This year’s Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA) was held in Atlanta, United States, and took place from 16-19 March 2016. ISA has been the premier organization for connecting scholars and practitioners in the fields of international studies since 1959. With well over six thousand members in North America and around the world, ISA is the most respected and widely known scholarly association in this field.
NCHS was represented at Atlanta and contributed to this year’s Annual Convention through the organization and chairing of panel debates, presentation of papers and participation in various events.
On Wednesday 16 March, and under the Brazil’s Rise to the Global Stage (BraGS) project, NCHS organized the panel A New Multilateralism? Brazil, Humanitarian Action and International Peace and Security. Chaired by NCHS Director Kristin B. Sandvik (PRIO) and featuring Benjamin De Carvalho (NUPI) and Maria G. Jumbert (PRIO) as conference paper presenters, the panel investigated, focusing on Brazil, how the rise of new powers is changing the international agenda and influencing the conduct of multilateralism. Looking at the role of status in international politics, particular attention was paid to the drivers of Brazil’s engagement in humanitarian action and peacekeeping.
On Thursday 17 March, as part of the research project Protection of Civilians: From Principle to Practice (PoC), NCHS arranged the panel Peace through Protection? Exploring protection in times of humanitarian change. NCHS researcher Maria G. Jumbert (PRIO) acted as chair while Kristin B. Sandvik (PRIO), Jon Harald Sande Lie (NUPI), Kristoffer Lidén (PRIO), Simon Reid-Henry (PRIO) and Ole J. Sending (NUPI) have presented conference papers . The panel, taking the protection of civilians discourse as a vantage point, offered empirically grounded as well as theoretical and conceptual contributions addressing the intersection between humanitarian challenges and the politics of peace in various contexts of protection: the humanitarian-development nexus in post-war Uganda; legal protection of civilians in Colombia, protection measures against sexual violence in Sudan; the protection mandate of the UN Secretariat; and, finally, the commitment of the veto power to the protection in the UN Security Council.
On Friday 18 March, NCHS researcher Kjersti Lohne (PRIO) co-organized the panel Cosmopolitan legalism and universal law: rhetorical promises and (un)intended consequences. Lohne presented two papers: one of which addressing the multiple claims to authority by human rights NGOs at the ICC and their implications to the legitimacy of the Court; and the other, co-authored with Anette B. Houge, investigated how the fight against sexual violence in war is narratively constructed as the fight against impunity.
Overview of conference papers presented by NCHS researchers:
- Brazil’s Humanitarian Engagement: Does Peacekeeping Pay Off?-Benjamin De Carvalho (NUPI) – 16 March 2016
- The “Brazilian Way” of Dealing with Force in Multilateral Operations: Connecting Robust Peacekeeping and the “Responsibility while Protecting”- Maria G. Jumbert (PRIO) – 16 March 2016
- The Humanitarian–Development Nexus in Northern Uganda- Jon Harald Sande Lie (NUPI) – 17 March 2016
- Kankuamo (Self) Protection: The Place of Legal Measures in the Protection of Civilians – Kristin B. Sandvik (PRIO) – 17 March 2016
- Do they really care? Protection of Civilians and the Veto Powers in the UN Security Council-
Kristofer Lidén (PRIO) & Simon Reid-Henry (PRIO) – 17 March 2016
- Protection practices and the constitution of the International Community –
Ole J. Sending (NUPI) – 17 March 2016
- Cosmopolitan legalism, criminal justice and human rights NGOs-
Kjersti Lohne (PRIO) – 18 March 2016
- The fight against impunity: The construction of a panacea for sexual violence in conflict? Anette B. Houge ( University of Oslo) & Kjersti Lohne (PRIO) – 18 March 2016
Further information on the ISA 2016 Annual Convention can be found here.