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Thursday, November 29:
Understanding Key Actors
8:30 – 9:15
Breakfast, Welcome, and Introductions
Chair: David Kaye
9:15 – 10:45
Plenary: The Council Today: Priorities, Dynamics, and International Justice
Our first day will be devoted to thinking through the dynamics on the Council today, the priorities expressed by its work, and the ways in which it addresses international justice, human rights, and related issues. We’ll start with a high-altitude overview of the Council’s role today, led by two observers and strategists.
Chair: Kal Raustiala
Lead discussants: Philippe Bolopion, Bruno Stagno
11:00 – 12:30
Breakout Sessions: Understanding Key Actors
Many governments, international organizations, NGOs, and individuals exert strong influences on the Council–Court relationship; we are going to focus on China and, to a lesser extent, Russia; the P-3; and several engaged emerging powers, focusing in particular on the AU. We will begin with breakout sessions in which smaller groups of participants address questions about these actors, jump-started by papers prepared by participants.
A) China and Russia
Both China and Russia have said positive things about the Court over the years, even if they maintain arms-length relationships with it. What factors drive their policies, toward the Court and on the Council? What kind of work might need to be done to build strong bilateral relationships between these two and the Court?
Facilitator: Diane Orentlicher; Paper: Zhu Wenqi, David Kaye
Participants: Philippe Bolopion, Joshua Eisenman, Alexander Khodakov, Michael Kleinman, Jennifer Schense, Joel Wuthnow
B) The P-3
How has the P-3 managed the relationship with the Court? What role can and should it play? How should P-3 governments back up the efforts of the Court with respect to the referred cases? What kind of role has the P-3 played in ongoing crises where the Court’s role has been considered, such as Syria?
Facilitator: David Donat Cattin; Paper: Bruno Stagno Ugarte
Participants: Cecile Aptel , Richard Dicker, Beatrice Le Fraper du Hellen, Paul McKell, Bill Pace, Kal Raustiala, Beth van Schaack
C) Emerging Powers
Several delegations influence Security Council policy. South Africa and other AU States, India, Brazil, Argentina, and others play crucial, independent roles. How do they exert influence? What influences their positions on international justice issues at the Council? What governments could but do not exert as much influence as they could?
Facilitator: Brigitte Suhr; Paper: Tendayi Achiume
Participants: Dapo Akande, Asli Bali, Federico Borello, Joseph DiMento, Silvia Fernandez, Jim Goldston, Dire Tladi , David Tolbert, Christian Wenaweser
12:30 – 1:30
1:30 – 4:30 (with break)
Plenary Roundtables: Key Actors
We will hold three successive discussions reporting on the breakouts.
Chair: Diane Orentlicher
Discussions led by Zhu Wenqi (China/Russia), Beatrice Le Fraper du Hellen (P-3), and Dire Tladi (EPs)
Implications of the Arab Uprisings for International Justice
Chair: Cecile Aptel
Remarks by Asli Bali and David Tolbert
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Friday, November 30th
Day 2: Objectives and Strategy
8:30 – 10:30
Breakfast Plenary: Referral and Cooperation
Two categories of issues have taken center stage in recent discussions: referrals and cooperation. We will drill down into both in this session and the breakouts.
Chair: James Goldston
Views from The Hague: Silvia Fernandez, Alexander Khodakov
Views from New York: Richard Dicker, Christian Wenaweser
11:00 – 12:30
A) Referrals: The Selection of Situations and the Content of UNSCRs
Facilitator: Dapo Akande; see HRW Memo and PGA Report at pp. 3-7
Participants: Tendayi Achiume, Asli Bali, David Donat Cattin, Richard Dicker, Joseph DiMento, Joshua Eisenman, Beatrice Le Fraper du Hellen, Jim Goldston, Maximo Langer, David Tolbert, Dire Tladi, Beth van Schaack, Brigitte Suhr, Zhu Wenqi
B) Cooperation: Arrest Warrant Enforcement and Other Forms of Support
Facilitator: Christian Wenaweser; see PGA Report at pp. 8-13
Participants: Cecile Aptel, Philippe Bolopion, Federico Borello, Silvia Fernandez, Alexander Khodakov, Michael Kleinman, Paul McKell, Diane Orentlicher, Bill Pace, Kal Raustiala, Jennifer Schense, Bruno Stagno Ugarte, Joel Wuthnow
12:30 – 2:00
2:00 – 3:00
Plenary: Forms of Support
Reports from breakout sessions and discussion.
Chair: Bill Pace
Discussants: Beth van Schaack, Paul McKell
Closing Plenary: Near- and Long-Term Strategy
We wrap up our conclusions and discuss next steps.
Chairs: Federico Borello, David Kaye