News of Iceland – Article on the Responsibility to Protect & Human Rights Conference, Reykjavik

News of Iceland (Icelandic Online News Agency) - April 8th, 2013; Coverage of the joint ICD and University of Iceland conference on Human Rights called
  April 08th, 2013

William Schneider, Senior Political Analyst for CNN at the ICD


Reykjavik Human Rights congress at Harpa Conference Centre

The international Reykjavik Congress on Human Rights will be held from April 11th – 12th. The congress will be held downtown Cat Harpa Conference Centre, in the Northern Lights Hall. The title of the conference is „Human Rights Protection & International Law: The Dilemma of Restraining and Promoting International Interventions“.

Sponsored by the Icelandic Ministry of the Interior and the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin in cooperation with the EDDA Center, the conference will debate the notion of the “Responsibility to Protect” from the perspectives of human rights, international law, and geopolitical interests. Attention will also be given to the impact of interventions on gender and social groups, post-conflict reconstruction, and transitional justice processes. The purpose is to find political and legal ways for international actors to act more responsibly toward those who are in danger of being victimized or have been victims of extreme systematic violence.

Among speakers are:

  • Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, the president of Iceland
  • Emil Constantinescu, the former President of Romania and Rector of the University of Bucharest (1992–1996)
  • Vesna Medenica, the President of the Supreme Court of Montenegro
  • Janez Janša is the former Prime Minister of Slovenia (2012–2013; 2004–2008).
  • Sarah Taylor is the Executive Director of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (NGOWG).
  • Kinga Göncz is a Hungarian member of the European Parliament (EP).
  • Cynthia Enloe is Research Professor from the Department of International Development, Community and Environment and Women’s Studies at Clark University in the United States.
  • Urmas Paet is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia (2005–)
  • Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis is former Foreign Minister of Cyprus (2011–2013; 2007–2008) and Minister of Communications and Work (2010–2011).
  • Mani Shankar Aiyar is a former Indian Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas (2004–2006 and the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports (2004–2009).
  • John Leslie Prescott is the former Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1997–2007 and the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions in the Labour governments led by Tony Blair.
  • Franco Frattini is former Italian Foreign Minister (2008–2011; 2002–2004), EU’s Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security (2004-2008), and City Councilor in Rome (1997–2000)
  • Mark C. Donfried is Executive Director and Founder of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, a Berlin-based NGO he founded in 2001.