Summer Workshop in International Organization Studies
“Innovations in Global Governance for the New Millennium”

July 30 – August 11, 2000
University of Warwick

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The Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) and the American Society of International Law (ASIL) together with the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR) at the University of Warwick are sponsoring the tenth in a series of summer workshops on international organiza­tion studies to be held at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, from 30 July to 11 August 2000. This workshop is designed for junior faculty, practitioners from policy circles and civil society, post-doctoral scholars, and advanced graduate students. The purposes of chis 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 and research in international organization studies.

The 1999 workshop will be directed by Christine Chinkin of the London School of Economics, Jan Aart Scholte of the University of Warwick, and Paul Wapner of American University’s School oflnternational Service.

The theme for this year’s workshop is “Innovations in Global Governance for the New Millennium.” World politics is increasingly marked by global problems that require (at least in part) global institutional solutions. Conflict management, economic prosperity, ecological sustainability, human rights, cultural identity, and social cohesion have all become issues for which naEional and local regulatory arrange­ments are not by themselves sufficient. A principal challenge for the new century is to build modes of governance that are adequate to provide security, justice, ecological well-being, and democracy in a more global world.

The 2000 workshop will explore the concepts and instruments that are needed to handle global problems in an effective and equitable manner. What new understandings oflaw and governance might be required in the face of globalization? What new legal and institutional mechanisms (local, national, regional, and global) can steer global developments in desired directions? What roles might business and civil society play? How can the United Nations, in particular, contribute to these innovations?

The workshop will be structured to stimulate interest and guide: junior faculty members in developing new research agendas; practitioners in developing research ideas on international and global issues; post-doctoral scholars in turning their dissertations into books and articles; and advanced graduate students in the research and writing of their dissertations.

The w?orkshop will consist of presentations by and interaction with experts in the field, exercises and discussions focusing on developing greater links between academics and practitioners, skills development in teaching, research, and writing on international organization, and participant presentanons.

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 mid-April. Workshop directors will subsequently make suggestions about alternative readings, data, or argurrients 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 the 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 legal scholars and practitioners from institutions in all countries are encouraged to apply. Applicants are required to submit the attached application form, 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 two letters of recommendation sent directly to the address listed below.

Completed applications must be postmarked no lacer than 15 January 2000. Twenty to twenty-five participants will be seiected on a competitive basis. Applicants will be notified in the spring of 2000.