From brushfire wars to the Arab Spring, conflict seems endemic around the world. Diplomacy and delicate negotiation may bring fighting to an end, even though the final outcome is not always satisfactory or quite as expected.
The symposium evaluates different techniques for conflict avoidance as well as resolution, including the use of language and strategies for working across and between cultures.
Tim Connell is Professor Emeritus at City, University of London, having been head of languages there for nearly twenty years. He is deputy chair of the international course board of ESCP Europe, the French grande école which has centres in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, Turin and Warsaw.
He is a graduate of Oxford, Liverpool and London universities, and has also studied in Spain and Mexico. His particular languages are Spanish, French and Portuguese and he has extensive experience of both Spain and Latin America. His particular interest is in the field of professional training for translators and interpreters, where he works closely with the Chartered Institute of Linguists (of which he is a Fellow and Vice-President). He attends meetings of the All Parties Parliamentary Languages Group, which advises Government on matters of language policy.
As a Fellow of Gresham College he sits on the Academic Board and has organised cycles of lectures in the Mondays at One series for 24 years, looking at topics of mainly current interest and speaks on a variety of subjects himself. He has devised half-day symposia on a wide range of themes with an invited panel of experts and is currently looking at the development of webinars. He is also Chair of the Gresham Society, which aims to support the work of the College.
He maintains close links in the Square Mile as a Liveryman of the Stationers’ and Newspaper Makers’ Company, where he is a Court Assistant. He has been Chair of the Livery Committee and currently sits on the Strategy Oversight Committee. He is also involved in developing various charity projects.
Tim writes and speaks on topics relating to the history of the City of London and also covers themes relating to contemporary Latin America. He sits on the Advisory Board of Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Sir Geoffrey Nice QC has practised as a barrister since 1971. He worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia – the ICTY – between 1998 and 2006 and led the prosecution of Slobodan Milošević, former President of Serbia. Much of his work since has been connected to cases before the permanent International Criminal Court – Sudan, Kenya, Libya – or pro bono for victims groups – Iran, Burma, North Korea – whose cases cannot get to any international court. He works for several related NGO’s and lectures and commentates in the media in various countries on international war crimes issues. He has been a part-time judge since 1984 sitting at the Old Bailey and has sat as judge in other jurisdictions, tribunals and inquiries. Between 2009 and 2012 he was Vice-Chair of the Bar Standards Board, the body that regulates barristers.
The six free public law lectures for 2013/14 Sir Geoffrey delivered as Gresham Professor of Law included four lectures on how legal process can fail the citizen in armed conflict, one explaining advocacy work in courts, and a final lecture covering recent legal changes.
The first five of his 2012-13 lectures dealt with issues arising from the work of international criminal courts and tribunals. The sixth contrasted the practice of law in international criminal courts where there is little or no effective regulation of lawyers and judges with the present working practices of the English Bar.
Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC continues his Law series in the 2015/16 academic year, entitled 'Law and Lawyers - not all bad?'.
Professor Nice's previous lecture series are as follows:
All of Professor Nice's past Gresham lectures can be accessed here.
Director of St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in Bishopsgate. After reading a degree in Zoology, Simon’s career has been largely concerned with cultivating new initiatives in the areas of homelessness, mental health and crime prevention. He became interested in inter-religious work in 2000 organising “The Way of Peace 2000” interfaith initiative with HH The Dalai Lama in Northern Ireland and setting up the first London Christian Meditation Centre. Since 2004, he has led St Ethelburga’s Centre, which arose from the ruins of the mediaeval City church destroyed by an IRA bomb in 1993. St Ethelburga’s aims “to help people build relationships across divisions of conflict, culture and religion”. Simon has a particular interest in approaches to enabling difficult conversations and working with the concept of Disagreement Success.
Director of the City of London Festival, Ian Ritchie read Law and Music at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar, and studied singing at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has led numerous arts organisations, including the City of London Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Opera North and St Magnus Festival, Orkney. In 2005 he returned to the City to resume the role of Director of the City of London Festival after a gap of more than twenty years.
He has advised on a large number of arts projects, was a member of the music advisory committees for the Arts Council and the British Council, has been chairman of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) and the Society for the Promotion of New Music (spnm), is currently a board member of several arts organisations, including Musicians without Borders (NL), Opera Circus and St Magnus Festival, and continues to find time for some pro bono work through his own music charity (Accord International) in support of the Mostar Sinfonietta and other musical activities in Bosnia. He is married to Kathryn McDowell, managing director of the London Symphony Orchestra.