Human Rights Law Committee films

The IBA Human Rights Law Committee has conducted a series of interviews with prominent human rights lawyers and advocates, to highlight the challenges of protecting human rights in the 21st century. The interviews are presented by Committee Secretary Federica d'Alessandra.

Find out more about the interviewees and watch below:

 Ivan Simonovic - Michael Scharf - William Schabas - Alberto Mora - Kyung-wha Kang - Stephen Rapp - Christine ChungBenjamin Ferencz Urusula Wynhoven - Paul Williams

Ivan Simonovic

Ivan Simonovic, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights and head of the New York Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, discusses how the United Nations prioritises and operationalises human rights through the United Nations Secretariat, as well as the importance of human rights for world stability and the functionality of the United Nations system.

Michael Scharf

Michael Scharf is co-founder of the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG) an NGO which provides pro bono legal assistance to developing states and states in transition.

Since 1995 PILPG has provided pro bono legal assistance to states and governments involved in peace negotiations, drafting post-conflict constitutions, and prosecuting war criminals.

William Schabas

Interview with William Schabas,Professor Emeritus of International Law and Human Rights, and former UN Commissioner in Sierra Leone and Gaza. In this interview, Professor Schabas discusses the relationship between human rights law and humanitarian law, and delves into important questions related to targeting and proportionality, as well as the definitions of genocide, aggression, and crimes against humanity.

Alberto Mora

Alberto Mora is former General Counsel of the US Navy. From 2001 to 2005, in his capacity as a top lawyer in the Department of Defense, Alberto Mora led an effort from within the Bush administration to vigorously oppose the use of torture and put and end to the program on extraordinary renditions developed in the context of the post 9/11 War on Terror. In this interview, Mora reflects on some of the legal, political, and strategic consequences of having contravened the prohibition against cruelty during interrogations of suspected terrorists, and discusses some further questions he is exploring as Director of the Harvard Program on the Cost and Consequence of Torture at the Kennedy School of Government.

 

Kyung-wha Kang

Since 2007, and prior to joining the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Kyung-wha Kang was Deputy UN Commissioner for Human Rights. Now UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kyung-wha Kang discusses in this interview the importance and necessity of human rights protection in times of humanitarian crisis, and the mechanisms set up by the UN humanitarian agencies to integrate human rights protection in emergency relief and the delivery of humanitarian assistance

Stephen J Rapp

Ambassador Rapp is the United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice. A former federal and international prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Special Court for Sierra Leone, here he discusses accountability issues in Syria, and the United States relationship with the International Criminal Court.

Christine Chung

Senior Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Court (ICC), 2004-2007, Christine Chung led the ICC investigation of Joseph Kony in Uganda and also prosecuted perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Darfur region of the Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Benjamin Ferencz

Beginning in 1945 with his prosecution of war criminals during the Nuremberg Tribunal, the work of Benjamin Ferencz has long focused on issues of international criminal justice and world peace. A strong supporter of the International Criminal Court, Mr. Ferencz advocates steps to replace the 'rule of force with the rule of law'.

Ursula Wynhoven

Ursula Wynhoven, General Counsel of the UN Global Compact, the UN's corporate sustainability initiative, discusses topics including the intersection between business and human rights.

Paul Williams

Over the course of his legal practice, Professor Williams has assisted over two dozen peace negotiations and post conflict constitutions. Professor Williams has advised governments across Europe, Asia, as well as North and Sub-Saharan Africa on state recognition, self-determination and state succession issues, and on drafting and implementation of post-conflict constitutions. He is a leading scholar on peace negotiations and post-conflict constitutions, and a highly sought-after international law and policy analyst.