Talk looks at United Nations constitutional assistance to post-conflict countries

The next talk in the Osgoode-York Seminar Series in Policy Research will look at United Nations constitutional assistance and and how it is offered in post-conflict countries as a tool to implement the rule of law and promote conflict prevention and female empowerment.

Vijayashri Sripati, an Osgoode Hall Law School PhD candidate, will argue that the consolidated UN Democracy, Human Rights, Peace, Security & Development System has a constitutional dimension and so deeper implications must be critically examined.

“UN Constitutional Assistance: A Mechanism to Implement Public International Law & Policy” will take place Thursday, Feb. 25, from 12:30 to 2pm at 902 York Research Tower, Keele campus.

Sripati will also address how the UN constitutional assistance fits into the broader international public law policy framework and has emerged as a policy institution offering constitutional assistance to post-conflict countries, as well as other countries, and it does this as a component of its development assistance under the broader democratic governance framework.

Sripati is the recipient of a Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, a Nathanson Doctoral Fellowship from the Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime & Security at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Alberta Law Foundation Scholarship in Constitutional Law from the Alberta Law Foundation.

She has taught at various institutions, including The Indian Law Institute in New Delhi, the Danish Institue for Human Rights in Copenhagen and the National Academy of Legal Studies & Research in Hyderabad, India.

Everyone is welcome to attend the talk. A light lunch will be served. The series is sponsored by the York Centre for Public Polity & Law (YCPPL).

Anyone wishing to attend should confirm by contacting Jennifer Dalton, YCPPL research fellow and seminar series coordinator, at or ext. 33233.