Call for Experts: The Global Governance of Cyberspace

Effective global governance is one of the defining challenges of our time. Too often, key stakeholders fail to agree on or engage in concerted action to address pressing cross-border problems successfully.

The Global Governance Reform Initiative (GGRI) is the flagship project of The Hague Institute’s Global Governance Program. Its primary goal is to analyze the deficiencies of the current international system and propose policies for improving global governance in select domains. The present focus of this project is on the global governance of cyberspace.

Please note: The deadline for submitting applications was 31 January 2014. We are no longer accepting applications for this project.

The Project

How cyberspace is governed has significant implications for a range of critical issues, from national security to the protection of individuals’ rights and freedoms. Yet, the governance of cyberspace is highly contested. Tensions exist between those who favour private sector-led, decentralized forms of governance, and those who favour state-led, centralized forms of governance. There is, therefore, a pressing need for practicable policies which can help balance competing demands effectively.

The aim of the Global Governance of Cyberspace project is twofold:

  1. To provide actionable policy recommendations for overcoming collective-action dilemmas that stymie governance efforts in the domain of cyberspace
  2. To identify general lessons for good global governance

These aims will be achieved by bringing together 16 academics and professionals from four sectors (government, international organizations, civil society and the private sector) and a range of countries (including, but not limited to the BRICS, EU and North America) to participate in a policy-oriented dialogue and collaborative research.

This project provides candidates with valuable opportunities for research and networking with a wide range of stakeholders representing strategically important countries and sectors in cyberspace governance.

The Process

The participants will be required to prepare a 4,000-6,000 word paper in response to one of five questions relating to the governance of cyberspace. Each paper will provide a competent analysis of the selected cyberspace governance issue and contain clear, actionable policy recommendations for the effective governance of cyberspace. The participants will consult their peers as they prepare their papers to ensure that their work takes into account different sectoral and regional or national perspectives.

The participants will convene at The Hague Institute in the Netherlands for a 3-day conference in May 2014 to present working drafts of their papers to a select group of international cyber governance experts and policymakers. This group will assess the substance and policy relevance of each paper.

The participants will then revise their papers in accordance with this feedback, providing feasible policy recommendations for the effective governance of cyberspace and identifying domain-specific and general lessons for good global governance. Once the papers are finalized, the project leadership will select the best papers and invite the authors to present their work to assembled policymakers from a range of countries at the2014 India Conference on Cyber Security and Cyber Governance in New Delhi, India. Together with its partners, the Hague Institute will arrange for the publication and broad dissemination of these papers among policymakers and other key actors involved in cyberspace governance efforts.

Candidates’ expenses related to the conferences in The Hague and New Delhi (including flights and accommodation) will be borne by The Hague Institute and its partners.

Project Leadership

The Hague Institute for Global Justice is an independent, nonpartisan organization established to conduct interdisciplinary policy-relevant research, develop practitioner tools, and convene experts, practitioners and policymakers to facilitate knowledge sharing. Through this work the Institute aims to contribute to, and further strengthen, the global framework for preventing and resolving conflict and promoting international peace.

The Hague Institute is undertaking this project in collaboration with The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Observer Research Foundation (New Delhi), The Netherlands Institute of International Relations – Clingendael, and Campus The Hague – Leiden University.

How to Apply

Please send a completed application package consisting of (1) a completed application form [PDF, 110KB] and (2) a CV to

The deadline for applications was 31 January 2014.

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