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TRANSWORLD Project (2012 - 2015)

Redefining the Transatlantic Relationship and its Role in Shaping Global Governance (TRANSWORLD)


Project start and finish dates: March 2012 - July 2015 

The TRANSWORLD Project was a collaborative research project in which the EUI, through the Academy of European Law, participated as one of its 13 partner institutions across Europe, the US and Turkey. It was financed by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7), and coordinated by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome. Launched in March 2012, the project ran for three and a half years.

TRANSWORLD’s main objective was to critically examine the evolution of the transatlantic relationship and its role in shaping global governance architectures. By combining an inter-disciplinary analysis of transatlantic relations, including desk research, in-depth interviews, an elite survey and a sophisticated Delphi exercise to elaborate solid policy proposals, it aimed to  a) ascertain, differentiating among four policy domains (economic, security, environment, and human rights/democracy), whether transatlantic relations are drifting apart, adapting along an ad hoc cooperation-based pattern, or evolving into a different but resilient special partnership; b) assess the role of a re-defined transatlantic relationship in the global governance architecture; and to c) provide tested policy recommendations on how the US and the EU could best cooperate to enhance the viability, effectiveness, and accountability of governance structures. In so doing, TRANSWORLD contributed to an inter-disciplinary transatlantic research area, with in-built connections to policy-making.

In this context, the EUI led the research on environmental governance and climate change, and also contributed to the work in the field of human rights and democracy. The EUI team, led by Francesco Francioni with the support of Christine Bakker, was composed of researchers and experts from the EUI itself, and from other universities, including the universities of Siena and Edinburgh. A Workshop bringing together the contributors to the research on environmental governance and human rights, was held at the EUI in November 2012.

Over 45 TRANSWORLD Working Papers have already been published on the project website, including a series of papers written by the EUI team.

Moreover, TRANSWORLD has produced a survey of US and EU political, social and economic elites, and a Delphi exercise involving up to 100 experts.

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