6th Annual International Conference on Critical Public Issues

Brasenose College in the University of Oxford, Oxford, England

July 28 – August 1, 2013

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The Oxford Round Table will hold the 6th Annual International Conference on Critical Public Issues during the dates of July 28 – August 1, 2013 at Brasenose College in the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. Brasenose College is one of the thirty-eight colleges that form the University of Oxford and was founded in 1509. We are pleased to invite you to become a member of this Round Table. Membership is limited to approximately thirty-five (35) interdisciplinary scholars who have a particular interest in this subject.

Six years ago, a highly successful Round Table was specifically designed to explore Environment and Climate Change, Terrorism and Global Security and Immigration Law. You are invited and encouraged to make a presentation and to provide a paper on a relevant aspect of the topic, however your participation as a member of the Round Table is not contingent thereon. Papers presented at the Round Table may be subsequently submitted for publication in the Forum, a journal of the Oxford Round Table. Papers considered for publication in the Forum are evaluated by peer reviewers as to technical and substantive quality and for potential to make a significant contribution to new knowledge in the field.

Alternatively, we are also hosting a few other sessions in 2013 that may be of interest to you :

March 17 – 21, 2013 – Higher Education

July 28 – Aug 1, 2013 – Religion

Aug 4 – 8, 2013 – General Education

Members of the Oxford Round Table have access to an array of academic, cultural and social resources, including the Oxford Union Debating Society, colleges and halls of Oxford dating back to 1204, museums, theatres, bookstores, college chapels, river boating, literary pubs, political clubs and may, on recommendation, become official readers of the venerable Bodleian Library of the University, founded by Duke Humphrey circa 1440 and refounded by Sir Thomas Bodley 1602. A free afternoon and evening will be available on Tuesday for independent travel to London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Cambridge or many of the other cultural sights in England.

The topics for discussion will include:

Environment

· Sustainable Development
· Biodiversity
· Biogeochemistry
· Land Use
· Infectious Disease
· Greenhouse Gas Emissions
· Politics of Sustainability
· Ethics of Sustainability
· Power Utilization
· Environmental Law
Terrorism and Global Security
· Nature and Causes of Terrorism
· Politics of Terrorism
· Psychology of Terrorism
· Cultural Motivations of Terrorism
· Nuclear Proliferation and Rogue States
· U.N. Reform and Role of the Security Council
· Destabilization of the Middle East
· Nuclearization of Iran and the World Order
· The Threat to Israel’s Existence
· Religious Fundamentalism and Security
· Oil and the New World Order
· Social Psychology of Culture and Race
· Protection of Human Rights

God, Religion and Foreign Policy
· Separation of Church and State
· God in Political Literature
· Political Realism or Idealism
· Adam Smith and God
· History of Politics of Religion
· Christian and Muslim Foreign Policy

Cyberspace and Ubiquitous Learning
· National Security and Safe Secrets
· Privacy and Corporate Reach
· Online Predators, Children and the Internet
· Defamation, Hate Speech and Calumny
· Sovereign Boundaries and Venue of Courts
· Intellectual Property
· E-Learning
· Educational Technology
· Internet Technologies
· Multi-Virtual Environment
· Ubiquitous Computing

Immigration, Law and Justice
· Guarding National Borders
· Elections and Immigrations
· Rationality of Governmental Policies
· Overtones of Race, Ethnicity and Religion
· Economics and Employment
· Language and National Interests
· Drug Trafficking
· Slave Trade and Prostitution
· International Money Laundering
· Controlling Illegal Drugs
· Defining the Law of Search and Seizure
· Administering the Criminal Justice System

The conference will run from Sunday night through Thursday morning. We will have reception and dinners in the Olde Dining Hall on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday nights where the Oxford professors and students dine when university is in session. Lunches are provided on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday along with tea/coffee/biscuit breaks during the meeting. You can also reserve a room in the Oxford University dormitory at Brasenose College where students stay during term time. More detailed information concerning the schedule of events and the registration fee can be found on our web site.

In order to ensure that you are registered in a timely and accurate manner, we recommend that you register on our website at www.oxfordroundtable.co.uk. Should you be unable to attend, we would welcome your nomination of a colleague to attend in your place. We look forward to hearing from you.