Hosted by the David F. Musto Center for Drug Policy Studies, Shanghai University; and the Graduate Institute Geneva

International drug control mechanisms are focused on the elimination of drug production, use and trafficking, through the operationalization of repressive public policies criminalizing these substances and their non-medical use.

The implementation of these policies has had a detrimental impact on other global development objectives, as recognized by the UN in 2008 and titled the 'Unintended consequences of drug control policies.

To explore the nexus between drug control and development policies, the David F. Musto Center for Drug Policy Studies, Shanghai University and International Development Policy, Graduate Institute Geneva present the Special Issue “Drug Policies and Development: Conflict and Coexistence".

This event will enable audiences in China to join a discussion with world experts on drug control and development policy, and to engage in a debate on different dimensions of drug policies.

When? 18 January 2021 | 17:00 Shangai / 10:00 Geneva

Where? Online - You can join this Zoom event via | Meeting ID: 874 4760 7738

Welcome remarks

  • Prof. Yong-an Zhang, Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Shanghai University, Director, David F. Musto Center for Drug Policy Studies, China


  • Dr. Khalid Tinasti, Director, Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP), Fellow at the Global Studies Institute at the University of Geneva, Switzerland


  • Prof. Julia Buxton, British Academy Global Professor in Criminology, Manchester University, UK
  • Ann Fordham, Executive Director, International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), UK
  • Dr. Ved Baruah, Assistant Professor of History, Shanghai University, China