Public Lecture by Prof. Bernhard Truffer
Date: 5th July 2018
Venue: Kenyatta University, Graduate School RM.08
Theme: Sustainability Transitions
Prof. Truffer is a full professor (Chair: Geography of Transitions in Urban Infrastructures) at the Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and head of the Department of Environmental Social Sciences at Eawag – the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology in Switzerland. He is also Associate Editor of the journal Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions (EIST).Originally trained as an economic geographer, from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, he has since worked on sustainable innovations at Eawag. In parallel, he served as a lecturer and adjunct professor in economic geography at the University of Bern, and lectured at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich for many years. He was also a visiting professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, a fellow at the Social Science Research Center (WZB) in Berlin and the Daimler-Chrysler Research unit ‘Society and Technology’.
Prof. Truffer is currently leading a research project in Kenya on: Sustainability Transitions of Sanitation Regimes in Urban Africa - Assessing the prospects for disruptive innovations (Susara project). The project consists of 2 PhD students, Ms. Pauline Cherunya (KU alumni) and Ms. Mara Van Welie. The EPM department at Kenyatta University has facilitated the research as a local collaborator, whereby an EPM master student, Ms. Edinah Moraa Samuel, visited Eawag for 4 months in 2017 to receive tutoring.
The Susara project team plans to disseminate the project findings through a workshop scheduled for 6th July 2018 at KUCC. Sanitation sector actors from Ministries, Nairobi County, Nairobi utility, International NGOs, local NGOs, CBOs, and social enterprises have been invited.
As a complement to the workshop, the Department of Environmental Paanning and Management has invited Prof. Truffer to present in a public lecture targeting lecturers, researchers, and students of Kenyatta University and the public in general. The title of the public lecture is “Why geography matters for sustainability transitions – recent insights from studying global industry dynamics and innovations in basic utility services in the global South”. In the lecture, the field of sustainability transitions will be discussed and why it has moved so high up on the agendas of the international community. The field`s significance for the global South nations will be presented, and as well how sustainability transitions has been applied in the Susara project.
The visit by Prof. Bernhard Truffer also presents an opportunity for deliberations pertaining to possibilities of similar future collaborations between Kenyatta University and Eawag.
THEME: Educational Reforms and Technological Advancement: Enhancing Teacher Education, Training and Competence-based Learning
Conference Dates: 4TH – 5TH OCTOBER, 2018
Preamble and Objective
The reality of a market-oriented world economy that is characterised by technological development has motivated national initiatives that aim at creating educational environments that are supportive of not only competency-based curriculum but also entail continued teacher capacity development. National governments therefore find it necessary to engage in educational reforms focussing of the curriculum form and content as well as modes of delivery with the aim of steering interventions in response to national needs within global contexts. Through government investments as well as public-private partnerships, educational reforms aim at enhancing human well-being and sustaining the world through an education that empowers citizens to embrace judicious use and protection of natural resources. As a result of this joint vision, education remains a priority on the development agenda for every nation. Hence, the key objective of this year’s conference is to share insights emanating from both educational research and other discipline studies that inform investments in the education of children, youth and adults in response to the increasingly changing demands of a world where technology is the driver of development.
International Conference On : ‘‘20 Years Since The Rome Statute Of The International Criminal Court (Icc) – The Status Of International Rule Of Law, And Access To International Criminal Justice In Africa.’’
20-21 September 2018
Organised by : Department of Diplomacy and International Relations, School of Security, Diplomacy and Peace Studies, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
In Partnership with :OPEN SOCIETY INTIATIVE FOR EAST AFRICA (OSIEA)
This year, 2018, marks twenty years since the Rome Statute, a treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Department of Diplomacy and International Relations, at Kenyatta University seeks to commemorates the adoption of the Rome Statute by organising and hosting a 2 day International Conference ‘‘‘20 YEARS SINCE THE ROME STATUTE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (ICC) – THE STATUS OF INTERNATIONAL RULE OF LAW, AND ACCESS TO INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AFRICA, ‘’ in partnership with Open Society Initiative for East African (OSIEA). Since its establishment the International Criminal Court has made notable in roads in demonstrating that impunity for atrocity crimes is no-longer tolerated. It has sent strong signals of its readiness to deliver justice to the victims of international crimes. In the same vain its interventions have attracted considerable criticisms. These include that it is too slow to deliver its judgments considering the financial investment; that it has been politicised and failing to balance the demands for peace with those of justice.
The International Conference will be an academic forum for dialogue between established scholars, researchers and practitioners on the impact or lack thereof of the Rome Statute on promoting International Rule of Law on the African Continent and ensuring that victims of international crimes have justice. Each of the two days of the conference will have a dedicated sub-theme. On first day the 20th of September the Sub-Theme to be discussed shall be; The Emergence of the Rome Statute Accountability Mechanism- Opportunities, Challenges and the way forward. On the second day, the 21st of September the Sub-Theme to be discussed shall be Politics of International Criminal Justice and Africa: Regional Justice Mechanisms - Obstructers or Enablers of the Rome Statute Mechanism.
The overall objective of the action is to enrich the on-going dialogue on the challenges and future of the Rome Statute based international criminal justice system. So far the dialogue on international criminal justice and the International Criminal Court in particular risks turning into being a dialogue de sourds between those who view themselves as pro and anti-international criminal justice. The debates have also oscillated between civil society and politicians and in most cases happened in venues faraway from the affected regions, where the majority of stakeholders including scholars are often sidelined. This scenario appears to have not aided the Rome Statute and the International Criminal Court into being the mainstay justice institution for international crimes. As such this International Conference seeks to fill this gap by offering a platform where an open academic dialogue between academics, practitioners, and experts based in African institutions and organisations with their counter-parts from the other parts of the world on the prospects of the Rome Statute Based Accountability mechanisms.
During the conference, the academic dialogue will be facilitated through a combination of keynotes presentations and panels under the following themes and topics:
Sub- Theme 1: The Emergence of the Rome Statute Accountability Mechanism- Opportunities, Challenges and the way forward.
1) Responses to international crimes in African jurisdictions prior to the Rome Statute and the International Criminal Court.
2) Historical injustices and International crimes in Africa.
3) Africa States’ approach and attitude towards universal jurisdiction
4) The Legacy of the United Nations Security Council in dealing African issues.
5) African States at Rome Conference – proposals and counter-proposals
6) African States and International Tribunals, Cases Studies and Lessons learned
7) The role and effectiveness of alternative justice mechanisms in Africa.
Sub-Theme 2: Politics of International Criminal Justice and Africa: Regional Justice Mechanisms - Obstructers or Enablers of the Rome Statute Mechanism.
- Self-referrals in the context of African situations
- The African States in the United Nations Security Council and their role in referral of African situations to the Office of the Prosecutors
- Justice and Peace dilemma and the fate of the International Criminal Court.
- Victims and Reparations for discontinued cases- what are the prospects.
- Regionalisation of International Criminal Law- The Malabo Protocol- Enabler or Obstructer of the Rome Statute
- International Court Justice and immunity for international crimes
- The prospects for African Unionthe 3rd UNSC Meeting and Withdrawal Strategy
Abstract deadline: 7th July 2018
Abstract notification: 10th July 2018
Full-papers deadline: 19th August 2018