New Zealand Centre for Global Studies

research and policy analysis
on issues of global affairs
New Zealand Centre for Global Studies

The NZ think-tank
seeking answers to the 'global questions'

  • How does ‘global studies’ better inform the political, professional, and academic communities about world affairs in the 21st century?
  • What is the difference between the ‘global community of peoples’ and the ‘international community of states’; and how do they inter-relate?
  • How do the Centre’s ‘structural programmes’ (global citizenship; global governance; global law) inter-relate; and how do they influence the Centre’s ‘thematic programmes’ (global security; global sustainability’)?
  • How to bring 20th thought – the foundation of the international system – into the 21st c. with optimal balance between stability and creativity, to solve our contemporary global problems?
  • How to ensure that current ‘global dynamics’, both spatial (inter-regional) and temporal (inter-generational) are harnessed most effectively in the global public interest? 

Current Events

  • May ’20 – Religions for Peace:

    The Centre will be hosting a speaking-tour for Prof Azza Karam, former UN official, Professor of Theology, and Secretary-General of Religions for Peace International. She will give talks and hold meetings in Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch, and on 9 May will give the Centre’s 7th Global Affairs Lecture, on Waiheke Island.

  • April '20 - Global Governance:
    The Centre will be hosting two events for Dr Augusto Lopez-Claros, internationally-renowned economist, whose co-edited book has just been published: Global Governance & the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century. On 2 April, it will co-host with NZ Centre for Public Law a lecture/workshop in Wellington; and 4 April it will hold its 6th Global Affairs Lecture, on Waiheke Island.

  • Feb. ’20 Global Law: aggression as a crime

    On 7 February the Director of the Centre lodged a submission to the NZ Parliament’s select committee on making international aggression by New Zealand a domestic leadership crime.  This has already come into force under the ICC jurisdiction for 39 Member States.  New Zealand has supported the amendment but has been relatively slow to ratify and implement it.  Find the submission under Programmes (Global Law - The Centre's Work), and Prof Roger Clark’s comments under Blog.

  • December ‘19 - UN Reform:
    A joint NZCGS – UNANZ project on ‘Strengthening multilateralism through UN reform’ is underway for 2020; see Blog Column

  • November ‘19 - Nuclear Disarmament:
    The Centre’s conference on the Nuclear Prohibition Treaty (March ‘19) and its student symposium on ‘Making Nuclear Weapons Illegal’ (Sept. ’19) has been followed by meetings in Australia on the subject, by two members of the Centre’s Young Global Scholars Group – see the Report, and the Pledge, in the Global Security Programme.


Understanding Nuclear Disarmament: Insights for and from Young Global Citizens

This Hui was designed to equip students to discuss and deliberate some of the most pertinent issues surrounding The Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), disarmament in the face of increased interstate tensions (think Iran and North Korea) and New Zealand’s role as a ratifying member of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

    Recent Blog Posts

    31 March      The Global Community Catches a Virus, Kennedy Graham

    31 March       COVID-19: Calls for change, Colin James

    26 March       'In the Beginning was the Word', Azza Karam

    22 March       The Global Economy - with virus, Rod Oram

    20 March        Global Climate Change: Unlearned lessons? Adrian Macey

    19 March        The University in the Global Age: Pt IV, Chris Gallavin

    3 March          NZ and the Global Rights of Nature, Chris Finlayson

    29 February    Painting Australia's Bushfires, Tanya Ogilvie-White

    28 February    The University in the Global Age: Pt III, Chris Gallavin 

    28 February    Strengthening Multilateralism through UN Reform, Kennedy Graham

    19 February    International Aggression as a Domestic Crime, Roger Clark

    12 February    Understanding Nuclear Disarmament, Renee Moorjani 

    23 January     The University in the Global Age: Pt. II, Chris Gallavin

    21 January     Can Nuclear Disarmament Strengthen Global Security: Lyndon Burford

    18 January       Towards a Theory of Everything: Pt III. Kennedy Graham

    10 January       Towards a Theory of Everything: Pt II. Kennedy Graham

    1 January         Towards a Theory of Everything: Pt I. Kennedy Graham

    20 December     Protecting Multilateralism, Colin Keating

    19 December     Big Data and Privacy, Elise Antoine

    18 December     A Parliamentary Eye on the Future, Jonathan Boston

    15 December     Climate Challenge 2020, Kennedy Graham

    13 December     Earth Trusteeship, Klaus Bosselmann

    07 December     Multilateralism; Chinese characteristics, Fraser Cameron

    06 December     The University in the Global Age, Chris Gallavin

    03 December     Preventing Genocide, Abbas Nazari

    Annual Lecture Series

    5th NZCGS Global Affairs Lecture: 2018

    The fifth NZCGS Global Affairs Lecture was held on the 7th of April 2018 at the University of Auckland. Prof Johan Rockström was the keynote speaker, his speech was titled ‘The Planetary Boundaries: Implications for Global Governance in the 21st Century’. The event was co-hosted by the Hillary Institute and the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law. A video stream of the event can be accessed here. Photos are published below.

    4th Waiheke Global Affairs Lecture: 2017

    The fourth Waiheke Global Affairs Lecture was held on the 4th of November 2017. The Hon. Gareth Evans’, was the keynote speaker, with Assoc. Professor Treasa Dunworth as responder. The keynote speech was titled ‘The Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty: Prelude to a Nuclear Free World?’.

    Audio – Hon. Gareth Evans:
    Audio – Assoc. Prof Treasa Dunworth:

    3rd Waiheke Global Affairs Lecture: 2016

    The third Waiheke Global Affairs Lecture was held on the 7th of May 2016. The Rt. Hon. Sir Geoffrey Palmer, QC, was the keynote speaker, with Professor Graham Hassall as responder. The keynote speech was titled ‘Global Society and the Challenges of Governance’.

    Sir J Palmer’s address May 7
    Keynote Paper

    2nd Waiheke Global Affairs Lecture: 2015

    The second Lecture was given on 29 March 2015. Prof Ramesh Thakur, of the Australian National University, was the keynote speaker. His subject was: Global Governance and the UN Security Council: fit for purpose? The respondent was the ambassador of Finland, HE Pasi Patakallio.

    Lecture Notes

    1st Waiheke Global Affairs Lecture: 2014

    The first Waiheke Global Affairs Lecture was held on 17 May 2014. Prof Klaus Bosselmann, of the University of Auckland, was the keynote speaker, with Rod Oram as responder. The keynote speech was titled ‘Planetary Boundaries: concept and implications for global governance’.

    Keynote Paper

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