11 October 2016
Conflict of Interest in International Organizations. Findings from academic research.
Tuesday, 11 October 2016, 12:30 - 14:00
UNOG Library Events Room B-135
Palais des Nations, Geneva
The independence of international civil servants from their countries of origin is a central aspect of the deontology of international organizations. Academic research has been looking into how this principle is reflected in reality. One peer-reviewed article published in June 2016 in the journal "Public Administration" illustrates the finding of a research conducted on humanitarian organizations. The authors investigated whether ICSs face conflicts between national and international interests and which conditions may cause the development of this conflict. The findings show that conflict of interest is a matter of concern for international staff and that there is a correlation between staff seniority and the exposure to the risk of conflicts of interest. The article has won the recognition of the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS), which works at connecting Swiss academia and international organizations.
For this Library Seminar we have invited the authors of the article and international relations experts to discuss the findings of the research and to answer questions from the audience. Copies of the article will be available in the room.
Welcome Remarks and Moderation:
Chief, UNOG Library
Bernhard Fuhrer, Director
Swiss Network for International Studies
Presentation of the Research and Key Findings:
Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management, Bocconi University, Milan
Faculty of Political Science and International Relations, University of Geneva
Advisor, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations Office at Geneva
Chief, UNOG Human Resources management Service
Legal Officer, UNOG Human Resources Legal Unit
For those without a UNOG badge, registration for this event is obligatory.
Interested participants are invited to register on-line before 11 October 2016.