RAUN SPEAKERS
17 JANUARY 2017, 16:00-17:45
TERRORIST GROUPS VS. NON-STATE ARMED GROUPS AND THE ROLE OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

Opening Remarks: Martin Nesirky, Director, UNIS Vienna
Mr. Martin Nesirky is Director of the United Nations Information Service in Vienna. Mr. Nesirky served as Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations in New York from December 2009 to March 2014. Before that, he was Spokesperson and Head of Press and Public Information at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Vienna, for more than three years. He had an extensive journalistic career at Thomson Reuters (1982 to 2006), serving as Bureau Chief, News and Television, both in Moscow and Seoul; prior postings also included assignments in London, East Berlin and The Hague. A UK national and graduate of Bath University.

Introductory Remarks: Lucia Mokra, Dean for International Relations and Legislation, Comenius University, RAUN National Coordinator, Slovakia
Lucia Mokra is Dean of the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences and associate professor of International and European Law. Professionally, she focuses on International law issues – International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, within the European Law issues she specialized on legal content of citizenship, citizens ́ rights and human rights protection.

Her main research activities involve the wider concept of European citizenship, rights of citizens in charter and relevant judiciary of the ECJ in the area. She is interested in the changes after the Lisbon treaty in regards to the rights of migrants and third country nationals, and the principle of non‐discrimination of EU law.

Chair: HE Ugljesa Ugi Zvekic, Law Professor, University of Belgrade, Former Ambassador of Serbia to the UN in Geneva
Ambassador Dr. UgljesaZvekic is Former Permanent Representative of the Republic of Serbia to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva. Ambassador Zvekic holds a law degree (LL.B), MA and PhD in sociology/law. He was a country representative in the UN- sponsored World Youth Forum (USA, 1969) and Fulbright Scholar (1973-75). He has been a Scientific Counsellor, Institute of Criminological and Sociological Research; Honorary Professor, University of Hull, UK; External PhD Examiner, University of Cape Town, South Africa; and standing Visiting Professor University of Belgrade. He also served in many capacities including as Deputy Director/ OIC, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), Italy; Deputy Representative/ OIC, United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC),; Chief, Strategic Planning Unit, UNODC, Austria; Member of the UN High-level Programme Coordination Committee; Member of the Foundation Councils of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN); among others.

Speaker: Henrieta Kunová, Comenius University
Terrorist Groups vs Non-state Armed Groups in Central Africa

Henrieta Kunová pursues her MA in European Studies and International Relations at the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava. She has conducted research on the US-Iranian relations after the Second World War from social constructivist’s perspective with an emphasis onto the role of national identities of both countries. She currently focuses on the Conflict in Central African countries, particularly on how the conflict is being spread from one place to the next across different scales. Recently, she has worked for the Slovak Atlantic Commission, at the Media and External Communication department, where I had the responsibility for media agenda of different events such as Tatra Summit and GLOBSEC. Her areas of interest are peace and conflict studies, international affairs, EU foreign policy, media, etc.

Speaker: Gergely László Szöri, University of Szeged
Terrorist Groups vs Non-state Armed Groups in Central Africa

Gergely László is currently an international law student at the University of Szeged. He has also studied in Lyon, France as an Erasmus student. During his studies he has focused on International Relations, Law of the War and Institutions of the European Union.

His interests lie in diversity of cultures, people and attitudes, fostered by his experiences abroad. In addition, his academic interests lie in the structure, organization and practices of current missions of the UN.

Speaker: Alžbeta Macková, Comenius University
The Untapped Resources: the role of the criminal justice system in dealing with children who sympathize with terrorist groups and/or committed terror-related crimes: prevention, prosecution and return

Alžbeta Macková is a student of European studies at the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences – Comenius University in Bratislava. Her main field of interest is protection of human rights, a passion which has brought her to collaborate with Amnesty International. She was worked on solutions for contemporary anti-semitism. Currently she is the secretary-general of the Slovakian chapter of the youth organization JEF to connect youth to the work of the European Union. Currently she works on how to involve volunteers to improve the provision of humanitarian assistance abroad by Slovakia. She is interested in humanitarian assistance issues.

Speaker: Cecilia Vera Lagomarsino, University of Vienna
The Untapped Resources: the role of the criminal justice system in dealing with children who sympathize with terrorist groups and/or committed terror-related crimes: prevention, prosecution and return

Cecilia Vera Lagomarsino holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Milan and is currently attending a PhD program in Political Sciences with special focus on Gender Studies at the University of Vienna. She has worked at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly as a Research Assistant. She also successfully completed a Traineeship at the Information Office of the European Parliament and an Internship at the Consulate General of Italy in Hamburg. Since September 2015, Cecilia is President of COMITES Austria, an elected body that represents Italian citizens residing abroad to allow them to participate in their community.

Speaker: Victoria Steinek, University of Vienna
The Untapped Resources: the role of the criminal justice system in dealing with children who sympathize with terrorist groups and/or committed terror-related crimes: prevention, prosecution and return

Victoria Steinek is currently enrolled in the Master’s programme in sociology at the University of Vienna. Her focus lies on global challenges faced in achieving truly sustainable environmental conservation, considering social inequality, ethnic relations and international security. Her principal research interests include terrorism, radicalization and the role of both the government and the immigration policy in violent conflicts which are framed in ethnic and religious cultural terms.

Besides voluntary work and academic field research, she has been a proactive member of the refugee support network. She has been awarded with several prizes for developing projects concerning human rights, international relations and social entrepreneurship.


Speaker: Zita Bódi, Universtiy of Szeged
The Untapped Resources: the role of the criminal justice system in dealing with children who sympathize with terrorist groups and/or committed terror-related crimes: prevention, prosecution and return

Zita Bódi currently studies the International Relations Master’s programme at the University of Szeged. She has a background in Spanish Studies with an English minor. She has researched on the education of women in Spain during the Franco era. She has been an Erasmus student in Oviedo, Spain where she experienced a culture very different to her own.

It was also an opportunity to communicate and cooperate with colleagues in an international setting. Now she works on the issue of human trafficking, or modern day slavery.

18 JANUARY 2017, 11:00-12:45
CHANGING NATURE OF SELECT UN PROGRAMS IN DEALING WITH TERRORISM AND ENGAGING CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF UNCAC

Chair: Elena Rigacci Hay, Chief of Section a.i. – Terrorism Prevention Branch, UNODC
Ms. Elena Rigacci Hay, works at the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime – in Vienna since September 2011. Currently she serves as Chief a.i. of the Implementation Support Section III, in charge of MENA and Latin American countries. Ms. Rigacci Hay joined the United Nations in 2002. After a three-year assignment at the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, she joined, in 2005, the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate as Political Affairs Officer and, later, as Special Assistant to its Executive Director, where she worked until 2009. Ms. Rigacci Hay also served as External Relations and International Cooperation Officer at CTBTO. Prior to joining the United Nations, she worked as researcher at the Academy of Political Science of the Colombia University, and as a political analyst at the Italian Institute for International Affairs in Rome, Italy. MS. Rigacci Hay holds a Master’s Degree in Government and Politics from St. John’s University, New York, and a Master’s Degree in Political Science, with a specialization in International Relations, from the University of Bologna, Italy.

Speaker: Casper Tolstrup, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
The changing nature of the UN’s approach in dealing with security challenges in Mali

Now in his final year of the Master of Advanced International Studies (MAIS) at the Diplomatic Academy (DA) of Vienna, Casper Tolsrup prepares for a career in international affairs. He has been a research assistant at the DA for Professor Markus Kornprobst, the chair of International Relations, working on the topic of nuclear non-proliferation. He has been a senior member of the organizing team at the Vienna Model UN Club. After having worked professionally in competitive elections in Georgia and Hawaii he has been an avid observer of and participant in the American presidential election as the media person at the Democrats Abroad Austria. His interests lie in diplomacy and security studies and the cross field between these two topics and the UN family.

Speaker: Ekaterine Nikolaeva, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
The changing nature of the UN’s approach in dealing with security challenges in Mali

Ekaterine Nikolaeva is currently a Ph.D. student at the department of Social sciences at the University of Vienna. Her research interests are the interrelation between modern approaches to national security and the situation around freedom of the media in the U.S. and the Russian Federation. Previously she worked on multiculturalism in three South Caucasian republics and obtained a Master´s degree in advanced international studies from the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. Her interests include political economy, development economics, national and international security.  Ekaterine has completed professional internships at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, and at the OSCE, Office on freedom of the media, in Vienna. The latter contributed to her research on media freedom and security. To diversify her professional experience, she has also been working on market research and consulting projects with Euromonitor International.
Speaker: Syuzanna galstyan, university of vienna:
corruption in Armenia: The enforcement of the implementation of selected articles and the involvement of civil society in combating corruption

Syuzanna Galstyan is currently enrolled in the second year of ‘‘Global studies’’ MA interdisciplinary program at the University of Vienna, a pluralistically designed European perspective on globalization processes.

During her undergraduate studies in English Language at Gyumri State Pedagogical Institute and while pursuing her first master’s degree in English Language and Literature at the same Institute – she actively participated in many local and international training courses and youth exchanges covering the topics of conflict resolution, cultural diversity, civic activism, democracy and human rights. She has extensive volunteer experience. Her main research interests include international development, international security, conflict related issues and the impact of international organizations involved in the mediation between conflicting parties.

Speaker: Kristina Kryvonos, University of Vienna
Corruption in Armenia: The enforcement of the implementation of selected articles and the involvement of civil society in combating corruption
Kristina is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Political Science and her Diploma of Law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Vienna. She is a legal trainee at DLA Piper, an international corporate law firm, where her duties include research on legal issues, drafting of memoranda and preparation of legal opinions and correspondence. Kristina’s passion for politics and interest in international relations have been the driving forces behind her academic and career choices. In 2011, right after graduating high school at the top of her class and being placed on the Dean’s List, she decided to pursue a double major in International Relations and Psychology at Webster University Vienna. She also volunteers as a social companion with people suffering from mental diseases by providing them with a social support network.

 

18 JANUARY 2017, 16:00-17:45
THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE CTBTO TO THE 2030 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY RESPONSE IN THE CARPATHIAN REGION

Chair: Grzegorz Donocik, Former UNIDO Official

Grzegorz Donocik is a Former United Nations Industrial Development Organizations’ Official. He served as Chief, of the Europe and NIS Programme, Advisor and Expert on UNIDO and UN related matters and economic and industrial development cooperation. Mr. Donocik also served in the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of International Organizations in Warsaw. He is a board member of the Association of the former Industrial Development Experts (AFIDE), UNIDO Senior Professional Volunteers Group, Member of the International Council of the Organization for International Economic Relations, OiER, and a Member of the Academic Council on the United Nations (ACUNS).

Speaker: Maria Jose Alvear, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
Contribution of the CTBTO to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

María-José Alvear holds a Bachelor degree in International Business and International Affairs from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador and is currently enrolled in the master program “Master of Advanced International Studies” at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. María-José has worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), where she collaborated in the implementation of international cooperation projects aimed at the conservation of the environment and food security. She writes for POLEMICS, the magazine of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, and has participated in Model United Nations, volunteerism and training activities on gender issues.

Speaker: Blanka Bartos, University of Szeged:
Contribution of the CTBTO to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Blanka Bartos studies international law and international relations at the University of Szeged. She has obtained an American Legal Expert degree in collaboration with the University of Toledo (OH, USA). She has worked as a journalist at university, conducted research and prepared a new bill in connection with the publicity of court proceeding. She has also participated in negotiation moot court competitions in Hungary, Greece and Romania. She was a trainee at the Federal Chancellery of Austria and was granted a Hungarian-American Coalition Internship to the Meridian International Center (Washington D.C., USA). She has studied in Bonn and Lyon with Erasmus+ scholarships as part of her preparation for a career combining law and diplomacy.

 

Speaker: Kristina Takácsová, Comenius University
Contribution of the CTBTO to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Kristina is a Master’s student in European studies at the Comenius University in Bratislava. She has specialized in International Relations and European matters, particularly European law and energy security in Central Europe. She has worked in the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic organizing events such as the Central European Forum and Global Security Forum.

She also has experience with the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, on the occasion of the Slovak presidency of the Council of the European Union as a liaison officer.

Speaker: Maria Teresa Dominguez, Vienna University of Technology
Forest fires in the Carpanthian mountains: analysis of policy responses at the regional and national level

Maria Teresa is a trained civil engineer, and now studying a masters of engineering management at the Vienna University of Technology. She is interested the development of sustainable technologies, the preservation of built heritage and international cooperation. She has published research on seismic performance of colonial chapels in the Andean region and worked in in the construction industry in Colombia and Austria focusing on green building services and products. In 2012, she participated at the “One Young World Summit”, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where world leaders such as Bill Clinton were present.

Speaker: Melinda Marosi-kiss, University of szeged
Forest fires in the Carpanthian mountains: analysis of policy responses at the regional and national level

Melinda studies her Master degree in International Relations at the University of Szeged (Hungary). She has studied Philology in Romanistics focusing on Italian, English and American Studies. She engaged as a volunteer in a humanitarian project with the Italian initiative Rete Progetto Pace for 3 years. Her interests lie in international affairs, particularly the organization and operation of the United Nations. In addition, she is concerned with environmental and nuclear matters and prepares for a career along these lines.


19 JANUARY 2017, 11:15-12:45

HUMAN RIGHTS: CHILD MARRIAGE AMONG SYRIAN REFUGEES AND CLIMATE MIGRATION FROM THE SAHEL

Chair: Markus Kornprobst, Professor of International Relations, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
Prof. Kornprobst holds the Chair in International Relations at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. He previously taught at the School of Public Policy at University College London and Magdalen College at Oxford University. He held research fellowships at the Mershon Center at the Ohio State University, and the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University. He is the author of Irredentism in European Politics (Cambridge University Press) and co-editor of Metaphors of Globalization (Palgrave).His current research includes the EU’s Management of International Crises, Governance of Nuclear Non-proliferation and Scholarly Citizenship and International Diplomacy.

Speaker: Aylin Gunsam, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
Saying yes to safety? The decision-making process of Syrian refugee parents in the Za’atari refugee camp

Aylin Gunsam has a Bachelor degree in Political Science as well as in Mass Media and Communication Science. She now studies a MA degree in Political Science. She has participated in this year’s Global Advancement Programme of the Akademische Forum für Außenpolitik (AFA). She has interned at the Austrian Consulate in Chile and the Austrian Embassy in Ankara, where as part of her responsibility on report drafting she conducted an in-depth analysis on the development of the Syrian refugee crisis within Turkish borders. She has contributed articles to newspapers such as The Vienna Review, the Wiener Zeitung and the Daily Newspapers and Analysis in India. Ms. Gunsam is currently volunteering for the non-profit organization TEDx Vienna and the Impact Hub Vienna community.

Speaker: Zuzana Tomková, Comenius University:
Saying yes to safety? The decision-making process of Syrian refugee parents in the Za’atari refugee camp

Zuzana is a master degree student at Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Institute of European Studies and International Relations. Her interests include European Union issues, gender equality, languages, and, human rights, especially rights of marginalized groups. Zuzana speaks fluent English and has elementary knowledge in German, French and Polish. She is committed to contribute to changing Slovak laws that concern LGBTI people, reduce prejudice and help marginalized groups gain a better place in society.

Speaker: Lucia Hörömpoli, Corvinus University of Budapest
Saying yes to safety? The decision-making process of Syrian refugee parents in the Za’atari refugee camp
Lucia is currently enrolled in the English MA Program in International Relations at the Corvinus University of Budapest, after having obtained a BA degree in the same field at the University of Szeged. During her BA Programme she became an advocate of gender equality, and from that point she incorporates this aspect into her research.

She has presented her research regarding women in democratic institutions, women’s rights and Hungarian legal frameworks at the National Student Scientific Association Conference in Hungary, and at the Austrian Constitutional Court.

Speaker: Dominika Jelínková, Charles University Prague
Saying yes to safety? The decision-making process of Syrian refugee parents in the Za’atari refugee camp

Dominika Jelínková is a PhD student at the Charles University in Prague. She has also been living in Vienna, Austria for nearly three years and currently interns with the UNODC Civil Society Team. Her main interests include women empowerment, human trafficking prevention, and migration. She is able to combine these interests with her current work to empower trafficked migrant women. With RAUN she conducts research on forced marriages of child refugees as part of a team. Her ultimate goal is to help pave pathways for women and girls who have come from war torn areas and offer them a chance at a better life.

 

Speaker: Dominika Filinova, Comenius University
Migratory Movement Towards Europe: Climate Change in the Sahel and its Future Consequences

Dominika currently studies at the Institute of European Studies and International Relations at Comenius University. She has also been an Erasmus student in Germany and Italy. Children’s and Youth rights are a pressing issue for her which is why she volunteers with UNICEF and engages with non-for profit organizations such as TECHO in Argentina. Dominika is convinced that bringing young people together to discuss world affairs is a step in the right direction and has taken part in several for a including International Youth Development Forum in Japan.  She has also participated in a couple Model United Nations.

19 JANUARY 2017, 15:45-16:30
HUMAN RIGHTS: THE TRANSFORMATION OF GENDER ROLES IN THE PROCESS OF YOUTH LABOR MIGRATION

Chair: Alistair Edgar, Executive Director, ACUNS
Dr. Alistair D. Edgar serves as the Executive Director of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), based at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He is Associate Professor of Political Science at Laurier, where he has worked since 1993.Outside of the university, Dr. Edgar is president of the New Delhi, India-based International Jurist Organization (IJO); and sits on the board of the Canadian Landmines Foundation. Dr Edgar’s research interests involve issues of transitional justice in war-to-peace transitions and post-conflict peace building. He has conducted research fieldwork on this subject in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Kosovo, and northern Uganda. Dr. Edgar holds a BA Honours in History from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University (1983), MA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia (1985), and PhD in Political Science from Queen’s University (1993).

Speaker: Karen Avenesyan, University of Vienna:
International labor migration of youth in Ethiopia: a gender perspective

Karen Avanesyan is a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology, University of Vienna. The working title of his dissertation is “Conspicuous Consumption and Social Inequality in Russia”. Karen’s main research interests lie in the area of social inequality studies, with focus on tensions between upper and bottom classes in developing countries. He specializes in the quantitative research methods. Karen is a member of International Sociological Association and participates in the work of its Research Committee on Social Stratification. Parallel to his studies, Karen works as a Conference clerk at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). His previous working experience includes positions in big business enterprises as well as state institutions in Russia.

Speaker: LilLa Nóra Kiss, University of Miskolc:
International labor migration of youth in Ethiopia: a gender perspective

Lilla is a PhD student at the Department of EU Law, at the University of Miskolc, Hungary. Her main research field is the freedom of the provision of services in the EU, particularly e-services. Other areas of interest include e-laws, digitalization, computer law and the theoretical background of their application and applicability. She is being trained as a General and Judicial Mediator to work as a bridge between people and organisations in conflict. As a RAUN student she is concerned with universal issues such as sustainable development and global welfare, something very related to her team collaboration with UNIDO.

Speaker:Laura K. Werner, Vienna University of Economics and Business
International labor migration of youth in Ethiopia: a gender perspective

Laura is currently studying a Master’s degree in Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy (SEEP) at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. She completed her bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Minnesota. Upon graduating she served as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow at Laura Jeffrey Academy (LJA), an all-girls middle school with a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) focused curriculum. There she was able to work towards greater equality and social justice through the focus of girls’ education and empowerment. Her combined experiences have exposed her to the complexity and interconnectedness of the challenges associated with creating a socially just and equal world. As a master’s student with SEEP she is able to study these challenges from a transdisciplinary perspective and learns economic, ecological, sociological, and political theory which can be applied to solve these issues.

Speaker: Shekina María del Cielo Salas Sanches, Comenius University:
International labor migration of youth in Ethiopia: a gender perspective

Shekina was granted a 6-year integral scholarship by the Slovakian Government and completed her Bachelor’s degree in International economics relations. Currently she works on a Master’s in European studies at the Comenius University. Her interests include humanitarian assistance, development cooperation, and the protection of human rights. Her bachelor thesis concentrated on the analysis of the European Union developmental action in Peru. Her master thesis deals with the protection of human rights within terrorist environments. She is also involved in event planning with the Erasmus network and especially helping foreign students in Bratislava.

19 JANUARY 2017, 16:30-17:45
CLOSING AND RAUN AWARD CEREMONY

Moderator: Lucia Mokra, Dean for International Relations and Legislation, Comenius university
Lucia Mokra is Dean of the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences and associate professor of International and European Law. Professionally, she focuses on International law issues – International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, within the European Law issues she specialized on legal content of citizenship, citizens ́ rights and human rights protection.  Her main research activities involve the wider concept of European citizenship, rights of citizens in charter and relevant judiciary of the ECJ in the area. She is interested in the changes after the Lisbon treaty in regards to the rights of migrants and third country nationals, and the principle of non-discrimination of EU law.

Guest of Honor: H.E. Bente Angell-Hansen, Ambassador of Norway to the United Nations
H.E. Ms. Bente Angell-Hansen serves as Ambassador and the Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations (Vienna). Prior to this post, H.E. Ms. Bente Angell-Hansen served as Secretary General of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Norwegian Ambassador to Hungary and Director General at the Department of International Affairs in the Norwegian Office of the Prime Minister, amongst other distinguished posts. She holds a degree in Social Sciences: political science, international politics, French and public law from the University of Oslo.

Certificate Award: Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director, Division of Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, UNODC
Mr. Lemahieu was nominated as Director of the Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs as of 1 December 2013 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Before taking up his position in Vienna, he served for extended periods in countries challenged by political economies heavily depending on narco cultivation such as Afghanistan and Myanmar, and transit regions such as the Caribbean. His first appointment with the United Nations dates from 1990, as a United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Junior Professional Officer assigned to the Republic of Korea. He also worked briefly for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) before finally joining UNODC (then UNDCP) in 1994. Up to now, he brings twenty years of hands-on field experience with him. Mr. Lemahieu is a licensed Jurist with Postgraduate Degree in International Law.