Red Lion Chambers and Hogan Lovells invite you to a panel discussion on the Rohingya crisis, examining legal and political challenges to international accountability. Panellists include Ambassador Stephen Rapp, Nina Tavakoli, Dr Chaloka Beyani, Dr Champa Patel, Steve Ainsworth, and will chaired by Chris Stone, OBE (Hon).
At a time of global attention on the Gulf Region and the catastrophic conflict in Yemen, the human rights and humanitarian situation both within the UAE and beyond its borders have been in the headlines. This event will explore the current situation on the ground and the prospects for promoting human rights compliance and accountability in challenging times.
ATLAS Member Sara Bergamaschi, her fearless Co-Founders and team at SAHR (Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights) are celebrating 10 years of fighting for women’s rights and gender justice on the frontlines in Afghanistan and India. Come and join Sara and her team at The Laundry SF to learn about their brave advocates, activists, and lawyers at a very special evening of ARTivism, legal innovation, visual storytelling, film-making, music, meditation and dance flow!
Talk with Jelena Aparac: ICC and Corporate Liability : An Opportunity to Correct the Criminal Narrative
Aujourd’hui, la Cour pénale internationale compte 123 États Parties et près de 900 employés; 10 situations sont sous examen préliminaire par le Bureau du Procureur et 11 enquêtes sont ouvertes. 26 personnes ont été accusées de génocide, de crimes contre l’humanité et de crimes de guerre. Autrement dit, la Cour fonctionne, mais, pour plusieurs, elle fonctionne lentement – seuls 5 procès ont abouti : 3 condamnations et 2 acquittements – et laborieusement – sur les 26 accusés, 15 sont toujours en fuite. Elle n’est ainsi pas exempte de critiques qui se révèlent multiples, interdisciplinaires, polymorphes et souvent contradictoires.
Ce sont à ces critiques auxquelles se dédie le colloque international « Le Statut de la CPI a 20 ans : Approches critiques et interdisciplinaires » qui se tiendra à l’ULB les 3 et 4 décembre prochains. Près d’une trentaine d’expert.e.s – professionnel.le.s et académiques – seront réuni.e.s autour d’un objectif : dévoiler et questionner une série de critiques fondamentales adressées à la Cour. L’événement se tiendra sous la forme de six table rondes abordant chacune un thème autour duquel gravitent ces critiques. Les discussions porteront notamment sur la quête de légitimité de la Cour, les stratégies qui s’y mettent et qu’elle met en place, la manière dont elle est perçue et ses activités reçues, ainsi que les représentations que l’on en fait.
Le Statut de la CPI a 20 ans : Approches critiques et interdisciplinaires. La conférence aura lieu en français et en anglais (sans interprétation). 3-4 décembre 2018, ULB, Auditoire Dupréel, Avenue Jeanne 44, 1050 Bruxelles.
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Digital technologies affect on the daily lives of billions of people around the world. The decisions of private platforms and tech developers — and the public institutions that regulate their conduct — can shape public discourse, with profound impacts on democracy, liberty, autonomy, and governance.
This panel provides a broad overview of the landscape for regulating cutting-edge digital technologies in Europe and the US. The discussion focuses on mechanisms for ensuring tech developers and platforms build and deploy their products and services in a manner that is consistent with fundamental human rights, including the rights to freedom of expression and privacy. Panelists bring a wealth of experience to the table and will address considerations with respect to the role that strategic litigation, legislation and regulation, and multi-stakeholder initiatives that operate outside of government can play in setting a human rights tech agenda. Topics of discussion will include the advent of a new privacy regime in Europe in the form of the General Data Protection Regulation; challenging surveillance in the age of mass data collection; the complex landscape for platforms making content moderation decisions; and the long-range impact of technologies that incorporate algorithms, AI, and, machine learning.
Nani Jansen Reventlow
Nani is the founding Director of the Digital Freedom Fund, which supports partners in Europe to advance digital rights through strategic litigation. Nani is also an Associate Tenant at Doughty Street Chambers, a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School and has been an advisor to Harvard’s Cyberlaw Clinic since 2016.
Can is a barrister (HLS ‘08) practising commercial law, public international law, and human rights law from 4 New Square Chambers in Lincoln's Inn, London. Can is also Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School (international human rights) and Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and Koç University Law School (international investment law and arbitration).
Vivek is Counsel at the law firm Foley Hoag LLP, where his practice addresses complex regulatory and human rights-related challenges facing businesses that operate across borders, both in cyberspace and in real space. He previously served as a Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law at HLS and Assistant Director of the Cyberlaw Clinic, where he remains an advisor. He is an affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.
Jessica Fjeld (Panel Moderator)
Jessica is a Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and Assistant Director of the Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. She is a member of the board of the Global Network Initiative.
The recent IPCC report on climate change has highlighted the urgent need to tackle climate change globally, but for many small island communities, the real and imminent threat of climate change is not news. Low lying small islands are on the front line of climate change impacts with rising sea levels threatening their very existence. But they are also on the frontline of global action against climate change. This talk will explore the challenges and opportunities for small island communities to drive the world agenda on climate change to protect their human rights.
Susie Alegre is an international human rights lawyer with 20 years’ experience working on issues related to human rights, the rule of law and accountability. She founded the Island Rights Initiative to bring together her knowledge of international frameworks for human rights and accountability with her insights as an islander to support island communities around the world.
Alexia Solomou will speak on a panel at the Future Legal Technology Forum on artificial intelligence and international law. The discussion will touch on:
The renewed focus AI can give a law firm
How does AI dwarf the search engine?
Advances in machine learning: which direction will the future take us?
Research implications of AI for legal work
The TLI at The Dickson Poon School of Law has been hosting the Transnational Law Reading Lab continuously since the Institute’s launch in September 2014. The Reading Lab is an informal gathering to revisit or discover scholarly contributions to an emerging field where law and development meet, and is open to anyone interested. There is only one rule: anyone attending ought to have read the assigned text. The Reading Lab is open to UG and PGT/PGR students and to faculty in London and, provided there is space, beyond.
Thursday 22 November: Bell Hooks, Feminism is for Everyone (2000) – Old Committee Room, King's Building
Tuesday 11 December: Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran (2003) – The Wellington Room, 1st Floor, Somerset House East Wing
The TLI at The Dickson Poon School of Law has been hosting the Transnational Law Reading Lab continuously since the Institute’s launch in September 2014.
The Reading Lab is an informal gathering to revisit or discover scholarly contributions to an emerging field where law and development meet, and is open to anyone interested. There is only one rule: anyone attending ought to have read the assigned text. Note: “Background readings” are optional.
The Reading Lab is open to UG and PGT/PGR students and to faculty in London and, provided there is space, beyond.
The Board of the Business and Human Rights Practitioners' Network is pleased to announce that for the inaugural event, Rae Lindsay (Clifford Chance LLP) will chair a distinguished cross-stakeholder panel, including Anna Triponel (Triponel Consulting), Irene Pietropaoli (BIICL), and Tim Cooke-Hurle (Doughty Street Chambers), who will discuss business and human rights in conflict and post-conflict societies. The panel discussion will be followed by drinks and networking.
The Business and Human Rights Practitioners' Network aims to connect professionals from all sectors in the business and human rights field, particularly early to mid-career practitioners. It acts as a forum for those with expertise in business and human rights to share their knowledge. It aims to promote cross-stakeholder debate on business and human rights in a neutral environment. Its mission is to update practitioners on current issues and positively contribute to problem-solving in the field of business and human rights.
The Business and Human Rights Practitioners' Network is an initiative founded by practitioners from legal practice, government, academia, and civil society. Its founders are: Katherine Tyler (Kingsley Napley LLP), Sarah Macrory (Foreign & Commonwealth Office), Patrick Geary (Children's Rights & Business Specialist), Francis West (SHIFT), Lise Smit (British Institute of International and Comparative Law), Lise Johnson (Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment), Dr Nadia Bernaz (Wageningen University), Tim Cooke-Hurle (Doughty Street Chambers), Rachel Chambers (SOAS/University of Connecticut) and Lucy Graham (Amnesty International).
For more information about the event and how to RSVP please follow this link: https://www.kingsleynapley.co.uk/insights/events/london-launch-of-the-business-and-human-rights-practitioners-network-and-its-inaugural-event
On the 8th November, the Consortium for Street Children be hosting their annual conference here in London, which will be open to CSC members, NGOs, corporates, donors and researchers who want to connect, discuss and work towards making street-connected children’s rights a reality. The theme for this years conference is equality and inclusion for street-connected children, with panel discussions and workshops focusing on how we can ensure that street-children are included in international development and human rights agendas and anti-poverty programmes.
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about governments' responsibilities towards street children and advocating for change as well as to network with a range of individuals and organisations working to make sure street children are afforded the same rights as all other children.
Please register here.
Beginning in 2012 in Laos PDR, the Asia Pro Bono Conference held each year celebrates and emphasizes pro bono legal work and legal ethics, discussing ways to further the outreach of the pro bono ethos in Asia and around the globe.
The three day Conference includes presentations, panel discussions, question and answer sessions, and interactive workshops led by experienced international lawyers and law professors. The sessions speak of the challenges and successes of pro bono work in the lawyers’ respective countries.
Priyanka Chirimar is speaking on a panel discussing the building of robust systems and controls within charities and international organisations to ensure the integrity of service delivery, having regard to the #metoo movement and recent high profile cases.
The talk draws on Professor Kapur's very recently released book, Gender, Alterity and Human Rights: Freedom in a Fishbowl, Edward Elgar 2018. In the book, Professor Kapur interrogates the claim that human rights produce freedom and draw attention to how they have been deployed to advance political and cultural intents rather than bringing about freedom for disenfranchised groups, focussing on gender, sexual and religious minorities. Campaigns for same-sex marriage, ending violence against women and the Islamic veil bans in Europe, demonstrate how such interventions have at times advanced neo-liberal agendas, new forms of imperialism and enabled a carceral politics rather than producing freedom for its constituencies.
In her talk she will draw attention to how human rights emerge as a project of containment and as incapable of producing meaningful freedom. The analysis requires a turn away from liberal freedom on which human rights are based, and a turn towards non-liberal registers of freedom. These alternative epistemologies have often been excluded or suppressed. Professor Kapur provides examples of the possibilities of non-liberal freedom by offering reflections on Saba Mahmood's work on the Islamic veil, Foucault’s turn to political spirituality and the revolutionary potential of Shia Islam, and Eve Sedgwick’s engagement with Mahayana Buddhist epistemology. Professor Kapur will conclude with remarks on the relevance and significance of non-liberal understandings of freedom to the futurity of human rights.
Talk by Dr. Noha Aboueldahab: ‘Battling for (In)justice: Resurgent Authoritarianism, Ongoing Conflict, and Transitional Justice in the Arab Region’
Transitional Justice and the Prosecution of Political Leaders in the Arab Region (Hart 2017) argues that the Arab region presents the strongest challenge yet to the conventional understanding of transitional justice. Transitional justice scholarship and practice has predominantly operated on the assumption that transitions entail a shift from violent, authoritarian rule to liberal, democratic rule. As we all know, this has not been the case in the Arab region. Instead, transitional justice has served as a battleground for competing visions of justice. Demons of the past that have morphed into the present continue to hijack transitional justice processes, and in particular the prosecution of political leaders. How can we understand the pursuit of transitional justice in the context of resurgent authoritarianism and ongoing conflict? This brings to the fore two questions that target the heart of transitional justice: what is meant by ‘transition’? And what is meant by ‘justice’?
Noha Aboueldahab is Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Doha Center, where she researches and writes about transitional justice in the Arab region. Her book, Transitional Justice and the Prosecution of Political Leaders in the Arab Region: A comparative study of Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen challenges mainstream transitional justice practice and scholarship using original material from interviews she conducted in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen between 2011 and 2017.
Every day millions of people come together in places of worship, in commercial centres and in mass transit hubs. Being able to move freely through these crowded spaces and come together is a vital part of our social lives. Unfortunately, that is also what makes us vulnerable and what makes terrorists choose crowded spaces as targets.
Agnes Venema analyses is what is meant by the term ‘crowded spaces’ and what specific types of spaces there are. It will summarise the sociological concept of ‘the crowd’, analyse what is meant by ‘overcrowding’ in different fields of study, and finally turn to discuss the various ways in which crowded spaces can be made more secure whilst at the same time not impede access to these placed by the general public.
The Nuremberg Forum 2018 will pay tribute to the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute and will critically evaluate the past 20 years while also looking at the next 20 years in terms of practice and the ever-changing landscape of the International Criminal Court (ICC). By analysing the interplay between law, justice and politics, the Nuremberg Forum 2018 aims to examine key aspects and developments at the ICC. By providing this forum for critical reflections and discussions, the Nuremberg Academy aims to put the fundamental tenents of the Nuremberg Principles at the core of the discussions and assess the advancement and illuminate the development of international criminal law.
Several leading women are among those speaking, including Dr. Navi Pillay (opening remarks) and Fatou Bensouda (Keynote); and on panels: Professor Margaret M. deGuzman (on case selection); Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova and Michelle Jarvis (on the length of proceedings); Amanda Ghahremani, Fiona McKay and Michaela Lissowsky (on victims’ participation and reparations); Almudena Bernabeu and Brenda Hollis (on the exercise of jurisdiction and complementarity within the Rome Statute); Professor Erika de Wet (on State engagement and disengagement); Professor Kamari Clarke and Barbara Lochbihler (on the ICC within the next 20 years); with closing remarks shared by Dr. Viviane Dittrich.
Violence committed by paramilitary units, such as killing, beating, torture, and rape, are regularly discussed in literature covering the wars that engulfed the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. These units are described as the key perpetrators of some of the most brutal attacks on civilians. As the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) closed, it is time to examine the trial record to see what it can tell us about paramilitary units.
Come hear Iva Vukusic present her research examining select paramilitaries during the violent breakup of Yugoslavia, particularly those tied to Slobodan Milošević’s regime. Iva analyses the prominent role and elusive function of paramilitaries by asking who were these paramilitary units, how did they emerge, function and transform? Drawing from ICTY trials, Iva explains what forms paramilitary violence took, and why.