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About Marlies Glasius

Marlies Glasius is a Professor in International Relations at the Department of Politics, University of Amsterdam.

Articles by Marlies Glasius

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Surreptitious symbiosis: the relationship between NGO’s and movement activists

For now, thanks to surreptitious symbiosis, it is possible to do sustained activism to bring about social change, without becoming part of a ‘civil society industry’.  From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

Moving beyond the squares: anticipating the debate

On July 3-4, the LSE will jointly host a seminar with openDemocracy on the impact of the movements in the squares from 2011 onwards. Do they contribute to the democratic renewal of our democracies and if so how? A conversation.

Dissecting global civil society: values, actors, organisational forms

What we see in global civil society depends on what value lens we use to define it. The trend towards networked organisation may have emancipatory effects, but may also obscure inequalities and clashing values

Criminalise WMD

Now is the time to begin to repair the weakness of the weapons clauses in the International Criminal Court Statute and get the threat or use of weapons of mass destruction defined as a crime, urges Marlies Glasius.

Poverty and activism: the heart of global civil society

The multiple realities of poverty in India are a key arena where the arguments about global civil society are being tested, say the editors of the new edition of the Global Civil Society Yearbook.  

The ICC and the Gaza war: legal limits, symbolic politics

The allegations that war crimes were committed during Israel's attacks in Gaza focus attention on a possible role for the International Criminal Court. The debate on the issue - including in Israel itself - could benefit from greater clarity on what an ICC investigation would involve, says Marlies Glasius.

(This article was first published on 25 March 2009)

What is global justice and who is it for? The ICC’s first five years

The International Criminal Court was set up in 1998 and began operation in 2003. How has it discharged its responsibilties in relation to states, civil-society groups and the victims of human-rights abuse? Marlies Glasius presents an interim report-card.

(This article was first published on 21 July 2008)

Global civil society: the politics of a new world?

From Porto Alegre to anti-war movements, 2003 was a tumultuous year of political mobilisation. As the 2004 World Social Forum opens in Mumbai, will “global civil society” build an enduring space in support of a more humane form of globalisation?

Global civil society comes of age

The emergence of a global civil society is one of the vital factors in global politics in the last decade. The co-editor of a comprehensive sourcebook on the subject maps its contours. A new ‘global dialogue’ is needed, but must it include even those committed to ethnic or religious fundamentalism?
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