Summer Workshop in International Organization Studies
“Global Governance and Human Security”

July 27 – August 7, 2004
New Delhi, India

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The Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) and the American Society of International Law (ASIL) are pleased to sponsor the fourteenth Summer Workshop on International Organization Studies. Contingent upon funding, the workshop will run from 27 July until 6 August; and is being arranged in Delhi, India with the cooperation of the International Jurists Association.

The workshop is designed specifically for junior international relations and law school faculty, advanced graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, lawyers and practitioners from civil society groups, policy staff from international organizations, human rights and development advocates, and others who might be included at similar levels of activities.

The purposes of the workshop are, first, to encourage new directions in the analysis of international organization(s) and related legal studies; second, to establish and strengthen contacts between international relations and legal scholars and United Nations practitioners; and third, to stimulate advanced research and teaching in these subjects.

The 2004 workshop will be directed by Charles Norchi, international human rights lawyer and professor of international politics and history at Sarah Lawrence College; and Elizabeth Riddell-Dixon, professor of international politics at the University of Western Ontario.

Program Themes
The general theme of the 2004 workshop is the relationship between global governance and human security. The concept of human security challenges the traditional state-based notions of national sovereignty, and international peace and security, which have informed the structure and the mandate of the United Nations itself as well as traditional academic debates in the field.

Human security includes the pre- and post-conflict conditions that affect the security and welfare of individuals – conditions now recognized as key to effective and stable governments. This workshop will explore and address current efforts to develop the concept into practical, policy measures, and to assess its role in the future forms of global governance. This can include examining how incorporating and implementing human security initiatives also requires consideration of reform or refinement in existing UN structures and processes.

Two significant international studies of human security have been conducted by the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS), and by the Commission on Human Security. The final reports of each investigation—respectively, The Responsibility to Protect and Human Security Now—offer an abundance of ideas and material to analysts and pract1t1oners. This material can be examined alongside the program of reform set out in UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s report, Strengthening the United Nations; an agenda for further change, as well as the ideas advanced in the work of the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations and the Panel on United Nations Peace Operations.

Though the concept of human security may be defined in several ways, one useful starting point is the division of the subject into five thematic areas: conflict prevention, the protection of civilians, public safety, peace support operations, and governance and accountability. Within each of these categories, a variety of policy and program priorities might be highlighted – for example, the need to enhance people’s access to adequate basic healthcare and education, and to address the causes of poverty, as failure to do so may contribute to social unrest and conflict.

Participants will be encouraged to address political, legal, economic, human rights and humanitarian approaches to these issues (whether supportive or critical); to examine the relationship between proposed new policies on these topics, and the existing structures, mechanisms and operations of related UN bodies; and to assess how the UN and its member states might take concrete steps to improve upon their capacity to offer global governance in a challenging international environment.

Participants will be selected by a joint ACUNS/ASIL committee. Those selected will be expected to submit a ten-page draft of a research or policy paper to an assigned workshop director in advance of the workshop. The research or policy paper must be original work prepared by the participant, not material that has been undertaken for other projects or presentations.

Directors will make suggestions about additional readings, data, or arguments in order for participants to bring a more polished version of their paper to the workshop, to be distributed in advance of their presentations. Participants also will submit an abstract (2-3 pages maximum) prior to the workshop, and will be required to make an oral presentation during the workshop. The working language of the workshop is English.

It is hoped that the workshop will provide valuable guidance in the final development of a dissertation, publication or policy piece.