About the IGMs project


The International Grievance Mechanisms and International Law & Governance project is a research project in law and about law. Located at the frontier between law and non-law, it deals with these relations and consequences that decision-makers choose to disregard, creating a regulatory and justiciability gap.
Concretely, the IGMs project focuses on the international mechanisms that seem to fill some of these gaps, between mediation and adjudication: they allow people affected by the activities of international organisations and multinational enterprises to pierce the veil of the state, and ask them directly to account for their behaviour, even though international behaviour standards are not or can hardly be binding.

This project makes the hypothesis that an in-depth study of these ‘off the beaten track’ mechanisms can contribute to the understanding of the mutations international law, regulation, and justice are experiencing in the context of global governance.

The methodology innovates by combining robust legal analytical study of instruments and cases —case studies, comparative studies with regard to both instruments & cases, and through the lens of a number of core transversal issues— with an empirical study, aiming at going beyond the analysis of instruments, « case law » and related literature to explore the reality of the practice (what considerations govern resort to and decision-making in IGMs? What are the actual obstacles or shortcomings related to IGMs, as seen by their different actors?) and the subjective rationalities they mobilize.

The IGMs project was selected in 2012 by the European Research Council to receive funding by the ERC under the Seventh Framework Programme (ERC Grant no 312514). Its duration was 48 months. It started on 1st December 2012 and ended on 30 November 2016.

It is hosted by CNRS and nested at the CERIC, DICE Joint Research Unit (no. 7318) CNRS/Aix-Marseille University, Aix-en-Provence, France.