Conference organizers: Academics Stand Against Poverty and Juris North
This conference will bring together academics, non-governmental organizations and activists to present, explore, and discuss ways in which we may address worldwide current issues by means of global justice. The conference takes place at a key moment for global justice. Contemporary events such as the rise of Islamic State and state failure/potential dismemberment from the caucus regions to the Middle East, the ongoing Israel-Palestine difference, the Ukrainian Crisis and Russia’s foray into Crimea, the socio-political crisis in Venezuela, the European Union facing Brexit are a few examples of domestic, regional and international multi-layered crisis .
The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for debate over some key issues (poverty, access, dispute resolution and terrorism) ranging between particular case studies to their global impact, and including analysis of political, sociological, legal, policy, and everyday conceptualizations. The conference will provide a forum to analyze developments, and seek to discern underlying social, legal and political processes to address them.
The conference papers will have the following objectives:
- To produce a lexical, syntactic, and semantic description of the language being used by different disciplines when using the terms such as “poverty”, “access”, “dispute”, “conflict”, “sovereignty”, “terrorism” and variation between speakers and groups of speakers—i.e. that of politicians, academics, and public in general.
- To evaluate whether we need to redefine “conflict” to reflect the complexity of current conflicts and the difficulty of fitting them into existing categorizations (inter-state, intra-state, domestic, regional, global).
- Conflict is usually viewed entirely in negative terms. To reflect on how conflict may be a positive mechanism for social change and what can be learnt/taken from situations of conflict to be applied in other contexts.
The conference papers will have test the following hypotheses:
- Politicians, academics, and public in general will display different linguistic features when referring to “poverty”, “access”, “dispute”, “conflict”, “sovereignty”, “terrorism” depending on country of origin and historical involvement in the conflict as well as personal and/or national agenda.
- Conflicts are defined by legal science, political science, international relations and many other sciences but also by non-rational factors such as emotion and passion.
- By neutralizing non-rational factors that cause bias in assessing conflicts, these conflicts may be resolved through a joint approach.
Key areas of discussion include:
- Access (to health, education, justice)
- Dispute resolution
It is intended that papers from the conference will be collected for publication.
CALL for PAPERS
We look for contributions that will deepen and broaden understanding of how conflict may me a positive force for change (key areas: poverty, access, dispute resolution and terrorism).
We hope to attract contributions from different disciplinary approaches and backgrounds, including those outside of the mainstream of theories of global justice.
If you would like to participate, please send an abstract (no more than 500 words long and written in English). If email your abstract to Dr Jorge E. Núñez firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for submission: Friday 31st August 2018
General Enquiries: Dr Jorge E. Núñez email@example.com
ASAP Brazil will host its 3rd international conference, “Academic Reflections to Overcome Misery and Hunger” on August 23rd – 24th at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo.
The members of ASAP seek to contribute to the improvement of public policies and debate on the subject, for the subsidy of legislative changes and for the adjustment of procedures. In view of the direct link with the research lines of the UPM’s Political and Economic Law Graduate Program (1. Citizenship modeling the State and 2. Economic Power and its legal limits), the Event will contribute significantly to the formation as well as in the practical thinking involved in the strategies to build public policies to fight poverty and hunger.
ASAP Brazil Conference Programme
On February 19th, ASAP and the New Economics Foundation organized an exciting panel discussion at King’s College London with former Prime Ministers from Club de Madrid and other panelists.
Background: We live in an era of division. Many countries around the world are suffering stark inequalities between rich and poor, young and old, metropolitan and rural, settled and newcomer. And this is driving new and potentially dangerous forms of politics to the fore. There is an urgent need for ideas and initiatives to bridge these divides and create a stronger, fairer society.
Academics Stand Against Poverty and the New Economics Foundation were pleased to welcome members of Club de Madrid, Zlatko Lagumdzija, Prime Minister of Bosnia & Herzegovina (2001-2002) and Wim Kok, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1994-2002) to lead a discussion on what different countries can learn from each other about how to build a more inclusive society. They were joined on the panel by:
- Richard Bell, Head of Policy, Public Affairs and Research at The Challenge
- Henrietta Moore, Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity at UCL, where she also holds the Chair in Culture, Philosophy and Design.
The panel was chaired by Helen Yanacopulos, Professor of International Politics and Development at the Open University.
About Club de Madrid
The Club de Madrid is an independent non-profit organization created to promote democracy and change in the international community. Composed of 95 regular members, the Club de Madrid is the world’s largest forum of former heads of state and government. Its Shared Societies Project aims to challenge social divisions and supports a holistic approach to sustainable development, integrating social, economic and environmental dimensions, with social inclusion at its core.
- Sharing Our Planet: Today and Tomorrow – Key Insights of Club de Madrid Working Group on Shared Societies and Environmental Sustainability 2017
- Sharing Our Planet: Today and Tomorrow – Policy and practice options to implement key insights from the Working Group on Environmental Sustainability and Shared Societies
- A New Paradigm for Sustainable Development? – Summary of the deliberations of the Club de Madrid Working Group on Environmental Sustainability and Shared Societies
- The Shared Societies Contribution to Agenda 2030 – A message for World Leaders and Governments from the Club de Madrid Working Group on Shared Societies and Environmental Sustainability 2017
From 27 – 29 October, 2017, Academics Stand Against Poverty co-organized a four day conference covering topics related to global justice in partnership with Yale University and Global Financial Integrity. The title of this year’s conference was Onslaughts on the Poor: Corruption, Emissions, Violence.
The conference focused on three themes:
- Illicit Financial Flows (27 October)
- Climate Justice and the new Enterprise Principles (28 October)
- Poverty, Humanitarian Crises, War and Preemption (29 October)
Highlights of the first day included the awarding of the 2017 Amartya Sen Prize, a video address and discussion with Jeffrey Sachs, and a rousing address by special guest speaker Ralph Nader in the afternoon, titled “A Corporate Crime Wave Without Punishment: Can Democracy and Law Fight Back?”. The ever-optimistic Mr. Nader drew attention to the power small organized groups still have to make positive changes in society and encouraged the audience to deepen its involvement in activist activities. After his speech Mr. Nader signed copies of his book Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than You Think
The second day of the conference featured attorneys Julia Olson and Phil Gregory from the landmark case Juliana v. United States, a constitutional climate lawsuit brought by youth against the United States government.
Members from ASAP Chapters participated throughout the conference as guest speakers, including Maykel Ponçoni and Alan Pereira of ASAP Brazil, Francisco Saffie and Nicole Selamé of ASAP Chile, Diana Velica of ASAP Romania, Mladjo Ivanovic of ASAP USA, Maria Ginevra Cattaneo of ASAP Italy, and Pahlaj Moolio of ASAP Cambodia.
The conference was preceded by a day of networking and workshops for ASAP Chapters on 26 October.
Nita Mishra, PhD scholar at University College Cork and Convenor of ASAP Ireland, will speak at two events in Dublin this month.
The Poverty of Lives: Women and Abuse across India and Ireland at Kimmage Development Studies Centre, 18 May 2017
Lucy Kurien, a Catholic nun from Kerala in India, will deliver the keynote address, joined by Nita Mishra of ASAP Ireland and author Catherine Dunn. The event is supported by Ireland-India Institute and Gender Study Group, Development Studies Association Ireland.
India and Europe: Debating the Challenge of Climate Change at Dublin City University, 25 May 2017
DCU Ireland India Institute will host an international conference on the challenge of climate change for India and Europe on Thursday 25 May 2017 in DCU’s All Hallows campus. This conference takes place against the backdrop of an uncertain global context that challenges the progress of recent years, including the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. The conference will bring together Indian and European experts to analyse the respective perspectives of the European Union and India climate change and sustainable development. The conference is supported by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Nita Mishra will speak on “Critical perspectives on climate change and development in India”.