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IFES: Understanding, Adjudicating, and Resolving Election Disputes

Feb. 24, 2011, 4:30 p.m.


Chad Vickery, IFES regional director for Europe and Asia, presented his paper, A Practitioner’s Guide to Understanding, Adjudicating, and Resolving Election Disputes, at one of the first panels at the International Political Science Association (IPSA) biannual conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  The paper is a part of a book on the electoral dispute resolution that will soon be published by IFES titled Guidelines for Understanding, Adjudicating, and Resolving Disputes (GUARD) in Elections.

Whatever Happened to North South?, brings together hundreds of academics and practitioners in political science for four days to present their papers, receive feedback from their peers and converse about the latest developments in their fields.

Vickery participated on the panel “Courts in Elections,” which examined the influence of the judiciary in the electoral process ranging from their role in complaints adjudication to their interpretation of electoral law. He was joined by Professor Lucas Arrimada from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, Professor Siri Gloppen from the University of Bergen in Norway and Dr. Vitor Marchetti from the Universidade Federal do ABC in Brazil.

Vickery's paper focuses on the seven key standards necessary for the effective and legitimate adjudication of election complaints and disputes. Founded in international public law such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and found in the legal systems of stable, mature democracies around the globe, the seven standards serve as guidelines that can be followed in the field to design, implement or revise an electoral dispute resolution system that will serve the voters and promote the rule of law.

Dr. Peter Burnell, who has contributed to ElectionGuide,  offered valuable comments to all participants.

The panel was held at a classroom in Sao Paulo University, which allowed the panelists to exchange comments and answer questions from the audience in an informal setting. The goal of the session was to foster a productive debate and enable the presenters to gain additional perspective on their topics of expertise.

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