Jun 23, 2016
5:00pm - 6:30pm    |    Lester Pollack Colloquium, Furman Hall 9th Floor, 245 Sullivan Street, New York, NY

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Independent Diplomat and New York University cordially invite you to join an interactive dialogue with three of the authors of recently published Protection of Civilians by Oxford University Press. The book offers a multi-disciplinary analysis of this important topic harnessing perspectives from international law and international relations and bringing together a wide array of eminent academics and respected practitioners, incorporating contributions from legal scholars and ethicists, political commentators, diplomats, UN officials, military commanders, and humanitarian aid workers.The protection of civilians should be the highest priority of the international community and at the forefront of any effort to maintain international peace and security – from Syria to the Central African Republic — from Darfur to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. What is the legal framework that applies to the protection of civilians? What have been the successes and failures?

About the Speakers

Vera Jelinek is Divisional Dean of the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Center for Global Affairs. Her mission to create a community of global citizens has spanned over three decades during which she oversaw the establishment and growth of innovative programs for NYUSPS.  Vera established a new department which in 1999 became the Lillian Vernon Center for International Affairs, offering graduate, non-degree and public programs which brought together members of the public with world leaders, the UN community, journalists and international scholars. Under her direction, a Master of Science in Global Affairs program was then launched in 2004 under the new Center for Global Affairs. Vera has a PhD in modern European history from NYU, a Masters in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in history from Queens College.


Carne Ross is the Founder and Executive Director of Independent Diplomat (ID), a unique non-profit diplomatic advisory group that assists democratic countries and political groups. He resigned from the British foreign service after giving secret evidence to an official inquiry into the use of intelligence before the 2003 Iraq invasion. Carne is also a writer and commentator on world affairs. He has published two books “Independent Diplomat: Dispatches from an Unaccountable Elite” (Hurst 2007) and “The Leaderless Revolution: How ordinary people will take power and change politics in the 21st Century” (Penguin 2011).” documentary film about Carne and his ideas, “The Accidental Anarchist”, is currently in production with backing from various international broadcasters.


Mona Ali Khalil is a Legal Advisor at Independent Diplomat. With over 20 years of UN service, Mona has extensive expertise in public international law and a unique combination of experience in peacekeeping, sanctions, disarmament and counter-terrorism. During her service in the UN Office of the Legal Counsel, she undertook successive special assignments including on the conflicts in Iraq, Libya and Syria. She has a B.A. and M.A. in International Relations and Middle East Studies from Harvard University as well as an M.S. in Foreign Service and a J.D. from Georgetown University. She is a Fellow at the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict.

Scott Sheeran is Senior Legal Counsel and Head of Sanctions and Peace Operations for the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the UN during its Security Council term 2016-7. He is also Senior Lecturer (on leave) at the School of Law and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, and member of the Advisory Council of the Universal Rights Group based in Geneva.  Scott has taught and published in the fields of international human rights and humanitarian law, UN law, and peace operations. Scott has a Master of Laws (International law), University of Cambridge, and was a UNITAR Fellow at Columbia Law School.


Siobhan Wills is a Professor of Law at the Transitional Justice Institute of the University of Ulster Law School.  In 2013, she held the Ariel Sallows Chair of Human Rights at the University of Saskatchewan and prior to that she was co-Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights at University College Cork. Siobhan was also a Fulbright Fellow at Harvard Law School and at NYU School of Law. Her book Protecting Civilians: The Obligations of Peacekeepers was published by Oxford University Press in 2009. She obtained her LLB from National University of Ireland, Galway, her LLM from Yale and her doctorate from the University of Oxford.

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