The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law

From Revolution to Devolution? The Future of the State in the Middle East

A workshop


DAY ONE - Friday, June 1, 2018 -- UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center, Discovery Room

9:15 AM: Welcoming Remarks

9:30 AM: Panel 1-Theory/Framework overview and roadmap for book

  • Omar Dajani (McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific)
  • Aslı Bâli (UCLA School of Law)

11:00 AM: Panel 2-Decentralization, governance, reform and identity conflict: State of the Literature

  • Sujit Choudhry (University of California, Berkeley)
  • George Anderson (Queen’s University)
  • Philip Roeder (University of California, San Diego)

12:30 PM: Break

1:30 PM: Panel 3-Decentralization for improved governance: [UAE,] Tunisia, Jordan and Arab Iraq

  • Intissar Kherigi (Jasmine Foundation) – Tunisia
  • Kirk Sowell (Utica Risk Services) – Jordan and Arab Iraq

3:00 PM: Break

3:30 PM: Panel 4-Decentralization in the context of internal conflict: Libya and Yemen

  • Karim Mezran & Elissa Miller (Atlantic Council) Libya
  • Balakrishna Menon (World Bank) – Yemen

DAY TWO - Saturday, June 2, 2018 -- UCLA School of Law

9:30 AM: Roundtable from the Region

  • Discussion led by Zaid al-Ali with those involved with reform efforts in the region

11:15 AM: Panel 5-Decentralization and territorial integrity: Iraq and Syria

  • Samer Araabi (Accountability Counsel) & Leila Hillal (New America) – Syria
  • Peter Bartu & Aidan McEachern (University of California, Berkeley) – Iraq

12:45 PM: Break

2:00 PM: Panel 6-Decentralization and self-determination: Israel/Palestine and Turkey

  • Omar Dajani (McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific) – Israel/Palestine
  • Sari Bashi (Human Rights Watch) – Israel/Palestine
  • Aslı Bâli (UCLA School of Law) – Kurds/Turkey

3:30 PM: Break

4:00 PM: Panel 7-Lessons learned and implications of case studies

  • Zaid al-Ali (IDEA)
  • Tom Ginsburg (The University of Chicago)
  • Will Kymlicka (Queen’s University)

5:30 PM: Closing Group Discussion

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