The Bahá’í Chair for World Peace – The Future of Humanity: The Challenge of Global Peace and Security Conference

With increasing challenges to the creation of a sustainable global peace and the decline in security, new thinking and solutions are needed. This conference examined the limitations of the current global order and sought to explore alternative solutions.The conference also examined key themes concerning the peace and security of the nations and peoples of the world .

Longstanding ACUNS members Charlotte KuCraig Murphy, and Andy Knight were able to present at the conference.

Keynote One
Leadership, Global Governance, and Peace – Dr. Craig Murphy

Panel One
Leadership, Global Governance, and Peace – Dr. Charlotte Ku and Dr. W. Andy

About the Keynote Speaker

Craig Murphy studies the global politics of economic development, global governance, international political economy, and international relations theory. He is the co-director of the Center for Governance and Sustainability. Murphy is past-president of the International Studies Association (2000–01) and past-chair of the Academic Council on the UN System (2002–04). He was one of the two founding editors of the international public policy journal, Global Governance, which received the 1996 award from the American Association of Publishers for the best new journal in the social sciences, management, and the humanities. Murphy is actively involved with the effort to reform the UN’s work throughout the developing world including as a consultant for the World Economic Forum’s Global Redesign Initiative and for the FUNDS (Future of the UN Development System) Project. Murphy has overseen post-doctoral students and served on doctoral committees in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America and is regularly consulted on program design and the pedagogy of international studies, a role he has played at Haverford, Manchester, Middlebury, Mount Holyoke, Rice, Rutgers, Tufts, Williams and other schools

About the Panelists

Charlotte Ku is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Global Programs at the Texas A&M University School of Law. Previously, Dr. Ku served as Professor of Law, Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Legal Programs at the University of Illinois College of Law where she also co-directed the Center on Law and Globalization. Dr Ku was Acting Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge following a twelve-year term as Executive Director and Executive Vice President of the American Society of International Law in Washington, DC. Throughout her years of senior academic leadership positions, Dr Ku has fostered the building of awareness of international law and institutions. She has also championed the interdisciplinary collaboration of international law and international relations scholars. More recently, she is working to perfect models of professional training for law students that touch on global awareness and practice skills. Dr Ku has been on the faculties of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center of the School of Advanced Studies, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia. Prior to joining academe, Dr Ku served as a consultant to the community-based San Francisco Foundation; as director of research and publications of a community organization; and on the legislative staff of U.S. Senator Alan Cranston. Dr Ku’s research interests are in international law and global governance. Her publications include “Primary Effects of Secondary Rules: Institutions and Multi-Level Governance,” with Paul F. Diehl in The Rule of Law in Global Governance; “Fragmentation in International Law and Governance: Understanding the Sum of the Parts,” in What’s Wrong with International Law?; “Transparency, Accountability, and Responsibility for Internationally Mandated Operations” in The Oxford Handbook on the Use of Force in International Law; “Evolution of International Law,” in International Organization and Global Governance; International Law, International Relations, and Global Governance; and The Dynamics of International Law with Paul F. Diehl.

W. Andy Knight is Director of the Institute of International Relations (IIR) at The University of the West Indies and Professor and former Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. He served as Governor of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) from 2007 to 2012, co-edited Global Governance journal from 2000 to 2005 and was Vice Chair of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). Knight has written and edited several books, book chapters and journal articles on various aspects of multilateralism, global governance and peace, and United Nations reform. His recent books include: The Routledge Handbook of the Responsibility to Protect (with Frazer Egerton) -Routledge 2012; Towards the Dignity of Difference?: Neither ‘end of History’ Nor ‘clash of Civilizations’ (with Mojtaba Mahdavi) – Ashgate 2012; and Global Politics (with Tom Keating) – Oxford University Press 2010. Professor Knight is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.