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How to Assemble Parliamentary Assemblies: Bringing international parliamentary institutions to the next level

Brussels, Belgium
November 27-28 2018

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 (9:00– 19:00)

Session 1: Parliamentary Assemblies: The State of the Art

  • Setting the Agenda & Welcoming Remarks
  • Introduction: Evolution of International Parliamentary Institutions and their categorization, Andrea Cofelice (University of Padua)

Case Studies (Part I)

  • Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Isra Sunthornvut (Secretary-General, ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly)
  • African Union and the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), Hon. Roger Nkodo Dang (President, PAP) (invited)

Session 2: Getting into the Machinery

  • Institutional configurations of IPIs including the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (TBD)
  • The European Parliament: a success story to draw upon? Madeleine O. Hosli (Professor, United Nations University – UNU-CRIS)

Panel discussion: IPIs in regional & global governance
Reception at the European Parliament hosted by Jo Leinen, MEP, Germany


Wednesday, 28 November 2018 (9:00 – 16:30)

Session 3: Other Regional, Functional, and Global IPIs
Case Studies (Part II)

  • Latin America: Parliamento Latino Americano (PARLATINO), Mercosur, Organization of American States (OAS), Fernando Iglesias (Chamber of Deputies, Argentina)
  • The Inter-Parliamentary Union (TBD)

Session 4: The way forward for parliamentary assemblies

  • The need and potential benefit of new global parliamentary assemblies including at the WTO, the UN, or the IMF, Andreas Bummel (Executive Director, Democracy Without Borders)

Workshop: Laboratory for Parliamentary Assemblies
Simultaneous workshops on regional and functional parliamentary assemblies with the intent of developing high-level objectives and pathway for respective IPIs institutional development. Recommended workshop sessions are:

Regional IPIs:
1. Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
2. African Union (AU)
3. Latin-American Parliament (PARLATINO)

Functional IPIs:
4. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and conference may select others

Concluding remarks and distribution of certificates

Partial list of distinguished politicians, practitioners and academic speakers:

  • Fernando Iglesias (Chamber of Deputies, Argentina)
  • Jo Leinen, (MEP, European Parliament)
  • Isra Sunthornvut (Secretary-General, ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly)
  • Cristina Castagnoli (Head of Unit, Democracy and Election Actions, European Parliament)
  • African Union, PAP Representative 
  • Madeleine O. Hosli (Professor, United Nations University - CRIS)
  • Niels Blokker (Professor, Leiden University)
  • Chiara Steindler (PhD, James Madison University)
  • Andrea Cofelice (PhD, University of Padua)
  • Andrew Bradley (Director, Office of International IDEA to the European Union)
  • Ken Godfrey (Executive Director, European Partnership for Democracy)
  • Andreas Bummel (Executive Director, Democracy Without Borders)
  • Shahr-yar Sharei (Executive Director, Center for United Nations Constitutional Research)

 

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