Implementing Global Planetary Governance Reform


Implementing Global Planetary Governance Reform


How do we design and implement the needed global governance reforms to address the planetary emergency?



There is an urgent need to implement new approaches, frameworks, and institutions for planetary governance to maintain the viability of our earth system. The Climate Governance Commission has already laid out a series of proposals under the flagship report Governing Our Planetary Emergency. The Commission is already networked to numerous thought leaders, policy entrepreneurs, think tanks, academics, states, people and others around the world – including, centrally, within the “Global South.”

The next phase of work requires research into how to make these proposals a reality, including focused diplomatic outreach. The program at THE NEW INSTITUTE will focus on the analysis and implementation of a number of proposals identified in the report. We will focus conceptually on issues of (i.) developing a Global Environmental Agency and (ii.) building an International Court of the Environment with the goal of strengthening international law, and (iii.) other high level institutional reforms or measures in the near-term (e.g., Declaration of Planetary Emergency by the UN General Assembly, establishing a Planetary Emergency Platform).


Maja Groff

Maja is an international lawyer based in The Hague, where she teaches at the Hague Academy of International Law. She serves as Convenor of the Climate Governance Commission since late 2019, and is Co-Chair of the Coordinating Committee for the International Anti-Corruption Court (IACC), as well as The Canadian Task Force Against Global Corruption. She also is Senior Treaty Advisor to Integrity Initiatives International for the development of the IACC Statute. Maja has worked on a wide range of existing and potential global treaties addressing contemporary human rights issues and cross-border legal cooperation, including the pioneering International Hague Network of Judges.

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  • Number of persons sought

    We are looking for up to three persons.

  • Funding period

    Either 1, 2, or 3 terms:

    • Fall term: September 16, 2024 – December 13, 2024
    • Winter term: January 13, 2025 – March 28, 2025
    • Spring term: May 2, 2025 – June 27, 2025

      Please indicate how many terms you wish to come.
  • Profile

    Scholars (Postdocs and experienced researchers) from the humanities, law and social sciences or practitioners in politics, business, law, media, or journalism with a commitment to the mission of THE NEW INSTITUTE, and interest in collaborating across our programs. Individuals with expertise in international climate, environment and Earth system governance, as well as those working in fields of climate change and environmental law and policy, e.g., with backgrounds in working in Global South policy are especially encouraged to apply.

  • Tasks

    • Actively participate in the collaborative fellow work in the program.
    • Take part and contribute to weekly interdisciplinary and transsectoral fellow meetings.
  • Location

    Fellows are required to be present at THE NEW INSTITUTE in Hamburg at least four days a week during the respective term.

  • Stipend

    Fellows from academia ideally use a paid leave of absence (sabbatical) to take up a fellowship at THE NEW INSTITUTE. If this is not possible, THE NEW INSTITUTE can cover the costs of a buy-out or for a temporary replacement. If on a paid leave of absence, Fellows are offered an additional stipend in the amount of 1.150 EUR per month to cover costs incurred by our residency requirement.

    If a paid leave of absence is not possible, Fellows can be granted an individually negotiated research stipend in accordance with German non-profit law. Normally, the stipend amounts to the equivalent of the remuneration of a scholar in Germany at the respective career level.

    Individual solutions in line with the legal framework of THE NEW INSTITUTE will be found for Fellows working outside of academia.

  • Housing

    THE NEW INSTITUTE’s home is the Warburg Ensemble, a series of 19th century town houses providing fully furnished apartments for Fellows. While Fellows do not pay rent at THE NEW INSTITUTE, they are required to contribute to the operating, consumption, and heating costs (approx. 200 – 550 EUR/month). The exact amount depends on the size of the apartment and will be communicated after the final apartment allocation. The monthly contribution to operating, consumption, and heating costs is deducted from the stipend payment.

    The distribution of apartments is at the discretion of THE NEW INSTITUTE.

    If family members accompany Fellows for at least one term, THE NEW INSTITUTE will provide larger apartments whenever possible. Provided there is available space, THE NEW INSTITUTE can provide housing for family members visiting for shorter periods of time at extra cost or help search for space in hotels in the vicinity.

    Fellows will be provided with a desk in their apartments.

    It is generally possible to bring a pet. In this case, additional cleaning costs will occur, and Fellows must pay for any damage caused by the pet.

  • Meals

    Fellows are offered meals prepared by our in-house hospitality team. Whenever possible, we take individual dietary requirements into consideration. Common meals include breakfasts and lunches on work days as well as weekly dinners.

    As meals are considered an integral part of our communal life, Fellows are expected to regularly take part. Fellows register for common meals weekly in advance via a dedicated app.

    The monthly cost contribution to common meals is 400 EUR and is deducted from the stipend at the end of each month. No meals are offered during the term breaks. Accordingly, there is no cost contribution during these periods.

    If Fellows wish to bring family members or guests to the common meals, they need to register these guests with the hospitality team beforehand. Breakfasts will be charged at 10 EUR and lunches at 20 EUR per person.

    THE NEW INSTITUTE’s bar operates on the basis of trust. Fellows enter the drinks they have consumed in a list. At the end of the month, the total amount is deducted from the stipend payment.

  • Application materials

    A complete application consists of the following:

    • Letter of motivation (1 page max), including statement of relevant fit to the call.
    • Proposal of specific contribution to the goals of the program (2-3 pages). Explain how your contribution is innovative, advances research or provides a particular impact with respect to the Program’s aims. The proposal should clearly spell out the project’s relationship to the Program theme, described above. Proposals should be preceded by a one-paragraph abstract.
    • Brief CV (please include in the header: current location including time zone, current affiliation, last university or higher education degree, discipline and institution from which you received the degree, nationality, gender, birth date, and indication of which terms you are applying for). The CV should give a rough overview of the main stages in your career.
    • List 5 of your main publications that are relevant for your project.
    • For academic applicants: A completed PhD and two years of post-doctoral experience are required. Non-tenured faculty must provide two letters of reference.
  • Application procedure

    Please send your application as a single pdf to
    The deadline for applications is on April 30, 2024, 12 pm CET.

    Fellow selection follows a two-stage selection process: After an initial review of applications, we select candidates for zoom interviews that will take place on May 27, 2024.

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