The 30th Anniversary of the Bangalore Principles on the Domestic Application of International Human Rights Norms - conference

This one-day conference on 20 November 2018, held at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, marked the 30th anniversary of the Bangalore Principles on the Judicial Application of International Human Rights Law. The event provided an opportunity to hear leading experts, including some of those who participated in the 1988 colloquium, reflect on the legacy of the Bangalore Principles as well as the domestication of international human rights law more broadly. 

Session videos

Speakers:
The Right Hon Lady Arden of Heswall DBE (Justice of The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom)
The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG (former Justice of the High Court of Australia)
Dr Nihal Jayawickrama (Sri Lanka)

Chair:
Murray Hunt (Director, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law)
Speakers:
Shaheed Fatima QC (Blackstone Chambers) - 'Using international human rights law before English courts'
Prof André Nollkaemper (University of Amsterdam) - 'International human rights law and domestic courts'
Dr Octavio Ferraz (King’s College London) - 'Of Generals and Judges: Amnesty Laws in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights'
Dr Devika Hovell (LSE Department of Law) - 'Non-Justiciability and Human Rights'

Chair:
Dr Phillip Tahmindjis AM (Director, International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute) 
Speakers:
Eleanor Hourigan (Counsel to the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights) - 'UK parliamentary oversight of human rights and the role of the Joint Committee on Human Rights'
Dr Matthew Saul (PluriCourtsCentre, University of Oslo) - 'Positive Subsidiarity at the European Court of Human Rights and its Impact on Domestic Legislative Processes'
Prof Leiv Marsteintredet (University of Bergen) - 'The Inter-American Court of Human Rights in challenging times. Any role for national parliaments?'


Chair: 
The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG (former Justice of the High Court of Australia)
Speakers:
George Kegoro (Executive Director, Kenya Human Rights Commission) - 'The role of the Kenyan judiciary in protecting human rights under a new constitution: a view from the Kenyan Human Rights Commission'
Prof Bongani Christopher Majola (Chair, South African Human Rights Commission) - 'The role of NHRIs in domesticating International Human Rights Law –South African Perspective'
Rebecca Hilsenrath (CEO, UK Equality and Human Rights Commission) - 'Enhancing the status of international human rights treaties at home. Opportunities and challenges'

Speakers:
Murray Hunt (Director, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law)
Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG (former Justice of the High Court of Australia)
Dr Philippa Webb (King's College London)