Keynote Lecture by U.N. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan on May 2 in Florence

Event co-sponsored by the European University Institute and Law School’s Center for Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding

Nicholas HaysomUnited Nations Special Envoy Nicholas Haysom will present a lecture, “Sudan and South Sudan: Prognosis for Peace,” on Tuesday, May 2, at 5 p.m. at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. The lecture is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the EUI and William & Mary Law School’s Center for Comparative Legal Studies and Post Conflict Peacebuilding (CLS/PCP). EUI President Renaud Dehousse will introduce Mr. Haysom. Visit the EUI website for more information about the event and to register.

Professor Christie S. Warren is Professor of the Practice of International and Comparative Law at William & Mary Law School, where she also directs the Center for Comparative Legal Studies and Post Conflict Peacekeeping. She is currently in residence at the EUI as the 2016-17 Fulbright Schuman Chair.

“We are honored and delighted to welcome Mr. Haysom to EUI, and it is a privilege for CLS/PCP to co-sponsor this event,” Warren says. “As a significant figure in mediation and peacebuilding, he has unique wisdom and insights to contribute to a world that is unfortunately not short of conflict.”

Nicholas Haysom was a leader of the South African Student Union in the late 1970s, during which time he was placed under house arrest and in incommunicado detention by the apartheid government. He then worked as a labor lawyer and human rights lawyer in the 1980s. Following Nelson Mandela's release, he served as his personal legal adviser, chief constitutional negotiator and then the ANC government's legal adviser throughout the 1990s. In addition, he chaired the selection committee for the membership of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Committee. From the 2000s, he worked as a peace negotiator in numerous conflicts, and headed the U.N.’s constitution drafting support unit in Iraq in 2005, then became director of Political Affairs in the Secretary General's Office. From 2014, he was Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary General in Afghanistan, until taking up his post as U.N. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan.

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About the European University Institute

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