Symposium war, peace missions and the constitution
Date: 19-03-2004
A YEAR AFTER THE IRAQ INVASION: On March 20th, 2004 American and British troops invaded Iraq.

A year after, on Friday March, 19 2004 the 'Eerste-Kamerfractie' of  GroenLinks in collaboration with the Scientific Bureau for GroenLinks hosts a symposium about: 'War, peace missions and the constitution'

Now that the hot novelty of the Iraqi war, and the political support given to it by the Dutch government, are somewhat behind us, the 'Eerste-Kamerfractie' of GroenLinks wants to investigate which lessons we can draw from these occurences.

On Friday, March 19th, 2004 GroenLinks therefor hosts a symposium in de First Chamber of parliament.

Law experts, politicians and representatives from the peace movement will debate with each other and the audience on questions such as:

*    What is the meaning of the article in the constitution that the government must support the development of international order in the light of the current international relations?
*     How should be perceive the constitutional article that the Netherlands can only declare war with prior permission of the 'Staten-Generaal'?
*     What should the parlementary involvement be with the deployement of Dutch troops in peace missions?

Enticing lectures are to be expected from Leonard Besselink (university lecturer state law at the University of Utrecht),) and  Meindert Stelling (Vereniging van Juristen voor Vrede).
Politicians will react to their comments. Second Chamber of parliament: Hans van Baalen (VVD), Bert Bakker (D66), Farah Karimi (GroenLinks), Frans Timmermans (PvdA). First Chamber of Parliament Diana de  Wolff (GroenLinks). A full program, including documentation, will be sent to you after registration.

The symposium will be moderated by Leoni Sipkes, former member of the Second Chamber of Parliament for GroenLinks.

More info: Leo Platvoet (020 - 6686177; platvoet@planet.nl)

The symposium will take place on Friday, March 19th, 2004 (14-17 o'clock) in the meeting room of the First Chamber of Parliament at the Binnenhof in The Hague.

Entrance is free.

You can register by mailing (with mention of your full address) to: groenlinks@eerstekamer.nl

The full programme with background information will be sent to you at the beginning of March.
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