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International Institutions Symposium featuring Distinguished Visitor Irina Bokova
4:00 PM


Tuesday, January 30, 2018
World Forum

At a time of economic, political, and military changes around the world, some are questioning the continued viability of international institutions even as others are arguing these organizations are more essential than ever. A diverse group of scholars and practitioners will discuss the role of international institutions as well as reforms needed at this dynamic moment. 

4:00-4:30pm Keynote by Irina Bokova

Irina Bokova is the former Director General of UNESCO.

4:30-5:55pm Panel Discussion and Q&A

Panelists Include: Bill Burke-White, Bathsheba “Sheba” Nell Crocker, and Ruth Wedgwood. Moderated by LaShawn Jefferson

William Burke-White:
Richard Perry Professor and Inaugural Director of Perry World House and Deputy Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2009-2011, he served on U.S. State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, providing the Secretary direct policy advice on multilateral diplomacy and international institutions.

Bathsheba “Sheba” Nell Crocker:
Bathsheba "Sheba" Nell Crocker is a U.S. diplomat. From 2014 to 2017, Crocker served as the Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs.

Ruth Wedgwood:
Ruth Wedgwood is an American lawyer and university professor who holds the Edward B. Burling Chair in International Law and Diplomacy at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, in Washington, D.C.

LaShawn Jefferson:
LaShawn Jefferson is Perry World House’s Deputy Director. She brings to Perry World House over two decades of legal and policy advocacy, strategic planning and communications, and research and writing on women’s international human rights through civil-society organizations and philanthropy. She joined Perry World House after almost seven years at the Ford Foundation, where she worked to advance women’s human rights globally and in the U.S.

6:00pm-6:30pm Reception in Student Lounge