Artificial Intelligence and Global Governance

Summer School

Join us for an immersive learning experience, and explore the profound impact of AI on global decision-making

28 May - 1 June 2024

Brussels (or online)


About the Programme

In an increasingly interconnected world, the understanding and application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the realm of Global Governance, and the implications of AI on democracy, diplomacy, international security, and international law has become a pivotal competency. Equally important is understanding how to think about the proper regulatory framework needed to ensure alignment between emerging technologies and societal values, and how to build into the governance models protection for traditionally marginalised voices and communities.

The Global Governance Institute (GGI), in collaboration with distinguished professionals, international scholars, and researchers from Europe, the United States, and Japan, invites you to participate in an in-depth Summer School on “AI and Global Governance”. This 5-day programme is organised to provide individuals and organisations with the knowledge, skills, and practical understanding necessary to address the intricate issues surrounding global governance and related developments in the age of AI.

Aims of the Summer School

The primary objective of this course is to provide participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to navigate the complex landscape of AI in global governance. It focuses on the challenges and opportunities AI presents for domestic and international regulatory frameworks, international security, law, and diplomacy, as well as the need for guarding against bias and promoting inclusivity, diversity, and equity.

As AI continues to evolve, it is reshaping power dynamics, cooperation, and conflict among and within nations. This transformation is leading to a new era where AI-driven technologies play a pivotal role in decision-making processes. However, the rise of AI also presents new challenges, including ethical dilemmas, gender bias, digital authoritarianism, and the potential for AI-enhanced military conflict. Participants will delve into these issues, examining how AI can both challenge and enhance international relations while promoting inclusivity and diversity.

The course also aims to help participants develop strategies to leverage AI for effective governance. This involves understanding how to harness the power of AI ethically, transparently, and in alignment with global norms and standards. It also involves ensuring that AI systems are designed and used in a way that promotes inclusivity, diversity, and equity. Participants will engage in hands-on activities and workshops to apply what they have learned and develop their own inclusive AI strategies for global governance.

This programme combines theoretical, policy-oriented, and practical lessons from interdisciplinary perspectives including international relations, international law, AI ethics, and governance studies. It emphasises the importance of addressing bias in AI and promoting diversity in global governance. Participants will learn from leading thinkers and experts about major challenges posed by AI in global governance and how to apply concrete policy solutions.

Learning Objectives

Understand AI’s impact on domestic justice systems, democratic stability, and the potential for the rise of digital authoritarianism.
Explore the role of AI in diplomacy and how it informs diplomatic strategies and geopolitical trends.
Examine the use of AI in international security, including its applications in surveillance, cyber security, and autonomous weapons systems.
Learn about the legal challenges posed by AI in international law, such as issues of liability, criminal accountability, and human rights.
Study various regulatory models proposed or implemented by countries and international organisations to govern AI.
Evaluate the effectiveness of these models in addressing the ethical, legal, and societal challenges posed by AI.
Explore potential strategies for international cooperation in AI governance.

Skills Acquired

Analytical Skills: learn to analyse the impact of AI on various sectors such as the domestic arena, labour market, international security, diplomacy, higher education, and international law.
Critical Thinking:  enhance participants' ability to critically evaluate the ethical, legal, and societal challenges posed by AI.
Strategic Planning: develop strategies to leverage AI for effective governance and learn how to harness the power of AI ethically and sustainably.
Policy Analysis: through studying various regulatory models, participants will gain skills in policy analysis and evaluation.
Interdisciplinary Understanding: the course’s multidisciplinary approach will equip participants with a broad understanding of AI’s role in global governance from various perspectives.
Communication Skills: Engaging in discussions and debates during the course will improve participants’ ability to communicate complex ideas effectively.
Research Skills: Case study analysis and hands-on activities will enhance participants’ research skills and their ability to apply theoretical knowledge in practical scenarios.

Foundation Sessions
Introductory lectures about major theories and findings from research

Forward-Thinking Sessions
Discuss innovative problem-solving strategies and approaches to address evolving challenges

Experience Sessions
Lessons learned from experienced practitioners and specialists

Practical Sessions
Workshops to put into use newly acquired skills and knowledge

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for professionals involved in policymaking, international relations, technology management, and anyone interested in understanding the implications of AI on global governance. This includes government officials, diplomats, policy advisors, tech entrepreneurs, researchers, and students in relevant fields. It’s also suitable for those who are keen to understand how AI can be leveraged to solve complex problems in global governance. The course provides a unique opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field and to network with like-minded professionals from around the world.


Teaching Staff

Prof. Medlir Mema is the Head of Programme for Artificial Intelligence and Global Governance at the Global Governance Institute. He is also Professor of International Relations at the Brigham Young University Idaho in the United States. Previously, he was an Associate Professor of Political Science at Tokyo International University in Japan, Adjunct Faculty at Vesalius College, and a Senior Associate Researcher at the Institute for European Studies - VUB in Brussels, Belgium. Medlir holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the George Washington University, and a MA in European Studies and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University—School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). As co-founder and co-host of the “IR in the Age of AI” podcast, Medlir spends a lot of time, reading, researching, writing, and discussing topics related to the impact of emerging technologies, including AI on global governance and the future of education.

Medlir Mema

Prof. Justin Bullock is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow in the AI and Global Governance Programme. He is also an Associate Professor Affiliate of Governance at the University of Washington in the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and a world-renowned scholar in Public Policy, Public Administration, Governance, and Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Bullock is also a Senior Researcher at Convergence Analysis where he leads the research of Project AI Clarity. Dr. Bullock has  recently published two books, an experimental work co-authored with ChatGPT titled "Conversations with a Machine Oracle: Exploring Life, Culture, and Knowledge" and a science fiction book titled "Lo Wainwright: The Last Homo Superior."

Justin Bullock

Prof. Christopher Lamont is Deputy Head of Programme for Artificial Intelligence and Global Governance at the Global Governance Institute (GGI), Professor of International Relations at Tokyo International University, and Visiting Senior Researcher at the University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology in Japan. He holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Glasgow, an MSc in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA in International Studies from the University of Mississippi. He was also a Fulbright fellow at the University of Zagreb and an RCUK postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ulster.

Christopher Lamont

Prof. Joachim Koops (BA, LPC Oxon, MSc Turku, PhD Kiel) is Chair of the Board of Directors at the Global Governance Institute and a Senior Expert in the Peace and Security and Global Education sections. He is also Professor of Security Studies at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) at Leiden University. Joachim’s research focuses on Global Security Governance, European foreign policy and diplomacy and inter-organizational relations in peace and security (including peacekeeping, peacebuilding, crisis management and the responsibility to protect) with particular emphasis on the role of the European Union, NATO and United Nations.

Joachim Koops

Prof. Marijn Hoijtink is Associate Professor in International Relations at the Department of Political Science of the University of Antwerp. Previously she was Assistant Professor at Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. Marijn's research and teaching focuses on military technology, militarism and the changing character of warfare. In her current research project, funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO), Marijn examines military applications of artificial intelligence (AI), with a particular interest in how these technologies shape the way in which warfare is thought, fought and lived.

Marijn Hoijtink

Dr. Raluca Csernatoni is fellow at Carnegie Europe, where she specializes on European security and defense, as well as emerging disruptive technologies. She is also a team leader and research expert on new technologies for the EU Cyber Direct - EU Cyber Diplomacy Initiative project. Raluca is currently a guest professor on European security and counterterrorism, and a senior expert contributor on digital governance and technologies at the Brussels School of Governance and its Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy, at Vrije Universiteit Brussels in Brussels, Belgium. She is also a lecturer on technology, security, and high-tech warfare with the Department of International Relations of Central European University, and an associate research expert on Peace Tech with the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, both in Vienna, Austria.

Raluca Csernatoni

Dr. Oskar Josef Gstrein is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Governance and Innovation at the University of Groningen. Currently, he serves as Programme Director of the Bachelor Data Science and Society. In addition, he is theme coordinator for Data Autonomy at the interdisciplinary Jantina Tammes School of Digital Society, Technology and AI. Oskar teaches in several programmes including the LL.M. Governance and Law in a Digital Society, the interdisciplinary University-wide minor Data Wise, and the Master in Computer Vision and Data Science at NHL Stenden in Leeuwarden. His overall research theme is ‘Human Dignity in the Digital Age’. His publications cover aspects of Human Rights in the Digital Age, Internet Governance, the governance of emerging technologies (incl. AI, Distributed Ledger Technologies), privacy, (cyber-)security, surveillance in the context of democracy and the rule of law, as well as digital identity.

O.J. (Oskar Josef) Gstrein

Luca Bertuzzi is a tech journalist specialised in digitalpolicy and European affairs. He is the former Technology Editor at EURACTIV,where he oversaw an international team of four reporters based in Brussels,Paris, and Berlin. Luca’s work has been published in la Repubblica,Tagesspiegel, and, among other publications.

Luca Bertuzzi

Dr. Mihalis Kritikos is a Policy Analyst at the Ethics and Integrity Sector of the European Commission (DG-RTD) working on the ethical development of emerging technologies with a special emphasis on AI Ethics and author of the book Ethical AI Surveillance in the Workplace (Emerald, 2023). His work is focused on developing the policy dimension of responsible innovation and embedding the ethics-by-design approach in the AI ecosystem.Before that, he worked at the Scientific Foresight Service of the European Parliament as a legal/ethics advisor on Science and Technology issues (STOA/EPRS) authoring more than 50 publications in the domain of new and emerging technologies and contributing to the drafting of more than 15 European Parliament reports/resolutions in the fields of artificial intelligence, robots, distributed ledger technologies and blockchains, precision farming, gene editing and disruptive innovation.

Mihalis Kritikos

Branca Panic is Founder of AI for Peace, a San Francisco based think tank working at the intersection of artificial intelligence, peace, human security, democracy, human rights, and humanitarian action. Together with Paige Arthur, she is the co-author of AI for Peace, published in 2024 by Routledge Press. She is a political scientist, expert in international security, international development policy and peace-building and has 13 years of experience working on issues of Fragility, Conflict and Violence, at the humanitarian-peace-development nexus.

Branca Panic

Admission – Applicants need to fill out the summer school application form. After submitting the form successfully, applicants will receive a confirmation email. We evaluate and accept participants to the programme on a rolling basis. An answer can be expected within maximum one week of submission. For any questions or requests, please get in touch.

Certificate – The Global Governance Institute will award a certificate to all participants who successfully complete the summer programme. This can be achieved if participants attend a minimum of 70% of sessions, actively engage in all activities and complete the assignments.

Registration Fee AI&GG in Brussels€1500. The fee includes access to all sessions, learning materials and a 3-month access to the digital learning platform, lunch, coffee and refreshments throughout the summer school, as well as the welcome dinner, graduation ceremony reception, and social activities in Brussels.

Registration Fee AI&GG online€1200. The fee includes access to all sessions, learning materials and a 3-month access to the digital learning platform

Cancellation Policy – Participants can withdraw from the programme, and receive a refund upon written notification as follows: 30 or more days before the start – full refund, 15 to 29 days before the start – 50% refund. No refund will be granted if notification of withdrawal is given fewer than 15 days before the start of the summer school.