Summer Workshop in International Organization Studies
“Internal Conflict and the World Community: Self-Determination, Security, and Human Rights”

July 17–29, 1994
Brown University, Providence, R.I.

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Purposes of this Workshop
The Academic Council on the United Nations System and the American Society of International Law are jointly sponsoring the fou.rth in a series of summer workshops on international organization studies at Brown University from 17 to 29 July 1994. The purposes of these workshops are to:

  • enhance professional development in international organization studies
  • encourage new directions in international organization research
  • establish and strengthen contacts between legal and academic scholars and UN practitioners
  • stimulate new teaching methods in international organization studies

The workshop will be directed by David P. Forsythe of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Hurst Hannum of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University; and Nico J. Schrijver of the Institute of Social Studies at The Hague.
The focus of this year’s workshop is “Internal Conflict and the World Community: Self-Determination, Security, and Human Rights.” Individual sessions will address the following questions:

  • How to reconcile the norms of state sovereignty and territorial integrity with breakdown in governance, and demands for self-determination and other change from sub-national groups?
  • What is the UN record of involvement in internal conflicts in concrete cases such as former Yugoslavia, Somalia,, Cambodia, Haiti, El Salvador and elsewhere?
  • How does the UN compare to other IGOs, especially regional ones, in coping with these situations?

Participants are selected by a joint ACUNS/ASIL committee. Academic and legal scholars from colleges and universities in Canada, Mexico, and the United States are encouraged to apply. A specific number of slots are reserved for UN officials and scholars from outside North America. The selection committee encourages applications from younger legal and academic scholars and specialists in fields such as human rights and humanitarian action who are concerned with the legal and political requirements of international cooperation. Participants are expected to submit a research proposal linked to ethnic or sectarian conflict prior to the workshop, which will be critiqued by one of the workshop directors in order to perfect it during the workshop, and make an oral presentation. It is hoped that the research paper will be of
publishable quality.