The Global City: Challenges, Trust and the Role of Law

Sep 1, 2016 - Aug 31, 2020

Project description

Trust is vital to society and trusting relations are vital to social cohesion and healthy and thriving communities, both at a global and at a local level. Throughout the ages, world cities (or global cities) are in the forefront of trust-related challenges. In global cities with their great diversity of social, economic and ethnic backgrounds, religions, and lifestyles, ‘how to live together?’ and ‘how to create an urban culture of respect and trust?’ are perennial questions. The questions have a legal dimension as well: ‘what role can law play in the cultivation of such a culture?’

The four-year research project ‘The Global City: Challenges, Trust and the Role of Law’ explores the global city as the crucial place where citizenship and fundamental rights have been debated in the past and in the present. It also questions the role and position of the global city on the international stage. The project consists of four individual PhD studies. Together, they will address a number of related themes: diversity, migration and trade (including the slave trade); political participation and citizenship; the role of law, fundamental rights and duties as a possible source of trust in the global city of the past and present; and, the role and position of the global city in the international (legal) order of the past and present. The project started in September 2016. Project leader is Prof. Dr. Janne Nijman who received a grant from the Gieskes-Strijbis Fonds for this research project.

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