Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Inaugural Global Democracy Essay Competition

The Society for the Global Democracy announces the Inaugural Global Democracy Essay Competition. For more details see here.

The purpose of this competition is to raise consciousness about global democracy by revisiting notions of equality and democracy with special emphasis on the Global South. The objective is to increase participation of the youth in this nascent movement. The Society has consciously chosen to initiate its endeavors with an essay competition for the purpose of encouraging constructive dialogue and adding to the corpus of literature already existing on the subject. To this end, the Society desires to publish a Yearbook collating all writing produced by the Society in or through its activities. The winning entries may be eligible for publication in the Yearbook, contingent on the quality of the essays.The Society in this effort seeks to reach out to the youth worldwide. We desire to involve people who belong to backgrounds that are diverse and thereby provide us with different perspectives that are unique to their consciousness. The purpose is not to attain homogeneity but encourage multiplicity of thought woven to form a stream of knowledge, wherein no one voice is dominant and no perspective considered alternate.

We hence invite all students world-over to join us in our efforts and share with us their thoughts and views on issues pertaining to democracy at the global level.

The Topics for the Essay Competition are as follows:

1. Democratic Deficit in International Institutions

2. A World Parliament Without Veto

3. Funding Sustainable Development: An Alternative to the 'Aid' Model


The competition is benefited by the assistance of two eminent academicians.

Professor Andrew L. Strauss, one of the pioneers of the global democracy movement and Professor (Dr.) B.S. Chimni, an authority on third world issues have kindly assented to judge the entries.

Professor Strauss teaches international law at the Widener University School of Law. His area of specialization is public international law, international economic law, international transactions and international organizations. He is co-author of the fourth edition of International Law and World Order. Several of his works have appeared in renowned journals such as Foreign Affairs, The Harvard Journal of International Law, and The Stanford Journal of International Law. His articles with Professor Richard Falk on democratizing the international systems have provided this global movement with momentum and direction.

Professor Chimni is the Founder-Patron of the Society for Global Democracy. He has taught international law in the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi for nearly two decades. He has been a Visiting Professor at the International Center for Comparative Law and Politics, Tokyo University, a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, Visiting Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Public International Law, Heidelberg, a Visiting Scholar at York University, Canada and a Visiting Fellow, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge. His most recent publications include `AlternativeVisions of Just World Order: Six Tales from India, Harvard International Law Journal, and `The World Trade Organization, Democracy and Development: A View from the South', Journal of World Trade, Vol.40 (2006).



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