2017 Webinar Schedule

Date and Time: March 27, 2017; 10:00-11:00 AM, US Eastern Time

Onsite Venue: School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University - Newark, Room 309, 111 Washington St., Newark, NJ 07102

Speaker: David S. Levine, Associate Professor, Elon University School of Law

Presentation title: Trade Negotiation Processes and Public Freeze Out as a Form of Corruption

Email: dsl2@princeton.edu

Short Bio: David S. Levine is an Associate Professor of Law at Elon University School of Law and an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society (CIS) at Stanford Law School. For 2014-2016, Dave is a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He founded and hosts Hearsay Culture, a technology and society radio show on KZSU-FM (Stanford) that was listed In the American Bar Association's Blawg 100 of 2008 as a top-five podcast. His scholarship focuses on the operation of intellectual property law at the intersection of technology and public life, specifically information flows in the lawmaking and regulatory process and intellectual property law’s impact on public and private secrecy, transparency and accountability. 

Presentation Abstract: This presentation will answer a core question: What do we mean when we ask for a governmental entity to be “transparent?” Governmental entities that are labeled with the amorphous descriptor “transparent” are subject to varying interpretations of what is actually being described. At a base colloquial level, it would seem that to be “transparent” one would need to be able to see not just in, but out. This state is the polar opposite of the proverbial “black box,” brought to modern fore in recent work by Frank Pasquale. Nonetheless, “transparency” is regularly used to denote a wide variety of institutional states that may or may not have anything to do with what is actually known or not known about an institution.

To get to one definition of transparency, Professor Levine addresses a more narrow policy analogue to that broad query: “When is it time to publicize (to make ‘transparent’) some or all of a draft international intellectual property law negotiating text (akin to a Congressional bill) so as to allow public input into the lawmaking process?” Because the 12 negotiating countries of the international Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) – the most important international law negotiation in living memory –apparently said “only when negotiations have ended,” despite years of negotiation and some leaks, Professor Levine assesses the parameters of that answer from which to draw broader lessons.


Date and Time: April 20, 2017; 10:00-11:00 AM, US Eastern Time

Onsite Venue: School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University - Newark, Room 309, 111 Washington St., Newark, NJ 07102

Speaker: Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia, Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), Division for Global Affairs (DGA), Rutgers University – Newark

Presentation title: Ethics of Immigration and Corruption

Email: arianecd@andromeda.rutgers.edu

Short Bio: Dr. Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia is Professor at the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) and the Division for Global Affairs (DGA) at Rutgers - State University of New Jersey. She is also Senior Researcher affiliated to the CEVIPOF (Center for Political Research, Sciences Po Paris). Her research focuses on the politics of immigration and anti-discrimination, security issues, racism and xenophobia, immigrant integration, urban racism, and European policies. She published six books, and contributed to twenty-five edited books. Her recent publications include Les Frontières du Racisme (Presses de Sciences Po, 2011); Frontiers of Fears: Immigration and Insecurity in the United States and Europe (Cornell University Press, 2012); and How Does it Feel to Be a Treat? Migrant Mobilization and Securitization in the US and Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, NYU Series, 2015). She is currently co-directing a transatlantic research project on “Migrant and Minority Mobilization US-UK” funded by the IDEX- Université Paris Sorbonne Cité (UPSC).

Presentation Abstract: Restrictive immigration policies – such as the militarization of border controls, extensive criminalization of undocumented immigrants, and security governance of minorities – are often justified by arguments related to the ethics of responsibility. I examine the following arguments: that closed borders are necessary to protect the social, cultural and political prerequisites of democracy; that the principle of self-determination implies that a political community has the right to determine its own boundary laws; and that “tough on crime” legislation increases security. Yet, not only policies inspired by these arguments actually lead to a “security/insecurity spiral” but they fuel various aspects of corruption – which in turn undermine crucial democratic principles and the safety of US citizens.


Date and Time: May 10, 2017, 10:00-11:00 AM US Eastern Time 

Onsite Venue: School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University - Newark, Room 309, 111 Washington St., Newark, NJ 07102

Speaker: Elia Yi Armstrong, Director of the Ethics Office, United Nations

Presentation Title: Preventing Corruption:  the Work of the UN Ethics Office

Email: armstronge@un.org

Short Bio: Elia Yi Armstrong is the Director of the UN Ethics Office. She was seconded to be part of the interim team that set up the UN Ethics Office in 2006 and also served as the Director of the UNDP Ethics Office from July 2008 to April 2012. Prior to her current appointment, she served as the Chief of the Development Management Branch at the Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations (UN). At DESA/DPADM, Ms. Armstrong worked in the Public Administration Capacity Branch and the Office of the Director. Ms. Armstrong started her career in social services working with non-profit organizations and development NGOs before joining the Canadian public service in 1993. She served at the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Privy Council Office of the Government of Canada and was also seconded briefly to the Public Management Service (now Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate) of the OECD.  Since 1997, Ms. Armstrong has contributed to numerous UN policy analysis reports, served as a speaker on public sector ethics on behalf of the UN. Ms. Armstrong holds a B.S.W. (social work) from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and a MSc. in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from the University of London, London School of Economics. 

Presentation Abstract: The United Nations Ethics Office assists the Secretary-General in ensuring that staff members perform their functions consistent with the highest standards of integrity required by the Charter of the United Nations. As an independent office, the Ethics Office contributes to preventing corruption in the UN through 1) providing impartial ethics guidance and confidential advice, 2) running the financial disclosure programme, 3) providing content into ethics training modules and conducting outreach, 4) reviewing claims for protection against retaliation for staff having made disclosures of possible wrongdoing or cooperated with an audit or investigation,  and 5) providing support to ethics-related policies and leading coherence on ethical standards in the UN system.  In carrying out its work, the UN Ethics Office works with management and staff as well as other relevant offices within the Secretariat and ethics offices in UN agencies. 



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