Keynote Speaker: "The Missing Peace: International Law of Intrastate Relations"
Author(s)van Praag, Michael van Walt
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AbstractInternational Law at the School of Historical Studies Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He specializes in intra-state conflict resolution and has served as mediator and advisor in peace processes in regions ranging from Chechnya to New Caledonia. He is currently the Executive President of Kreddha, an international, non-governmental organization for the prevention and resolution of violent intra-state conflicts, which he co-founded in 1999. He served as UN Senior Legal Advisor to the Foreign Minister of East Timor, Dr. Jose Ramos Horta, during the country’s transition to independence as part of UNTAET, and has for many years served as a legal advisor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Office on international matters. Dr. Michael van Walt van Praag graduated in law from the University of Utrecht, where he also obtained his doctoral degree in Public International Law, and he practiced law with the law offices of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington D.C. and London and Pettit & Martin in San Francisco and Washington D.C. He has held visiting teaching and research positions at Stanford, UCLA, Indiana, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the Golden Gate University School of Law. He has authored and edited numerous books and articles on a variety of topics related to intrastate conflict and the relations of peoples and minorities to states. His most recent contribution was to the African Union’s handbook on ‘Managing Conflicts,’ published in English, French and Arabic. He is now engaged in work on the causes of conflicts and obstacles to their resolution, focusing in particular on the ways in which history is perceived and mobilized by the antagonistic parties.