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Address by Dr Trevor Findlay, Director of the - Carleton University

Address by Dr Trevor Findlay, Director of the - Carleton University

Address by Dr Trevor Findlay, Director of the - Carleton

Address by Dr Trevor Findlay, Director of the Canadian Centre for TreatyCompliance, at the Centre’s Launch Event, Rideau Club, Ottawa, 31 March 2005Ladies and gentlemen,May I say at the outset how delighted I am to be here, in Ottawa, at Carleton Universityand at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. Et je suis enchanté d’être auCanada. Especialement au printemps. I feel honoured to be given the challenge ofsetting up a new research centre that will deal with issues going to the heart ofcontemporary world politics—namely compliance with international treaties. To be ableto do so at a school, such as NPSIA, that has an international reputation in bothpostgraduate teaching and research, is a treat. To do so in a country like Canada, that haslong stood for the paramount importance of the rule of law in international affairs—andwhich might be described as a ‘serial complier’—is even sweeter.For this I would like to express my gratitude to Foreign Affairs Canada and CarletonUniversity. I am especially grateful to Bob Lawson, Manager of the InternationalSecurity Research and Outreach Programme; Dr Katherine Graham, Dean of the Facultyof Public Affairs and Management; and Dr Fen Hampson, Director of the NormanPaterson School. Together, they have brought the Centre into being, in short order, andmanaged to lure me here from London, also in short order. I’d also like to pay tribute tothe Markland Group, represented here by Doug Scott, which has for many years labouredin the wilderness to convince anyone who would listen of the importance of treatycompliance. It was in fact the Markland Group that originated the idea of a universitybasedcentre devoted full-time, and on a professional basis, to researching and teaching inthis area.I would also like to thank all of you for attending this evening’s event. I’m especiallygrateful to Robert MacDougall, Director of the Non-Proliferation, Arms Control andDisarmament Division of Foreign Affairs Canada for his presence and for his kindremarks. While not wishing to break diplomatic protocol, I am especially pleased that the