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IIIS Researcher to present at the WSF 25th Anniversary Congress

November 2007

We wish congratulate IIIS researcher Martha Van Der Bly on her recent achievement! Martha's paper titled 'The Resilience of Cultural Diversity - Reinventing Local Identity in Ireland as the Gesamt- creation of Enterprise, State and Civil Society' was selected for publication as a World Society Focus Paper by the World Society Foundation in Zurich and awarded $1000. Martha has been invited to present her paper at the WSF 25th Anniversary Congress to be held in November 2007 in Zurich. Congratulations Martha!

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Making Global Justice Relevant in Local Contexts: Sierra Leone and BeyondTCD's Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS), with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) organised a discussion on 'Making Global Justice Relevant in Local Contexts: Sierra Leone and Beyond'.

July 11, 2007

As the first trial of a former African head of State, Charles Taylor, adjourns in The Hague, on July 11, 2007 the IIIS together with the ICCL brought together the Chief Prosecutor, Stephen Rapp, President of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Justice George Gelaga King, the Court's Registrar Herman von Hebel, and its Outreach and Legacy officer, Binta Mansaray, to discuss post conflict justice in Sierra Leone. Members of Irish civil society, academia and the Post Conflict Justice Research Group at Trinity participated in the dynamic discussion that was chaired by Dr. Rosemary Byrne, Law School and IIIS, and addressed cutting edge developments in international criminal justice and their legacy, along with the challenges confronting the Charles Taylor trial. The Director of the ICCL, Mark Kelly, offered his observations on the potential significance of these international prosecutions to the development of human rights advocacy in the Irish context. This Roundtable is part of a series of events on Post Conflict Justice that has brought leading figures from the international courts and academia to Trinity College Dublin.Present at the discussion on 'Making Global Justice Relevant in Local Contexts: Sierra Leone and Beyond' were (L-R) Mark Kelly, ICCL, Dr. Rosemary Byrne, TCD, Dr. Nadia Bernaz, UCG, Binta Mansaray, Special Court for Sierra Leone, Justice Gelaga King, President, Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), Stephen Rapp, Chief Prosecutor,SCSL and Herman von Hebel, Registrar, SCSL.

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Edited by Karen Fricker and Ronit Lentin, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007

Networks are everywhere: from migrant organisations to information technology, from business to social movements, from international governance to global non-governmental organisations, from theatrical collectives to fan clubs, from memory sites to narrative circles. The portmanteau terms networks, and more specifically, global networks, seem to have become the mots du jour in contemporary cultural and social studies. But what cultural, social and political work do global networks accomplish: what is the work of these networks?

This path-breaking collection, developed from the Global Networks research project at the Institute of International Integration Studies, TCD, follows Graeme Thompson’s rallying cry for a clearer analytical approach to the ways in which networks are ‘enacted, assembled, conducted, and performed.’ In its thirteen chapters, scholars from a variety of fields – sociology, theatre and performance studies, peace studies, history, and musicology – as well as social and cultural activists, explore the multiple meanings of global networks and performance.

Contributors: Bisi Adigun, Adina Aviram, Barbara Bradby, Carla De Tona, Andrew Finlay, Karen Fricker, Deana Heath, Robert J. Holton, Sandra Holton, Jason King, Ronit Lentin, Patrick Lonergan, Elena Moreo, Bart Put, Brian Singleton, Gillian Wyllie

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Ambassador of Japan to Ireland, HE Keiichi Hayashi visits the IIIS

10th March 2006

Ambassador of Japan to Ireland, His Excellency Keiichi Hayashi presented a lecture titled Japan and East Asia at the IIIS on Friday the 10th March.

His Excellency Keiichi Hayashi was educated at Kyoto University (Faculty of Law) and received his MA in Political Science at Stanford University. He has had overseas postings to Singapore, Moscow, Washington and was Minister at the Japanese Embassy in London. Prior to taking up his post in Dublin, he was the Director General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (International Legal Affairs Bureau) in Tokyo, Japan.

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TCD Millenium Development Goal annual lecture series presented by Minister Conor Linehan

1st March 2006

The second lecture of the TCD Millenium Development Goal annual lecture series, organized by the Department of Economics in association with the Institute for International Integration Studies, was delivered by Mr Conor Lenihan T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs with Special Responsibility for Overseas Development & Human Rights on Wednesday March 1 st . The Minister's lecture, entitled ‘The Private Sector and Poverty Eradication', discuss ed the role the private sector can play in achieving the first Millenium Development Goal: Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger.

At the lecture, Minister Lenihan also launched the publication ‘Meeting Global Development Challenges: How Can Ireland Contribute?' The result of a high-level conference held by the IIIS at Trinity College in 2005, titled Meeting Global Development Challenges: Ireland's White Paper on Development Cooperation. This publication explores some of the contentious issues that must be addressed in drawing up Ireland's development cooperation strategy. Copies of the conference proceedings are available from the IIIS by contacting

For further information on this launch please click here
**Irish Times review of the lecture is available here

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Slavoj Žižek Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, London.

30 November 2005

The IIIS strives to organize uniquely inspiring events that do not follow the usual mould as the seminar/conferences format. Hence the IIIS was delighted to organise this lecture by Slavoj Žižek titled Obscenity-Cynicism-Outsourcing: The Triad of Global Ethics. Slavoj Zizek's lecture was a big success. We estimate that circa 200 people attended. Scholars travelled from as far as Cork , Limerick, and Belfast to attend. Zizek spoke for about 90 minutes on the nature of contemporary ethics and the relationship between contemporary fundamentalism and liberal capitalism. The Q and A response was highly engaged.

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Mr. Anwarul Chowdhury, Under-Secretary General and High Representative, United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States

12th October 2005

Mr. Anwarul Chowdhury, Under-Secretary General and High Representative, United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, presented a seminar at the IIIS on Wednesday 12th October. Mr. Chowdury spoke briefly on the topic of "UN Reform after the Summit". Mr. Chowdury was in Dublin to speak at the seminar organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs on the Irish Government's White Paper for Development Cooperation in Dublin Castle.

Mr. Anwarul Karim Chowdhury was appointed in March 2002 by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.

In December 2003, Mr. Chowdhury was designated as the Secretary-General of the International Meeting for the ten-year review of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of the Small Island Developing States held in Mauritius from 10-14 January 2005. Mr. Chowdhury was also designated the Secretary-General of the International Ministerial Conference of Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries and the Donor Community on Transit Transport Cooperation held in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 28-29 August 2003. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Chowdhury completed his assignment (1996-2001) as Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations in New York. He also served as Bangladesh's Ambassador to Chile, Nicaragua, Peru and Venezuela, as well as Bangladesh's High Commissioner to the Bahamas and Guyana. During his tenure as Permanent Representative, Mr. Chowdhury served as President of the Security Council, President of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Executive Board and Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council of the UN in 1997 and 1998. He had served for more than 10 years, as the Coordinator for the Least Developed Countries in New York. In May 2001, he led the negotiations on behalf of the least developed countries at the Third United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries, which adopted the comprehensive Brussels Programme of Action for the present decade. Mr. Chowdhury also chaired the Fifth (Administrative and Budgetary) Committee of the UN General Assembly in 1997-1998. From 1990-1993, Mr. Chowdhury was the UNICEF Director for Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Mr. Chowdhury was born in 1943 in Dhaka, Bangladesh and joined the diplomatic service in 1967. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Contemporary History and International Relations from the University of Dhaka. He has been a regular contributor to journals on peace, development and human rights issues, and a speaker at academic institutions and other forums. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at the School of Diplomacy, Seton Hall University of the United States.

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Forfás Study undertaken by IIIS Researchers Professor Alan Matthews and Keith Walsh

29th September 2005

On the 29th September 2005 Forfás released an important study on the implications of further trade liberalisation in the Doha Round negotiations for the Irish economy undertaken by researchers at the IIIS, Professor Alan Matthews and Keith Walsh.The study examines the potential impact for agriculture, industry and the services sectors of reducing tariff and non-tariff barriers as a result of a successful Doha Round agreement. The study finds Ireland as a whole would benefit from a successful outcome to the Round, with positive gains to industry and services offsetting a negative impact on agriculture. Given Ireland's commitment to a positive outcome for developing countries from the Doha Round negotiations, the study also evaluates the outcome of further liberalisation for developing countries. It finds that, overall, developing countries would benefit from a successful conclusion to the Doha negotiations, but warns that some of the least developed countries in Africa and elsewhere could be worse off unless specific complementary actions are taken to integrate them better into the world economy.

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Successful launch of IIIS Policy Coherence in Trade and Agriculture website

26th June 2005

The Sunday Business Post dated 26th June 2005

The Policy Coherence website was launched on Thursday 23rd June 2005. This website explores the impact which EU Common Agricultural Policy reform has been developing countries, on global poverty and on Ireland. The site is maintained by the Policy Coherence team at the IIIS and funded by a research grant from the Advisory Board for Developmenty Cooperation Ireland. A full discourse on one of the key issues relating to the research of the Policy Coherence team is available in The Sunday Business Post article dated 26th June 2005 contributed by the Policy Coherence team co-ordinator, Professor Alan Matthews. According to Professor Matthews, ''The European Commission's proposal for reform if the EU sugar regime will have far-reaching consequences''.

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‘Meeting Global Development Challenges: Ireland's White Paper on Development Cooperation conference

June 15 2005

The IIIS conference on ‘Meeting Global Development Challenges: Ireland's White Paper on Development Cooperation' included among its speakers the highly controversial Danish Speaker, Professor Bjorn Lomborg, author of The Copenhagen Consensus, who has been a strong public critic of the incoherence of many western countries development strategies. The other speakers at the conference included Mr Myles Wickstead, a key author of Tony Blair's “Commission on Africa” report, Mary McClymont, an NGO export from the US, and James Mackie, who has written extensively and critically on European Development Cooperation Strategies.

Extract from the Trinity Gazette online January 19, 2004

T.K. Whitaker

Opening up to the International Economy: Ireland in the 1950' series of witness seminars organised jointly by the Centre for Contemporary Irish History and the IIIS. T.K. Whitaker joined the civil service in 1934, moving to the Department of Finance as an assistant principal officer in 1943 and principal officer two years later. As Secretary of the Department from 1956 he played a pivotal role in the transformation of Irish economic policy over the course of the next decade. Dr Whitaker left the Department of Finance to become Governor of the Central Bank in 1969, where he remained until 1976. He has chaired the Economic and Social Research Institute, the National Industrial and Economic Council as well as many other public bodies, and was Chancellor of the NUI (1975-1996)and a member of Seanad Éireann (1977-1982).

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George Soros, The Bubble of American Supremacy

March 24, 2004

The financier and philantrophist George Soros was invited by the IIIS to present a public lecture entitled "The Bubble of American Supremacy". The talk was based on a new book by Soros that criticises the recent unilateralist, pre-emptive American foreign policy. Former Taoiseach Garrett FitzGerald acted as the formal discussant and the interaction between the two speakers on the current state of international relations was highly stimulating. A Q&A section followed the lecture, chaired by Philip Lane. The event attracted a capacity audience and was extensively covered in the media . RTE Broadcaster George Lee reported on the event and later broadcast an interview he conducted with George Soros on the 9 O' Clock news.

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Renato Ricupero, Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

January 20 2004

UNCTAD President delivers IIIS Lecture, January 20 2004 Renato Ricupero delivered an address on Trade as a Route Out of Poverty to an invited audience drawn from academia, the development community and government agencies.

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Mary Robinson, Director, EGI, NewYork

December 15, 2003

Mary Robinson visited the IIIS during the week of the 15th December 2003. Whilst here, she meet with IIIS-associated faculty and students in order to discuss the current IIIS research projects and also to talk about her work at the Ethical Globalization Initiative in New York.

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Mr. Alan G. Hevesi, New York State Comptroller

November 18th 2003

On Tuesday November 18th 2003, the IIIS hosted a significant seminar presented by Mr. Alan G. Hevesi, New York State Comptroller. The title of the seminar was "Shareholder Activism and the Institutional Investor". As State Comptroller, Mr. Hevesi is New York State's chief fiscal officer, responsible for auditing government operations and operating the statewide retirement systems. The seminar attracted a wide audience from press, academic and government sectors.

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Dr. Cees Wiebs, Dutch Parliamentary Commission on the Srebrencica Massacre

November 13th, 2003

On Thursday November 13th, 2003, the IIIS International Law & Governance Seminar Series invited Dr Cees Wiebes to present a seminar entitled Intelligence and the Srebrenica Massacre. Dr Cees Wiebes was the intelligence specialist on the inquiry team for the Srebrenica Massacre, and is the author of Intelligence and the war in Bosnia 1992-1995. He is also a member of the Archival Committee of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a member of the Editorial Board of Global Intelligence Monthly and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Intelligence History.

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"Aspects of EU Foreign and Secrurity Policy" Workshop

May 21, 2003

Javier Solana, The European Union's High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy presented a workshop in the IIIS
Javier Solana presented a workshop on the "Aspects of EU Foreign and Secrurity Policy" and met with IIIS staff and students. Dr Solana discussed the major challenges facing the EU in helping to promote international security, both globally and in the European sphere.

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IIIS Lecture by President Vicente Fox, President of Mexico

November 13, 2002

President Vicente Fox of the United States of Mexico presented a special IIIS lecture as part of his state visit to Ireland on November 13th 2002. President Fox discussed ‘The Democratic Transition in Mexico'. In addition to students and staff from TCD, the event was attended by ambassadors, government officials, representatives of non-governmental organizations and members of the Mexican community.

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The Nice Referendum Debate

September-October 2002

The IIIS organised two events as part of its contribution to the public debate preceding the Irish referendum on the EU Treaty of Nice. Francesco Giavazzi of Bocconi University delivered a lunchtime talk on 'Nice Try: Should the Treaty of Nice be Ratified?' on September 17 2002. A panel session on the referendum was held on October 8 2002, with contributions from Gerard Hogan (Law), Philip Lane (Economics), Michael Laver (Political Science) and Eunan O'Halpin (History).

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Official Opening of Sutherland Centre by An Tánaiste Mary Harney

December 2nd, 2002

The IIIS is housed in the Sutherland Centre , part of the new ‘penthouse floor' in the Arts Building of the main TCD campus. The official opening of the Sutherland Centre took place on December 2nd, 2002. An Tánaiste Mary Harney An Tánaiste Mary Harney opened The Sutherland Centre, with guest speaker Dr. Peter Sutherland. The Provost John Hegarty also attended the event.

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Last updated 20 October 2011 by IIIS (Email).