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Dr Dayan Jayatilleka, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to France, Spain and Portugal was invited to deliver a lecture on the topic ‘Sri Lanka and the Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council, May 2009’ by the Barcelona Institute for International Studies (IBEI) on May 24th.
IBEI is an inter-university institute of postgraduate research and training in politics and international relations, supported by five universities in Barcelona. While its Master’s programme has students from over 30 countries, the Institute has more than 25 PhD –level researchers currently.
Prof Fred Halliday, Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the LSE and iconic Leftist scholar spent the last five years of his life as Research Professor at IBEI, referring to it as “our institute” in ‘A Time InBarcelona’, in the volume ‘Political Journeys’, an anthology of his Open Democracy essays publishedposthumously.
Dr Jayatilleka’s lecture was chaired by Prof Robert Kissack, Co-ordinator of the Institute’s MAprogramme and a former student of Prof Halliday at the LSE. A participant in discussion at the two hour session was Dr Margarita Petrova, who teaches Peace and Conflict Studies at IBEI and is currentlyworking on a book on ‘The Politics of Norm Creation’. Her doctoral dissertation was awarded the American Political Science Association’s Prize for best dissertation in international relations in 2008.