ASDEAM and the Inernational Law Project
ASDEAM started its program entitled International Law and Diplomacy Approach to address Foreign Policy Issues Confronting Lebanon by organizing a workshop in Beirut on 8th December 2010. It brought together International and Lebanese experts in International Public Law. The Lebanese participants, drawn from the large political spectrum, prioritised the issue of mineral resources to start with and appealed to ASDEAM to provide technical support. To this end, it organized a workshop in Geneva on 2sd and 3rd May 2011, gathering representatives of four presidencies, concerned ministries and several leading experts in the domains of International Public Law, Law of the Sea and Delimitation of Maritime Borders. The outcome was the drafting of a road map that led to the adoption of the Bill on Law & Gas endorsed by the Lebanese Parliament in August 2011.
Within the Project International Law and Diplomacy Approach to Address Foreign Policy Issues Confronting Lebanon: Legal Accompaniment for Delimiting the Maritime Borders of Lebanon and Capacity Building is a component to develop and expand local expertise in the field of International Law and International Relations. The component is considered a vital complement to the overall Project as extensive consultations have shown the need and demand for local expertise on legal and diplomatic issues in Lebanon. Immediate development of local expertise concerning maritime questions should be seen in terms of medium and long-term capacity building of government officials with input from Lebanese experts and policymaking actors.
This project includes three workshops:
- The first workshop touches on the specifics of the question of maritime delimitation. It is expected that the participants will then be able to contribute to the elaboration of a legal and diplomatic strategy so that Lebanon can protect its rights and defend its national interest to contribute to a peaceful resolution of its foreign policy issues in the future as well as representing Lebanese interests before relevant international organizations.
- The second workshop, scheduled for mid-November 2011, will touch on the mechanisms for dealing with international organizations. Most diplomatic training involves bilateral relations, but as the negotiations involving the maritime delimitation will involve the United Nations and eventually other international organizations, the ability to function in a multilateral setting will take on more and more importance. Again, the expertise of the module leader will be made available to the government.
- The last workshop, scheduled for mid-December 2011, will involve lobbying and negotiation skills, one of the most important assets for diplomats and those involved in promoting Lebanon’s interests internationally. An outside expert will work with the group on interactive activities related to practical negotiating skills that will be more than necessary for the discussions involving delimiting maritime borders. The outside expert, during his/her stay in Beirut, may also be available to consult with the government relating to the specifics of the question of the negotiations at hand.