On 2 November 2012, SPP Dean Wolfgang H. Reinicke launched a two-and-a-half-year project on Global Norm Evolution and the Responsibility to Protect. Seeking to provide a comprehensive, in-depth analysis of global norm evolution and normative conflict, the research project will be implemented in cooperation with the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin.
"This is a new model of global research cooperation whereby all case studies are co-authored by teams of European and non-European researchers”, Reinicke said in his opening remarks at the launch. “It will push the frontiers of research on global norms”.
The project focuses on the evolution of a “responsibility to protect” individuals from mass atrocities – an emerging and contested norm that challenges the foundations of the existing global order and has become the subject of intense global debate.
From 2012-2015, the research will be carried out by individuals from seven institutions in China, India, Brazil and across Europe. During the Berlin launch in cooperation with the Social Science Research Center (WZB), the partners developed a common research framework and plan their fieldwork and publications. Project participants include Zhang Haibin of Peking University, C.S.R. Murthy of Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, Oliver Stuenkel and Matias Spektor of Fundação Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro, Christopher Daase and Julian Junk of Goethe University in Frankfurt, Ricardo Soares de Oliveira of Oxford University and Xymena Kurowska of Central European University in Budapest.
The project is generously funded by a grant from the Volkswagen Foundation in cooperation with two other foundations, Compagnia di San Paolo and the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.
CEU will host a major conference on this subject in Budapest in 2014.