Global Governance Reform Initiative (General)

The Global Governance Reform Initiative seeks to overcome the challenges of global governance in three important domains – cyberspace, migration and oceans – by improving the efficiency, effectiveness and legitimacy of collective actions undertaken by relevant stakeholders. 

The project invites experts representing four sectors (government, civil society, the private sector and international organizations) and a range of countries (BRICS, MIST and the West) to participate in an action-oriented dialogue and research partnership that seeks to generate innovative, multi-stakeholder solutions to pressing governance challenges.


The experts will submit papers proposing solutions to key challenges that impede effective global governance. These papers will be reviewed by luminaries (i.e. seasoned academics and practitioners) to generate timely, practicable and demand-driven policy recommendations that address the challenges of global governance in particular domains (i.e. cyberspace, migration and oceans) as well as more generally.


The pilot phase of this project will focus on the global governance of cyberspace and is scheduled to commence in January 2014.


The Hague Institute undertakes this project in collaboration with the following advisors: The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands Institute of International Relations – Clingendael, and The Observer Research Foundation (New Delhi).

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News and Commentary

‘Cyber Sovereignty': Centralized Authority in a Decentralized Domain?
14 Apr 2015  |  by Erin Jackson


How does the concept of sovereignty work in the digital world? What can states do, what should they do and what must they not do? Such questions permeated the discussions at the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS), hosted by the Kingdom of the Netherlands in The Hague on 16 and 17 April.

The Future of Cyber Governance
19 May 2014  From 13-15 May, The Hague Institute convened a successful three-day conference on The Future of Cyber Governance. The conference, which was part of the Institute’s Global Governance Reform Initiative (GGRI), brought together renowned academics and practitioners from more than a dozen countries to discuss critical challenges and policy recommendations for the global governance of cyberspace.

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