IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C2.2, Convention Centre, Level 2

Session information

Liability of the UN and other international organisations to individuals
Room C2.2, Convention Centre, Level 2


Human Rights Law Committee (Lead)
International Organisations Subcommittee
War Crimes Committee


The protection and enforcement of human rights is one of the three pillars of the United Nations (UN). Yet, there have been instances in which human rights violations have occurred under the watch or by direct perpetration of the UN. From allegations of sexual abuse by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic and the alleged UN mishandling of Syrian sieges, including Madaya, to the UN’s role in the Haiti cholera epidemic and more, this panel will explore the liability of the UN (and other international organisations) for human rights abuses, as well as whether and how the UN is moving to fill gaps in accountability and hold itself accountable for its direct or indirect responsibility in situations of grave abuse.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Federica D'Alessandra Oxford Institute for Ethics Law and Armed Conflict, Oxford, England; Co-Chair, War Crimes Committee


Kristen Boon Seton Hall University, Other City, New Jersey, USA
Agnes Callamard Columbia University, Global Freedom of Expression, New York, New York, USA
Steven Kay KC 9BR Chambers , London, England; Member, War Crimes Committee Advisory Board