NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR TO DISCUSS LEGAL CHALLENGES OF SOMALI PIRACY IN HARVARD WEB SEMINAR

April 15, 2009

HARRISONBURG—Dr. J. Peter Pham, director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, will discuss the legal challenges presented by Somali piracy in a live web seminar sponsored by the Harvard University Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research this Thursday, April 16, 2009.

Dr. Pham will be joined by Peter Goossens, the World Food Programme’s country director for Somalia; Douglas Guilfoyle, lecturer in law at University College London; and Captain Patrick Neher, director of international and operational law in the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Navy; in an hour-and-a-half discussion to be moderated by Professor Claude Bruderlein, director of the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, and Naz Modirzadeh, senior associate. The panelists will discuss the piracy phenomenon, its relationship to terrorism, and the appropriate legal and policy frameworks for responding to the challenge.

More than 300 policymakers, academics, and professionals in 150 countries have already signed up for Thursday’s seminar. Now in its second season, the series of live web seminars have over 3,500 “alumni” who continue their own discussions through the HPCR Program’s online Humanitarian Law and Policy Forum.

The seminar, which begins at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (13.30 GMT), is open to professionals from United Nations agencies, other international organizations, governments, academia, media, and civil society. Participants can interact with the panelists and each other via a WebEx platform. Free advance registration is required. For more information on the event, click here.