Global Orders: Past and Present

15-16 September 2022

Convenors: Professor George Lawson, Professor Ian MacGillivray and Professor Christian Reus-Smit FASSA

There are few issues of greater significance to contemporary world politics than the changing nature of global order. This workshop explored the sources of, and prospects for, global order by asking what can be learned from past international orders around the world: how they rose and fell, and how they met major challenges. The workshop included specialists from International Relations, International Political Economy, Area Studies, Law, History, and Sociology. This interdisciplinary approach provides a broader frame of reference than is commonly used to assess the changing nature of global order. As a result, the workshop generated insights of benefit to academic, practitioner and public audiences.