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Research seminar

Expert knowledge for global pandemic policy

A chorus of evidence or a clutter of global commissions?

Add to calendar 2023-11-23 13:30 2023-11-23 15:00 Europe/Rome Expert knowledge for global pandemic policy Sala Triaria (Villa Schifanoia) and on Zoom YYYY-MM-DD


23 November 2023

13:30 - 15:00 CET


Sala Triaria (Villa Schifanoia) and on Zoom

In the framework of the EUI Crisis of Expert Knowledge and Authority Interdisciplinary Research Cluster, this event hosts Professor Diane Stone (EUI STG) and Dr Anneke Schmider (EUI STG and Chatham House) who will present their newly published paper on "global policy" during the pandemic and the legitimacy of global commissions influencing that policy.

"Global Commissions of Inquiry" have usually been associated with the multilateral initiatives of governments and international organisations. However, various styles of "global commission" have emerged over time. During the COVID-19 pandemic, global commissions have been a key aspect of the COVID-19 international policy landscape, quickly emerging, in 2020 and 2021, to corral knowledge and evidence. These include "formal" commissions, such as the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response and the Global Commission for Post-Pandemic Policy, and "informal" commissions, including the Reform for Resilience and The Lancet Covid Commissions. This paper considers whether these Commissions have been engines for new ideas and global policy knowledge or whether this "chorus" of COVID Commissions represented a "clutter" of ideas at a time when global policy focus was needed. Global Commissions, in general, deserve greater scholarly attention to their design and the construction of their legitimate authority as hybrid and private commissions enter global policy making alongside official commissions.

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