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Challenges to Global Security: INTERPOL’s Role in Founding Multistakeholder Cooperation for a Sustainable Future

About this event

27 September 2023 from 17:30 until 19:00

Amphithéâtre Jacques Chapsal

27 rue Saint-Guillaume, 75007, Paris

Organized by

Paris School of International Affairs

On the occasion of INTERPOL’s Centenary, Sciences Po and INTERPOL are co-organizing a one-day conference under the theme “Challenges to global security: INTERPOL’s Role in Founding Multistakeholder Cooperation for a Sustainable Future”. At Sciences Po, the conference is organized by the Paris School of International Affairs, with the support of the Law School. 

The overall objective of the event is to launch and facilitate an interdisciplinary, multistakeholder dialogue involving practitioners from partner intergovernmental organizations, diplomats, and academics to discuss the state of affairs of the global security landscape and INTERPOL’s place within it, as well as that of relevant intergovernmental organizations.


Thematic Panel Discussions

The closed thematic panels will take place from 13:30 to 17:00 and will be open to students and faculty members of PSIA and the Law School. Discussions will take place under the Chatham House rule. Registration is compulsory.

The first panel will focus on the organization’s actions against transnational crime while leveraging strategic partnerships on a pressing issue with great implications on human security – such as environmental security. At the centre of the discussion will be the implementation of INTERPOL Global Policing Goal 7 “Environmental Security and Sustainability” and its links to the relevant United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

Moderator –

  • Mr Luca d’Ambrosio, Lecturer in Business and Environmental Law PSIA and Law School, Sciences Po; Of Counsel Lysias Partners

Rapporteur – 

  • Ms Paula Schaeffer, Master in International Security, PSIA

Panelists –

  • Ms Emily Barritt, Visiting Professor at Sciences Po Law School; Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law, Co-Director, Transnational Law Institute, King’s College London
  • Mr Rory Corcoran, Coordinator, Financial Crimes and Anti-Corruption Centre, INTERPOL
  • Mr Adrien Estève, Lecturer in Environment and Security at PSIA, Sciences Po; Research Associate at CERI, Sciences Po
  • Mr Sébastien Nochez, Head of the Strategic Division of the new Law Enforcement Directorate for Environment and Public Health of the Gendarmerie Nationale, France

The second panel will seek to facilitate the discussion with INTERPOL’s international partners and academics concerning the current challenges facing the law, theory and practice of Intergovernmental Organizations. Against the backdrop of increasingly polarized political views and social values, participants will identify any gaps in the current international legal order, governing security matters and reflect on rule of law-based responses to global or regional security threats, in the near-to-medium term. 

Moderator –

  • Mr Olufemi Elias, Former Legal Adviser and Director at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons; Former UN Assistant Secretary-General and Registrar of the UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

Rapporteur – 

  • Mr Kaustubh Misra, Master in International Governance and Diplomacy, PSIA

Panelists –

  • Ms Rebecca Mignot-Mahdavi, Assistant Professor, Law School, Sciences Po
  • Ms Mary Rodriguez, Executive Director of Legal Affairs, INTERPOL
  • Mr Stephen Walsh, Head of the Office of Legal Affairs, the Secretariat of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Mr Vassiliy Yuzhanin, Head of the International Migration Law Unit, the International Organization for Migration

Focusing on technology and innovation, the third panel will explore how law enforcement can innovatively and effectively leverage latest developments in the fast-changing technological landscape to strengthen its crime fighting capabilities. 

Moderator –

  • Mr Madan Oberoi, Executive Director Technology and Innovation, INTERPOL

Rapporteur – 

  • Ms Paridhi Bhanot, Joint Master Journalism and International Affairs

Panelists –

  • Ms Delphine Dogot, Lecturer at PSIA, Sciences Po; Associate Professor of Law, Catholic Lille University
  • Mr Darrin Jones, Executive Director for Partnerships and Planning, INTERPOL
  • Mr Jonathan Nelson, Risk Intelligence Director, Constella Intelligence
  • Mr Keongmin Yoon, Legal Advisor, World Bank

Open high-level conference

The high-level conference will take place from 17:30 to 19:00 in the amphitheater Chapsal at 27 rue Saint-Guillaume. It will be open to all members of the Sciences Po community. Registration is compulsory: please register here.

Taking stock of the three complementary aspects of the ecosystem of today’s global law enforcement community (operations, legal frameworks, technology), the final session will expand on the interdependencies between global security and sustainable solutions and the role of INTERPOL and its “Police Diplomacy” in the future integrated security architecture. Whether through pressing the fight against transnational organized crime (e.g., environmental crimes), fostering international cooperation, or leveraging on technology, INTERPOL’s role is at the intersection of global security and the implementation of sustainable development goals.

Chair – 

  • Mr Gilles Michaud, United Nations Under Secretary General for Safety and Security

Panelists –

  • Mr Jürgen Stock, INTERPOL Secretary General
  • Ms Arancha González, Dean, PSIA
  • Mr Thierry De Wilde, Head of International and European Affairs at the private cabinet of the French police Commissioner
  • Mr Frédéric Ramel, Professor, CERI, Sciences Po

Student Engagement

With the objective of fostering student engagement, three student rapporteurs will take part in the conference. This role will enable students to deepen their understanding on the subject, to engage with guest speakers, whilst keeping a summary of key point of the discussion.

Students from PSIA and the Law School were invited to apply. Please read the call for applications for all the details on the role of the rapporteurs and the application process. The selection process is currently underway.


Ms Emily Barritt is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law at King’s College London and Co-Director of the Transnational Law Institute. She is also a Visiting Professor at the Law School of Sciences Po and a Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance. Her research spans environmental democracy, access to justice, public participation, environmental rights, stewardship, and climate change adjudication. Her first book is entitled The Foundations of the Aarhus Convention (Hart Publishing 2020) and she is presently writing her second on transnational environmental law for Edward Elgar.

Mr Rory Corcoran is the Directorate Coordinator for INTERPOL’s Financial Crime and Anti-Corruption Centre, IFCACC, where he performs a supporting role to the current Director. Previously he was seconded from the Irish Police (An Garda Sìochàna) to INTERPOL from 2018 to 2023, where he held a number of positions including Acting Director of INTERPOL’s Financial Crime and Anti-Corruption Centre and Assistant Director of INTERPOL’s Organized and Emerging Crime Directorate, having responsibility for INTERPOL’s Environmental Security and Global Health Crime Programme. He also held the lead role for INTERPOL’s Global Financial Crime Task Force (IGFCTF). With over 33 years’ experience in Law Enforcement, he served the majority of his career in the Garda Counter Terrorism Unit and most recently in the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau. He holds a Master’s and Post Graduate Degree in Legal Studies and also holds academic qualifications in Cyber Crime, Financial Crime Investigations, Environmental Law and Corporate Risk and Governance, from University College Dublin, Ireland.

Mr Luca d’Ambrosio, Ph.D, is research associate at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (IREDIES) and lecturer at Sciences Po Paris (PSIA/Law School). He is Of Counsel at Lysias Partners, Paris. His research and practice focus on business criminal law, business ethics and compliance, ESG and environmental economic law. He has directed several international research projects and has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Columbia, USA (2023), Cambridge, UK (2019), du Littoral, Argentina (2018), Luiss, Italy (2018).

Mr Thierry De Wilde is a General Commissioner and has been controller general of the French National Police and head of international and European affairs at the private cabinet of the French police Commissioner, since December 2022. His career as Commissioner started in 1998 with an initial training in Saint Cyr aux Monts d’Or. Since then, he has been responsible for police matters in several French districts in the suburbs of Paris and chief of CID in the French West Indies. Since 2005, he has been involved in international and european police cooperation. At central level in Paris, in Brussels as JHA counsellor at the French permanent representation to the UE or in China and Russia where he was the representative of the ministry of Interior. Before joining the private cabinet of the DGPN, he was also between 2021 and 2022, the Deputy Director for legal and institutional affairs of the european and international directorate of the ministry of Interior.

Ms Delphine Dogot is Associate Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law of Université catholique de Lille, based on the Paris-Issy Campus. She is the Director of LeStudio, a collaborative and creative digital/law lab, and Research Coordinator on digital and emerging technology for C3RD, Centre for Research on Law & Risk. She researches and teaches in the areas of law and technology, international law, and legal philosophy, particularly in relation to global governance, risk, and security. She teaches at Sciences Po Law School and PSIA on international law and security. Her research investigates critically the tech-driven transformation of law and governance. Before joining UCLille she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Law at HEC Paris, an OXPO Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, a Fellow at Sciences Po Law School, and a researcher at the Perelman Centre for Legal Philosophy at ULB. She holds a Ph.D. in Law from Sciences Po.

Mr Olufemi Elias is an international lawyer with extensive experience in international organisations. He has served as the Registrar of the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, with the rank of an Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations. He was also the Legal Adviser of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague. Dr Elias worked with the United Nations Compensation Commission as a legal adviser in its Governing Council Secretariat and later as Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary of the Commission. He was also a law lecturer at the University of Buckingham and King’s College, University of London earlier in his career. He is President of the Administrative Tribunal of the OPEC Fund, and Vice-Chairman and Judge of the Islamic Development Bank Administrative Tribunal. He has been a visiting Professor in International Law at Queen Mary, University of London since 2006. Dr Elias is a member of the Institut de Droit International. He is the recipient of the Honorary Member Award of the American Society of International Law in 2018 for distinguished service to international law. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar. He has written or edited several books and articles on various aspects of international law, including the law of the international civil service, law and procedure of international tribunals, international administrative law, and the law of treaties. Dr Elias holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford, Master of Law from the University of Cambridge, and Doctor of Philosophy from University College, London.

Mr Adrien Estève is an associate professor in international relations at Sciences Po Strasbourg, associated with the Centre de recherches Internationales (CERI) at Sciences Po Paris. His current research focuses on the evolution of security practices in the Anthropocene, the recent transformations in international environmental governance, and the changes in conflictuality (lawfare and ecocide). He recently published Guerre et écologie. L'environnement et le climat dans les politiques de défense (France et Etats-Unis) (2022) and co-edited the volume Climate Security in the AnthropoceneExploring the Approaches of the United Nations Security Council Member States (2023).

Ms Arancha González is the Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po and the first woman to lead the world's third school for Politics and International Studies. Prior to joining PSIA, Ms González served as Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation (2020-2021). She previously was Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (2013-2020). Between 2005 and 2013 she served as Chief of Staff to the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation. Before that she held senior positions at the European Commission in the areas of international trade and development. Ms González started her career as lawyer in the private sector. A Spanish national, Ms González holds a degree in law from the University of Navarra and a Master in European Law from the University Carlos III of Madrid.

Mr Darrin E. Jones is the Executive Director Partnerships and Planning at INTERPOL. Before joining INTERPOL, he served as Assistant Director Strategic Technology Policy at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Mr. Jones joined the FBI in 1997 as a special agent in the Salt Lake City Field Office, where he investigated international drug trafficking and cybercrime and helped lead the counterterrorism planning for the 2002 Olympics. He held various positions within the FBI until 2017, when he was appointed special agent in charge of the Kansas City Field Office. In 2019, he became the Assistant Director of the Information Technology Infrastructure Division of the FBI, while between 2020 and 2022 he was the Executive Assistant Director of the FBI's Science and Technology Branch.

Mr Gilles Michaud took up the role of Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security on 1 July 2019.

Mr. Michaud, who since 2016 served as Deputy Commissioner for Federal Policing with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), brings to the position a wealth of experience in counter-terrorism, national security and management of substantial human, physical and financial resources. Mr. Michaud has an extensive background in multilateral organizations as the lead on peacekeeping, international capacity-building and liaison activities for the RCMP and he has served on the Executive Committee of INTERPOL. 

During his three decades as a police officer, Mr. Michaud oversaw the RCMP’s national security criminal investigations program and led the Federal Policing Program, with responsibility for investigating sophisticated criminal activity, national security threats, transnational organized crime, protective policing, witness protection and border security. 

Mr. Michaud is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Program in National and International Security and McGill University’s Executive Development Program. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Executive Institute’s 39th Session, the FBI National Academy’s 213th Session and the Leadership in Counter-Terrorism Program administered by the FBI National Academy. Mr. Michaud has received numerous awards, including the Governor General’s medal for academic achievements, the Queen’s Jubilee and RCMP Long Service medals. In January 2014, he was appointed to Canada’s Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.

Ms Rebecca Mignot-Mahdavi is an Assistant Professor of Law at Sciences Po Law School. Her current research is situated in the field of digital security law and governance. Her research reflects on technolegal modes of governance and their evolution/proliferation in a context where new forms of transnational risk, risk-anticipation strategies and technology are in play. Her expertise in public international law, legal theory, fundamental rights and criminal law allows her to explore these technolegal phenomena beyond rigid disciplinary boundaries. Her book, Drones and International Law: A Techno-Legal Machinery was published with Cambridge University Press in July 2023. Rebecca is an Editor for the Legal theory section of the Leiden Journal of International Law, a co-founder of the ESIL Interest Group on International Law and Technology, and a board member of the Women in International Law Network. She is an Associate Researcher at the TMC Asser Institute and at the International Center for Counter-Terrorism. Prior to joining Sciences Po, she served as a Lecturer in International Law and the LLM and MA Programme Director at the University of Manchester. Rebecca holds a PhD from the European University Institute and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.

Mr Jonathan Nelson (MA, MSc) is currently Director of Risk Intelligence at Constella Intelligence, managing a diverse project portfolio of public and non-profit institutional stakeholders, and enabling an understanding of emerging risk vectors across the digital information ecosystem. Over recent years, he has led numerous digital intelligence initiatives aimed leveraging open-source intelligence methodologies to map influence operations and hybrid threats alongside global media partners like the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Reuters, multilateral institutions like the UNDP and European Commission, and an exhaustive list of public, private, and non-profit institutional stakeholders. He is a Fulbright scholar and holds a BA in International Studies and Global Economic Development (University of Dayton, USA), where he also undertook studies in cultural anthropology, an MSc in International Management (University of Limerick, Ireland), and an MA in Visual & Digital Media (IE School of Human Sciences & Technology, Spain). Jonathan is also a recent alumnus of the Aspen Institute’s Tech & Society program and the Fundación Rafael del Pino’s Workshop on the Future of Government at the University of Oxford.

Mr Sébastien Nochez is the head of the Strategic Division of the new Law Enforcement Directorate for Environment and Public Health of the Gendarmerie Nationale. He has been involved in many programs and operations in the field of environmental crime at national and international level. Graduated in the field of Fire Safety Engineering and Waste Sciences and Technics, he joined Senior Officers College of the Gendarmerie Nationale in 2002. During his carrier, he has been appointed several times in the field of environmental protection: first, as an environmental adviser at the National Gendarmerie Directorate in Paris, second, as the commander of the international cooperation unit of the Central Office against Environmental and Public Heath Crime (OCLAESP) before being appointed as a Deputy and as Head of the Analysis and Strategic division of this agency. He is an auditor of the French Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology (IHEST).

Mr Madan Oberoi is the Executive Director of Technology and Innovation at INTERPOL, overseeing INTERPOL’s Information Systems and Technology Directorate, Innovation Centre, and Capacity Building and Training Directorate. Until May 2019, he led the Delhi Police's Special Cell responsible for conducting anti-terror operations and combating cybercrime and organized crime. Additionally, he was an Adviser for ICT at the Ministry of Home Affairs, India, and played a key role in founding the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) as the first Director General. Between 2014 and 2017, he served as INTERPOL's Director of Cybercrime. He has also worked as Inspector General of Police with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in India, managing various units including anti-corruption and cybercrime. Previously, as a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Dr Oberoi led the police force in three districts, including the Central District of New Delhi. Internationally, he has participated in two UN Peace Keeping Missions, leading the Information Management Unit of the UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has also served as Head of Data Centre in UN Mission in Kosovo. He is a Fulbright Scholar in Cybersecurity from the University of Washington, he holds a PhD in Cybercrime and a Master's degree in Management and Systems from IIT Delhi, along with degrees in Police Management and Technology.

Mr Frédéric Ramel is full professor in political science at Sciences Po and a researcher at CERI. He coordinates the GRAM-CNRS (Groupe de recherche sur l'action multilatérale) at the origin of the first francophone observatory on multilateralism (https://observatoire-multilateralisme.fr) and the research program DATAWAR dedicated to the role of Armed Conflict Databases in foreign policies. After his post-doctoral fellowship at the Raoul Dandurand Chair (University of Quebec), he had several positions as Senior Lecturer in Political Science at Jean Moulin University (Lyon 3) and Associate Professor in the Law school Jean Monnet (University Paris-Sud 11). At the same time, he was recruited in the Center of Studies and Research at the Ecole Militaire before participating in the creation of the Strategic Research Institute of the Ecole Militaire (IRSEM), as its first Scientific Director from 2009 to 2013. He was a founding member and member of the Governing Council of EISA (European International Studies Association) between 2013 and 2015. He has published in several peer-reviewed journals including Global Studies Quarterly, International Studies Perspectives, The Journal of International Political Theory, the Journal of Political Science education, International Peacekeeping, Etudes Internationales. His research program also integrates arts, music and most widely sensitivity for highlighting global 

Ms Mary D. Rodriguez is the Executive Director of Legal Affairs at INTERPOL. She has served in that capacity since March 2016. Ms Rodriguez is seconded to INTERPOL from the United States Department of Justice. Prior her current position, Ms Rodriguez was the Acting Director and Principal Deputy Director of the Office of International Affairs, in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Ms Rodriguez previously served as a prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. She holds a juris doctor degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law and a degree in English literature from the University of San Diego, California.

Mr Jürgen Stock is the Secretary General of INTERPOL, appointed in November 2014 and re-appointed in October 2019 to serve a second five-year term. He has more than 40 years of policing experience. Secretary General Stock has initiated changes in four key areas: to improve core business services to police, establish strong partnerships, embrace innovation, and strengthen governance structures and mechanisms. He established three global programmes to guide all INTERPOL’s policing activities: Counter-Terrorism, Organized and Emerging Crime, and Cybercrime. Since 2014, Secretary General Stock has also overseen the creation of a specialized task force to review Red Notice requests, a new Statute for the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files, a review of the legal framework around the Organization’s governing bodies, and a change in the funding model to focus more on public sector contributions.

Mr Stephen Walsh is the current Head of the Office of Legal Affairs at the Secretariat of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Before joining the OSCE Secretariat, he was assigned for over three years to the OSCE Mission in Kosovo where he served as the Head of the mission’s Office of Legal Affairs until 2017. Prior to his OSCE experience, he worked for three and a half years in the field of judicial reform at the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This had followed his initial spell of international work interning at the Legal Unit of the International Civilian Office in Kosovo between 2009-2010. Stephen is an Irish solicitor, qualified to practice by the Law Society of Ireland. He worked for three years at Mason Hayes & Curran commercial law firm in Dublin, Ireland before commencing international work. He holds an LL.B. in Law and European Studies from the University of Limerick and an LL.M. in European Law from University College Dublin. He has lectured on European Law.

Mr Keongmin Yoon is a Legal Counsel at the World Bank, focused on cybersecurity, data infrastructure, and the digital economy. He aids countries in leveraging technology for economic and social progress while establishing secure and equitable digital frameworks.

Mr Vassiliy Yuzhanin is the Head of the International Migration Law Unit of the Department of Policy and Research at IOM Geneva. He has over 25 years of experience in migration, specializing on the International Migration Law, with a particular focus on human rights law, international labour law and migrants’ rights, transnational criminal law, business and migrants’ rights, immigration law, border and other areas. He has been working nationally and regionally providing expert support and implementing projects on the above-mentioned thematic areas on several positions in IOM in Central Asia, Azerbaijan, Regional Office for South-East, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and IOM Headquarters. He took part in, led or contributed to many initiatives supporting governments in migration policy and legislation development. He holds a degree in pedagogics and two law degrees, one on commercial law from the Higher Law School “Adilet” in Kazakhstan and LLM on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK.

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About this event

27 September 2023 from 17:30 until 19:00

Amphithéâtre Jacques Chapsal

27 rue Saint-Guillaume, 75007, Paris

Organized by

Paris School of International Affairs