European Drugs Summer School 2017

European Drugs Summer School 2017

The University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) and the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) are joining forces this summer to hold the sixth European Drugs Summer School (EDSS) on ‘Illicit drugs in Europe: demand, supply and public policies’. The initiative is also supported by the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Registration is remains open for the school, which will take place in the Portuguese capital from 26 June to 7 July. 

The 6th European Drugs Summer School will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, 26 June - 7 July, 2017. Full details can be found here

300 x 350‌‌Location: Lisbon, Portugal. 

Detail: Through a multidisciplinary and interactive approach to the drugs problem, EMCDDA scientific experts, leading academics, guest speakers and policymakers, will prepare participants to meet the complex policy challenges in this field — both in Europe and beyond. The focus of the 2017 course will be on preventing and reducing mortality.

Week 1 of the summer school, focusing on the ‘Drugs problem: market, substances, use and harms’, will feature lectures on: the global burden of drug-related problems; drug markets in Europe; detecting new drugs; and demand-reduction interventions. This session will also focus on the EMCDDA’s epidemiological indicators and their use in informing drug policy.

Week 2, dedicated to ‘Policymaking for drug-related issues’, will include lectures on: drug policies (concepts, issues and analysis); the EU drug strategy; drug laws and public expenditure; and monitoring supply reduction and drug enforcement activity. It will close with an analysis of the link between evidence and decision-making.

Study visits to outreach facilities and to one of the Portuguese commissions for dissuasion will be organised over the two weeks. During the course, students will also participate in interactive workshops to discuss their own projects and views. The course will conclude with an open debate with guest speakers.

The target audiences for the EDSS are: university students, researchers, professionals and administrators interested in working on drug issues. The previous rounds of the summer school brought together students from the EU Member States as well as from Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas.

Profiles of former alumni and their testimonials can be found on the official summer school website and their statements viewed in a promotional video. In 2017, students will again be able to apply for scholarships and ‘early-bird’ reductions are available (3). The EDSS is run in English.

 Further Information: 

Further information can be found here: 

For more on the European drugs summer school (EDSS), see www.drugsummerschool.cies.iscte-iul.pt/np4/home 
Follow the EDSS on Twitter at https://twitter.com/edsslisbon 
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Subscribe to the EDSS update (newsletter) at http://eepurl.com/L7Au1

Registration Phase 2: 13 February–7 April.                        
Registration Phase 3: 17 April–2 June. Limit: 50 students.

Contact: 

Catherine Moury, EDSS Scientific Director — drugsummerschool.cies@iscte.pt

ISSDP LAST CALL for Abstracts

ISSDP LAST CALL for Abstracts, Papers, Panels, and Workshops

 

LAST CALL  for Absracts is the 16th January 2017.

The 11th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) will be held in Aarhus, Denmark on 17-19 May, 2017. The conference is hosted by Center for Alcohol and Drug Research, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University. Full conference details can be found here

Location: Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, Denmark. 

The 2017 ISSDP Conference is a unique occasion to present your latest findings to an intellectually engaged, diverse and dedicated scholarly community, and to immerse yourself in the state of the art research across the full spectrum of drug policy research, with the participation of leading international scholars. Researchers and/or practitioners interested in contributing scholarly papers that advance future thinking regarding the development, assessment, or evolution of drug policy nationally or internationally are encouraged to submit abstracts. ISSDP invite abstracts on all aspects of drug policy but particularly on the conference themes. The conference themes this year include: • Balancing control and welfare in drug policies • Local and city-level drug policies (e.g. in relation to national/international policies) • Diversity in drug policy: accommodating ethnicity, class, gender and culture • Contextualising drug policy in its geographic, historical, political, economic and cultural settings • Cannabis policies, including legalization • Drug supply and supply side interventions

Details: 

Full details of the call can be found here:  ISSDP Call for Papers 2017

ISSDP Call for Papers 2017 Conference

ISSDP Denmark ISSDP Call for Abstracts, Papers, Panels, and Workshops

 

The 11th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) will be held in Aarhus, Denmark on 17-19 May, 2017. The conference is hosted by Center for Alcohol and Drug Research, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University. Full conference details can be found here

Location: Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, Denmark. 

The 2017 ISSDP Conference is a unique occasion to present your latest findings to an intellectually engaged, diverse and dedicated scholarly community, and to immerse yourself in the state of the art research across the full spectrum of drug policy research, with the participation of leading international scholars. Researchers and/or practitioners interested in contributing scholarly papers that advance future thinking regarding the development, assessment, or evolution of drug policy nationally or internationally are encouraged to submit abstracts. ISSDP invite abstracts on all aspects of drug policy but particularly on the conference themes. The conference themes this year include: • Balancing control and welfare in drug policies • Local and city-level drug policies (e.g. in relation to national/international policies) • Diversity in drug policy: accommodating ethnicity, class, gender and culture • Contextualising drug policy in its geographic, historical, political, economic and cultural settings • Cannabis policies, including legalization • Drug supply and supply side interventions

Details: 

Full details of the call can be found here:  ISSDP Call for Papers 2017

Drug Policy Reform after UNGASS 2016: Prospects, Proposals, Constraints

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The 'Drug Policy Reform after UNGASS 2016: Prospects, Proposals, Constraints' event takes place Monday, September 5, 2016 - 6:00pm to Friday, September 9, 2016 - 3:00pm

Location: Central European University (Budapest), Oktober 6.u.7 Building/Room

Julia Buxton, acting Dean and Professor of Comparative Politics, CEU School of Public Policy (course lead), and Senior Research Associate, Global Drug Policy Observatory, University of Swansea is host.  The course is intended to strengthen and diversify the knowledge base and networks of NGOs, officials, journalists and others engaged in research and advocacy on drug policy 

Abstract: 

This four-day professional development course is a timely follow up from the landmark April 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs – an event which showed intense but frustrated pressure for reform and profound division over future direction. International drug policy is at a crucial turning point, with opportunities and also risks posed by fragmentation and dissent. The course will reflect on the pre- and post-UNGASS period, identifi es lessons learned and considers next steps at national, regional and global level. Health, crime, human rights, development and new challenges were identified by the UNGASS as key thematic areas and these will continue to frame priorities, debate and advocacy going forward. Each area will be considered in dedicated sessions that will unpack and assess evidence, best practice strategies for reform, as well as spoilers and obstacles to change.

The course is structured around ‘scene setting’ lectures, working groups and panel discussions and aims to amplify the space for participants to share their professional experience and insights, as well as develop skills of team building collaboration, leadership and communication. A core faculty team of five drug policy experts will deliver the program, with additional support provided by School of Public Policy graduates allocated to each of the participant working groups. We aim to create an environment in which participants can share the experience of mistakes and setbacks and learn how to reorient activities and priorities in the post-UNGASS period.

Confirmed Speakers:

Judith ALDRIDGE
Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester

Joanne CSETE
Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University

Niamh EASTWOOD
Executive Director, Release

Luciana POL
Senior Fellow, Centre for Legal and Social Studies (CELS)

Get Involved:

The course is open to the following categories of participants:

  • Civil society leaders with a track record of analysis, oversight, and policy advocacy;
  • Government officials from departments, both central and local level, involved in policy design, implementation, and compliance;
  • Professional staff from international organizations that are active in the field of drug control;
  • Professionals from development agencies, including consultancies and aid agencies;
  • Journalists with previous experience reporting on national or global drug policy;
  • Academics and doctoral students undertaking applied research or teaching on issues related to drugs policy.

The course also encourages applications from those who may find themselves increasingly responsible for mainstreaming consideration of drug related issues into other policy areas (development, public health, security), with this course serving as a focused entry point for those new to the salience of drug policy concerns and debates. 

For the course brochure (including full program) please click here

Find the participants' handbook here.

 

Human Rights and Drug Policy in East Asia Workshop, Hong Kong

Human Rights and Drug Policy in East Asia Workshop, Hong Kong

The 'Human Rights and Drug Policy Workshop' will be held between October 31 to November 5, 2016.

Professor David Bewley-Taylor is a confirmed speaker. 

Location: Centre for Criminology at the University of Hong Kong

Abstract

The objective of the workshop is to focus on the identification and understanding of human rights, including those that have their basis in international agreements and laws and on an evaluation and assessment of the gap between rights and practice in the implementations of drug policies in the Asia-pacific context. It is also hoped that the workshop can be a reflection of the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) 2016 on how to adopt measures to bring drug enforcement activities and domestic law in line with human rights obligations and encourage human rights mechanisms to play a much more assertive role in drug control issues.

Course Content

• Current Drug Trends, International Drug Control System & Impacts in AsiaPacific

• Human Rights and Drug Control • Lessons Learned and Best Practices of Drug Policy in Asia

• Public Health & Harm Reduction • Women & Drug Policy

• Site visits in Hong Kong to harm reduction & treatment centers Who should apply?

• Foreign service delegates working on national and international drug policy

• Government staff working on drug policy and health

• Individuals from civil society working in public health, human rights, development, journalism, law, public policy, etc. with an interest in drug policy

• Researchers and junior faculty While priority is given to those working on drug policy, no prior knowledge of human rights or drug policy is required to apply.

Eligible Regions

Individuals from countries in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia are encouraged to apply. All finalists are eligible to receive full scholarship support including travel, accommodation (shared double rooms) & meals.

Application Guidelines

Complete the application form and send to Ms. Leona Li along with a brief statement of interest.

Further information

The Governance of the Global Cocaine Supply Chain Event

The 'Governance of the Global Cocaine Supply Chain' Event takes place on 4th July 2016. 

Location: University College London (UCL), 51, Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN

Thomas Grisaffi and Desmond Arias are convening a workshop event that will examine stages in the global cocaine supply chain from an ethnographic perspective.  The event will be held at the Institute of the Americas at UCL on the 4th July 2016.

Abstract: 

Popular reports on drug trafficking often focus on localized violence. The cocaine trade, however, is not a series of isolated spaces affected by a product, but, rather, is an interconnected set of experiences, systems, and processes. This workshop will bring together scholars to examine the nature of the linkages between sites along cocaine’s global supply chain and the implications of those interconnections for social, political, and economic life along the cocaine supply route. By integrating existing site focused qualitative research the workshop will provide a deeper understanding of the impact of illegal commodity flows and offer a stronger basis for understanding the ramifications of drug policy.

Confirmed Speakers:

Desmond Arias (George Mason University); Thomas Grisaffi(University College London); Annette Idler (Oxford University); Rivke Jaffe (University Of Amsterdam); Henrik Vigh (the University of Copenhagen); David Skarbeck (Kings College London); Jeff Garmany (Kings College London); Graham Denyer Willis (University Of Cambridge); Adam Baird (Coventry University).

Get Involved:

If you would like to attend, then please send an email to Thomas Grisaffi at t.grisaffi@ucl.ac.uk

EMCDDA European Drugs Summer School - Registration Now Open

The 2016 EMCDDA 'Summer school on illicit drugs Europe' takes place between 27th June and the 8th July 2016. 

The University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) and the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) are joining forces again this summer to hold the fourth European drugs summer school (EDSS) on:
'Illicit drugs in Europe: demand, supply and public policies'
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Registration is now open for the two-week course, which will take place in the Portuguese capital between the 29th June to the 10th July
. The initiative is also supported by the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Go to their website to find out more, or to register for the summer school

Watch their promotional video

Follow them on Twitter

Subscribe to European Drugs Summer School 2016 Updates

Visit their Facebook page


 

University of Essex Human Rights and Drugs Policy Summer School Dates Announced

Following their highly successful second year (2015), the University of Essex's Human Rights Centre has announced a two-part summer school for 2016.  

Part one will last five days (27th June -1st July 2016), and will focus on Human Rights Research Methods.  Part two (4th - 6th July) offers thematic modules on cutting edge issues in human rights, including: 

 Human Rights, Big Data and Technology (organised by the Human Rights Centre)Human Rights and Drug Policy (organised by the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy)

Essex have put together an exciting teaching team, comprised of leading human rights academics and practitioners, all with extensive experience of researching and working on human rights issues in a wide range of contexts. The summer school is ideal for human rights professionals working in NGOs, government and international organisations; lawyers; academics and postgraduate students.

Full details on the modules, sessions and how to book a place will be available shortly.

For more information about the Essex Human Rights Summer School, interested parties can email hrcsummerschool@essex.ac.uk

Visit the University of Essex Human Rights Centre website

Or view photographs of last year's summer school on the centre's Facebook page

 

10th ISSDP Conference, Sydney 2016

The 10th ISSDP Conference is to be held in Sydney, AUS this year.

The conference will run between the 16th and 18th May 2016.

Professor Alex Stevens, president of the ISSDP, has said that he is looking forward to "seeing you this year in Sydney."

A reminder that the last day the conference will accept abstracts is Friday, 8th January 2016.

Visit the conference website 

INSA Report: 'Illicit Drugs in the North East:Searching for Truth and Solutions'

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Click here for the full report for the conference 

INSA Report 'Illicit Drugs in the North East: Searching for Truth and Solutions'