Professor Gonzalo Villalta Puig, Full Professor of International Public Law, department of Private, International and International Law business, School of Law, University of Navarra.
IR4CG is a bilingual group , so speech will be in both English and Spanish.
Well in advance of meeting of group, the director will circulate a topic to be discussed on the basis of a brief article academic/opinion/press. Each meeting will begin with a brief introduction/exhibition of the article to be discussed by the director. Sometimes this introduction will be given by a guest speaker or a student. For an orderly dialogue, there will be a list of guiding questions arising from the article to be discussed to start the discussion. The dialogue will be moderated by the director, in order to redirect the conversation and focus the topic towards the same conversation.
The Chatham House Rule will be followed: 'When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed'.
The director serves as moderator with the following functions:
Encourage reflection through questions that can provoke interest and discussion.
promote reciprocal listening, silence and respect for the order of speech.
Avoid more than one simultaneous conversation.
Give the floor in the order in which it is requested, with priority given to those who have participated the least during the session.
If by raising your hand (or making a signal to moderator) you wish to respond to a current issue, you should give priority before returning to the main topic , but always avoiding digressing and straying from the initial issue. These interventions are indicated by a 'two' with the hand.
From agreement to the relaxed and informal conversation format, the outline of colloquium will be as follows:
15 minutes: Introduction, presentation from topic.
5 minutes: Formulation of questions for colloquium and start of the dialogue.
40 minutes: Tertulia.
10 minutes: Compilation of the conclusions and announcements for the next session.
Exercise in reading comprehension of article and discernment of opinions.
One colloquium every two weeks during term time.