Shake It Up: The Case for Reforming the United Nations (A Real Global Governance Model)

: Cristián Gimenez Corte

The submission proposes to reform five specific areas of the UN, including: 1. Management, 2. Financing, 3. Human Resources, 4. Accountability, and 5. Legitimacy. On management, the submission proposes a new structure, evolving from a mere policy-making body to an executive body in charge of global governance; or from policy to management. On financing, the UN should reduce its dependence on national contributions and find alternative ways of financing, the proposal considers a tax on international financial transactions, and on the use global public goods; additionally a court of auditors should be established with both auditing and jurisdictional functions. Regarding human resources, the submission suggests a structured career path based on other national foreign service career policies. Regarding accountability, the UN should withdraw from its privileges and immunities and be subject to national courts so as to ensure accountability. Regarding legitimacy, the next UNSG should be a former statesman, rather than an administrator. National parliaments should be allowed to propose regulations on global issues to the UNGA. The ICJ could perform the role of court of last resort to international tribunals and the UN’s institutions.

Cristián Gimenez Corte

I am an Argentine citizen and obtained my law degree from the School of Law of the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fe, Argentina, in 1993. Since then, I have tried to develop my career both as a practitioner and as a scholar.
I am now working as a practicing lawyer and consultant in my law firm in Argentina. Before, I have worked as legal counsel at the International Narcotics Control Board, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, in Vienna; and in the UN Office of Legal Affairs, in New York.

In parallel to my work as a lawyer, I teach Private International Law and Public International Law at the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, I have conducted various research projects and published several scholarly articles on these fields of law. While stationed in Vienna, I lectured at the Universität Wien (Austria), and I concluded the doctoral studies; my thesis “Commercial Usages, Customary Law and Lex Mercatoria in Latin America” (in Spanish) was published in 2010. Later on, I undertook postdoctoral studies at Columbia University Law School, in New York City.