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The International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES) is an independent non-profit-organization concerned about the impact of science and technology on society. INES was founded in 1991. INES' efforts focus on disarmament and international peace, ethics, justice and sustainable development. INES is affiliated with the United Nations and with UNESCO as a NON-Governmental Organization (NGO). INES has become a network of nearly 100 organisations and individual members.


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INES Chair: David Krieger,  

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Topics, INES, WNII, Issue No. 13/2007, September 2007




1. INES ACTIVITIES AND PUBLICATIONS


INES Chair David Krieger's Speaking Tour in Denmark and Italy


Defending Freedom to Dissent by Dhirendra Sharma




2. WAR AND PEACE - ARMSRACE AND DISARMAMENT


Spiegel Interview with Mohamed ElBaradei: 'We Are Moving Rapidly Towards an Abyss'


The Imperative of Revitalizing Nuclear Disarmament


Is Peace That Difficult? by Hans Blix


Norwegian Foreign minister calls for more anti-nuclear activism


Water is becoming a geopolitical issue of national security




3. IN FOCUS: MYANMAR/BURMA


Burmese Protesters Defy Warning  


Q&A: Protests in Burma 


Myanmar: Time for Urgent Action


Conflict history: Myanmar/Burma




4. SCIENCE AND ETHICS


Nuclear Weapons and the University of California by David Krieger


Education and Nuclear Weapons Don't Mix by Will Parrish


Concern Rises Over EU Bilaterals With Developing Countries by David Cronin for Intellectual Property Watch




5. SUSTAINABILITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE


Climate Justice Needed to Address Global Warming 


Nigeria: 'Nigeria Committed to the Kyoto Protocol' by Mustafa Abubakar


Climate Change Could Decrease Rice Yields 40%


EU to Help Poor Nations Fight Global Warming 


Biofuels: Implications for Food and Agriculture


OECD Warning Over Biofuels 




6. NUCLEAR AND RENEWABLE ENERGIES


US/Iran Confrontation: Intensified Diplomacy and Adherence to International Law 




7. CONFERENCES 


Scientists for Global Responsibility Conference and AGM 2007


Disasters: Recipes and Remedies - A Social Research conference 




8. ACTIVITIES 


Green Ninja or Eco-Femme Fatale? Public Asked to Vote for Best Green Film 




9. DOCUMENTATIONS


Space Industry Wants Nuke Power, but Public Fear Persists by Robert Lemos




10. ANNOUNCEMENTS


B is for Bomb; You is for YouTube


Online Roundtable Discussion at The Bulletin




12. JOB OPENINGS


The Global Security Institute (GSI) Seeks a Full-Time Administrative Officer for its Headquarters in Philadelphia. 


Simons Chair in International Law and Human Security, School for International Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada




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1. INES ACTIVITIES AND PUBLICATIONS




INES Chair David Krieger's Speaking Tour in Denmark and Italy


David Krieger will be lecturing in Europe in the latter part of September through early October. On September 27, Dr. Krieger will be speaking on "US Leadership for a Nuclear Weapons Free World: A Bipartisan Plea" at a symposium on Current Dangers of Nuclear Weapons at the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen, Denmark. On September 28, also in Copenhagen, he will present an INES Ethics Project lecture on "Nuclear Weapons and the Responsibility of Scientists." On October 3, Dr. Krieger will participate in a public debate on the Nuclear Threat: Europe Against Nuclear Proliferation and War sponsored by the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms at the City Theater in Campi Bisenzio, Italy. From October 4-5 he will participate in the International Conference on Nuclear Proliferation: Historical Appraisal and Present Problems at the University of Florence, Italy and will speak on "Nuclear Dangers and Challenges to a New Nuclear Policy." 


The text of Krieger's lectures will be available on the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's website at: 

http://www.wagingpeace.org/


Source: The Sunflower eNewsletter, Issue 122



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Defending Freedom to Dissent by Dhirendra Sharma


In  November 1983, the Commonwealth  Heads of Government Meet ( CHOGM) was held  in India. Early that year I formed a Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (COSNUP) and had published the first critical study "India’s Nuclear Estate". The COSNUP took this opportunity to appeal the Heads meeting at CHOGM to agree to declare  a  Nuclear Free Commonwealth. Fifty- seven  signatories to the memorandum included Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, Nani Palkhivala,  Vijaylakshmi Pandit, Soli Sorabjee, V.M. Tarakunde, Madhu Dandavate, Renana Jhabvala, O.V. Vijayan, CGK Reddy, Harish Khare, Andre Beteille, B.G. Verghese, Nayantara Sehgal and Suresh Kalmadi. Reacting to our  anti-nuclear efforts, establishment scientists led by Dr. Raja Ramanna advised Indira Gandhi to stop the peace campaign lest it turns into a popular movement.


I was Chairman of Centre for Science Policy Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. and Raja Ramanna, was chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. A Review Committee was constituted to evaluate the work of my Science Policy Centre and the Father of India's A-Bomb was nominated by Indira Gandhi to head the Review Committee.


I requested a meeting with Raja Ramanna but his curt reply was that "As I have seen several of your articles especially the one that appeared in the Manchester Guardian (London), it is clear that we have very divergent views on development of atomic energy in this country. I also feel that these articles have damaged the country's reputation abroad. In view of this, I feel that there is no point in having a discussion on this matter."


The Ramanna Committee summarily  ordered closer of the Centre for Studies in Science Policy at JNU. My petitions  were  not acknowledged. My appeals were  rejected without any hearing. The Secretary-General  of CPM, and other  Party members in Parliament did not acknowledge my representations. No JNU colleague  spoke in defence  of my academic freedom. JNU Executive Council, Academic Council, and JNU Teachers’ Association did not protest I was rebuked that since I did not belong to the party "no one would defend you". One senior JNU professor offered the best advise "to pack and leave our  university". He was  a senior member of CPM.


There was, however, one exception.  The then leader of the opposition in Parliament, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He wrote to the Chancellor of JNU, Dr. D.S. KOTHARI that "dissent and debate, on public policies in particular, is an essential element of the democractic way of life. As a member of the Lok Sabha from Delhi, and as a member of the Court of the JNU, I feel particularly concerned about the case of Dr. Dhirendra Sharma. It appears from the circumstances of the case that Dr. Sharma has been victimised because of his views - his critical examination of India's nuclear programme. If so, I am sure you will agree that this is a serious matter and Vajpayee "urged reconsideration" of the case.


During 1983-1993, the Centre for Science Policy Studies at JNU remained closed. I retired from JNU in 1993. The Centre was reopened in 1994.




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2. WAR AND PEACE - ARMSRACE AND DISARMAMENT




Spiegel Interview with Mohamed ElBaradei: 'We Are Moving Rapidly Towards an Abyss'


Sep 3 2007 - United Nations chief weapons inspector Mohamed ElBaradei spoke to SPIEGEL about Iran's last chance to convince the world of the peaceful nature of its nuclear program, his problems with the US government and his fear of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists.


Visit:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,503841,00.html




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The Imperative of Revitalizing Nuclear Disarmament


On the 50th anniversary of the first meeting of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, a distinguished group of 25 international specialists on nuclear weapons issues convened to discuss the urgency of revitalizing nuclear disarmament in order to free the world from the ever-present threat posed by nuclear weapons. Under the auspices of the Pugwash Conferences and the Middle Powers Initiative, the participants discussed a variety of measures that need to be taken by all members of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in order to provide needed momentum toward the goal of declaring nuclear weapons illegal and eliminating them entirely.


To read more, visit: 

www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2007/08/24_imperative_of_revitalizing.htm


Source: The Sunflower eNewsletter, Issue 122



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Is Peace That Difficult? by Hans Blix


At the end of the Cold War there was an opportunity for the world to create a new collective security order. In 1991, after decades of blockages in the Security Council, it authorized armed intervention to stop the Iraqi aggression against Kuwait. In the same period, Russia and the United States took steps to reduce the number of deployed non-strategic nuclear weapons: the Chemical Weapons Convention was adopted in 1993, the Non-Proliferation Treaty was prolonged indefinitely after renewed commitments by nuclear weapon states to take get serious about disarmament; a Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty was negotiated and adopted in 1996; and at the review conference of the NPT in 2000, countries agreed on 13 practical steps to disarmament.


More:

http://www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2007/08/28_blix_is_peace_difficult.htm

Source: The Sunflower eNewsletter, Issue 122



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Norwegian Foreign Minister Calls for More Anti-nuclear Activism


Sep 18 2007 - Norway's seemingly indefatigable foreign minister was back on the lecture circuit this week, speaking at a conference in Oslo marking 10 years of efforts to ban land mines and urging more public awareness and concern about nuclear proliferation


To read more, go to:

http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article2001500.ece?service=print



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Water Is Becoming a Geopolitical Issue of National Security


A short video clip was added to this water article, noting water becoming a geopolitical issue for places such as the US, Europe and China.


Visit:

http://www.globalissues.org/TradeRelated/Development/water/




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3. IN FOCUS: MYANMAR/BURMA




Burmese Protesters Defy Warning  


Sep 25 2007 - Tens of thousands of monks and civilians in Burma's main city Rangoon have defied military warnings and staged new anti-government protests. 


Interested? Read more:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7011655.stm



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Q&A: Protests in Burma  

As demonstrations in Burma continue to gather pace, the BBC looks at what triggered the protests, who is involved and what they could mean for the country's military leaders.  


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7010202.stm



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Myanmar: Time for Urgent Action


Sep 25 2007 - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon should hold urgent talks with the foreign ministers of China, India and Singapore, the current ASEAN chair, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly and lead a joint attempt to encourage peaceful dialogue in Myanmar/Burma. China, India, and ASEAN should back Ban Ki-moon’s call on the authorities in Myanmar to exercise restraint in the face of growing peaceful protests and put their full weight behind UN efforts to find a solution to the country’s political crisis.


Go to:

http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=5092&l=1&m=1



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Conflict history: Myanmar/Burma


http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?action=conflict_search&l=1&t=1&c_country=19




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4. SCIENCE AND ETHICS




Nuclear Weapons and the University of California by David Krieger


Most of us would agree that the primary purpose of a university is to educate students to be compassionate and decent human beings who play a meaningful role in improving society. This is a serious challenge under any circumstances, but particularly in the Nuclear Age when our most destructive technologies are capable of destroying civilization and eliminating the human species. 


I believe that a university has a responsibility to educate not only in the classroom, but also to teach by example. A university should teach values of honesty, integrity and compassion. It should not be a tool for propaganda, nor should it send a message to its students that it is acceptable to use powerful weaponry to threaten the annihilation of whole populations. None of us would tolerate holding up genocidal behavior as a model for innocent and open minds.


To read more, visit: 

http://www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2007/07/26_krieger_nuc_weapons_and_UC.htm


Source: The Sunflower eNewsletter, Issue 122



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Education and Nuclear Weapons Don't Mix by Will Parrish


The US government's primary nuclear warhead contractor convened a public meeting at University of California, Santa Barbara in July. That contractor is the University of California's Board of Regents. This was the Regents' first formal public meeting at the Santa Barbara campus in more than nine years. 


The Regents have managed the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) since each facility's inception in the mid-20th century. In the fiscal year 2005-06, the U.S. Department of Energy gave the University of California $2.85 billion to run the nuclear weapons programs at Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore. That's more than the $2.8 billion the university system received from the State of California for education during the same period.


Read more:

http://www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2007/07/19_parrish_educ_and_nuc_weapons.htm


Source: The Sunflower eNewsletter, Issue 122



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Concern Rises Over EU Bilaterals With Developing Countries by David Cronin for Intellectual Property Watch


Sep 20 2007 - Concern is growing in both Europe and developing countries about whether a series of free trade agreements slated for signature later this year will contain overly stringent rules on intellectual property.


Read:

http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/index.php?p=747&res=1024&print=0




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5. SUSTAINABILITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE




Climate Justice Needed to Address Global Warming 


Sep 24 2007 - The Chair of Friends of the Earth International, Meena Raman, will warn the world's Heads of State today that 'climate justice' needs to be urgently addressed in the fight against global warming.


More:

http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/press_releases/climate_justice_needed_to_24092007.html



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Nigeria: 'Nigeria Committed to the Kyoto Protocol' by Mustafa Abubakar


Sep 21 2007 - Nigeria remains committed to the Kyoto Protocol on climate change and has joined developing countries to call for more rapid transfer of technology in less carbon emitting systems.


More:

http://allafrica.com/stories/200709210343.html



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Climate Change Could Decrease Rice Yields 40%


Sep 20 2007 - Rising temperatures and extreme weather conditions brought on by climate change could reduce rice yields by as much as 40 percent by the end of the 21st century in much of central and southern Japan, according to research data released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


More:

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20070920a9.html



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EU to Help Poor Nations Fight Global Warming 


Sep 20 2007 - The European Commission is setting up a Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) with developing countries, which foresees integrating the tackling of climate change into poverty reduction strategies.


Read more, here:

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,2789737,00.html



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Biofuels: Implications for Food and Agriculture


Sep 20 2007 - The increase in world agriculture prices caused by the global boom in biofuels could benefit many of the world’s rural poor, according to the Worldwatch Institute. This is one conclusion of a landmark new 450-page book, Biofuels for Transport: Global Potential and Implications for Energy and Agriculture, authored by Worldwatch and published by Earthscan. 


For the full article, go to:

http://www.innovations-report.de/html/berichte/agrar_forstwissenschaften/bericht-91316.html



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OECD Warning Over Biofuels 


Sep 11 2007 - Friends of the Earth called on the EU to scrap its ten per cent target for using plant-based bio-fuels for transport, after a leaked paper revealed that the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD's has grave concerns about their social and environmental effects. 


Read:

http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/press_releases/oecd_warning_over_biofuels_11092007.html




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6. NUCLEAR AND RENEWABLE ENERGIES




US/Iran Confrontation: Intensified Diplomacy and Adherence to International Law 


Sep 20 2007 - The Middle Powers Initiative today issued an appeal for a diplomatic and peaceful resolution of the Iran crisis.  In a statement widely released to governments around the world, MPI appealed for their help in influencing the United States not to launch a military attack on Iran.  


"To avoid unpredictable and extremely dangerous escalation arising both from the Iraq war and the nuclear dispute, the United States and Iran, bilaterally and with other concerned countries, must now negotiate on the range of issues dividing them," said MPI. Following the precedent of the recent agreement with North Korea, MPI advocates "a maximum effort ... to reach agreement over time with Iran on nuclear matters." The effort needs to recognize several important factors:


- Since 2003, Iran has been meeting the reporting requirements set out by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Agency reported in August that it "is able to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran."


- The IAEA and Iran have reached agreement on a work plan to clear up outstanding questions about Iran’s past nuclear activities. This plan must be given time to work. 


- Iran has repeatedly indicated its openness to operation of limited enrichment facilities in Iran under heightened IAEA monitoring and with foreign participation. 


Finally, the United States and other nuclear weapon states can more credibly insist on Iranian compliance with its international obligations if they meet their own nuclear disarmament obligations, said MPI. 


The full-text of the statement find here:

http://www.gsinstitute.org/mpi/archives/000332.html#statement 




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7. CONFERENCES 




Scientists for Global Responsibility Conference and AGM 2007


Fighting over the Leftovers: Resource Depletion and the Potential for Conflict


Saturday 6 October 2007

University of London Union, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY


Natural resources - from those vital for life, such as water, to those vital for modern society, such as oil - are under increasing pressure. Factors such as over-consumption, climate change, war, and population growth are all important contributors to the falling resource base. And as resources become squeezed, the potential for conflict over what's left is growing. This conference will examine the scale of these threats and what action is needed to tackle them.


For further details and to register, see:

http://www.sgr.org.uk/conferences.html




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Announcing a public conference: Disasters: Recipes and Remedies - A Social Research conference 


November 1st and 2nd 2007

The New School, New York


Everyday brings fresh news of another disaster that threatens our lives, our homes and our entire community. Please join us as leading experts discuss the conditions that amplify or reduce the affects of

disasters, who is most affected by them and why, and what can be done to lessen the likelihood and the magnitude of disasters in the future. 


Please visit http://socres.org/disasters/ or email socres@newschool.edu for more information.




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8. ACTIVITIES 




Green Ninja or Eco-Femme Fatale? Public Asked to Vote for Best Green Film 


Sep 19 2007 - The public are being called on to choose between polar bears debating climate change and a radical green ninja to decide the winner of Friends of the Earth's One Minute Green Film competition. There's a diverse array of entries- all just 60-seconds long - with potential winners of the "People's Choice Award" also including a sexy green femme fatale and a quirky film about a chair made from recycled human hair. The public voting comes as a high profile professional jury panel, including British film greats Lord David Puttnam and Andrew Macdonald, deliberate the 23 short-listed entries as part of Friends of the Earth's Green Film Festival month.


Vote now (closure 11.59 pm GMT 30th September 2007):

http://www.foe.co.uk/scores/green_film/vote.php


Read still more, here:

http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/press_releases/green_ninja_or_ecofemme_fa_20092007.html




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9. DOCUMENTATIONS




Space Industry Wants Nuke Power, but Public Fear Persists by Robert Lemos


Proponents argue that nuclear propulsion could allow space probes, such as the Dawn mission to the asteroid belt, to reach their destinations faster and do more once they get there. 


More:

http://www.wired.com/science/space/news/2007/09/space_nukes




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10. ANNOUNCEMENTS




B is for Bomb; You is for YouTube


Nuclear Age Peace Foundation member Mary Becker has made a short film, B is for Bomb, which won first prize at the 2006 Cannes online competition. It provides a short history of the Nuclear Age. The film is now available to be viewed on YouTube, where you can also submit comments to the filmmakers. 


The film is available at: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRvGwVkl8pA


The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation also has its own YouTube site. The first video, by NAPF intern Adrienne Garcia, is available at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uQGv8tdwqw




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Online Roundtable Discussion at The Bulletin


At http://www.thebulletin.org/roundtable/ you'll find the entry points for two newly initiated online roundtable discussions of The Bulletin of 

the Atomic Scientist:


- A rebirth of the anti-nuclear weapons movement?

with Kate Hudson, Aaron Voldman, Jessica Willbanks, and Lawrence Wittner


- Nuclear power and climate change

with R. Stephen Berry, Amory Lovins, and Peter Bradford




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12. JOB OPENINGS




The Global Security Institute (GSI) Seeks a Full-Time Administrative Officer for its Headquarters in Philadelphia


Primary responsibilities are balanced between GSI’s administrative and development needs.  


Specific tasks include:


Management of electronic and hard-copy files; Database administration; IT management; Provide human resources support; Assist with personnel management in PA, DC and NY offices; Provide support for yearly audit and filing corporate tax returns; Coordinate development efforts; Assistance with drafting and editing GSI announcements and reports; Support at GSI events and to the GSI President and staff as needed. 

Some travel will be required. 


Requirements:


Strong verbal and written communication skills; Excellent organizational skills; Professional phone presence and personal presentation; Ability to work under pressure and meet pressing timelines; Critical thinking skills; Good work ethic and a willingness to take on a variety of tasks; Ability to remain focused in a fast-paced environment; Office management, business administration or IT administration/management experience is a plus; Experience in non-profit organizations, fundraising/development and knowledge of arms control/international security issues is a plus.   


GSI offers full benefits and a competitive salary relative to the not-for-profit field of international security and arms control.  The candidate’s salary will be commensurate with experience. 


Candidates should submit their CV, letter of interest in the position and the organization, and a brief, relevant writing sample to:  


Rhianna Tyson

Program Officer

Global Security Institute

675 Third Avenue

Suite 315

New York, NY 10017

fax: (646) 289-5171

rtyson@gsinstitute.org.


NO telephone calls, please.  


Deadline: October 12, 2007. 



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Simons Chair in International Law and Human Security, School for International Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada 


The School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University is seeking an established scholar to fill a chair endowed by the Simons Foundation of Vancouver. The successful candidate will have a strong record of teaching and research in one of the social science disciplines with a focus on international relations, international law and international criminal justice as the foundation for human security.


The Chair will be held in the School at the SFU Vancouver campus; and as a leading member of the School, the Chair will be expected to create new curriculum on international law and human security, to conduct a vigorous program of research and to foster broader public understanding through conferences and symposia. Duties will include coordinating an annual international colloquium on Issues in International Law and Human Security (with funding from the Simons Foundation). The Chair is also endowed with an annual research grant. The teaching load will normally be 50% of the usual load in the School for International Studies. The appointment will be made at the rank of associate professor or professor, depending on qualifications.


Applications will be treated in confidence and should include a letter of application with a statement of interest and research and teaching ability, curriculum vitae, and list of publications. Applicants should also provide the names, addresses and phone/fax/e-mail of six referees.


All materials should be sent to:


Dr John Harriss, Director

School for International Studies

Suite 2400

Simon Fraser University

515 West Hastings St

Vancouver, BC, Canada V6B 5K3

Or e-mailed to: intst@sfu.ca


Salary will be dependent upon qualifications and experience. Applications will be reviewed beginning November 1, 2007, until the position is filled.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to the principle of equity in employment and offers equal opportunities to qualified women and men, including visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.


Under the authority of the University Act personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see: http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/Faculty_Openings/Collection_Notice.html.




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