ERC final workshop

The NestIOr ERC project has now been ongoing for more than four years. During the final workshop in Maastricht on 26-27 June 2023, we take stock of the main results and discuss what we know about the vitality, resilience, decline and death of international organizations.

/// Monday 26 June

1. Introduction to the NestIOr project + main results

Hylke Dijkstra, Maria Debre, Farsan Ghassim, Laura von Allwoerden and Leonard Schuette, Giuseppe Zaccaria (Maastricht)

2. Challenges to IOs and responses by IOs

Chair: Farsan Ghassim (Oxford)
Discussant: Thomas Conzelmann (Maastricht)

Maria Debre (Potsdam) and Danielle Flonk (EUI), “Hollow multilateralism: How autocracies contest norms and procedures of international organizations”

Diana Panke (Freiburg), “Fortified or Defenceless? How Liberal International Organizations Can Respond to Illiberal Challenges from Within”

Lisbeth Zimmermann, Nele Kortendiek, Lily Young (Goethe University Frankfurt), “Walk the Walk not Talk the Talk? Contestation and Policy Change in International Organizations”

3. Resilience strategies of IOs

Chair: Maria Debre (Potsdam)
Discussant: Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni (Cambridge)

Cecilia Corsini (Oxford), “Winners and losers of the UN system: Inter-organizational competition in humanitarian governance”

Laura von Allwörden (Maastricht/Kiel), “Reciprocal Robustness of the UNFCCC and the Climate Change Action Norm: Building Robustness in the Community”

Mona Saleh (GIGA Hamburg) and James Worrall (Leeds), “Reconceptualising Resilience in International Organisations: Explaining the Survival and Growth of the Arab League”

4. Vitality and resources of IOs

Chair: Soetkin Verhaegen (Maastricht)
Discussant: Thomas Sommerer (Potsdam)

Christian Kreuder-Sonnen & Philip M. Tantow (Friedrich Schiller University Jena), “Resilient in crisis: Horizontal task-expansion by international organizations”

Frank Mattheis (United Nations University) & Ueli Staeger (Université de Genève), “The politics of financial resilience: Why not all IOs use sanctions against unpaid assessed contributions”

Jiseon Chang (The University of Texas at Austin), Mirko Heinzel (University of Glasgow), and Daniel Nielson (The University of Texas at Austin), “The Financial Consequences of International Organization Legitimacy: Evidence from a Global Field Experiment”

Julia Gray (UPenn), “Geography and Leadership: Theorizing and Operationalizing Bureaucratic Empowerment Across Cases” 

/// Tuesday 27 June

5. Dissolution and death of IOs

Chair: Laura von Allwoerden (Maastricht/Kiel)
Discussant: Hylke Dijkstra (Maastricht)

Bernhard Reinsberg (Glasgow), “Institutional overlap and the survival of intergovernmental organizations”

Yoram Haftel and Bar Nadel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) “Economic Hard Times and the Dissolution of International Organizations”

Jane Mumby (Birkbeck) “Defining death: the dissolution of the League of Nations, 1939-1948”

6. After suspension, withdrawal, and dissolution

Chair: Giuseppe Zaccaria (Maastricht)
Discussant: Julia Gray (UPenn)

Inken von Borzyskowski (UCL) and Felicity Vabulas (Pepperdine), “Suspension Effects: What are the Consequences of Membership Suspensions from IOs?”

Tim Heinkelmann-Wild (LMU), “Assessing hegemonic withdrawal: US exit from international institutions 1945-2020”

Stephanie C. Hofmann (EUI), Erna Burai (Geneva), Juanita Uribe García (Geneva), “The Afterlife of International Organizations: Repurposing through Revamping and Upgrading”