Call for Application: Pathways to Harm Reduction Drug Policy in Hong Kong and East & Southeast Asia: Principles, Process and Practices Annual Training 2022

Pathways to Harm Reduction Drug Policy in Hong Kong and East & Southeast Asia: Principles, Process and Practices Annual Training 2022 
  
The training will be held online via ZOOM from November 7-9, 2022. 
  
Apply by September 15, 2022 
  
The training will focus on the connections between harm reduction, public health, and drug policy as well as the gap between these principles and practice in the implementation of drug policies in Asia. The training will familiarize participants with the international drug control system, regional trends in drug markets (supply, transit and demand), and comparative case studies of alternative approaches to managing drug use in society as a health and social concern. The course will also look at priority areas and emerging challenges within the region, including death penalty and punitive sentencing policies, imprisonment of foreign nationals, women’s incarceration and impact of COVID-19. It is hoped that the training can provide insights on how participants may adopt measures to bring enforcement activities and domestic law in line with human rights obligations and explore pragmatic approaches that mitigate the adverse health and social consequences of both drug use and overly punitive drug policies.  
  
Course Content: 
  • Current Drug Trends, International Drug Control System & Impacts in Asia-Pacific 
  • Public Health and Drug Policy 
  • Death Penalty and Drug Offenses 
  • The Economics of Drug Markets and Drug Policies 
  • Long Term Imprisonment of Foreign Nationals for Drug Trafficking 
  • Women’s Incarceration for Drug Related Offenses 
Who should apply? 
  • Government staff working on drug policy and health 
  • Individuals from civil society working in public health, human rights, development, journalism, law, public policy, etc. with an interest in drug policy 
  • Researchers and junior faculty 
While priority is given to those working on drug policy, no prior knowledge of human rights or drug policy is required to apply. 
 
Eligible Regions: 
Individuals from countries in East Asia and Southeast Asia are encouraged to apply.  
 
Application Guidelines: 
Complete the application form and send to Ms. Leona Li/Velda Chui at rifhrhub@hku.hk along with a curriculum vitae. On the last page of the application, you should provide a personal statement that answers why the training is relevant to your current activities and what you expect to get out of the training. The program representative will provide confirmation of receiving your application within 3 working days and application results approximately within a month by email. 

Event promotion: Beyond the Substance: Psychedelics and the Challenge of Medical Research and Drug Policy

Global Health & Humanities Book Talk Series - Beyond the Substance: Psychedelics and the Challenge of Medical Research and Drug Policy

Speaker: Dr. Ido Hartogsohn
Discussant: Prof. Gordon Mathews
Dr. Alex Gearin
Moderator: Dr. Priscilla Song
Date: Monday 10 January 2022
Time: 5:00 p.m. Hong Kong (9:00 a.m. London / 11:00 a.m. Tel Aviv / 8:00 p.m. Sydney)
Delivery: via Zoom (zoom session details will be sent prior to the event after registration)

Abstract:
Medical science and drug policy approaches have often been based on essentialist definitions of drug action and dichotomous distinctions between licit drugs and drugs of abuse. In recent years, though, a growing awareness fo the context-dependency and socio-cultural situatedness of drug effects have opened up the prospect of rethinking medical drug research and drug policy in light of social constructivist insights into drug effects, which place the emphasis on the cruciality of set and setting (context) rather than chemical essentialism. Based on Ido Hartogsohn's American Trip: Set, Setting and the Psychedelic Experience in the 20th Century (MIT Press, 2020), the talk will use the story of mid-twentieth-century American psychedelic research and culture as a backdrop for an examination of social-constructivist insights into the context-dependency of drug effects and their implications for medical research and drug policy.

Registration: https://rb.gy/eyfbrk

UNODC: Internship Recruitment

An internship opportunity are opening with the Secretariat of the International Narcotics Control Board (SINCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), at UNODC! The internship is unpaid, and expected to last 6 months, starting from the beginning/mid February 2021. English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, oral and written fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.
NOTE: To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(a) be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(b) be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).
(OFFICIAL WRITTEN PROOF FROM THE UNIVERSITY SUPPORTING ONE OF THE ABOVE POSSIBILITIES MUST BE ATTACHED TO THE INSPIRA APPLICATION)
Don’t miss the chance, click here for more details!

Call for Papers: Killing in the name of the war on drugs

Killing in the name of the war on drugs

Guest editors: Alex Stevens, Karen Joe Laider

The Asian region is marked by a high number of killings that are carried out in the name of the war on drugs. Several countries retain the death penalty for drug offences, and there are also numerous extra-judicial killings of people who use drugs, especially in the Philippines.

This special section of the International Journal of Drug Policy will build on work presented at the first Asian regional meeting of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy, where several papers on such killings were presented. We now invite researchers in any discipline relevant to drug policy to submit articles for publication about the topic of killings that are carried out in Asia in the name of the war on drugs. These could be judicial or extra-judicial killings. Authors do not have to have attended or presented at the ISSDP regional meeting.

We will particularly welcome articles on:

  • Extra-judicial killings of people who use drugs in the Philippines, Bangladesh and other Asian countries.
  • The implementation of the death penalty for drug offences in China, Iran and other Asian countries.
  • Efforts at national and international level to put an end to judicial and extra-judicial killings related to drug use and trafficking in Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and other Asian countries.
  • Analysis of debates about such killings in the public sphere in Asia, including the political uses of capital punishment and the creation of public opinion on this topic.

To clarify: we are not seeking articles for this special section that focus on violence that is related to drug policy or markets unless they relate to killings that are carried out by states or states- sponsored actors in the name of controlling drug markets and users. Such other articles can be submitted for consideration in the usual way.

Submitted articles will be subject to the usual peer review process. Articles that are published in this special section will be made free-to-download for a promotional period of between 60 and 90 days.

If you would like to submit an article for publication in this special section, please use the usual submission process at https://www.elsevier.com/journals/international-journal-of-drug- policy/0955-3959/guide-for-authors. Specify ‘drug war killing in Asia’ as the name of the special section, and choose Alex Stevens as your preferred editor.

The deadline for submission is 27 April 2020. Click here for more details!

1st Asia Regional Meeting of ISSDP: Abstract Submission Deadline Extended

Due to numerous requests, we are pleased to announce that the abstract submission deadline has been extended to 18 April 2019!

Abstract submission here, don’t miss the chance!