The International Law Institute (ILI) is pleased to offer our annual seminar on Advanced Arbitration and Mediation in Washington, D.C., which will run for two weeks from November 6th – 17th, 2017. The first week of the seminar will cover the “Foundations of Advanced Arbitration and Mediation.” It will provide an overview of the fundamentals of arbitration and mediation in an international context and develop participants’ understanding of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. The second week will focus on the drafting of arbitration clauses as well as arbitral procedure, with the opportunity to participate in a mock arbitration.

Anne Marie Whitesell, the Director of the ILI’s Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution and Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, is the course advisor for the seminar. As the former Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Ms. Whitesell has broad knowledge of arbitration in jurisdictions throughout the world. Her stated goal for the seminar is “to provide a better understanding of the concepts of arbitration and mediation in order to improve these systems on both the local and international level.”

Accompanying globalization and the rising number of cross-border relations during recent years, parties have increasingly sought to settle their disputes using a method other than traditional litigation. With the support of intergovernmental organizations and the development of international conventions, arbitration has become the principal method for resolving international business disputes in an expanding number of jurisdictions. “Arbitration provides a binding process that permits flexibility and neutrality, which is well suited for international disputes” said Ms. Whitesell.

Ms. Whitesell views the Advanced Arbitration and Mediation seminar as a means to examine the growing complexity of the arbitration system. Through these two one-week sessions, Ms. Whitesell and other experts will provide the groundwork necessary for a high-level understanding of international arbitration and mediation. Lectures will be supplemented by discussions among participants, who will share their perspectives from diverse countries. In the past, the sessions have included a site visit to the D.C. Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division to observe a live mediation case. Additionally, there will be a day-long mock arbitration exercise. According to Ms. Whitesell, “By the end of the seminar, our participants will be able to take home ideas on how to improve their own respective systems, which will contribute to the global advancement of international arbitration.”

By Kenneth Barragán

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Dear Colleague:

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Seminar Schedule for the International Law Institute (ILI). ILI offers training to assist government officials, practitioners and the private sector in finding solutions to the legal and economic challenges faced by developing nations and emerging economies. Participants are exposed to the best practices in good governance, management, and transparency standards that will give them the tools to improve the performance of government agencies, promote public accountability in government and achieve economic growth. More than 32,000 participants, from 186 countries, have been trained by ILI and its global affiliates. We invite you to nominate appropriate candidates to participate in the following seminars to be held at our Washington, D.C. headquarters.

ILI organizes special seminars and conferences in the ILI facilities and abroad. ILI also partners with many renowned organizations to co-sponsor other events which contribute to the promotion of the rule of law and international development.


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The International Law Institute (ILI) will offer a seminar on Project Monitoring and Evaluation in Washington, D.C., from September 25 to October 6, 2017. The primary focus will be on effective project monitoring and evaluation, but additional relevant topics will also be covered within the program.

Danielle de García, course advisor for the seminar, highlights a “well defined theory of change” as the starting point and key component of any project or task.

What this means is that one must define intended results prior to implementation, while also tracking its impact. It is not enough to simply achieve a goal; one should also strive to do so efficiently. Ms. de García outlines the basic steps of monitoring and evaluation as being:

  1. Make sure the model used is based on sound causal logic and data.
  2. Decide how the results of the project will be measured. This usually involves coming up with indicators, definitions, and data collection methods.
  3. Measure the data, either by monitoring (continual data collection, using a performance management plan or something similar) or evaluation (noting certain points in time and answering specific research questions). Monitoring reveals what is happening with respect to intended outcomes. On the other hand, evaluation explains why or how changes are or are not occurring. Both have their merits despite serving different purposes.
  4. Analyze the data.
  5. Use the information gathered to inform decision-making. This is the most important of all the steps.


According to Ms. de García, monitoring and evaluation are of particular significance now partly because many organizations are struggling with financial cuts and want to better invest their resources. Whereas previously the field relied heavily on quantitative or qualitative data, the thinking has evolved into a more holistic approach. “Often, monitoring and evaluation refer to helping promote both learning and accountability – and the learning side is gaining momentum,” she says. This places a greater emphasis on adaptive and flexible monitoring and evaluation systems, which can even work in complex or volatile environments.

Although the roles of monitoring and evaluation are distinct, both processes have users and uses. The extent to which they affect decision-making is largely dependent upon organizational culture, among other factors.

Ms. de García identifies monitoring and evaluation as being a crucial parts of project management. They are not the same, but they are interconnected aspects of any project. Monitoring and evaluation assist in overall project design, financial oversight, and stakeholder communication.

If participants could only take away one thing from this seminar, Ms. de García hopes that it will be practical skills that they may immediately apply in setting their personal, project, or organizational-level goals and in measuring their progress. The understanding she wishes to communicate is that monitoring and evaluation are driven by stakeholders’ needs, and that there are concrete ways of meeting them.

Danielle de García is the Director of Performance Evaluation, Innovation, and Learning at Social Impact. Her expertise lies in monitoring and evaluation, organizational capacity building, project management, and participatory methodologies. The breadth of her experience extends to Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and she has provided technical consultancies to a variety of local, national, and international organizations.

As she has facilitated the ILI’s Project Monitoring and Evaluation seminar in the past, she noted some improvements that have been made to curriculum.

“We’ve changed the course a bit over time to ensure that there is a more logical flow to the information; and that a variety of fields are represented. We’ve also added more practical information and sessions which are aimed at showing how different organizations apply the same concepts. We have a variety of exercises based on each participant’s individual projects, so that they now leave with a strong understanding of how each concept applies to their own work,” she says.


By Surovi Bain

For more information on:   Project Monitoring and Evaluation

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Upcoming Seminar:
PROJECT MONITORING AND EVALUATION
September 25 - October 6

This seminar familiarizes participants with project monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems and tools that focus on results in international development. The seminar offers participants both a conceptual framework and practical skill development.

   
Key Topics:  
     
  • Results-Based Management (RBM) in International Development
  • Planning for and Executing the Monitoring and Evaluation Processes
  • Tools, Methods and Approaches Facilitating Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Knowledge and Learning
 
 

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Washington, DC; 10 Business Days; Tuition $3950
 
 
 

 

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The International Law Institute was founded in 1955 as part of Georgetown University. Since 1983, ILI has been an independent, non-profit training institution. ILI has a long-standing track record of assisting emerging economies and developing countries in achieving economic growth through sound governance and legal infrastructure.

ILI offers training to assist government officials, practitioners and the private sector in finding solutions to the legal and economic challenges faced by developing nations.

ILI participants are exposed to the best practices in good governance, management, and transparency standards that will give them the tools to improve the performance of government agencies, promote public accountability in government and achieve economic growth. More than 31,000 participants, from 186 countries, have been trained by ILI and its global affiliates. ILI organizes special seminars and conferences in the ILI facilities and abroad. ILI also partners with many renowned organizations to co-sponsor other events which contribute to the promotion of the rule of law and international development.

 

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Fostering Prosperity Through the Rule of Law
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Tel: 202.247.6006 Fax: 202.247.6010 Website:
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DATES:    JUL 9 - 20, 2018

TUITION:  $3950

 

Overview

Economic development is frequently dependent upon a strong and efficient agricultural sector. In this seminar participants will learn how to use public-private partnerships (PPPs) effectively to mobilize resources for improving agricultural productivity and strengthening the value chain. By examining a range of comparative case studies, participants will develop skills to recognize and address multiple challenges inherent in PPPs for their effective application in the agriculture and food sectors, to appreciate the value of multi-stakeholder engagement and participatory process in PPP design and implementation and to identify and cultivate potential partnerships. The seminar is designed specifically for the benefit of those actors in the public and private sectors and CSOs/NGOs who are engaged in agricultural development and food security programming as well as government officials responsible for the design and implementation of national policies for food security and/or in related ministries (agriculture, environment, health, etc.).

In the context of this seminar, the term PPPs is used to refer not only to the financing of physical infrastructure projects necessary to achieve food security (such as development of transportation networks (roads, ports, etc.), warehousing and storage, all of which contribute towards improved distribution networks) but also to a wider range of PPPs that may be considered unique and important to the food security community (such as value-chain development, innovation and technology transfer, delivery of nutrition programs and producer extension training, etc.).

 

Course Outline

 

CHALLENGES IN ACHIEVING FOOD SECURITY

  • Deconstruction of the "four pillars of food security" discussed below
  • Overview of global food system
  • Underpinning legal frameworks (International and National levels)

 

PPPs IN THE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECTORS

  • Understanding PPPs - The Basics
  • Use of PPPs in the agriculture and food sectors

-  Differences, benefits and challenges
-  Role and contributions of private and public sector players and CSOs/NGOs
-  Types of agreements and financing

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF PPPs (Corresponding with the "four pillars" – Availability, Access, Utilization and Stability):

PRODUCTION (Pillar 1 – “Availability”)

  • Physical Components

-  Natural resource management (soils, water, energy, renewable sources)
-  Geography and climate (change); climate-smart/sustainable agriculture
-  Biodiversity and use of technology (livestock and seed selection)
-  Environmental protection and Environmental Impact Assessment

 

  • Social Components:

-  Land ownership and tenure (including gender issues, traditional and indigenous rights)
-  Land use planning and zoning
-  Producer organizational structure (individual, cooperative associations)
-  Production types (e.g., contract farming)

 

  • Financial Components:

-  Financiers (commercial and development banks, leasing companies, etc.)
-  Financing instruments (secured transactions, negotiables, warehouse receipts, etc.)
-  Access to credit (including gender issues and access for MSMEs)
-  Insurance and risk management

  • PPP Applications (e.g., innovation and technology transfer, delivery of extension training, with emphasis on small holder farmers)

 

DISTRIBUTION AND INFRASTRUCTURE (Pillar 1 - “Availability”)

 

  • Physical infrastructure (roads, rail)
  • Supply chain management
  • Storage and processing facilities (e.g., warehouses, cold storage)
  • Value added and marketing
  • Reduction of post-harvest losses and food waste “from farm to fork"
  • PPP Applications (e.g., value chain development, physical infrastructure upgrades)

 

EXCHANGE AND TRADE (Pillar 1 - “Availability”)

 

  • International trade and special rules for agriculture (WTO Agreement and regional trade agreements)
  • Domestic policies (subsidies, price supports and other market interventions)
  • Domestic markets, investment and global competition
  • PPP Applications (e.g., business development, producer advisory services)

 

NUTRITION (Pillars 2 – “Access” and 3 – “Utilization")

 

  • Nutritional challenges – reducing malnutrition and obesity
  • Maternal/child health and consumer education
  • Nutritional guidelines – “our food plate”
  • Alleviating malnutrition through biofortification
  • PPP Applications (e.g., program delivery - improved livelihoods, school feeding; technology transfer in bio-fortification)

 

QUALITY AND SAFETY (Pillars 1 – “Production” and 3 – “Utilization”)

 

  • Consumer protection and quality assurance
  • Food safety standards and implementation
  • PPP Applications (e.g., capacity-building in processing and handling)

 

SOCIAL SAFETY NETS AND STABILITY (Pillar 4 – “Stability”)

 

  • Emergency preparedness, planning and disaster relief
  • PPP Applications (e.g., emergency relief)

 

NATIONAL CROSS-SECTORAL PLANNING FOR FOOD SECURITY

 

  • Methodology for developing an effective national cross-sectoral plan
  • Participation and consultation with national and local stakeholders (small holders and farmer organizations, civil society, private sector, other groups)
  • Effective integration of the use of PPPs and engagement of private sector
  • Contributions of international and regional organizations (i.e., World Bank, United Nations, Food and Agriculture Organization, etc.)

 

Course Advisors

Jeannette Tramhel is a Senior Legal Officer with the Department of International Law of the Secretariat for Legal Affairs at the Organization of American States. She has been involved in private international law, commercial, business and trade law for over 20 years as a practicing lawyer and staff member of the OAS and UNCITRAL. She holds an LL.B. from Queen’s University in Canada, an LL.M. from Georgetown University (with distinction) and is a member of the bar in Ontario and New York. She also holds degrees in agriculture and environmental design and has worked as an international development professional in partnership with communities in Southeast Asia, Africa, Central America and the Caribbean to orchestrate projects that address complex issues of food security and sustainable development.

Carol Mates was Principal Counsel at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington, D.C., the intergovernmental international financial organization that is the private sector affiliate of the World Bank, where she worked for almost three decades. She represented IFC as a lender and equity investor in private-sector projects in emerging markets including Latin America, Africa, Eastern and Central Europe, India and East Asia; these include infrastructure projects such as power, telecom, transport, and water projects (including public-private partnerships), corporate debt and equity investments in different sectors. After retiring from IFC, Ms. Mates worked at USAID covering the legal aspects of the Development Credit Authority guarantee program. Prior to her position at IFC, she worked in private law firms in New York City and in the legal department of a US multinational commercial bank in Boston. Her teaching experience includes being an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center and lecturing at Boston University Law School. She holds a JD from Columbia University School of Law and an AB from Barnard College of Columbia University.