Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies – Programme for the Study of International Governance

The Global Governance Centre is a forum for students, scholars and policy practitioners in International Geneva and beyond to discuss and critically examine theoretical and empirical research on global governance across issue domains.  Interdisciplinary in its approach, the Centre’s core activities include innovative research, a diverse visitors’ programme, and events including a public colloquium series, closed workshops, public lectures, and seminars for specialized audiences. Active research projects are focused around four clusters: Global Politics of Knowledge; International Organisations and Global Policy Making; International Sanctions and their Effectiveness; and Politics of International Law.

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Global Governance Centre
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

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1211 Genève 1

The team

Name, Surname, contact Resume Speciality/Research Focus
Thomas Biersteker
Director, Policy Research
Prof. Thomas Biersteker is Gasteyger Professor of International Security and Director for Policy Research at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. He previously directed the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University and has also taught at Yale University and the University of Southern California. He is the author/editor of ten books and, including State Sovereignty as Social Construct (1996), The Emergence of Private Authority in Global Governance (2002), and Targeted Sanctions: The Impacts and Effectiveness of UN Action (2016). He was the principal developer of SanctionsApp (, a tool for mobile devices created in 2013 to increase access to information about targeted sanctions at the UN, including those on Iran and North Korea (DPRK). He also published The Impacts and Effectiveness of UN Nonproliferation Sanctions: Provisional Report on the Targeted Sanctions on Iran and the DPRK, co-authored with Sue E. Eckert, prepared for the International Security Research and Outreach Programme (ISROP), Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, March 2011 (publications:  He and his SanctionsApp team have just updated their analyses of the Iran and DPRK UN sanctions regimes for 2018. He received his PhD and MS from MIT and his BA from the University of Chicago. Governance, global and international

History of international relations

International and targeted sanctions

International organisations, UN

State-building / Sovereignty

Terrorism, crime

Grégoire Mallard, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology and co-Director of the Executive Master in International Negotiation and Policymaking, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies,


Grégoire Mallard ( is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva). After earning his PhD at Princeton University in 2008, Pr. Mallard was Assistant Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University for five years. He is the author of Fallout: Nuclear Diplomacy in an Age of Global Fracture (University of Chicago Press, 2014) and co-editor of Contractual Knowledge: One Hundred Years of Legal Experimentation in Global Markets (Cambridge University Press 2016), and Global Science and National Sovereignty: Studies in Historical Sociology of Science (Routledge 2008). His forthcoming book, Gift Exchange: The Transnational History of a Political Idea (Cambridge University Press 2019), deals with the relations between international law and anthropology as models of good global governance in the twentieth century. His other publications focus on prediction, the role of knowledge and ignorance in diplomacy and the study of harmonization as a social process (see In 2016, he has been the recipient of an ERC starting grant (2017-2022) for his new project titled Bombs, Banks and Sanctions, which funds two post-doctoral students and one doctoral student on the global regulation of counter-proliferation finance.


Financial regulation

Governance, Local and International

Knowledge, Law and expertise

Nuclear Nonproliferation and Counter-proliferation

Regional Integration

US Foreign Policy

Energy and Security

Europe and the Middle East

Erica Moret
Senior Researcher
Dr Erica Moret is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Global Governance at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, and chairs the Geneva International Sanctions Network (GISN) ( She holds a DPhil (PhD) and MSc from the University of Oxford and is also a graduate from Paris’ Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA). She is author of publications on European foreign and security policy and sanctions, including on Russia, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Cuba, and in relation to cyber security, Brexit and “minilateralism” (publications: She has provided evidence to the UK House of Lords Select Committee on the future of sanctions after Brexit and has also spoken in the UK House of Commons on the same topic.  She is a member of the Targeted Sanctions Initiative ( and also participates in regular task-forces on sanctions and European security for the EU, UN and European governments. Targeted economic sanctions, global governance, European security/ defence/ foreign policy, international security, nuclear non-proliferation, Iran, DPRK, Syria, Russia