Climate JusticeSymposium

The state is dead – long live the state! Statehood in an age of catastrophe

The geographical impact of climate change on statehood is rather clear. Ever since scientists have been warning about climate change and the rise in sea levels it would involve, several small island nations have been at the center of a discussion involving in situ adaptation, possible cross-border migration, and statehood. Indeed, the future of states such as Tuvalu, Kiribati or the Maldives poses a challenge to the traditional concept of …


Plurality of Law and DevelopmentSymposium

A slow revolution to protect the poor and vulnerable?

The International Monetary Fund’s Social Spending Strategy 2019

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is the “single most influential international actor not only in relation to fiscal policy but also to social protection”. This is how the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has recently characterized the IMF. The statement recognizes the importance of IMF policy-making for the sustainable financing of social protection frameworks. In June 2019 the IMF acknowledged this role with the adoption of the …