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.
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).
Annual Lecture Series
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.
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?’.
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’.
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.
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’.