Conference: Rethinking governance in an era of global insecurities, regional tensions and rising nationalism

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Conference: Rethinking governance in an era of global insecurities, regional tensions and rising nationalism

DATE: 17/07/2017 - 19/07/2017

TIME: 1:15 PM to 4:30 PM

LOCATION: Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne, 200 Leicester Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053

Conference Schedule (Provisional)

Day 1 – Monday 17 July
Registration opens at 1:15pm
Conference from 1:45pm – 5:00pm
Reception for conference attendees from 5:00pm – 5:45pm
Public Lecture (at the Doherty Institute) from 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Day 2 – Tuesday 18 July
Registration opens at 8:30am
Conference from 9:00am – 5:30pm
Conference dinner from 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Day 3 – Wednesday 19 July
Registration opens at 8:45am
Conference from 9:00am – 4:30pm

See Provisional Conference Program

There is a sense of crisis in international affairs at present. Globalisation is in crisis and generates crisis. Nationalism is on the rise, especially in extreme forms. Many observers are seeking solution in alternatives to global bodies and national solutions – in regional governance. Yet the European Union, often regarded as the pre-eminent regional body is perceived as not only being in crisis but on the verge of disintegration. At the same time, regional bodies such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have been seeking to deepen regional cooperation, while also experiencing major challenges. Emerging powers and shifting power dynamics of the US and China suggest greater complexity in tackling global challenges. The uncertainty following the election of Donald Trump and rising populism all point to insecurities at global, regional and national levels.

In the face of a strategic shift in the balance of power in international relations, might regional cooperation provide a means to manage global challenges? How might territorial disputes, nationalism, Brexit, the refugee crisis, a US ‘retreat’, a rise of China, and populism be tackled? These and other issues will be examined at this international conference. The conference is open to academics, policy makers and practitioners and to interested members of the public.

We have an excellent line-up of keynote speakers including:

  • Public Lecture on ‘The New Global Disorder and the Rise of Despotism’ by Prof John Keane, University of Sydney.
  • Professor Sandra Lavenex, University of Geneva, on ‘EU asylum policy as organized hypocrisy’
  • Professor Penelope Mathew, Griffith Univeristy, on ‘Regionalism as a stepping stone to the global compact for refugees’.
  • Her Excellency Ms Menna Rawlings British High Commissioner to Australia, on ‘Brexit and Beyond’
  • Professor See Seng Tan, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, on ‘Reinventing ASEAN’

Conference panels include:

  • Brexit and Beyond
  • Asian regionalism and the US alliance in an era of US-China Rivalry
  • Europe and Asia: Linkages
  • EU-Australia Relations – expert panel
  • Regional Governance of Refugee Issues
  • Crisis, Populism and the Politics of Fear
  • Refugees and Responsibility
  • Security, instability and conflict
  • EU-Australia Relations: Perspectives from Australian and the EU actors
  • Security, instability and conflict
  • The resurgence of nationalism
  • The EU and Sustainable Development in the Asia Pacific


Early bird registration extended to 15 May

Join the conversation on Twitter #RegGov17

Conference Information

For paper-presenters, chairs and discussants:

Paper and Panel Instructions– information on paper guidelines, how to circulate papers to fellow panelists and the panel structure.

Key Dates: Papers are to be circulated to other members of the panel by July 3rd. Please contact if you have any difficulty contacting members of your panel.

If you are using Powerpoint during your presentation, please ensure that it is emailed to by no later than July 3rd. Please ensure to use the subject line ‘Rethinking Governance Conference PPT’ when sending your presentations. Please ensure that you bring along your Powerpoint on a USB on the day of your presentation.

For postgraduate students:

Postgraduate Bursary – postgraduate bursaries have been established to assist postgraduate students to attend and present their research.


The University has established a Domestic Accommodation Program which includes a number of accommodation providers in key locations across Australia for use by staff and guests of the university.

The program provides hotel and serviced apartment style options, with competitively discounted room rates per night and additional service offerings.

Click here for accommodation options.

To receive an accommodation discount, please inform your desired hotel that you will take part in a University of Melbourne conference.

Free Public Lecture

The New Global Disorder and the Rise of Despotism

17 July, 2017
6:15pm – 7:30pm
Doherty Institute Auditorium

Professor John Keane, University of Sydney, analyses one of the most salient global trends: the birth of political regimes that are a serious alternative to the ideals and practices of power-sharing monitory democracy as we have known it during the past generation.

Registration to open mid-May. 

The EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges is co-funded by the European Commission and The University of Melbourne.