2001 Workshop: ‘Humanitarian Intervention and the Role of International Organizations’

Summer Workshop in International Organization Studies
“Humanitarian Intervention and the Role of International Organizations”

August 5 – August 18, 2001
University of Namibia

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The Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) and the Ameri­can Society of International Law (ASIL) are sponsoring the eleventh in a series of summer workshops to be held this year at the University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia from 5 August to 18 August 2001. The workshop is designed specifically for advanced graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, young international relations and law school faculty, lawyers and practitio­ners from policy circles and civil society.

The purposes of this workshop are to encourage new directions in international organizations and related legal studies, establish and strengthen contacts amongst legal and international relations scholars and UN practitioners, and stimulate teaching and research in these subjects.

The 2001 workshop will be directed by Charlotte Ku, Executive Director of ASIL, Washington, D.C. and Clement Adibe, international relations professor at DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois.

The theme for this year’s workshop is “Humanitarian Intervention and the Role of International Organizations.” The issue of intervention has been the subject of heated debates at the United Nations and within the international community. When must sovereignty be respected and when should international organizations inter­vene in times of human crises? What roles do local and global governance, civil society, and financial institutions play during those times? Issues of human rights, refugees, post-conflict reconstruc­tion, peacekeeping, democratization, economic aid, the use of force and other relevant topics will be focal points of the workshop. Given that most crises have occurred on the African continent, having this workshop in Africa will engender a more meaningful and sober understanding of humanitarian crises.

The 2001 workshop will explore the concepts and instruments that are needed to handle the challenges of humanitarian crises, new understandings of law and governance that might be required in the face of these challenges and the responsi­bilities of the UN, NGOs, and other regional and international organizations.

The workshop 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 presenta­tions.

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 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 the workshop and make an oral presentation during the two­week 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 an 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 later than 15 January 2001. Twenty to twenty-five participants will be selected on a competitive basis . Applicants will be notified in the spring of 2001.


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