To mark the start of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) 20th year, the IBAHRI will hold its inaugural colloquium for legal professionals, civil society members, academics and public sector bodies on Thursday 29 January 2015 at the Law Society of England and Wales in London. The event is being held to explore the standards and impact of fact-finding assignments and reporting by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on rule of law and human rights breaches. The keynote address will be delivered by Juan E Méndez, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
Entitled, ‘Rule of Law Fact-Finding by NGOs: Monitoring Standards and Maximising Impact’, the emphasis of the Colloquium will be on how best to monitor the standards of NGO fact-finding and increase the impact of resultant reports and their findings.
The Colloquium will be interactive, consisting of high-level panel discussions of universally relevant questions around fact-finding assignments, such as: ‘When are they appropriate to undertake?’ ‘Do they do any good?’ ‘What is achievable?’ ‘How can conclusions and recommendations be effectively communicated?’ ‘How can impact be enhanced?’ and ‘Can impact be guaranteed?’; and will also feature an audience Q&A.
IBAHRIDirector Dr Phillip Tahmindjis AM and the event Co-Chairs –the Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law Professor Robert McCorquodale and IBAHRI Co-Chair and Member of the UK House of Lords Baroness Helena Kennedy QC – will be joined by international human rights experts including (alphabetical, by last name):
Christian Åhlund Executive Director of International Legal Assistance Consortium and Chair of Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance
Itamar Barak Senior Data Coordinator, B'Tselem
Hans Corell Former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations; IBAHRI Co-Chair (from January 2015)
Philippe Kirsch OC QC Former President of the International Criminal Court
Sternford Moyo Lawyer and IBAHRI Co-Chair (until 31 December 2014)
Anna Neistat Senior Director for Research, Amnesty International
Robin Phillips Executive Director, The Advocates for Human Rights
Rolf Ring Acting Director and Head of the Department for Administration and Finance, Raoul Wallenberg Institute
Sir Nigel Rodley Chair of the University of Essex’s Human Rights Centre; member of the UN Human Rights Committee; former UN Special Rapporteur
Alex Wilks IBAHRI Principal ProgrammeLawyer
The ‘Rule of Law Fact-Finding by NGOs: Monitoring Standards and Maximising Impact’ colloquium will take place on Thursday 29 January 2015 at the Law Society of England and Wales, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL, from 0900–1700. Although the event is free to attend, registration is required. Click here to register. A small workshop, by invitation only as places are extremely limited, will follow the Colloquium on Friday 30 January.
Notes to the Editor
In 2009 the IBAHRI, together with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, published the Lund-London Guidelines to address the challenges faced by NGOs conducting fact-finding related to rule of law issues. The Guidelines were drafted following a lengthy consultation process, and aim to set out an agreed international standard of good practice in the conduct of fact-finding visits and in the compilation of fact-finding reports. The Guidelines are currently available to download in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. For more information visit: www.factfindingguidelines.org The IBA’s administrative office is in London. Regional offices are located in São Paulo, Brazil; Seoul, South Korea; and Washington DC, United States of America, while the IBA’s International Criminal Court Programme is managed from an office in The Hague.
Information about the IBAHRI Colloquium,‘Rule of Law Fact-Finding by NGOs: Monitoring Standards and Maximising Impact’, including how to register, can be found here: www.ibanet.org/Article/Detail.aspx?ArticleUid=90DCE138-783C-44BE-8F4A-3B6625F8E467HRI
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