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OHCHR Call for Consultation: “Widening the Democratic Space: The Role of Youth in Public Decision Making”

The Secretariat of the OHCHR Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law has invited the Foundation for Law and International Affairs (FLIA) to identify possible topics for discussion at the Forum's inaugural session on “Widening the Democratic Space: The Role of Youth in Public Decision Making”. The Forum will be held in Geneva, at the Palais des Nations, on November 21 and 22, 2016. 
The Secretariat wishes to ensure a strong youth participation in the Forum, and that young people's voices are heard and taken into duly consideration at all stages of the preparations for the Forum, including with regard to the identification of possible topics to be discussed during the meeting. 
FLIA is therefore helping the Secretariat reach out to all interested parties to make the Secretariat's call for inputs an effective and inclusive exercize. Two of the possible broader themes that have thus far been identified are: 

1. the role of training in youth's effective political …

OHCHR Call for Consultation: “Widening the Democratic Space: The Role of Youth in Public Decision Making”

The Secretariat of the OHCHR Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law has invited the Foundation for Law and International Affairs (FLIA) to identify possible topics for discussion at the Forum's inaugural session on “Widening the Democratic Space: The Role of Youth in Public Decision Making”. The Forum will be held in Geneva, at the Palais des Nations, on November 21 and 22, 2016. 
The Secretariat wishes to ensure a strong youth participation in the Forum, and that young people's voices are heard and taken into duly consideration at all stages of the preparations for the Forum, including with regard to the identification of possible topics to be discussed during the meeting. 
FLIA is therefore helping the Secretariat reach out to all interested parties to make the Secretariat's call for inputs an effective and inclusive exercize. Two of the possible broader themes that have thus far been identified are: 

1. the role of training in youth's effective political …

Call for Consultation: “Widening the Democratic Space: The Role of Youth in Public Decision Making”

The Secretariat of the OHCHR Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law has invited the Foundation for Law and International Affairs (FLIA) to identify possible topics for discussion at the Forum's inaugural session on “Widening the Democratic Space: The Role of Youth in Public Decision Making”. The Forum will be held in Geneva, at the Palais des Nations, on November 21 and 22, 2016. 
The Secretariat wishes to ensure a strong youth participation in the Forum, and that young people's voices are heard and taken into duly consideration at all stages of the preparations for the Forum, including with regard to the identification of possible topics to be discussed during the meeting. 
FLIA is therefore helping the Secretariat reach out to all interested parties to make the Secretariat's call for inputs an effective and inclusive exercize. Two of the possible broader themes that have thus far been identified are: 

1. the role of training in youth's effective political …

What role do academics play in the creation of a civil society space?

I am reposting an insightful comment I received from my friend and colleague Elisa Nesossi to a posting I made on "Optimism and Interpretive Spaces: China's Foreign NGOs Management Law". 


Among Elisa's observations, one point attracted my attention. (...) whether and to what extent [academics] want to engage with and contribute to the real world (...)In June 2015, the Ariadne Network, the International Human Rights Funders Group, and the European Foundation Centre held a workshop in Berlin on "Challenging the Closing Space for Civil Society". Ariadne is a "European peer-to-peer network of more than 500 funders and philanthropists who support social change and human rights." 
The International Human Rights Funders Group is a "global network of donors and grant makers committed to advancing human rights around the world". The European Foundation Centre is "the platform for and champion of institutional philanthrophy - with a focus on Eur…

Optimism and Interpretive Spaces: China's Foreign NGOs Management Law - A Response to Elisa Nesossi.

In the context of a broader, on-going discussion about civil society space in China, which is for the most part being held at Law at the End of the Day [see here for earlier commentaries by Larry Backer, here for one of my commentaries, here for Zhu Shaoming's background briefs], in May I published a briefing paper entitled "From Rogue Tiger to Global Player: China's Foreign NGO Management Law", under the auspices of the Torino World Affairs Institute.
The Foreign NGO Management Law has been the object of an heated, almost fiery, international debate, and understandably so. 
In the briefing paper, I argued that - as amply proved by the OBOR initiative among others -  the People's Republic of China is getting closer to playing a more relevant role in the making of global norms. My use of the words 'global norms' was intended to refer to all those legal and non-legal standards that regulate the behavior of state and non-state actors at  both the global and lo…