New Activities in the International Relations Department

by | May 19, 2017

Dr. Foppiani Shares the Department’s Academic News.


The International Relations Department welcomes two new Visiting Research Fellows: Dr. Robin Ramcharan, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Asia Center in Bangkok and Professor of International Relations at Thammasat University, and Ms. Oana Scarlatescu, Webster University Geneva’s alumna and expert at combating trafficking in human beings.


The new graduate course: “Food and Water Security” (INTL 5585) will be offered for the first time in Fall 1, 2017. This graduate course as well as “International Disaster Law” (INTL 5535) were originated in our Department and will be taught all over Webster University’s global network of campuses.

The department is offering a new executive education course and certificate (3 credits) in “Food and Water Security” taught by Ms. Fiorella Picchioni of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and Dr. Mara Tignino from the University of Geneva. The course is open to all BA/BSc holders and will run from June 22 through June 29, 2017.


Dr. Pierre-Etienne Bourneuf is working on the history of the League of Nations and its long-term legacy for the international system; Dr. Oreste Foppiani and Dr. Lionel Fatton on the new posture of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces within the U.S. re-balance to Asia; Dr. Elodie Tranchez on competition and overlaps in human rights’ interpretation among U.N. treaty bodies; Dr. Judit Kozenkow on informal cross-border trade flows, trade policy development, and their gender dimensions in Eastern and Southern Africa; Dr. Vicken Cheterian on sectarianism in the Middle East; Dr. Jubin Goodarzi on the Iranian policy toward the Syrian crisis since 2011 and the U.S. policy in the Persian Gulf region since 1979; Dr. Susanne Peters on energy security, geopolitics of energy, and the European Union’s energy and security policy; Dr. Carlo Marenghi on the “mutual trust” idea and the protection of personal data in the context of migration.


On May 16, 2017, Professor Giuliano Amato, Italian Supreme Court Justice and former Prime Minister of Italy, together with Professor Fausto Pocar, judge at the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and President of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, will participate in and speak at a luncheon seminar on international careers. In September 2017, Dr. Otto Hieronymi will organize a conference for the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome (1957-2017) and the future of the European Union. The 23rd International Humanitarian and Security Conference will take place on February 15-16th, 2018. As usual, it will be held in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees: it will also benefit from the high patronage of the Republic and Canton of Geneva.