Justice Challenge for Global Governance

Both justice and governance talks have taken on global significance. Yet their relationship in the global setting remains unclear. To make sense of the idea of global justice, this paper proposes a three-layered framework in conceptualizing the relationship between justice and global governance: the pursuit of justice beyond nation-states, the institutional framing of global governance according to justice, and the idea of justice as suggested in the overall architecture of global governance. While the pursuit of justice is not necessarily linked to global governance on the first layer, the idea of justice goes global on the second and third. The ‘political’ question looms large on all three layers: at the core of the first layer is whether there exists a political framework within which justice challenges are to be met; justice as challenge to global governance and global governance as challenge to justice are the key political questions on the second and third layer, respectively.