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Institute for Research and Debate on Governance

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Legitimacy and the rootedness of power

How is the bond between a society and its State to be reinforced? Is a power’s compliance with a constitutional and legal system enough to found its legitimacy and ensure its citizens’ trust and support? What are these sources of legitimacy? How do they interact with each other? How should the full spectrum of other normative systems (local, customary, religious or historical) in our societies be taken into account? What influence does this understanding have on the State?

The IRG identifies and sets up contacts between networks of researchers and practitioners addressing these issues. It stimulates debate and participates in the construction of research domains through:

Program Activities

Here or elsewhere, from the local to global, societes are characterized by diversity. This is the inexorable observation that the daily media has led us to make and that the IRG analyzes in its program.
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Coordinated by the IRG, the International Meeting Process for Debate and Proposals on Governance seeks to identify and understand both the actual sources of power legitimacy (traditions, religions, relationship with the sacred, laws, etc.) and their interactions, within the world’s different sub-regions...
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From 6 to 7 December 2012

PLURALISM AND DEMOCRACY: PROSPECTS FOR THE ARAB MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA + -

The conference on "Pluralism and Democracy: Prospects for the Arab Middle East and North Africa" is organized by ECFR and CCD, in association with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, the Arab Reform Initiative, FIDH, and the Institute for Research and Debate on Governance.

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Paris, France

From 3 to 4 December 2012

WORKSHOP REFLECTION: FOR A FRENCH APPROACH TO LEGAL PLURALISM + -

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized a workshop devoted to the French concept of legal pluralism. Organized in the form of interactive roundtables, the workshop was held Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th of December 2012.

Paris, France

From 28 to 29 November 2012

COLLOQUIUM – INTERNATIONAL MEETING PROCESS FOR DEBATE AND PROPOSALS ON GOVERNANCE + -

Following the Bamako (2007), Polokwane (2009), Lima (2009), Arusha (2009), Yaoundé (2010), Saarbrucken (2011), and Tunis (2012) meetings, the Addis Ababa Meeting will be dedicated to the common challenge of diversity management by public action, though the prism of Constitutions and Human Rights. As in the previous International Meeting Process stages, the meeting is to be characterized by a crossing of views, cultures, disciplines, and actors. Approximately thirty participants will gather in Addis Ababa, city which hosts the seat of the African Union and which is highly symbolic in terms of governance in Africa.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

From 19 to 23 March 2012

CERDHAP INTERNATIONAL WEEK + -

The IRG will take part in the international week held by the Cerdhap, the Centre d’etudes et de recherche sur le droit, l’histoire et l’administration publique (Centre for the Research and Study of Law, History and Public Administration) of the University Pierre Mendès France, Grenoble.
Séverine Bellina, Director of the IRG, will attend, notably speaking to the motion “Is the State still needed” in a public debate on Thursday 22 March.

Grenoble, France

From 12 to 14 March 2012

COLLOQUIUM – INTERNATIONAL MEETING PROCESS FOR DEBATES AND PROPOSALS ON GOVERNANCE + -

Perspectives from North Africa

Following the colloquiums of Bamako (2007), Polokwane (2008), Arusha (2009) and Yaoundé (2010), the Tunis Colloquium is the last stage of the “International Meeting Process for debate and proposals on governance” for Africa. It will focus on the five North-African countries represented in our colloquium (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia).
As for our previous colloquiums, we searched out a crossing of views, cultures, fields and actors. About fifty civil society, private sector, religious, political and institutional representatives and leading figures etc. will come from the North African region, Turkey, Europe, Southern and Northern America, Sub Saharan Africa to share their experiences. The current climate in the region confirms the emergency of identifying the process and vectors of a legitimate democratic governance.

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في أعقاب ندوات من باماكو (2007)، بولوكواني (2008)، أروشا (2009) وياوندي (2010)، ندوة تونس هو المرحلة الأخيرة من "عملية الاجتماع الدولي لمناقشة وعرض مقترحات بشأن الحكم" لأفريقيا وسوف يركز على بلدان شمال أفريقيا الخمسة الممثلة في الندوة ) الجزائر، مصر، ليبيا، المغرب وتونس)

أما بالنسبة للندوات السابقة لدينا، فقد بحثنا في وجهات النظر والثقافات ومجالات العمل والفاعلين فيها.

حوالي خمسين ممثل عن المجتمع المدني، والقطاع الخاص، وممثلين السياسيين والدينيين والمؤسسات والشخصيات وما إلى ذلك سيأتون من مناطق شمال أفريقيا وتركيا وأوروبا، وجنوب وشمال أمريكا لتبادل خبراتهم، المناخ الحالي في المنطقة يؤكد خطورة وضرورة تحديد العملية، والاتجاهات لحكم ديمقراطي شرعي. وسوف يتم اطلاقالبرنامج على الموقع الالكتروني خلال الايام المقبلة.

Tunis, Tunisia

From 12 to 14 December 2011

INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR - JURIDICAL PLURALISM IN MULTICULTURAL SOCIETIES: THE STAKES IN TERMS OF DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE
Latin American experiences + -

The IRG is a partner in this international encounter co-organised by the Andean Commission of Jurists, Andean Regional Co-operation, and the French Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs..

In the course of three days some thirty participants will discuss the issues at stake in juridical pluralism. The seminar will bring together a range of actors mostly from the Andean region but also from Europe, Africa and the Arab world: academics, specialists, leaders of indigenous communities, members of national or international institutions (e.g. the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights) and high ranking national politicians. At all levels, whether regional (inter-American human rights system) or national (new constitutions, juridical policies), Latin America is noted for going to great lengths in taking juridical pluralism into account in its institutions, policies and standards. It is the ambition of this encounter to find out about the implementation of juridical and normative pluralism on the Latin-American continent in parallel with European and African experiences and current processes in the Arab world.

Lima - Peru

From 22 to 24 November 2010

SYMPOSIUM: INTERNATIONAL MEETING PROCESS FOR DEBATE AND PROPOSALS ON GOVERNANCE + -

Prospects in Central Africa

This symposium is the fifth meeting of the "International Meeting Process for debate and proposals on governance" whose objective is to try to understand, for each sub-region of the world (Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia) , the sources of legitimacy and the process of legitimation of political power.

Yaounde, Cameroon

From 28 to 29 October 2010

PUBLIC SYMPOSIUM: CONSTITUTIONS AND RULE OF LAW IN AFRICA SINCE INDEPENDENCE: AN AFRICAN DIALOGUE + -

Program:

  • Review of the History of the development of African constitutions and their transformations
  • Recent news on Constitutions in Africa: Legitimacy and Ownership
  • Screening / discussion, "Cuba, an African adventure" in the presence of the author Jihan El Tahri
  • Looking to the future: What role for old and new powers in the affirmation of the rule of law in Africa?

Symposium co-hosted by IFAS (French Institute of South Africa), the Embassy of France, ConstitutionHill, IRG, the ARGA (Alliance for Rebuilding Governance in Africa) and CultureFrance.

Johannesburg, South Africa

From 10 to 12 March 2010

SEMINAR: “CURRENT CONCEPTIONS OF GOVERNANCE AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA” + -

This seminar was organised as part of the AGI, the Africa Governance Institute’s activities towards political dialogue and advocacy for developmental governance in Africa. It follows on the AGI’s inaugural workshop that took place in November 2009.

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Proceedings PDF (en)

Dakar, Senegal


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