Dr. PetriÄŤ, President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia, participates in the UN Interactive Thematic debate on Rule of Law and Global Challenges
New York, 11 April 2011 - Dr. Ernest PetriÄŤ, President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia, participated in the UN Interactive Thematic debate on Rule of Law and Global Challenges.
On Monday, 11 April 2011, the President of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly organized an Informal Thematic debate on Rule of Law and Global Challenges as a key step in the lead up to the high-level meeting on the rule of law scheduled for the first week of the Assemblyâ€™s sixty-seventh session in 2012. The one-day interactive debate was opened by H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the General Assembly and H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General, followed by H.E. Ms. Christiana Tah, Minister of Justice of Liberia, and H.E. Mr. Michael Spindelegger, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria as keynote addresses. The opening was followed by two thematic panel discussions on â€śRule of law and conflict situationsâ€ť and â€śRule of Law and Developmentâ€ť. Upon the invitation of the President of the General Assembly Dr. Ernest PetriÄŤ participated in the Panel entitled â€śRule of law and conflict situationsâ€ť and stressed that the rule of law should be approached at both the national and international levels. The panel was moderated by H.E. Prince Zeid Raâ€™ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Permanent Representative of Jordan to the UN. Other speakers included: Ms. Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; Mr. Jean-Marie GuĂ©henno, former Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations; and Mr. Michael von der Schulenburg, Executive Representative of the Secretary-General in Sierra-Leone. More information about the Interactive debate can be found on: