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Human Dignity and International Institutions

Conference hosted by the Mortara Center for International Studies and the

Master of Science in Foreign Service Program

Georgetown University

June 7, 2012

8:30 – 8:40 a.m.

Arrival (light breakfast)

8:40 – 8:50 a.m.


Dr. Kathleen R. McNamara

Director of the Mortara Center for International Studies, Georgetown University

8:50 – 9:30 a.m.

Opening Observations

“Human Dignity and Universal Values: Theory and Practice”

Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter

Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University; former Director, Policy Planning Staff, U.S. Department of State

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Overview of the Day and a Conceptual Framework on Human Dignity and Institutions

Dr. Anthony Clark Arend and Amb. Mark P. Lagon,

Director and International Relations Chair respectively,

Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) Program, Georgetown University

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 – 12:15 p.m.

Panel I—The Changing Landscape of Human Rights

Chair: Dr. George E. Shambaugh, IV, Chairman, Department of Government, Georgetown University


  • “The Global Human Rights Regime: Assessing and Renovating the Architecture”

Amb. Mark P. Lagon

  • “Statelessness, Sovereignty, and International Law: Promoting the ‘Right to Have Rights’”

Dr. Benjamin Boudreaux, MSFS

  • “A Practical Perspective on Business and Human Rights”

Michael Samway, Former Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Yahoo!

12:15 – 12:30 p.m.


12:30 – 1:45 p.m.


  • Presider: Felice Gaer, Director, Jacob Blaustein Institute for  the Advancement of Human Rights, American Jewish Committee; elected member of the UN Committee Against Torture
  • Keynote Speaker: Amb. Pierre-Richard Prosper, Partner, Arend Fox, and former U.S. Ambassador-At-Large on War Crimes Issues

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.


2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Panel II – International Institutions and Atrocities

Chair:   Dr. Paula Newberg

Marshall B. Coyne Director, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University


  • “The UN Security Council”

Amb. Nancy Soderberg,  President of the Connect U.S. Fund, and former U.S. Alternate Representative to the UN

  • “The Responsibility to Respect: Victims and Human Dignity at the International Criminal Court”  Tod Lindberg,  Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Editor, Policy Review

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.


3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Panel III – Advancing Dignity Free from Conflict and Fear: Alternatives to Global Institutions

Chair:  Dr. Kathleen R. McNamara


  • “Regional Organizations and Human Dignity”

Dr. Chester Crocker,  James R. Schlesinger Professor of Strategic Studies,  Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

  • “Protecting Human Dignity: The Important Role Faith-based Organizations Play” — Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, Chair of the Board, Institute for Global Engagement

4:45 – 5:15 p.m.

Closing Discussion on Lessons

Amb. Mark P. Lagon and Dr. Anthony Clark Arend

Location: Mortara Center for International Studies, Georgetown University, 36th and N Streets, N.W.

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Commentary and analysis at the intersection of international law and politics.