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Law School Hosts Internationally Renowned Policy Experts at Conference on Proposal for UN Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS)

March 28, 2007 – 
The genocide in Darfur is the latest humanitarian crisis to demonstrate that the United Nations lacks a reliable and rapidly deployable mechanism to protect the lives of civilians. According to a growing number of citizens groups, academics, government officials, and UN agencies, the time has come to create a permanent UN Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS) to ensure that the tools and capacities are in place to prevent the next humanitarian disaster. 

On March 29, leaders of non-government organizations and policy experts from around the world will participate in an all-day conference at Rutgers School of Law–Newark entitled “Preventing Genocide & Crimes Against Humanity: Diverse Perspectives on a Standing, Rapid-Reaction, UN Emergency Peace Service.” Sponsoring organizations are the law school’s Global Legal Studies Program and International Law Society in partnership with Global Action to Prevent War.

Panelists will examine such topics as the strengths and weaknesses of the UNEPS proposal; how the international community can best fulfill its “responsibility to protect”; and the perception of UNEPS in different regions of the world.

What:  “Preventing Genocide & Crimes Against Humanity: Diverse Perspectives on a Standing, Rapid-Reaction, UN Emergency Peace Service” 
Who: Speakers include:
Sir Brian Urquhart, Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs
Dr. Lois Barber, Director, EarthAction, U.S.
Dr. Alcides Costa Vaz, Director, Institute of International Relations, Brazil
Steven Crawshaw, UN Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch
Stephanie Nyombayire, Genocide Intervention Network Representative, Rwanda
Dr. Hussein Solomon, Director, Centre for International Political Studies, South Africa
Dr. Detlev Wolter, Author, “A UN for the 21st Century: From Reaction to Prevention,” Germany 
When: 9:30 am – 5 pm, Thursday, March 29, 2007 
Where: Baker Trial Courtroom (1st floor), Rutgers School of Law–Newark