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Summer School - The capacity of regional and international organisations to react to the Covid-19 pandemic

Published on August 5, 2020 Updated on August 5, 2020

Organised by the Institute for European Studies and the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Université libre de Bruxelles.

The global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating social-economic impact represent a considerable challenge for nation states and international organisations. While the effects of the crisis are global, nation states have acted as primary actors through a wide range of individual decisions. They sought to stop the spread of the virus by radically limiting internal and international travels, suspending economic activity, closing schools and universities, shops and public places and confining persons at home. Many of these drastic limitations to individual freedom of movement and assembly have been taken without cross-border coordination. Transnational problems require transnational solutions and but establishing these been a visibly challenging task for the European Union but also for international and regional organisations in general.
The aim of this summer programme is to address a set of timely questions such as:

  • What is the role of regional and international organisations in responding to the COVID-19 crisis as a global challenge?
  • How do they assert themselves against nation states surging ahead on their own?
  • How do they react to the socio-economic, informational as well as human rights and rule of law challenges within their member states?
  • What is their organisational capacity and mandate to (re)act and has there been a change due to the crisis?
  • How is international and regional solidarity translated into concrete action?
  • How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the multilateral system and the balance of power of nation states and regional organisations?
Information and registration
from August 27, 2020 to August 29, 2020
Brussels, Solbosch Campus