by Barbara Black
Political Science professor Peter Stoett has won the opportunity to attend
a workshop this summer in southwest Africa.
He will be at Windhoek University in Namibia for two weeks in August,
discussing international humanitarian intervention with 19 other scholars
from around the world.
Dr. Stoett will focus specifically on the rights of children during wartime,
a topic which he plans to examine in an upcoming book. This will
give me some depth, as well as a chance to network with Africans and others
affected by war zone situations, he said.
Stoetts trip is courtesy of the Academic Council of the United Nations
and the American International Law Society. Every year, these bodies sponsor
a thematic scholarly workshop, and hold a competition. Expenses for the
winning candidate are paid for by the Law Society.
Dr. Stoett has been teaching at Concordia for three years; previously
he taught at the University of Guelph and the University of British Columbia.
He earned his PhD in 1994 at Queens University.
This is not his first visit to Africa. Last year he went to a conference
on environmental problems and endangered species in Nairobi, Kenya, and
paid a brief visit to the war crimes tribunal in Tanzania, which is examining
charges from the 1994 massacre in Rwanda.
He looks forward to this trip, because it means a lot to be closer to
the site of these challenging problems.
Only two weekends ago, UNITA, the rebel group in Angolaonly
four hours from where Im going to beraided an orphanage, killing
40 children and taking 40 children hostage, he said soberly.
Its an ugly topic, but an important one. I teach a course
in human rights, and I find that the students are very receptive to information
about these problems.