The Reykjavík Congress on Human Rights 2013

“Human Rights Protection & International Law: The Multifaceted Dilemma of Restraining and Promoting International Interventions”

(Iceland, Reykjavík; April 10th - 13th, 2013)

Congress Agenda

Thursday, 11th April, 2013

9:00 - 9:30: Conference Opening
Venue: Norðurljós, Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center

Confronting Mass Atrocities: International Responsibility and Human Rights Protection 
Opening Address: Ögmundur Jónasson, Icelandic Minister of the Interior

Cultural Diplomacy, Transnational Justice, and Conflict Resolution
Mark C. Donfried, Director of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin

9:30 - 9:45: Coffee and Tea

9:45 - 11:30     
Venue: Norðurljós, Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center

Panel 1: Humanitarian Crises and the “Responsibility to Protect” Doctrine

Chair: Valur Ingimundarson, Professor of History at the University of Iceland

The Complex Relationship between the Responsibility to Protect and the International Criminal Court.  Can it Succeed?
Urmas Paet, Foreign Minister of Estonia

The Responsibility to Protect and the Role of the UN Security Council: The Need for Legitimacy and Consistency
Dr. Erato Kozakou - Marcoullis, Cyprian Politician and former Minister of Foreign Affairs

Humanitarian Crisis: Perspectives and Problems 
Vesna Medenica, President of the Supreme Court of Montenegro

A Politician's Perspective on the Enforcement of Human Rights both Nationally and Internationally
John Leslie Prescott, Politician and former Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

12:00 - 14:00:  
Venue: Bessastaðir, the Presidential Residence

Dialogue with the President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, on International Responses to Human Rights Abuses

14:30 - 16:00   
Venue: Norðurljós, Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center

Panel 2:  The Politics of Human Rights Protection:  Gender, Militarism, and Development

Chair:  Þórdís Ingadóttir, Associate Professor of Law, Reykjavik University

When Do the Politics of Masculinized Militarism Undermine Humanitarian Interventions?
Cynthia Enloe, Research Professor from the Department of International Development, Community and Environment and Women’s Studies, Clark University

Women’s Human Rights, Armed Conflict, and International Responsibility: Rhetoric and Practice
Sarah Taylor, Executive Director of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and
Security (NGOWG)

Human Rights and the Development Dilemma: The Tribal Conundrum in India
Mani Shankar Aiyar, Indian Politician and former Indian Minister for Petroleum

16:00 - 16:15: Coffee and Tea

16:15 - 18:00   
Venue: Norðurljós, Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center

Panel 3:  Mass Atrocities, International Policies, and Post - Conflict Dilemmas

Chair: Cynthia Enloe, Research Professor from the Department of International Development, Community and Environment and Women’s Studies, Clark University

The Origins of Genocide and Responsibility to Protect in the 21st Century
Janez Jan?a, Slovenian Politician and former Prime Minister

International Intervention, UN Protectorate, and “Regime Change” : The Kosovo Case 
Valur Ingimundarson, Professor of Contemporary History, University of Iceland

The Joint Role and Responsibility of International and National Courts in Prosecuting Serious Crimes
Þórdís Ingadóttir, Associate Professor of Law, Reykjavik University

Friday, 12th April, 2013

9:30 - 11:00                  
Venue: Norðurljós, Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center

Panel 4: Conveying and Enforcing Human Rights Protection Cultural and Political Perspectives

Chair:  Ögmundur Jónasson, Minister of the Interior

Cultural Diplomacy, a Tool for Promoting and Protecting Human Rights
Emil Constantinescu, Professor at the University of Bucharest and former President of Romania

Responsibility to Protect or Duty to Protect? New Perspectives on UN Humanitarian Interventions
Franco Frattini, Italian Politician and former Foreign Minister of Italy

From the Wars on the Balkans to the Nobel Peace Prize: The Soft power of the EU
Kinga Göncz, Hungarian member of the European Parliament (EP)

11:00 - 11:15 Coffee and Tea

11:15 - 12:30
Venue: Norðurljós, Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center

Roundtable Discussion: How to Resolve the Tension between Individual Human Rights and Sovereign State Rights: The Role of Global, State, and Individual Actors  

Chair:  Mark C. Donfried, Director of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin     

Franco Frattini, Italian Politician and former Foreign Minister of Italy

Sarah Taylor, Executive Director of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and
Security (NGOWG)

Dr. Erato Kozakou - Marcoullis, Cypriot Politician and former Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mani Shankar Aiyar, Indian Politician and former Indian Minister for Petroleum