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Dr. Joris Larik presents research at Paris Peace Forum

On 11-13 November, Dr. Joris Larik, Assistant Professor for Comparative, EU, and International Law at LUC The Hague, took part in the inaugural Paris Peace Forum. The Forum is a new annual gathering focused on tackling global challenges through international cooperation launched by French President Emmanuel Macron.

New impetus for multilateralism

The whole range of actors in global governance were represented in the Paris Peace Forum, including states, international organizations, local governments, NGOs and foundations, the private sector, experts, journalists, trade unions, religious groups and citizens. By bringing these different stakeholder groups together and by presenting solutions, the aim was to demonstrate that there is a momentum for multilateralism and its further development. The opening ceremony was attended by, among others, UN Secretary General António Guterres, Emanual Macron, Angela Merkel, and Justin Trudeau. 

Promoting justice and security in global governance

The Paris Peace Forum featured 120 governance projects and initiatives from around the world, selected from 850 applications. Among them was the Just Security 2020 project, which is based on the book “Just Security in an Undergoverned World” (OUP 2018), which Dr. Larik edited together with Richard Ponzio and Dr. William Durch, and the preceding Albright-Gambari Commission Report of 2015, for which Dr. Larik served as a Senior Researcher. The project seeks to promote bold yet practical global governance reforms in view of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations in 2020.

Making use of the Paris Peace Forum’s innovative formats, Dr. Ponzio and Dr. Larik gave both a “pitch” and convened a “meet-up” to present their main ideas. The conference in Paris follows book launch events earlier this year in The Hague, New York, and Washington D.C.

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