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Multilateralism and the EU in the Contemporary Global Order

Objective

This project seeks to understand the EU’s contribution to effective multilateralism. We consider evolving and conflicting (culturally-defined) meanings of multilateralism; its uncertain future on a global scale; the EU system of external relations in the light of the Reform Treaty and its implications for the Union's ability to shape multilateralism; and whether and how multilateralism is compatible with the EU’s shift towards inter-regionalism and strategic partnerships. Arguably, the EU has done more than most of its partners to acknowledge new global challenges and rising demand for multilateralism. Its own positions frequently become focal points for international negotiations on conflict resolution. Nevertheless, essential questions remain unanswered about the viability of a European ‘way’ of multilateralism. Can multilateralism be defined in a way that transcends divisions within as well as beyond Europe, between states, nations and cultures, strong and weak, rich and poor? Is there a concept of multilateralism that overcomes theoretical schisms? Is it possible for the EU or its member states (or anyone else) to define and pursue a selfless, benign, credible doctrine of multilateralism, as opposed to one that serves its own interests? The problem of matching supply to demand for effective multilateralism will be the leitmotif for MERCURY, a research programme that will elaborate and clarify forms of multilateralism, develop specific theses about the EU’s contribution to multilateralism, and test them in line with best scientific practice. Its remit extends to the interactions of the EU and its member states with regions outside Europe, strategic partners, and global organisations. It is interdisciplinary, drawing on expertise in law, politics, economics, and international relations. It advances a clear intellectual agenda – to explore, explain, and evaluate different conceptions of multilateralism – while aiming to achieve practical policy relevance.

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 430 696
Administrative Contact
Caroline Laffey (Ms.)

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 274 914
Address
Albertus Magnus Platz
50931 Koeln
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wolfgang Wessels (Prof.)
UNIVERZITA KARLOVA
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 83 208
Address
Ovocny Trh 560/5
116 36 Praha 1
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tomas Renner (Mr.)
ISTITUTO AFFARI INTERNAZIONALI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 175 152
Address
Via Angelo Brunetti 9
00186 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Giovanna Lo Vasco (Ms.)
FONDATION NATIONALE DES SCIENCES POLITIQUES
France
EU contribution
€ 109 062
Address
Rue Saint Guillaume 27
75341 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Daniela-Roxana Vermel (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 116 856
Address
Lynnwood Road
0002 Pretoria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maxi Schoeman (Prof.)
FUDAN UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 49 112
Address
Handan Road 220
200433 Shanghai
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Junbo Jian (Mr.)
STIFTELSEN STOCKHOLMS INTERNATIONELLA FREDSFORSKNINGSINSTITUT
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 117 504
Address
Signalistgatan 9
169 70 Solna
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Daniel Nord (Mr.)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 143 496
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dawn Edwards (Ms.)