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Confronting a Deadly Landscape: Heisenberg, Serious Global Threats and Good Governance

“What we observe is not nature itself,” according to the discoverer of quantum physics, “but nature exposed to our method of questioning.” Heisenberg’s words have planted a vital clue about how to identify dangerous blind spots that are defeating national and international efforts to combat global threats.

In this presentation, Dr John Barker will explore how we can overcome some of these limits to human political and economic understanding. By focusing on some basic principles of political and economic governance, we discover both surprising lapses and strategies to address them.

All disciplines are welcome to contribute to the open discussion, which will follow Dr Barker’s 25 minute presentation. Wine/soft drinks and nibbles will be served.


About the speaker:

Dr John Barker is a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, a Law Fellow at Hughes Hall and Director of Cambridge Governance Labs.

A recently retired judicial officer with professional experience in Africa spanning 30 years, he has worked with governments, international development agencies and non-governmental organisations on the promotion of good governance, the rule of law and transitional justice.

Cambridge Governance Labs is a multidisciplinary platform that brings scholars and practitioners together to develop practical tools designed to enhance the quality of public decision-making.


Everyone is welcome.
If you wish to attend this free event, please register via the Eventbrite page (link below).