Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The Centre for Global Law and Governance (CGLG) is dedicated to exploring the development of, and challenges to, global order in its many manifestations. We are a community of staff, PhD Fellows, students, and external members with shared interests in the study and practice of governance encompassing both scholarly and policy concerns. In fulfilling that mission, we serve as a focal point for discussions concerning the theoretical, empirical, and normative dimensions of international law, institutions, and governance within St Andrews and elsewhere.

We adopt an explicitly pluralistic approach drawing on insights from politics, law, economics, history, philosophy, ethics, and beyond. We aim to promote broad thinking and cutting-edge scholarship through our regular talks and workshops, working paper series, and student internships.

The CGLG organises its work around five core pillars connecting members with shared interests:

1)    Peace and security
2)    Trade and development
3)    Rights and ethics
4)    Environment and migration
5)    Leadership and agency

The CGLG emerged in the summer of 2020 as the successor to the Centre for Global Constitutionalism (CGC). The CGC was founded by Professor Anthony Lang Jr. in 2007 to serve as a catalyst for the study of constitutionalism at the national, regional, and global levels. This initiative grew out of previous programmes at the University of St Andrews, notably the ‘Rethinking the Rules’ project and the Wilson Programme in Constitutional Studies. In this capacity, the CGC served as a site for interdisciplinary work focused on the diverse ways in which constitutionalism shapes the global political order. In its revised format, the CGLG retains this commitment to normatively-oriented and practically-minded scholarship. 

If you have any questions or comments about the Centre or its activities, please contact us at [email protected].

Adam Bower and Mateja Peter, Co-Directors


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