Chatham House Rule

Please do not quote or attribute remarks to any of the participants or their institutions or organizations without their explicit permission.

Schedule Details

The VCCR At 50 Conference will take place on January 17, 2013, at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy on the Tufts University campus in Medford, Massachusetts.

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Student Panels (seventh floor, Cabot Center): Organized and conducted by Fletcher School students, with the assistance of Jennifer Bachus (U.S. Department of State Fellow, Fletcher School).


  • Almaz Baishygashev (Fletcher School)
  • Jeremy Beck (Fletcher School)
  • Mary Chapman (Fletcher School)
  • Abbie Gotter (Boston University)
  • Alexandria Kirkland (Boston University)
  • Samantha Lakin (Fletcher School)
  • Kwan Lin (Fletcher School)

Pizza lunch provided by the Diplomacy Club (Fletcher School).


Opening of the Conference (ASEAN Auditorium, Cabot Center): Welcome extended by Alan Henrikson (Diplomatic Studies, Fletcher School) – recognition of the work of former Fletcher faculty member Luke T. Lee, author of Consular Law and Practice (with John Quigley, 3rd. ed. 2008).

Legal Perspectives:

Moderator: Hurst Hannum (LL.M. Program, Fletcher School)


  • Daniel Hernández Joseph (Consulate General of Mexico), on the consular protection of Mexican citizens abroad
  • Michael Glennon (Fletcher School), on the "enforceability" of the VCCR and ICJ decisions in the United States, with reference to Medellin v. Texas
  • Jan Wouters (University of Leuven; College of Europe), on European/EU consular law and current issues
  • Stacey Saufert (DFAIT Legal Services Unit, Department of Justice Canada), on Canadian Consular Law: legal framework, recent cases and current trends

coffee break (refreshments courtesy of Boston University)


Diplomatic Perspectives:

Moderator: Dean Stephen Bosworth (Fletcher School)


  • Michele T. Bond (Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State), on contemporary U.S. consular policy and issues
  • Philip Lupul (Deputy Director, Consular Policy & Initiatives, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada), on contemporary issues and challenges in Canadian consular practice

coffee break (refreshments courtesy of Boston University)


Operational Perspectives:

Moderator: Erik Goldstein (Boston University)


  • Corina L. DuBois (Chief, New Media Unit, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State), on how the Department of State uses technology, social media and the web to engage with citizens
  • Liping Xia (China Foreign Affairs University), on the recent development of China's Consular Protection System
  • Paul Hare (Boston University), on the impact of technology in changing consular practice over time

Reception (Hall of Flags, Cabot Center)

Sponsored by the Canadian Consulate General in Boston