1999 Workshop: ‘Rebuilding Torn Societies – Issues of Governance and International Organization’

Summer Workshop in International Organization Studies
“Rebuilding Torn Societies – Issues of Governance and International Organization”

July 25 – August 6, 1999
Yale University

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The Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) and the American Society of International Law
(ASIL) are jointly sponsoring the ninth in a series of summer workshops on interna­tional organization studies to be held at Yale University from 25 July to 6 August 1999. This works-hop is designed specifi­cally for advanced graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and younger faculty. The purposes of this workshop are to:

  • enhance professional development in international organization studies;
  • encourage new directions in international organization research;
  • establish and strengthen contacts amongst legal and international relations scholars and UN practitio­ners; and
  • stimulate teaching in international organization studies.

The 1999 workshop will be directed by Linda Reif of the University of Alberta Faculty of law and by Paul Wapner of The American University’s School of International Service.

The focus for this year’s workshop is “Rebuilding Torn Societies: .Issues of Governance and International Organiza­tion.” It will serve as a forum for multidisciplinary exchange related to the roles of governance (at local, state, international or NGO levels) and interna­tional organization.

Sessions will be structured to help stimulate interest and guide: advanced graduate students in the research and writing of their dissertations; post-doctoral scholars in turning their dissertations into books and articles; and younger faculty members in developing new research agendas.

The workshop will consist of presenta­tions made by lecturers and experts in the field, exercises and discussions focusing on developing a greater link between the academic world and the work of practitio­ners, teaching international organization, and panel presentations made by partici­pants.

The subject matter is open to partici­pants whose analytical perspectives are multilateral-to those who are trying to focus on governance and international organization in the complex task of rebuilding torn societies. The United Nations system is crucial in this effort; but key insights result from how non-UN institutions can complement UN ones in a better division of labor.

Participants are selected by a joint ACUNS/ASIL committee. Those selected will be expected to submit a ten-page research draft to an assigned workshop director in early May. Workshop directors will subsequently make suggestions about alternative readings, data, or arguments in .order for participants to bring a more polished version of their research to the workshop. Participants will also submit a brief abstract prior to th.e workshop and make an oral presentation during the two-­week conference. It is hoped that this workshop will provide valuable guidance in the final development of a dissertation and/or subsequent publication.

Application Procedure
International relations and law students and scholars from institutions in all countries are encouraged to apply. The selection committee encourages applica­tions from advanced graduate students and younger law and international relations scholars whose research interests will inform a debate about the role of gover­nance and international organization in rebuilding torn societies.

There is no standard application form. Applicants are required to submit one copy of a brief (no more than 3-4 typewrit­ten pages) dissertation abstract or research proposal and a full curriculum vitae. Independent evaluation is crucial for the selection committee; therefore applicants should arrange to have at least two letters of recommendation sent directly to the address listed below.

Completed applications must be postmarked no later than 15 January 1999. Twenty to twenty-five participants will be selected on a competitive basis: Applicants will be notified in the spring of 1999.


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