Making Glocalization Work: Relations between International Organisations and Cities within Multilevel Governance

Published 8 November 2016

Relations between International Organisations and cities are increasing and intensifying rapidly. At the Conference Grenzeloos Bestuur! celebrating 40 years of Public Administration at the University of Twente (21 October 2016), Asser’s Janne Nijman spoke on these relations in the context of multilevel governance in the panel ‘Multilevel Learning: Sharing Governance Experiences between Global, Regional, National and Sub-National Public Authorities’.  She elaborated on the establishment of the Global Parliament of Mayors and the claim this new Hague-based institution makes to be the go-to global city network for International Organisations. ‘Glocalization’ was moreover also discussed as a legal phenomenon discerned in the initiatives of cities to adopt international human rights and/or environmental law norms – irrespective of (the absence of) their State’s consent to be bound at the international level - and implement them through local legislation and policy. Nijman recently published ‘Renaissance of the City as Global Actor. The Role of Foreign Policy and International Law Practices in the Construction of Cities as Global Actors’. In the coming years, ‘The Global City: Challenges, Trust and the Role of Law’ is an Asser based research project supported by the Gieskes Strijbis Foundation in which 4 PhDs participate.