Prof. Gian Luca Gardini, Ph.D.
Room: FG 1.040
Telephone: +49 (0) 911 / 5302 – 655
Office hours: By appointment
Gian Luca Gardini is Professor of International Relations and Latin American Politics. He joined FAU in 2014 as Chair of International Business and Society Relations with focus on Latin America. He has previously taught at the University of Cambridge and at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom.
Professor Gardini holds a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. He also obtained a Graduate Diploma in European Studies from the Italian Centre for International Economic Cooperation.
His main research interests cover the international relations of Latin America, foreign policy analysis, comparative regional integration, international organisation, and issues of international power, order and institutions. Among his recent books are The Origins of Mercosur. Democracy and Regionalization in South America (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010), Latin American Foreign Policies: Between Ideology and Pragmatism (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011), Latin America in the 21st Century, Zed Books (2012), and Foreign Policy Responses to the Rise of Brazil (Palgrave, 2016).
He also acted as a practitioner of International and EU affairs. He was project manager for several EU consulting firms, Representative to the EU of the Italian Confederation of Industry, and International Trade Advisor to EUROCHAMBRES, the European Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry. In 2012 he was seconded officer to the Chilean Foreign Ministry working in the team that organised the EU-Latin American and Caribbean Summit.
- Foreign Policy Analysis (of Latin American countries and/or comparative)
- Regional integration (Latin America and comparative)
- International Organisation (theoretical arguments with empirical illustrations)
- Topics relevant to the nexus between international power, order and institutions
- International Organisation
This “Vorlesung” addresses the ways in which the international system is organised to produce norms, rules and patterns of behaviour among international actors. Key questions include: who creates international organisations, why and when? The approach is both theoretical and empirical. The role, functioning, achievement and shortcomings of international organisations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the World Trade Organisation, and the International Monetary Fund will be critically discussed. The human factor is at the centre of analysis. International organisations are created and ruled by human beings to manage interactions among other human beings. Many issues are not only technical but also moral.
- Políticas y economías de América Latina
Este curso, en formato de seminarios, trata de la historia económica de América Latina desde la época de la independencia hasta hoy. Se estudiarán los vínculos entre los aspectos políticos, económicos y sociales de los modelos de desarrollo adoptados por los países latinoamericanos. El foco de las clases está en los procesos de globalización y el lugar de la economía latinoamericana en los asuntos globales. Los seminarios, con presentaciones de los estudiantes, cubren la política y la economía de los mayores países latinoamericanos en los últimos 30 años.
- The Organisation of the International System
This vorlesung addresses the ways in which the international system is organised to produce norms, rules and patterns of behaviour among international actors. Key questions include: who creates international organisations, why and when? The approach is both theoretical and empirical. The role, functioning, achievement and shortcomings of international organisations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the World Trade Organisation, and the International Monetary Fund will be critically discussed. The human factor is at the centre of analysis. International organisations are created and ruled by human beings to manage interactions among other human beings. Many issues are not only technical but also moral.
- Power, Order and Institutions in World Politics
Power in its several tenets has steadily shifted between states and recently from state actors to other actors in the international system. The theoretical file rouge of this course is the combination of/tension between changes in the international order (distribution of power) and changes in the nature of power. This has occurred at different times and with different intensity, depending on the geographical area or the thematic subject. The course aims to bridge theory and practice with emphasis on the latter, by providing students with a clear theoretical toolkit that is applied to a number of case studies. The implications of different approaches to power for the international order and institutions will be spelt out during lectures and seminars.
- Las relaciones internacionales de América Latina
Este curso ofrece una panorámica general de la colocación internacional de América Latina en el escenario mundial del siglo XXI. Se tratarán aspectos cuales los líderes latinoamericanos contemporáneos y sus políticas exteriores, las relaciones de América Latina con los principales socios internacionales (Estados Unidos, Unión Europea, China), los proyectos de integración regional latinoamericana, y el rol de Brasil tanto a nivel regional como global.
- The International Relations of Latin America
This course will give a general panorama of the international positioning of Latin America in the world scenario of the 21st century. The principal topics will be the contemporary Latin-American leaders and their foreign policies, the relations of Latin America with the main international associates (the United States, European Union, China), the projects of Latin-American regional integration, and the role of Brazil both at regional and global level.
- Nelia Miguel Müller, Topic: The EU-Brazil strategic relationship.
- Daniel Sekula, Topic: Obstacle to investment and trade in Brazil.
- Mauricio Ceballos, Topic: Knowledge transfer Germany-Ecuador.
- Manuel Castillo, Topic: The economic implications of the peace process in Colombia.