Geneva Conference Agenda and Papers 2009

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A Global Administrative Law Perspective on Public/Private Partnerships, Accountability, and Human Rights

GENEVA, March 20-21, 2009

Faculty of Law – University of Geneva (Room 1170) – 40, Boulevard du Pont-d’Arve 1211 Genève 4


IILJ Framing Paper

Benedict Kingsbury and Lorenzo Casini, Framing a legal structure for contemporary operational issues confronting Intergovernmental Organizations: A global administrative law approach to five sets of problems in the work of IOs

Friday, March 20th

Opening Session

9 – 9.10 a.m.

Christian Bovet (Professor and Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva)

Panel One

Public/Private Partnerships Involving IOs

9.10 a.m. – 10.50 a.m.

Chair: Sabino Cassese (Judge of the Italian Constitutional Court)

Papers and Case Studies

Commentators: Ruth Khalastchi (GAVI Alliance) Richard B. Stewart (NYU Law School)

Coffee Break (10.50 – 11.15 a.m.)

Panel Two

Legal Process, Participation, and Mandate Issues in IO Activities

11.15 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Chair: Anne Trebilcock (University of Paris X-Nanterre)

Papers and Case Studies:

Commentators: Jan Klabbers (University of Helsinki) Gabrielle Marceau (WTO/University of Geneva) Jochen von Bernstorff (MPIL Heidelberg)

Lunch Buffet (1 – 2 p.m.) served on the 3rd floor of the Faculty Building

Panel Three

Accountability and Immunity in IOs

2 – 3.50 p.m.

Chair: Richard B. Stewart (NYU Law School)

Papers and Case Studies:

Commentators: Vera Gowlland-Debbas (Graduate Institute) Edward Kwakwa (WIPO)

Coffee Break (3.50 – 4.15 p.m.)

Panel Four

International Organizations Lawyers Round Table

4.15 – 6.15 p.m.

Moderators: Laurence Boisson de Chazournes (University of Geneva) Benedict Kingsbury (NYU Law School)

Panelists: Georges Abi-Saab (Graduate Institute) Gian Luca Burci (WHO) Edward Kwakwa (WIPO) Rutsel S.J. Martha (IFAD) Nicolas Michel (University of Geneva/Graduate Institute) Tim Nielander (GAVI Alliance) Drazen Petrovi? (ILO) Yves Renouf (WTO) Bernard Eelco Szabo (The Global Fund)


  • the right to participation and its pathologies;
  • balancing between transparency, openness, and effectiveness;
  • the mechanisms for coordination and cooperation between IOs in legal matters;
  • the cases in which IOs act beyond their mandate;
  • the different problems raised by regulation and adjudication carried out by IOs;
  • matters relating to the liability and credibility of IOs and their field offices, and particularly the liability issues arising from production of non-treaty normative standards, norms and decisions, certifications, guidelines and recommendations.

Saturday, March 21st

Coffee available from 9 a.m.

Panel Five

Human Rights and Global Administrative Law in the Headquarters and Field Operations of IOs

9.30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Coffee Break from 10.45 to 11.15 a.m.)

Chair: Simon Chesterman (NYU Law School)

Papers and Case Studies:

Commentators: Geneviève Bastid Burdeau (University of Paris I) Andrew Clapham (Graduate Institute) Ryan Goodman (Harvard University) Mona Rishmawi (OHCHR)