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09/28/2021 - 09/28/2021 | Mainz

Forced displacement, unlawful internment, and humanitarian neutrality

Keynote by Adama Dieng, former UN Under-Secretary General
Digital pre-panel II "Forced displacement, unlawful internment, and humanitarian neutrality", organized by Stacey Hynd, Fabian Klose, Johannes Paulmann, and Andrew Thompson in cooperation with the Volkswagen Foundation. The digital panel is part of next year's Herrenhausen Conference "Governing Humanitarianism – Past, Present and Future" (2022), funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.

Keynote: “Forced displacement, unlawful internment, and humanitarian neutrality”, by Adama Dieng (former United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide); Chair: Prof. Andrew Thompson (Professor of Global and Imperial History, Nuffield College, University of Oxford)

Adama Dieng, a Senegalese jurist, is the former Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide. He joined the UN in 2001 as Assistant Secretary-General and Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. During his UN tenure, Mr Dieng served in a range of capacities, including top expert on Haiti and as the Envoy to Malawi. He headed numerous human rights fact-finding missions around the world. Before joining the United Nations, Mr Dieng was Secretary General of the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists (1990-2000); OIF Expert on Legal and Judicial Cooperation; Trainer on Electoral Law; a legal columnist and editor; Chairperson of the Editorial Group to assist the International Panel of Eminent Personalities to investigate the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda and Surrounding Events.

Mr Dieng has served on a long line of boards and councils, including the International IDEA; the Africa Leadership Forum; the International Institute of Human Rights, the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies; the Advisory Council of International Service for Human Rights; the Advisory Council of International Human Rights Law. He is the former President of the Martin Ennals Foundation and Founder of the Panafrican Alliance for Transparency and The Rule of Law, and has served as member of the UNESCO International Advisory Committee on Poverty and Human Rights. In recognition of his contribution to strengthening the rule of law and the fight against impunity, Mr Dieng was appointed Honorary Chair of the Washington and Seattle-based World Justice Project.

Language: The digital conference language is English.

Herrenhausen Conferences
The Herrenhausen Conferences, organized by the Volkswagen Foundation at Herrenhausen Palace, a modern convention center, focus on scientific topics of high social impact that are of particular relevance to the present and future. The Herrenhausen Conferences address unanswered questions and unsolved problems and their relevance for society. They provide international experts as well as junior researchers with a platform for an intense interdisciplinary dialogue on exciting new areas of research and innovative methodological approaches.

Information on participating / attending:
Registration: There are no fees for online attendance. Prior registration is not required.
A link to join the event will be published on the website at the beginning of September 2021.


09/28/2021 15:30 - 09/28/2021 17:00

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55116 Mainz

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all interested persons

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Subject areas:

History / archaeology, Law, Philosophy / ethics, Politics, Social studies

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Presentation / colloquium / lecture




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