Executive Course: Drug Policy, Diplomacy & Public Health (OSF) 24-26 Oct 2017

This three-day course is designed to increase the understanding of participants on the main intersections between drug policy, public health and human rights. It includes the following modules:

  • International Drug Control Regime
  • Drug control, health and human rights
  • Drug policy stakeholders and perspectives

The course is highly participatory, drawing on the national and international experiences of participants through a multi-disciplinary learning process. It includes lectures by internationally-renowned experts and negotiators, case studies, and working groups. A negotiation simulation exercise will complement the learning experience.

NEGOTIATING THE HEALTH DIMENSION OF DRUG POLICIES

  • Intensive three-day course with renowned faculty and leading practitioners
  • Combine theory and practice through lectures, high-level panels and exercises
  • Meet in the world’s global health capital

Organised by the Global Health Centre at the
Graduate Institute, led by Professor Ilona Kickbusch

Dates:24-26 October 2017
Duration:Three full days (including an evening session)
Tuition:CHF 1,800
Application
deadline:25 September 2017
Contact: globalhealthdiplomacy@graduateinstitute.ch

More information and full flyer here


Cyber Network Conference, Swansea: 11th - 12th September, 2017

Hosted by an inter-displinary team of PhD candidates and early career researchers, #CNC17 is free for presenters and some limited spaces remain available. 

All day, Monday 11 Sep 2017 - Tuesday 12 Sep 2017

Place: College of Law and Criminology, Swansea University, Swansea.

This is an interdisciplinary event, bringing together new researchers of cyberspace. 
It will offer PhD and Early Career Researchers the opportunity to share their research in a supportive environment and develop new avenues for collaboration.

Presentations will last 25 minutes (with an additional five minutes allocated for questions). Presenters and volunteers (needed to help on the day, express interest online) do not pay the conference fee, which is £25 for students. The deadline for the call for papers is 31 May.

Registration for the conference will open soon. Join this Facebook event or sign up to this mailing list to receive updates. You can also follow the conference hashtag #CNC17 on Twitter, and visit the conference webpage.

This event is funded by an Inter and Cross-disciplinary Small Grant from the ESRC Wales DTP.

 

Theorising the Drug War: Essex, 29th-30th June 2017

Kojo Koram and Nayeli Urquiza  are hosting Theorising the Drug War: Unpacking the Ideologies that generated and continue to sustain the 'war on drugs.'  This free event takes place at the Business School, University of Essex on the 29th and 30th June, 2017. 

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Asha Bandele, Senior Director at Drug Policy Alliance
  • Dr. Rick Lines, Executive Director at Harm Reduction International
  • Prof Dave Boothroyd, Professor of Media and Culture, University of Lincoln
  • Dr. Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Reader in Law, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • Niamh Eastwood, Executive Director, Release

Places are free, but limited, and all those wishing to attend are invited to book in advance by emailing: drugwartheory@gmail.com

The event is generously supported by the University of Essex, Open Society Foundations, and the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy


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

Location: 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  
Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1351493758208047/
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

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.

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


ISSDP Call for Papers 2017 Conference

Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, DenmarkThe 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. 

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.