Summer Workshop in International Organization Studies
“Strategies for Sustainable Resource Development – Policy and Practice”

August 11 – August 23, 2002
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 twelfth in a series of summer workshops to be held this year at the University of Namibia (UNAM), Windhoek, Namibia, from 11 August to 23 August 2002. The workshop is designed specifically for international relations and law school faculty, advanced graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, 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 2002 workshop will be directed by Dinah Shelton, professor of interna­tional environmental law at Notre Dame University, and Paul Wapner, professor of international politics and environ­mental policy at American University. The program is planned in cooperation with the UNAM Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Global environmental protection and sustainable development, which include issues of natural resources, are increas­ingly serious issues of concern. Re­sources such as water, on which all life depends, forests, and sources of energy are key areas of research and policy formation. For example, the interaction of forests and water needs greater study, not only scientifically, but also at the legal and policy levels. Along with an examination of sustainable resource development, the workshop will also focus on global environmental governance, international environmental cooperation, and environmental security and justice.

Human activities can stress sustainable resources, or can initiate creative solutions to their use and conservation. The difference between these two options is good governance. Good governance on environmental issues is essential at all levels: local, state, re­gional, and global. Greater understanding of policy choices at each level can contribute to more efficient resource uses and better forest and water manage­ment for present and future generations as well as greater long-term economic productivity.

The workshop will explore these issues in depth through a series 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. The participants will also prepare an action plan for the World Summit on Sustain­able Development.


Participants are selected by a joint ACUNS/ASIL committee. Those selected will be expected to submit a ten­page research draft to an assigned workshop director in June. 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 to be distrib­uted in advance of their presentations. 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 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 April 2002. Twenty to twenty-five participants will be selected on a competitive basis . Applicants will be notified in the spring of 2002.