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CfA: Building the Knowledge Base for Global Governance, Workshop, Ljubljana, 23.7-2.8.2008

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  • Gorazd Weiss, ASO Ljubljana
    Call for Applications: ACUNS/ASIL Summer workshop in Ljubljana/Slovenia on Building the Knowledge Base for Global Governance The Academic Council on the
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 28, 2008
      Call for Applications: ACUNS/ASIL Summer workshop in Ljubljana/Slovenia on
      "Building the Knowledge Base for Global Governance"

      The Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS)
      http://www.acuns.org and the American Society of International Law (ASIL),
      in cooperation with the Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office
      Ljubljana (which is part of the Centre for Social Innovation Vienna), with
      the support of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of
      the Republic of Slovenia, are pleased to announce the eighteenth ACUNS-ASIL
      Summer Workshop on International Organization Studies , teaching, and
      research for advanced graduate students, younger scholars, lawyers, and UN
      practitioners. Contingent upon funding, the workshop will run from 23 July-2
      August 2008, in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

      ASO Ljubljana especially encourages researchers from SEE countries as well
      as from Austria and Slovenia to participate in this Summer Workshop.

      To apply for participation in this workshop, please visit ACUNS homepage


      The workshop is intended to foster excellence in emerging scholars and
      practitioners who are at a relatively early stage in their careers.
      Therefore it is designed specifically for junior professors in international
      relations and international law faculties, post-doctoral and advanced
      doctoral level students, young lawyers and practitioners from civil society
      groups, policy staff from international organizations, human rights and
      development advocates, and others at similar early stages of their
      professional careers.

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

      The academic program of the workshop will be led by the co-directors, who
      have specific expertise as academics and/or practitioners in the fields of
      international politics and international law. Each workshop participant
      selected will be assigned to one co-director, and will develop their
      research project with her/his guidance.


      Applicants may propose any research project related to the theme of the
      workshop. Some suggestions for topics are: multi-level knowledge management
      between local, national, regional and international bodies; legal regimes
      governing the global power of ICT companies; implications of the
      'knowledge-based development' paradigm for the UN development agenda;
      potential of partnerships between the UN and civil society and/or business
      for human capacity building (education, training and research); how existing
      global scientific and technological knowledge can be harnessed in a
      coordinated manner for effective action on global challenges such as
      responding and adapting to global climate change; global foresight studies
      as strategic intelligence input to the work of the UN; fostering of
      knowledge based approaches to global challenges by philanthropists; UN
      agencies as learning organizations; reforming the UN in the context of a
      global information society; new approaches in UN studies and teaching; and
      experiences with information clearing house activities in UN programs.

      NB This list is intended to be suggestive only - it is neither restrictive
      nor exhaustive, and does not assume any preferences for approaches
      (political, legal, economic, social, other) to the subject material.

      One aim of this seminar is to assess the state of affairs of cooperation
      between the UN and other actors in the general area of knowledge management
      as a part of global governance. Are there potentially significant synergies
      that can be created? What added value could such cooperation bring, whether
      for the UN in conducting its own activities, or for seeking ways to manage
      specific issues? What are the particular legal, political and operational
      challenges posed? What has been done, or what needs to be done, to address
      the weaknesses that are identified?

      On the basis of debates with practitioners and academics on these and
      closely related topics, the seminar aims to identify valuable lessons on
      improving the efficiency and efficacy of existing and new UN initiatives,
      and for cooperation between the United Nations and other actors.


      Workshop participants will be selected by a review committee. Those
      selected will be expected to submit a ten-page draft of a research or policy
      paper to their assigned co-director in advance of the workshop. The paper
      must be original work prepared for the workshop, not material that the
      participant has undertaken for other projects or presentations.

      The co-directors will make suggestions about additional readings, data or
      arguments in order for the participants to bring a more polished version of
      their paper to the workshop, to be distributed in advance of their
      presentations. Participants are responsible for providing copies of the
      paper. Participants also will submit to the ACUNS Secretariat in advance of
      the workshop, a 2-page abstract of their paper, 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. The selected
      participants will receive lowest-cost economy class return air travel
      between his/her location and the workshop site; accommodation and some meals
      for the duration of the workshop; and access to university athletic,
      computing and library facilities where available.

      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 requested not to
      be accompanied by spouses, children or other dependents. A participant must
      obtain prior approval from ACUNS for family members to accompany her/him;
      however ACUNS cannot provide any additional travel, lodging or board for
      persons other than participants. Approval will be given only for
      extraordinary circumstances at the complete discretion of ACUNS.


      International relations and legal scholars and practitioners from
      institutions in all countries are encouraged to apply. UN staff should
      apply through the internal application process (contact Margot Pieters at
      pieters@...). Applicants must submit a completed application form, four
      copies of a brief (3 to 4 pages, typewritten) research proposal and a full
      CV. Independent evaluation is critical for the selection committee;
      applicants therefore should arrange to have two letters of reference sent
      directly to the address listed below.

      Completed applications must be received no later than Monday, 14 April
      2008. Participants will be selected on a competitive basis. Application
      forms are available on the ACUNS website, or from:

      ACUNS/ASIL Summer Workshop ACUNS

      Wilfrid Laurier University

      Waterloo, Ontario,

      N2L 3C5 Canada.

      Tel: (519) 884.0710 ext. 2766;

      Fax: (519) 884.5097

      Website: www.acuns.org;

      E-mail: shucsko@....
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