November 8, 2012, 11:45 - 1:00 pm
Robert Sutherland Hall, 138 Union Street, Room 202
T he organization and monitoring of elections is the most highly visible of the actions that established democracies take to promote democracy in other states. What do these international interventions achieve? We present two speakers with expert knowledge to discuss this question.
David Gillies, Senior Specialist in Governance and Human Rights at the Canadian International Development Agency, is editor of the 2011 collection Elections in Dangerous Places: Democracy and the Paradoxes of Peacebuilding,that incorporates papers from a conference he organized and led for the North-South Institute. He is author or co-author of three other books and a number of papers on subjects related to democratic development.
Marc Lemieux is a consultant with 20 years of experience in the organization and monitoring of elections, who is just completing three months as a Team Leader for the Canadian government’s 2012 Mission to monitor the Ukrainian parliamentary elections being held October 28th. It is the third time he has participated in a Canadian monitoring mission to Ukraine. In addition to Ukraine he has worked on election-related assignments for the UN, OSCE, OAS, IFES and CIDA in Haiti, Bosnia, Serbia, Russia, Georgia, Cambodia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.