Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research


New Alliances for Global Public Goods? What emerging powers expect of Germany and the EU


At the present time, the allocation of global public goods like human security, health and sustainable environment is highly endangered in many regions of the world. One of the reasons why the international community is not capable to react adequately is power shifts in international relations. The diffuse multipolar system we live in today leads to blockages in important international negotiation processes. How can international legal capacity be recaptured? And which part plays the initiation of new coalitions between rising and established powers? Those and more questions have been discussed at the international sef: Expert Workshop 2014 on October 9/10 in Berlin, where around 30 stakeholders and researchers from all around the world discussed the potential of new coalitions.

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The Incest-Debate in Germany – Lessons to be Learned for the Promotion of Human Rights?


The Centre's Executive Director and Senior Researcher Markus Böckenförde comments in the Current Column of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) on the incest debate in Germany and its possible implications for global cooperation. The debate was initiated by the recommendation of the German Ethics Council to decriminalise consensual sexual relations between adult siblings. In the column Markus Böckenförde argues that the heated reactions against the recommendation highlight the continious and cumbersome process of adjusting deeply rooted cultural values in a society towards a human rights culture. Being able to witness such a process in our home country may sensitize our activities in the field of development cooperation.

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Convivialist Manifesto – Declaration of Interdependence


Forty francophone intellectuals agree on a manifesto, which proposes nothing less than a new humanism.

A circle of people around French sociologist Alain Caillé, amongst others philosopher Elena Pulcini (Alumni Senior Fellow at the centre), Eva Illouz, Chantal Mouffe, Hans Joas and Serge Latouche, agreed in a period of a year and a half on this manifesto, as a lowest common denominator of their claims and perspectives for the future. In cooperation with Claus Leggewie (co-director of the centre) and Frank Adloff (also Alumni Senior Fellow) this book has been published exclusively in an English version at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research.


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`What is missing is the courage’ - Alliance of Small Island States Hands over Action Plan at United Nations Climate Summit


Island nations poised to suffer early and greater climate impacts convened renowned experts and scientists to define real-world, near-term solutions at the United Nations Climate Summit. 'What is missing is the courage to make the change—and that has to come from world leaders,' says Nauru’s Ambassador, Marlene Moses, Chair of AOSIS.

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About Us: The Käte Hamburger Kolleg

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research is an interdisciplinary research institute of the University of Duisburg-Essen. The Centre is the tenth and the last Käte Hamburger Kolleg supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany.  

The Centre recognises global cooperation as the key to solutions for urgent transnational problems. We propose an interdisciplinary framework that reflects how cultural premises and dynamics of emerging global governance could translate into global cooperation. We encourage an exchange of knowledge both among our international research fellows, practitioners and with the interested general public.