On 23 October 2018, UNU will host “Power and Influence on the UN Security Council: The Role of Elected Members” a conversation with Dr Jeremy Farrall, Associate Dean (Research) at the ANU College of Law and Associate Professor in the ANU Law School at the Australian National University. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.
The United Nations Security Council comprises 15 members. It is dominated by its five permanent members (P5): the People’s Republic of China, the French Republic, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America. They not only sit on the Council permanently, but also hold the power to veto any prospective Council action. The remaining elected 10 Council members (E10), by contrast, possess neither the right to veto nor a permanent seat on the Council. They are selected by the United Nations General Assembly on the basis of geographic representation and merely hold a two-year term.
How have recent elected members, including Japan and Australia, been able to build and sustain influence on the Council, despite having neither permanence nor veto power? Are there particular issues that present an opportunity for elected members to gain and exert influence?
Dr Farrall will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation on the seldom-discussed E10 of the UN Security Council, and on the particular dynamics between the E10 and the P5.
The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.
Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 22 October) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.
Dr Jeremy Farrall is Associate Dean (Research) at the ANU College of Law and Associate Professor in the ANU Law School at the Australian National University. He is also the convenor of the Academic Network of the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) and a founding member of the Security Council Analysis Network (SCAN). Previously, he worked for the United Nations in a range of roles, including as Political Affairs Officer at Headquarters (New York) and at the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), and as UN Facilitator for the mediated peace talks in Cyprus. Dr Farrall is an acclaimed author and researcher. His most recent book is Strengthening the Rule of Law through the UN Security Council.
Dr Farrall has a PhD in International Law from the University of Tasmania, and a BA (Hons) and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.
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