The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination will hold a lunch seminar on Thursday, March 28, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. in 012 Bendheim Hall. Francesc Vendrell, LISD Non-Resident Fellow and former EU Special Representative for Afghanistan will be the featured speaker. Lunch will be served. To attend, RSVP to Angella Matheney.
Francesc Vendrell is currently Adjunct Professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy. He is the former Special Representative of the European Union for Afghanistan and former Personal Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Special Mission for Afghanistan. In a diplomatic career spanning 40 years, 34 with the UN and over 6 with the EU, he has been involved in mediating a variety of conflicts. In addition to serving as EU special representative for Afghanistan, Vendrell has served as UN Special Envoy for Afghanistan, and in East Timor, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Myanmar, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Central America. He has also served as director of the Asia and Pacific Division at the UN Department of Political Affairs and as director for Europe and Americas in the Office of the UN Secretary-General.
Vendrell was senior visiting fellow at LISD and diplomat-in-residence and visiting professor at the Woodrow Wilson School during the 2008-2009 academic year. He has also been a lecturer of Constitutional Law at the University of Papua New Guinea, director of studies at the Hague Academy of International Law, and adjunct professor at Yale University and Rutgers University.