4 x Yale on Democracy in the USA, 21 May; and Symposium on International Law, 2 June

Democracy Today in the USA
21 May 2016 , 14.00 – 17.00
DeLaMar Theater Amsterdam
4 Yale alumni participate in a roundtable discussion on Democracy in America, with an introduction by Jeb Bush.

Speakers
Jeb Bush
Anne Applebaum BA ‘86
Roger Berkowitz (Hannah Arendt Center)
Azra Nafisi (Fellow Johns Hopkins SAIS)
Randall Kennedy (Professor Harvard Law) JD ‘82
Derek Shearer (Clinton advisor) BA ‘68
Sean Wilentz (Professor Princeton) MA ’78, PhD ‘80
Rob Riemen, Director Nexus Institute

For more information (in EnglishDutch): https://nexus-instituut.nl/nexus-activiteit/210-democracy-today-in-the-usa

Register

‘It was your American statesmen and poets such as Lincoln and Whitman who proclaimed to the world democratic thought and feeling, and the democratic way of life, in imperishable words,’ German novelist and Nobel Prize winner Thomas Mann stated in 1938. He arrived in New York for a coast to coast lecture tour entitled The Coming Victory of Democracy, inspired by Walt Whitman. More than hundred years before Mann’s arrival in America Alexis de Tocqueville wrote his brilliant study Democracy in America. His observations on the nature of a democratic society were, however, more sober than the euphoric evocations of the American bard and the German novelist. Without the burden of tradition, authorities and social classes, American society would be pragmatic, utilitarian, individualistic, materialistic.

What is the state of democracy today in the USA? Why do many Americans consider their political system ‘broke’? What are the consequences of this, now and in the future? What remains of Walt Whitman and Thomas Mann’s idea that literature and a liberal education are the soul of a true democracy? And when watching the news today, how should we understand the undercurrent of racism in American society; the religious fundamentalism; the massive amounts of money as part of the elections; the role of anti-politics ‘politicians’ in the election of the American president; the many broken dreams?!

Programme
2.00 pm  Welcome Rob Riemen
2.05 pm  Keynote address Jeb Bush
2.15 pm – 5pm Round table discussion
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Symposium: Legal Diversity and the Universal Vocation of International Law
McGill University’s Faculty of Law and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University, have the pleasure of inviting you to a one-day symposium on the theme of legal diversity and the theory and practice of contemporary international law. A detailed Symposium agenda will follow upon registration.

For registration or additional information please email: events.grotius@cdh.leidenuniv.nl.
Date/Time: Thursday, June 2, 2016 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location(s): Schouwburgstraat 2, 2511 VA, Den Haag,

The Ambassador of Canada, H.E. Sabine Nölke, will host a post-conference reception that evening, at the Canadian Official Residence (Groot Haesebroekseweg 44, Wassenaar), from 18:30 to 20:30.

Thematic Questions:
The speakers from various Hague legal institutions and from academia will be asked to address one or more of the following themes:
Legal pluralism, legal diversity and international law: retrospective and prospective views; experiences from the practice of various Hague legal institutions; traditions of multiculturalism and legal pluralism (including the McGill Law Faculty educational method);
Human rights, peremptory norms, international legal standards and legal / cultural diversity;
“Cosmopolitan attitudes, methods & officials” (Patrick Glenn) in the practice of international law;
“Harmonious coexistence rather than obligatory universality” (Patrick Glenn) & universality through diversity (ICJ Vice-President Yusuf);
The enrichment of international law through principles and approaches of diverse traditions / legal systems (former ICJ Vice-President Weeramantry);
Envisioning future pathways for international law / institutions in the light of global legal diversity.

We look forward to welcoming contributions from the following legal practitioners and academics:
The Ambassador of Canada to the Netherlands, H.E. Sabine Nölke ; Professor Daniel Jutras, Dean, Faculty of Law, McGill University; Mr. Norman Farrell, Prosecutor, Special Tribunal for Lebanon; Justice David Baragwanath, Special Tribunal for Lebanon; Mrs. Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (TBC); Justice Betram Schmitt, International Criminal Court; Payam Akhavan, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University (and Counsel at PCA, ICJ, ECtHR, ITLS, ICC, ICTY); Dr. Elies van Sliedregt, Professor in International and Comparative Criminal Law, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, School of Law, University of Leeds; Ms. Silke Studzinsky, Trust Fund for Victims, International Criminal Court (previously Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)); Dr. Sergey Vasiliev, Assistant Professor in Public International Law, Grotius Centre, Leiden University; Mr. Hans van Loon, former Secretary General, Hague Conference on Private International Law; Dr. Alex Mills, Reader in Public and Private International Law, Faculty of Laws, UCL; Justice Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade, International Court of Justice (TBC); Judge Xue Hanqin, International Court of Justice (TBC);

Conference proceedings will be inspired in part by the works of the late Professors Patrick Glenn and Roderick Macdonald of McGill University, Faculty of Law, including their study of legal traditions of the world and legal pluralism, interlinked with Canadian traditions of multiculturalism.

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Professor William Goetzman (if you’re in London 10 May…), and Sustainable Transport Systems, 9 June (Amsterdam)

Yale Club of London Speaker Series: Professor William Goetzmann: “Money Changes Everything: How Finance Made Civilisation Possible”
Date: 10 May 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Reform Club, 104 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5EW (Note the location!)
Bookings/more info: Click here to register for this event.

About the Event:
Please note: Gentlemen are required to wear closed collar, jacket and tie.  Ladies are required to dress with a similar formality.

Note the location (city)!

Sustainable Transport Systems: 9 June in Amsterdam: Save the date

Yale alum Tom Bosschaert is organizing the upcoming Grid Night “Let’s Move!”, all about Sustainable Transport Systems. Learn and discuss about automated vehicles, circularity in infrastructure, smart logistics and more.

Save the date so you don’t miss it! Thursday 9th of June from 18:30 in Amsterdam. Location t.b.a.

More information via gridnight@except.nl

 

 

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Swiss Philosophy Salon Festival (8-10 April); and Feb Club 18 February

The Public Sphere: Philosophy Salons, an initiative of Yale philosophy major Justine Kolata, is hosting its second major Salon in Switzerland on April 8-10. For more information, see the website:
http://www.philosophysalons.com/eve…/switzerland-salon-2016/

From the announcement:
“We are delighted to announce the launch of The Public Sphere’s new website and the pre- registration for our next philosophy salon festival, at the beautiful and historic Palace Maloja in St Moritz Switzerland, April 8-10, 2016. It will be a magical weekend of salons, art events, music soirees, evening dancing, communal meals, nature walks, and much more.”  Location: Hotel Maloja Palace

And don’t forget the our annual Feb Club borrel in Amsterdam on February 18th.

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Reminders: Yale Club Alumni Survey! Human Rights Watch Borrel; 6th Annual Feb Club Borrel

Dear Yale alums, lots happening, so get on board.

We are surveying Yale alumni in the Netherlands. We’ve received useful input on several issues, and have some new volunteers, but we know there are more of you out there. We want basic feedback from everyone about interests and priorities. The survey only takes a few minutes to complete – you should have received a reminder in your email with a link. If you haven’t, please email yaleclubnl@gmail.com and we will send it to you.

Human Rights Watch/Ivy Circle Drink: 31 January at De Balie (Leidseplein) in Amsterdam!
The annual Ivy Circle drinks at the HRW weekend will be on Sunday, January 31, at 17:00.  The speaker is José Miguel Vivanco, director of Human Rights Watch’s Americas division.
The cost to attend the Ivy Circle drinks is € 15 per person, payable to the Ivy Circle Netherlands account NL83 TRIO 0254 8413 09 with reference “HRW Drinks” and your name(s).   Please pay in advance!

6th Annual Feb Club Emeritus Drinks Thursday, February 18, 18:30: the Yale Club of the Netherlands will host our annual Feb Club Emeritus (www.febclubemeritus.com) party in the center of Amsterdam at Café Luxembourg
We hope to see many of the over 100 Yale-alums in the Netherlands.  Dinner can be ordered by those who want it, and general festivities for all, from 18.30 on.  There’s no entrance fee (we pass the hat), but please register by sending an email to yaleclubnl@gmail.com

Cafe Luxembourg
Spui 24, 1012 XA Amsterdam
easily reached via trams 1, 2, and 5.

(We noted your survey feedback about the tables, and we’ll try to make more room for people to mix and move. Thanks!)

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18 February: 6th Annual Feb Club Borrel in Amsterdam

On Thursday, February 18, the Yale Club of the Netherlands will host our annual Feb Club Emeritus party in the center of Amsterdam at Café Luxembourg, described as “one of the world’s great cafes” by the New York Times.
With over 100 events across the globe and over 5,00 participants, the Feb Club Emeritus (www.febclubemeritus.com) has become the largest Yale alumni event. Meet old friends and make new ones.  We have had between 15 and 25 people each year, and hope to see many of the over 100 Yale-alums in the Netherlands.
Dinner can be ordered by those who want it, and general festivities for all, from 18.30 on.  There’s no entrance fee (we pass the hat), but please register by sending an email to yaleclubnl@gmail.com

Cafe Luxembourg
Spui 24, 1012 XA Amsterdam
easily reached via trams 1, 2, and 5.

(We noted your survey feedback about the tables, and we’ll try to make more room for people to mix and move. Thanks! For those of you who have not yet participated in our survey, there’s still time: http://goo.gl/forms/Ys9BVNHBOC.)

See you on the 18th!

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Human Rights Watch/Ivy Circle Drinks: 31 January 17:00

The annual Ivy Circle drinks at the HRW weekend will be on Sunday, January 31, at 17:00.  The speaker will be José Miguel Vivanco, director of Human Rights Watch’s Americas division and Harvard Law alumnus. Originally from Chile, he has also taught Law at Georgetown Law School and Johns Hopkins SAIS (bio https://www.hrw.org/about/people/jose-miguel-vivanco ).

For more on the HRW weekend, click here.  Note you must arrange tickets to other weekend events yourself via the website.

The cost to attend the Ivy Circle drinks session is € 15 per person, payable to the Ivy Circle Netherlands account NL83 TRIO 0254 8413 09 with reference “HRW Drinks” and your name(s).   Please pay in advance!

 

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Yale Club of the Netherlands Member Survey: Have you responded?

Dear fellow Yale alum,

With our apologies in case you’re getting this message for a second time…
we are currently surverying Yale alumni in the Netherlands, to get a better idea of location and interests.  Have you filled out the survey yet?

We would like to do more, so we need some basic feedback from everyone about what type of events you are most interested in, your availability to attend events etc. Would you be willing to fill out a quick survey? It only takes a few minutes to complete. Click on the link to fill in and submit the survey:

http://goo.gl/forms/Ys9BVNHBOC

Yale also takes part in events with 18 other “Ivy Circle” schools here in the Netherlands. As a Yale Alum, you are also welcome to join the Ivy Circle alumni network (www.ivycircle.nl), which is much broader than the Yale network, with more than 2000 alumni in the Netherlands. There have been many interesting events organized by other Ivy Circle schools!

Thanks again for your help with the survey – and keep watch here for the Feb Club announcement!
Yale Club of the Netherlands www.yaleclub.nl

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Yale Club of the Netherlands Member Survey: Have you responded?

Dear fellow Yale alum,

We are currently surverying Yale alumni in the Netherlands, to get a better idea of location and interests.  Have you filled out the survey yet?

We would like to do more, so we need some basic feedback from everyone about what type of events you are most interested in, your availability to attend events etc. Would you be willing to fill out a quick survey? It only takes a few minutes to complete. Click on the link to fill in and submit the survey:

http://goo.gl/forms/Ys9BVNHBOC

Yale also takes part in events with 18 other “Ivy Circle” schools here in the Netherlands. As a Yale Alum, you are also welcome to join the Ivy Circle alumni network (www.ivycircle.nl), which is much broader than the Yale network, with more than 2000 alumni in the Netherlands. There have been many interesting events organized by other Ivy Circle schools!

Thanks again for your help with the survey – and keep watch here for the Feb Club announcement!
Yale Club of the Netherlands www.yaleclub.nl

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Save the dates: Human Rights Watch weekend 29-31 January, de Balie, Amsterdam

 Human Rights Weekend: the Power of One
Human Rights Watch presents, in collaboration with De Balie, the fourth edition of the Human Rights Weekend. Films and debates on human rights and the power of one. Meet international filmmakers, Human Rights Watch researchers, photographers and journalists.

This year’s theme is ‘The Power of One’, demonstrating the power of a single individual (for good or for evil) to impact/influence people and events as well as provoke major change

This year’s event will cover a broad geography, from Iran to Latin America to Europe and the US.  Topics will cover e.g.: Refugees // Human Rights and Diplomacy // Justice vs peace // HRW and the media // Climate change

Program & tickets:
www.debalie.nl (from mid-December)

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Zakaria event (9 January) cancelled

Mr. Zakaria is not coming to the Netherlands at this time, and the John Adams Institute has been forced to cancel the event.

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