2022 Global Scholars Academy

From July 18 – 22, 2022, Harvard Law School’s IGLP will collaborate with The Graduate Institute, Geneva to convene the second annual Global Scholars Academy at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, made possible with generous support from the Open Society University Network (OSUN)

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Applications due May 20, 2022 at 11:59pm EST


Applicants should not be concerned that health restrictions may affect their ability to travel to Budapest.  Should health and travel restrictions make the residential program in Budapest impractical in July, we anticipate offering part of the Academy experience on the same schedule remotely and convening admitted participants for an in-person residential experience at a later date.  We expect to inform all admitted applicants of the exact schedule for this year’s Academy by early June when the admission process has been completed.

The Application

Preference will be given to scholars who are from the Global South, 2-5 years post-PhD and currently hold postdoctoral posts or faculty positions. All accepted participants will be expected to submit an 8000-word piece of academic writing in advance of the Academy to be discussed with colleagues in our intensive Writing Workshops.

About the Academy

Drawing on the interdisciplinary resources and global networks of both institutions, this venture aims to strengthen the next generation of scholars and university teachers by placing them in conversation with their global peers and strengthening their ability to rethink a global architecture ill-equipped to deal with the world’s most urgent challenges, from global poverty, inequality and injustice to conflict, migration and environmental change.

The Global Scholars Academy is an intensive residential experience designed to enable junior faculty and post- doctoral scholars to engage in sustained, interdisciplinary, peer-to-peer collaboration under the close mentorship of research faculty drawn from the world’s top universities. The Academy is open by application to advanced junior scholars working to understand and map the levers of political, economic, and legal authority in the world today. We particularly welcome applications from scholars from the Global South and those working on policy challenges of concern to communities in the Global South.

Building on the IGLP’s decade of successful workshops and the Graduate Institute, Geneva’s dedication to high-level interdisciplinary research, the Global Scholars Academy will engage a growing community of scholars developing new thinking about the world’s most pressing policy challenges. While in residence, participants will workshop their ongoing research, review current scholarship developments, reconsider canonical texts, and network with colleagues from across the world.

The Format

The 2022 Academy will offer a unique interdisciplinary curriculum designed for junior scholars with scholarly projects relating to this year’s themes and which focus on issues of significance for scholars and policymakers in the global South. The Academy will include thematic mini-courses or “streams”, plenary lectures, roundtables, and writing workshops. The Academy program is designed to strengthen academic and professional skills in presenting research, developing curricular materials and participating in Global scholarly dialog.  Writing workshops will offer participants the opportunity to receive detailed, valuable feedback on their research from their peers and senior colleagues in small group settings.

The Themes

  • Authoritarianism, Populism and Constitutional Authority
  • Colonial and Postcolonial Structures of Power and Domination
  • Commons from Global to Local
  • Critical and Social Theory
  • Development, Distribution and Inequality
  • Gender, Poverty and Social Inclusion
  • Global Corporations
  • Critical Geographies
  • The Future of Work
  • Private Law and Global Political Economy
  • Transnational Public Law Reconsidered

The Faculty

Helena Alviar (SciencesPo Law School)
Jenn Bair (University of Virginia)
Arnulf Becker (Harvard Law School)
Yifeng Chen (Peking University)
Madelaine Chiam (La Trobe Law School)
Lynette Chua (National University of Singapore)
Richard Clements (Tilburg Law School)
Dan Danielsen (Northeastern University)
Dennis Davis (High Court of Cape Town)
Deval Desai (University of Edinburgh)
Jorge Esquirol (Florida International University College of Law)
Gunter Frankenberg (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)
Ermal Frasheri (Harvard Kennedy School)
Christopher Gevers (University of Kwa-Zulu Natal)
Bela Greskovits (Central European University)
Ratna Kapur (Queen Mary University of London)
David Kennedy (Harvard Law School)
Karen Knop (University of Toronto)
Vidya Kumar (University of Leicester)
Nadia Lambek (Western University)
Zina Miller (Seton Hall University)
Vasuki Nesiah (New York University)
Scott Newton (SOAS, University of London)
Rose Parfitt (Kent Law School)
Charlie Peevers (University of Glasgow)
Nik Rajkovic (Tilburg Law School)
Shalini Randeria (Central European University)
Kerry Rittich (University of Toronto Faculty of Law)
Judit Sandor (Central European University)
Hani Sayed (The American University in Cairo)
Rebecca Tapscott (The Graduate Institute, Geneva)
René Urueña (Universidad de los Andes)
Robert Wai (Osgoode Hall Law School)
Dina Waked (Sciences Po Law School)
Lucie White (Harvard Law School)

The Collaboration

This collaboration will encourage scholarship exploring such pressing issues as the structural reproduction of poverty and inequality; the policy challenges and benefits of new technologies; links between local and global security; environmental sustainability and the impact of environmental change on communities across the global South, women’s empowerment; as well as the management of cultural difference, exclusion, and intolerance in a world of ever-increasing movement and communication.

 The Graduate Institute, Geneva’s vibrant and cosmopolitan research community of 70 faculty members and 1000 graduate students, of whom 350 are doctoral candidates, represents by far the most important concentration under a single roof of specialists in international affairs and development issues in Switzerland and one of the most important in the world. The research community covers the principal global, international and transnational challenges of today’s world, including democracy, humanitarian action, trade, environment and natural resources, development, gender, migration, governance, and conflict resolution.

The Institute fosters interdisciplinary dialogue, drawing on the main social science disciplines (anthropology, development economics, international economics, international history, international relations, political science and sociology), as well as international law. Intellectual excellence is at the heart of the Institute’s mission, driven by the conviction that only rigorous enquiry and critical thinking can provide concrete solutions to the world’s challenges. The Institute’s commitment to critical enquiry goes hand-in-hand with its dedication to international cooperation and human solidarity.

The Open Society University Network (OSUN) is a new model of global higher education. It will integrate learning and knowledge creation–in the social sciences, the humanities, the sciences and the arts, on undergraduate and graduate levels–across geographic and demographic boundaries, promote civic engagement to advance open societies, and expand access of underserved communities to higher education.

OSUN aims to educate students to address tomorrow’s global challenges. It will foster critical thinking and open intellectual inquiry to strengthen the foundations of open society amid the current authoritarian resurgence. OSUN will counteract intellectual monocultures and polarization by uniting institutions around the world in collaborative research projects and by encouraging students to examine issues from different perspectives and through reasoned arguments. In addition, OSUN seeks to address inequality by expanding educational access to neglected and minority populations, such as incarcerated persons, the Roma, and refugees.

The Local Host

Central European University is an undergraduate- and graduate-level “crossroads” university where faculty and students from more than 100 countries come to engage in interdisciplinary education, pursue advanced scholarship, and address some of society’s most vexing problems.

CEU is accredited in the United States, Austria, and Hungary, and offers English-language bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in the social sciences, the humanities, law, management and public policy. Located in the heart of Central Europe — in Vienna and Budapest — CEU has a distinct academic and intellectual focus, combining the comparative study of the region’s historical, cultural, and social diversity with a global perspective on good governance, sustainable development and social transformation.

Founded in 1991 at a time when revolutionary changes were throwing off the rigid orthodoxies imposed on Central and Eastern Europe, CEU is based on the premise that human fallibility can be counterbalanced by the critical discussion of ideas and that this critical spirit can be sustained best in societies where citizens have the freedom to scrutinize competing theories and openly evaluate and change government policies.

CEU is one of the most densely international universities in the world. Its rare mix of nationalities, ethnicities, and cultures creates an ideal environment for examining such “open society” subjects as emerging democracies, transitional economies, media freedom, nationalism, human rights, and the rule of law. It also brings multifaceted perspectives to all aspects of community life.

CEU is known for excellence in teaching and research—with purpose. At the core of its mission lies a set of principles: the pursuit of truth wherever it leads, respect for the diversity of cultures and peoples, and commitment to resolve differences through debate not denial.