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SEMINAR

Roma Diplomacy: "Virtual Diplomacy for a Virtual Nation" 
April 26 - 27, 2006
Graduate Institute of International Studies,
132 rue de Lausanne, Geneva

Organised by DiploFoundation and the Graduate Institute of International Studies,
Geneva, during the concluding workshop of the Roma Diplomacy Programme

  
 

» For more information, or to register, please e-mail roma@diplomacy.edu

Draft Agenda (March 23, 2006)

The Roma Diplomacy Seminar will provide an opportunity for dialogue and development of the concept of Roma Diplomacy: “Virtual Diplomacy for a Virtual Nation.” Working together in a round table environment, Roma rights activists, academics, and members of the Geneva international community concerned with human rights and related issues will map out the main elements of Roma Diplomacy, a form of non-state representation aimed at developing policy partnerships. Seminar participants will explore the possibilities and limits of Roma Diplomacy, and its relation to classical diplomacy. The seminar will address the problem of the policy gap which exists in the communication between Roma communities and decision makers at the European, national and local levels.

The seminar will begin with an introduction to the concept of Roma Diplomacy from a number of leading academics in the field of minority and Roma rights. In the afternoon, we will discuss international legal aspects of Roma issues and examine diplomatic tools which may be applied to Roma rights. The second day will focus on international organisations and NGOs working on Roma issues. Throughout the programme, Roma Diplomacy programme participants will share their experiences and present the results of their research. Each session will include short presentations and open discussion.

The conference forms part of the Roma Diplomacy Project which aims to train young Roma rights activists as public diplomats with the skills needed to represent their communities. Besides traditional lobbying activities and human rights advocacy, Roma diplomats will be called upon to function on the international diplomatic scene. 

  April 26, 2006
  10.00 – 12.00   Welcome Address 
  • Professor Philippe Burrin, Director of the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva

  Introduction - Roma Diplomacy

  • Professor Ian Hancock, Director, The Romani Archives and Documentation Center, The University of Texas at Austin; North American Commissioner and UN Representative for the International Romani Union; Member, Roma Parliament
  • Professor Andre Liebich, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva
  • Professor David Crowe, Elon University
  12.00 – 14.00    Lunch Break
  14.00 – 15.30   Human Rights and International Legal Aspects of Roma Issues
  Chair: Professor Andrew Clapham, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva
  • Professor Isabelle Schulte-Tenckhoff, Graduate Institute of Development Studies, Geneva 

   Discussion
 

  15.30 – 16.00    Coffee break
  16.00 – 17.30   Diplomatic Tools for Roma Diplomacy
  • Dr Jovan Kurbalija, DiploFoundation
  • Dr Alex Sceberras Trigona, DiploFoundation, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta
  • Roma Diplomacy programme participants

   Discussion
 

  18:00 – 20.00   Reception hosted by the Graduate Institute of International Studies

 

  April 27, 2006
  14.00 – 15:30   International Organisations and Roma Issues
  • Dr Petru Dumitriu, Minister-Plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission of Romania to the UN in Geneva
  • Dr Eva Sobotka, EUMC
  • Roma Diplomacy programme participants

   Discussion
 

  15.30 – 16.00   Coffee Break
  16.00 – 17.30    Concerns of NGOs Working on Roma Issues
  Chair: Valeriu Nicolae
  • Roma Diplomacy programme participants

   Discussion
 

  17.30 – 18.00   Seminar Conclusions

 
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For more information, or to register, please e-mail roma@diplomacy.edu

 
Organised by ERIO and  DiploFoundation