want" and "fear."

12:00 p.m.

  • Danielle Pletka, AEI
  • Leonard Leo, The Federalist Society 

12:10 p.m.
Keynote Address

  • John R. Bolton, AEI

12:30 p.m.
Presentation of Global Governance Watch

  • David Peyton, AEI
  • Alyssa Luttjohann, The Federalist Society

12:45 p.m.
Panel Discussion

  • Ronald A. Cass, Center for the Rule of Law
  • Grover Joseph Rees III, Department of State
  • Claudia Rosett, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Moderator: James P. Kelly III, The Federalist Society