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Transnational governance is an implementation of World federalism. It is world government of where a single political body would make, interpret and enforce international law. Transnational governance is important to technoprogressive policy, both as a social policy and as a way to mitigate globally catastrophic risks and Existential risks.

Transnational governance is important in ensuring effective and consistent Regulation, Accountability, and Transparency. Emerging technologies present many new risks, and the best way to effectively guard against the dangers of technology such as molecular manufacturing is to have a set of consistently applied regulatory standards that are designed to simultaneously protect individual rights. Transnational governance is also important to the Social wage, and implementing truly Universal health care and the Basic income guarantee.

After the horrors of World War II prominent persons, such as Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Bertrand Russell and Mahatma Gandhi, led a call for stronger transnational governance. A world government would add another level of administration above the existing national governments or provide coordination over areas national governments are not capable of adequately addressing as independent polities. Some see international institutions (such as the International Criminal Court and United Nations) and various supranational and continental unions (such as the European Union) as the beginning elements of a world government system.

IEET Executive Director James Hughes spoke at the 2008 Global Catastrophic Risks conference and outlined a number of areas where transnational governance is important:

For world law enforcement, if we are going to be tracking down people who break international treaties around things like nanotech regulation or bioweapons, we need to have international law. It can’t just be the international criminal court, which goes after things like genocide and crimes against humanity. We need a new set of mandates for international law enforcement so that Interpol can be tracking down terrorists in a much more aggressive way than they currently do…

We need to have regulations at an international level for synthetic biology. With nukes you can relatively easily detect from space production facilities. With synthetic biology, it may be a room a quarter of this size where you could be building potential weapons of mass destruction. We need to have new international conventions to regulate synthetic biology. George Church has made such proposals, the National Academy of Sciences has made proposals, about how we could have licensure for people who are going to be dealing with DNA printers, who are going to be dealing with the equipment that facilitates the creation of pathogens, and how we could have GPS codes on each one of them, how each one of them could be strictly surveilled and monitored around the world. That is going to require some global cooperation.

IEET Links:
Sovereignty and the problem of political relativism: Why we need a world without borders

Strengthening Transnational Governance to Mitigate Risks