Humanitarian Assistance and the Protection of Persons in War and Disaster: 12 November

We witness every day that humanitarian emergencies due to conflict and disaster create a cycle of vulnerability that lead to social instability and chronic under-development. Effective humanitarian assistance is of the utmost importance, as are adequate preventive measures. The speakers will offer their long-term perspectives on the topic, from both a medical and legal perspective.
Speakers: Michael van Rooyen (Professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health) Eduardo Valencia-Ospina (member of the International Law Commission)
DATE AND TIME:    Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 18:00 to 21:30
18:00-19:00:    Drinks
19:00-20:15:    Welcome by Arjen Tillema, HLS LLM ’91, Board Member of HCN and Speaker Presentations of Michael van Rooyen and Eduardo Valencia- Ospina, followed by Q/A
20:15-21:30:    Light Dinner Buffet
LOCATION: NautaDutilh, Strawinskylaan 1999, 1077 XV Amsterdam
REGISTRATION AND COSTS: Please register by 4 November at with your name, your Alumni club and name(s) of your guest(s). In addition to the Harvard Club of the Netherlands, the Harvard Business School Club, the Ivy Circle, the MIT Club and the World Bank Club have been invited. We are grateful to NautaDutilh for hosting this event, for which there is no charge.
Further speaker details:
Michael VanRooyen
, MD, MPH is a Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, where he teaches courses on humanitarian operations in war and disaster.  Dr. van Rooyen will discuss the future drivers of humanitarian assistance and the challenges and opportunities for a new era in effective aid and development.
Eduardo Valencia-Ospina (HLS LLM 1963 and Special Graduate Student 1964), retired from the United Nations with the rank of Assistant Secretary-General after 36 years in the service of the Legal and Judicial activities of the Organization. He will speak on ‘The International Law Commission and the Protection of Persons in the event of Disasters”.

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