Summer Workshop in International Organization Studies
“Local Justice, Global Standards and Critical Contemporary Challenges”

July 11 – July 19, 2014
The Hague Institute for Global Justice
The Hague, The Netherlands

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Program Theme and Policy Relevance

“Almost every crisis or issue has unique aspects, and time and technology have a way of rendering past precedents obsolete. The result is a constant need for innovation, education, and the pooling of experiences to close institutional gaps and develop fresh ideas.”
-Dr. Madeleine K. Albright, Chair of the Advisory Council of The Hague Institute for Global Justice

For 2014, the ACUNS-ASIL Summer Workshop on International Organization Studies (SWIOS ’14) engages with the subject of “Local Justice, Global Standards and Critical Contemporary Challenges”.

The relationships between justice, reconciliation and sustainable post-conflict peacebuilding for states, societies, groups and individuals that have suffered (and are suffering) from violent conflict, and are seeking pathways forward from that violence, are not always or necessarily clear, consistent or even compatible. Likewise, the relationships between international, national and local interests and priorities regarding justice, reconciliation and peace cannot be assumed to be simple, or straightforward. There can be deep divisions and disagreements over definitions, assumptions, goals, methods, instruments, timing, and responsibilities. These also may vary across localities, loyalties, and time. All of these complexities facing well-intentioned actors may be sharpened still further when faced by ‘spoilers’ who seek to prevent or derail their efforts for other reasons.

The Hague Institute for Global Justice provides an ideal host location within which the 2014 Workshop participants and guest speakers will have time and opportunity to exchange their ideas and experiences on these critical challenges confronting post-conflict actors. Topics that are anticipated as being addressed in the Workshop lectures, participants’ presentations and discussions include (but are not limited to): broader thematic questions such as bridging or coordinating local and global conceptions of transitional justice in  support of sustainable post-conflict peacebuilding; the role of customary justice systems in promoting the rule of law in post-conflict states and societies; whether current global institutions can address – or merely serve to support and replicate – systems and processes of (structural) injustice; the negotiation of rights and rewards related to renewable and non-renewable natural resource extraction; historical understandings, education and reconciliation; the emergence, dissemination and strengthening or decline of new norms of humanitarian intervention. Specific case studies also are welcome, such as Kenya and the ICC; Cambodia and the ECCC; legal and political frameworks for preventing or managing water-related conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa; Libya, Syria and the Responsibility to Protect; addressing the unique contributions and needs of women and children in post-conflict justice and peacebuilding; the challenges of security sector reform and achieving the rule of law, or reintegration and reconciliation in Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, the DRC, Uganda, Central African Republic, Sri Lanka; the progress of justice in post-conflict Balkans (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia); the roles, interests and agendas of particular actors – national governments, international organizations, the private sector, individual leaders and experts, NGOs, civil society movements, and the media – in creating recognition of historical injustices e.g. Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Turkey and the Armenian genocide.

Applicants also are invited to propose other relevant topics as appropriate in their applications.

The SWIOS is an advanced-level research seminar; all selected participants are expected to prepare and  present individual research papers and to participate actively in the discussion of others’ research  presentations. SWIOS14 will take place at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, and is intended to include meetings and guest lectures, site visits and/or other forms of exchanges. Where possible, the revised research papers of participants, or summaries of the discussions, will be made available following the workshop  through the ACUNS web site and global network of scholars and practitioners. Other forms of dissemination such as published collections etc., will be explored but are not guaranteed.

Learning Objectives
Participants in the workshop will gain scholarly and practice-based knowledge and applied skills in the analysis of a number of issue areas related to the workshop theme. In some measure, the specific issue areas will be determined by the research proposals of the selected participants, but more broadly the themes and skill-sets to be addressed may be anticipated to include (but not be limited to):

  • The complex and varying nature of the interrelationships between the political, ideational/ideological, social, economic, legal, institutional and technological aspects of global justice;
  • The roles and interests of actors at local, national, and global levels including intergovernmental, non-governmental, and civil society parties, and across military and civilian policy sectors;
  • The current state of knowledge regarding ideas and norms, policies and practices, strengths and deficiencies, needs and resources, and ‘lessons learned’ at the UN and other institutions and organizations related to supporting the pursuit of global justice;
  • Identifying and reflecting upon the ‘lessons learned’ from the sharing of innovative proposals, ideas, and practices, between and among the next generation of scholars and practitioners, and how these best might be used to promote positive policy outcomes.

Through presentations by young scholars and practitioners (that is, you!), case studies, guided research, special lectures and innovative pedagogies geared towards post-graduate level professionals, this workshop will encourage participants to improve their own skills and capacities for engaging constructively at different stages and in varying environments in the complex but critical areas of the governance of global justice.

Participant Selection

  • Up to 20 participants will be selected by a review committee for the Workshop.
  • Normally, approximately half of the participants come from within the United Nations.
  • Those selected will be expected to submit a ten-page draft of a research or policy paper to his or her director (directly and via Dropbox) no later than 4 weeks in advance of the workshop – terms of references will be provided. Following the workshop, participants are asked to submit a revised version of their paper/presentation to the director within 2 months’ time (by the end of September 2014), which will be made available on the ACUNS web site.
  • The working language of the workshop is English.
  • The selected participants will receive lowest-cost economy class return air travel between their location and the workshop site, accommodations and some meals for the duration of the workshop.
  • The workshop is designed to promote collegial exchange and networking in an intense program. Participants are expected to take part fully in all aspects of the program. For this reason, participants are not encouraged to be accompanied by spouses, children or other dependents. Neither ACUNS, the host institution or any other associated organization will be able to offer any services or support for anyone accompanying a workshop participant.

Application Procedure
Scholars in international relations and international law, and from other fields relevant to the workshop e.g. development, international public policy; and practitioners from NGOs and government institutions in all countries are encouraged to apply. All applications are due by the February 21, 2014.

Applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee’s final decision by March 7, 2014. Due to the high number of applications, the Committee is not able to provide individual explanations of its selection decisions.