World Parliament & Governance

Friday, October 28, 2:00pm – 5:30pm

Decisions about global rules and policies are dominated by the more powerful states whose negotiating postures are in turn strongly influenced by their economically most powerful constituents. As a result, the needs, interests and voices of the poorer majority of humankind are often disregarded. This raises the question of how the formulation of global rules and policies can be made more democratic. Here one plausible first step would be the creation of a world parliament.

Opening Remarks:
Fri, October 28, 2:00pm – 2:15pm  
Speaker: Andreas Bummel (UNPA Campaign)

Panel 1 | World Parliament & World Governance: Theoretical Issues 
Fri, October 28, 2:15pm – 3:45pm
Chair: Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox (Quinnipiac University)
      • Vito Tanzi (Honorary President of the International Institute of Public Finance, University of Munich)
      • Lynette Sieger (Rutgers University): On the Challenges of Enfranchising the Disenfranchised through the Creation of a World Parliament
      • Alexandre Sayegh (Global Justice Program, Yale University):  The Global Governance of Climate Change
      • Deen Chatterjee (University of Utah)

Panel 2 | World Parliament & World Governance: Practical Issues 
Fri, October 28, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Chair: Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox (Quinnipiac University)
      • Richard Ponzio (The Stimson Center)
      • Maria Ivone Soares (Pan African Parliament)
      • David Mwambari (Sanejo; U.S. Int’l University–Africa, Nairobi): Protecting the World’s Most Vulnerable Persons
      • Andrew Strauss (University of Dayton)
Dinner: Davenport College Dining Hall (248 York Street)
Fri, October 28, 6:15pm

Andreas Bummel is Director and co-founder of the Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. He has been a council member of the World Federalist Movement–Institute for Global Policy and a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. Previously he worked as an analyst at a management consultancy firm. Bummel was trained in business administration and was enrolled in the Law School of the University of Mainz, Germany, specialized in international law and corporate law. 

Deen Chatterjee is Senior Advisor and Professorial Fellow in the S. J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, a Global Ethics Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York City, and a Faculty Director and Mentor at the Oxford Human Rights Consortium. Earlier he was a member of the philosophy faculty at the University of Utah. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. His areas of specialization are justice and global initiative,human security, ethics of war and peace, religion, and human rights. He is the editor-in-chief of the two-volume Encyclopedia of Global Justice (2011) and the series editor of Studies in Global Justice. His publications include The Ethics of Preventive War (2013); Democracy in a Global World: Human Rights and Political Participation in the 21st Century (2007); Ethics of Assistance: Morality and the Distant Needy (2004); and with Don E. Scheid, Ethics and Foreign Intervention (2003).

Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox is Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at Quinnipiac University, where she is also the founder and director of the Global Engagement Fellows Program and the Undergraduate Mock Trial Program. Sujata teaches Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Public International Law and Human Rights Law, among other subjects. Sujata received her BA in Government from Cornell University and her JD from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar, Carnegie New Leader with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and served as a faculty scholar with the Center for Teaching and Learning at Quinnipiac. She has been nominated twice for the Quinnipiac University Excellence in Teaching Award and directs the Human Rights and Development Ethics Workshop at the United Nations and Quinnipiac University in collaboration with the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights. Prior to coming to Quinnipiac, she engaged with pedagogical and grassroots issues as the director of a non-profit legal education organization and worked as a litigation associate with two major law firms.

David Mwambari is the co-founder and visionary behind Sanejo. Originally from Rwanda, Mwambari spent a significant part of his life living and studying in Kenya after surviving the 1994 Rwanda genocide as well as other conflicts in East Africa. David holds a Diploma in Business Administration from Runder College (Nairobi), a B.A. in International Relations and Psychology, an M.A. in International Relations from the United States International University (Nairobi), and an M.A. in PanAfrican Studies at Syracuse University, New York. Mwambari has worked in East, Southern and Central Africa, training leaders of community based organizations on education and small business projects. These projects as well as other similar endeavors have taken him to a variety of conflict situations in Burundi, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and others. David has many years of experience as an entrepreneur in the tourism industry in East and Central Africa, a trade he used to support his education. Mwambari fundraises and works as Sanejo’s spokesperson. 

Richard Ponzio is Director of Just Security 2020 Program at The Stimson Center. Previously, he directed the Global Governance Program at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, where (in a partnership with Stimson) he served as Director for the Albright-Gambari Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance. Ponzio is formerly a Senior Adviser in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He completed a PhD in politics and international relations at the University of Oxford.

Alexandre Sayegh is Post-Doctoral Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. He is interested in climate justice and its relation to climate policy. His current research focuses on climate justice and development, as well as on the ethics of carbon pricing. He submitted his PhD thesis in Philosophy at University College London. Alex’s doctoral dissertation focuses on different aspects of the dynamics between ideal and non-ideal theory in politics. The empirical dimension of his thesis targeted two case studies: illicit financial flows and climate change. His ongoing book project is titled Justice in a Non-Ideal World. His research is supported by the UCL Overseas Research Scholarship and the FQRSC Doctoral Scholarship. 

Lynette E. Sieger is a doctoral candidate at the Division of Global Affairs and a Global Ethics Fellow for the Future at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs (New York City), and a Graduate Student Associate of the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. She is Research Assistant to the Director of the Division of Global Affairs, Dr. JeanMarc Coicaud. She holds an M.A. from the Gallatin School, New York University with a concentration in Global Justice and Ethics, pursued through the departments of philosophy, politics, and the School of Law and was the recipient of the Richard J. Koppenaal Scholarship Award for her Masters studies. She received her B.A. in Philosophy from Westminster College. She served as an Editorial Associate for the double volume Encyclopedia of Global Justice under the Chief Editor Dr. Deen Chatterjee and is a former Editorial Intern for the Journal of Ethics & International Affairs. She produces the Conversations in Global Affairs series for the Division of Global Affairs.

Andrew Strauss is Dean of the University of Dayton School of Law. Previously, he was the Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Strategic Initiatives and a Professor of Law at Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and his Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law. Strauss practiced law in New York City for the law firms of Shearman & Sterling and Graham & James.

Vito Tanzi is a former Professor and Chairman of the Economics Department, American University, Washington D.C. He also served as Head of the Tax Policy Division and later as Director of the Fiscal Affairs Department at the IMF. From 1990-1994 he served as President of the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF). Since 2000 he has been active as a Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment forInternational Peace; State Secretary for Economy and Finance in the Italian Government; and a senior consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank. He received many awards including Honorary president of the IIPF and Honorary degrees from the University of Cordoba (Argentina), the University of Liege (Belgium), the University of Torino (Italy), the University of Lisbon (Portugal), and the University of Bari (Italy). An economic effect (the Tanzi effect) is named after him.