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~Global Social Responsibility Conference To Be Held at Wellesley College April 30-May 1~

For immediate release:
April 14, 2004

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Wellesley College will host a Social Science Conference, "Global Social Responsibility?" Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1.

On Friday at 7:30 pm in Jewett Auditorium, a panel discussion will examine the topic of "Responsibility to Protect," bringing together some of the leading figures working with and within the United Nations. Speakers include Thomas G. Weiss, the principal intellectual contributor to International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty; Antonio Donini, the Director of UN Humanitarian Assistance in Afghanistan from 1999 to 2002 and Norah Niland who has just returned from Liberia where she was in charge of protection and displacement issues.

"These are three of the leading figures in this field and we expect a very lively discussion that will take us from historical cases (Rwanda, the Holocaust, Kosovo) to the debates about the current intervention in Iraq," said conference organizer Craig Murphy, a political science professor at Wellesley.

In 2001, under the urging of the U.N. Secretary General and with the support of the Canadian government, an outstanding committee of global social leaders, the "International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty," developed a coherent, unified position that could come to guide Security Council action as well as the moral action of individual states that have taken responsibility when the Security Council has been unable to act.

"The idea of a global 'Responsibility to Protect' has become the major way in which leaders in the U.N., the governments of a number of significant countries and many contemporary philosophers have attempted to reconcile the conflicting moral imperatives that have existed in so many post-Cold War humanitarian disasters from Rwanda to Iran," said Murphy. "On the one hand, there is the standard demand of international law that states not intervene in the international affairs of other sovereign states. On the other hand, at least since the foundation of the U.N., the international community has affirmed a responsibility to intervene stop gross violations of human rights."

Saturday offers the following events, all in Pendleton East building:

  • 8:30-9 am: Coffee in Pendleton Atrium
  • 9-10:30 am:
    • "Children, Genocide and War" with David Bourn, Save the Children; Cathering Newbury, Smith College; Joe Swingle, quantitative reasoning, Wellesley.
    • Labor Tragedies and Corporate Responsiblities" with Steven Lize, University of Mississippi; Katharine Redford and Ka Hsaw Wa, EarthRights International; Ann Congleton, philosophy, Wellesley.
  • 10:30-11 am: Coffee Break, Atrium
  • 11 am-12:30 pm:
    • "Health, Education and Nutrition" with Patrice Engle, UNICEF; Dean Robinson, University of Massachusetts; Karin Lapping, Save the Children; Barbara Beatty, education, Wellesley
    • "Humanity, Global Governance, and the Environment" with Peter M. Haas, University of Massachusetts; Elizabeth De Sombre, environmental studies, Wellesley.
  • 12:30-1:30 pm: Lunch, Pendleton Atrium
  • 1:30-3:30 pm:
    • "Women and Globalization: Trade as Liberator?" with Isabella Bakker, York University; Ana Eiras, Heritage Foundation; Julie Matthaei, economics, Wellesley
    • "The Cutting Edges of International Law: The WTO, the International Criminal Court, and Advances in Human Rights" with Rorden Wilkinson, University of Manchester; John Washburn, American NGO Coalition on the International Criminal Court.
  • 3:15-5 pm:
    • Careers and Volunteer Opportunities in Global Social Responsibility (and tea), Pendleton Atrium.

For more information or to make a reservation for lunch, visit the conference Web site at

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