ABA International Human Rights e-Brief, Issue No. 443 (21 March 2011)

International Human Rights e-Brief
21 March 2011 / Issue No. 443

  • Bulletin Board
  • Human Rights News
  • Job, Fellowship and Volunteer Postings
  • Educations Courses & Conferences

Bulletin Board

NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE: War Crimes Prosecution Watch, Volume 5, Issue 25 – March 14, 2011

War Crimes Prosecution Watch is a bi-weekly e-newsletter that compiles official documents and articles from major news sources detailing and analyzing salient issues pertaining to the investigation and prosecution of war crimes throughout the world.

To read the newsletter visit: http://www.publicinternationallaw.org/warcrimeswatch/archives/wcpw_vol05issue25.html


I am currently finalizing a panel for a program to be conducted at the fall meeting in Dublin, tentatively titled, “Emerging Issues in Informed Consent Research”.  In light of the recent settlement involving the Havasupai tribe in Arizona, the lawsuits arising out of newborn blood spot collection in a number of US states and other controversies arising around the world, the program will examine the processes currently used for obtaining consent from the subjects that participate in these studies, and explore the sufficiency of these processes.  I am eager to add to my panel someone from an NGO or related organization who can speak to the human rights concerns raised by the collection of genetic materials from large groups of populations in the absence of adequately informed consent and/or the use of previously collected materials for new purposes for which the subject did not originally consent.

I would be very happy to receive all recommendations/expressions of interest.

Jacqueline Klosek
Goodwin Procter LLP

Office: 212-459-7464
Cell: 646 873 0757

IBA HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD 2011. Who would you nominate?

Nominations are now open for the 2011 IBA Human Rights Award! This prestigious annual award is presented to a legal practitioner for outstanding contribution to human rights law. Entry is open to both IBA members and non-members, and nominations close on 27 March 2011. Who would you nominate?

Please use the IBA nominations form to submit a nomination. For more information on criteria for candidature and to submit a nomination visit the IBA website at: http://www.ibanet.org/Human_Rights_Institute/About_the_HRI/HRI_Activities/HRI_Media/IBA_Human_Rights_Award_2010.aspx

The IBA is keen to ensure that the maximum number possible of high-calibre nominations is presented for consideration by the judging panel, so make your nominations now!

The winner will be notified in July to allow time for the IBA to make arrangements for the winner to attend, as the guest of the IBA, the 2011 Annual Conference in Dubai, which runs from 30 October – 4 November 2011.

Human Rights News


Since 2008, the families of slain prisoners had been pressing for justice in unprecedented protests at the Benghazi courthouse. Many credit them with breaking the barrier of fear that helped sustain the Kadafi regime.

By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times

March 19, 2011

Reporting from Benghazi, Libya— Every month for nearly 10 years, Ezzedin abu Azza’s family traveled to the gates of Abu Salim prison in Tripoli to deliver a package of clothes, food and medicine, not knowing whether it ever reached him.

They hadn’t seen him since the day in 1993 when the 23-year-old was taken away for questioning by state security agents. But still they made their journey from Benghazi every month.

Then, in 2002, the family was told he had died, six years earlier.

Here in this eastern city that has long simmered with resentment over the brutal rule of Moammar Kadafi, the Abu Azzas were among the lucky ones. Other families would wait another six years, or longer, to hear that their loved ones were among a reported 1,200 political prisoners at Abu Salim who were killed, in a matter of hours, in June 1996 as they fought for better living conditions and the right to see their families.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/middleeast/la-fg-libya-prisoners-20110319,0,7594123.story


BRASILIA, Brazil, March 17 (UPI) — Brazil is hoping U.S. President Barack Obama will help the country secure a permanent U.N. Security Council seat, confirming its pre-eminence in the Caribbean, Central and South American region.

Brazil has been campaigning for the Security Council seat on the strength of its economic growth, which its officials say gives the Latin American country the necessary financial clout and rightful leadership in the region.

So far Brazil’s claim has gone largely uncontested, except for minor murmurings of dissent, and Brasilia hopes the U.S. president’s visit will be the right moment to win crucial diplomatic support.

Brazilian officials see Obama’s visit as an opportunity to consolidate ties with Washington on a more equitable basis and to offer Obama the idea that Brazil and the United States can become equal partners in business and trade, diplomacy, politics and regional relations.
Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Special/2011/03/17/Brazil-hopes-Obama-will-help-on-UN-Security-Council-seat/UPI-76611300397608/#ixzz1H5oQJFrA


The trial began in March 2008 and has heard a total of 138 witnesses.

By Rachel Irwin

The judgement in the Hague tribunal case against Croatian generals Ante Gotovina, Ivan Cermak and Mladen Markac will take place on April 15, the court announced this week.

The three generals are accused of ordering the shelling of civilian areas, murdering Serb civilians and destroying their property during and after Operation Storm. About 200,000 Serb civilians are estimated to have left their homes around the time of the August 4, 1995 offensive, which was launched to retake the Serb-controlled Krajina region of Croatia.

Gotovina, Cermak, and Markac face nine counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including persecutions, deportation, wanton destruction and murder.

The prosecution has requested a 27-year prison sentence for Gotovina, a 23-year term for Markac and 17 years for Cermak. The defence has requested acquittals for all three of the defendants.

The trial began in March 2008 and heard a total of 138 witnesses – 81 of them testified for the prosecution, and 57 appeared on behalf of the defence. Closing arguments were held in late August 2010.

Rachel Irwin is an IWPR reporter in The Hague.

Job, Fellowship, and Volunteer Postings


The ABA-SIL Human Rights Committee is pleased to announce a comprehensive new Job Board consisting of web pages for potential employment opportunities from dozens of international human rights NGOs. The job board was developed by ABA member Ellen J. Tabachnick. It can be accessed from the Committee Resource module in the lower right column of our committee’s home page at http://www.abanet.org/dch/committee.cfm?com=IC950000.


Law and Health Initiative – Public Health Program
Open Society Institute–New York

Application Deadline: April 8, 2011

The Open Society Foundations’ Public Health Program (PHP) aims to promote health policies based on scientific evidence, social inclusion, human rights, and justice.  Broadly, the program works with civil society organizations within two fields:  promoting the participation of socially marginalized groups in public health policy and fostering greater government accountability and transparency through civil society monitoring efforts.  Program areas focus on addressing the human rights and health needs of marginalized groups, facilitating citizen access to health information, and advocating for a strong civil society role in public health policy and practice.

PHP’s Law and Health Initiative (LAHI) promotes legal action to advance public health goals worldwide.  LAHI supports legal assistance, litigation, and law reform efforts on a range of health issues, including patient care, HIV and AIDS, harm reduction, palliative care, sexual health, mental health, and Roma health.  LAHI’s priorities include integrating legal services into health programs, strengthening human rights protections within health settings, and developing training and education programs in law and health.  By bringing together legal, public health, and human rights organizations, LAHI seeks to build a broad movement for law-based approaches to health and for the human rights of society’s most marginalized groups.

LAHI seeks a full-time senior program officer.


  • At least ten years of professional experience in four or more of the following six relevant fields: (1) legal advocacy and litigation; (2) international human rights; (3) health and human rights; (4) global health (specifically related to marginalized groups); (5) grant-making; (6) capacity development.
  • Management experience, including personnel management, project management and strategic management.
  • Law degree.
  • Experience working in one or more of the following regions: East and Southern Africa; Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the former Soviet Union (fSU); Southeast Asia (SEA).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Demonstrated commitment to using law progressively to advance public health and human rights objectives.

To Apply

Please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements before to: humanresources@sorosny.org. Include job code in subject line: SPO-LAHI


Open Society Foundations
Human Resources – Code SPO-LAHI
400 West 59th Street
New York, New York 10019

FAX: 212.548.4675

For more information visit: http://www.soros.org/about/locations/new-york/spo-plahi-20110310


Media Law Section of the Department of Communication Studies, Center for Journalism Studies and at the Law Faculty, the Human Rights Centre, Ghent University

The Media Law Section of the Department for Communication Studies of Ghent University together with the Human Rights Centre at the Law Faculty of Ghent University are looking for a Ph.D. researcher to work during 4 years on the topic of “Interferences with freedom of expression and ‘chilling effect’ ”.

The goal of the research project is to analyse the impact of the notion of the ‘chilling effect’ on freedom of expression as referred to  by the European Court of Human Rights and within other international, regional or national human rights systems. The research projects includes the analysis of applications of laws and interferences with freedom of expression relating to political speech, defamation, protection of journalistic sources, newsgathering, media reporting, investigative journalism, ngos reporting on matters of public interest or contributing to public debate, freedom of artistic expression and freedom of academic speech. The research project will develop and apply a methodology in order to identify and describe different kinds and consequences of chilling effect in the domain of public debate, media, journalism, art and academic research. The project will also specifically focus on the issue of minor offences, investigative journalism and chilling effect.

The researcher will work under the supervision of Prof. Dirk Voorhoof (www.psw.ugent.be/dv). Co-supervisor is Prof. Eva Brems.

Starting date: 1 September 2010
Ph.D. grant ca.1570-1750 Euro net/month (tax free)


  • law degree obtained with good (preferably excellent) grades
  • fluency in written and spoken English
  • good research and writing skills
  • good social skills
  • knowledge of and insight in human rights law, preferably with special interest regarding media law, information law, journalism studies or free speech issues.

More information can be obtained from prof. Dirk Voorhoof, dirk.voorhoof@ugent.be
More information about Ghent and Ghent University, see www.ugent.be

Please e-mail your CV with the contact details of two references, a letter of motivation and a sample of your writing skills (preferably in English) to prof. Dirk Voorhoof, dirk.voorhoof@ugent.be by 1 June 2010.


University of Saskatchewan – College of Law

The Sallows Chair will be of interest to outstanding candidates who have made distinguished contributions to research and/or practice in human rights; the candidate must have the academic qualifications required for an academic appointment. Past holders include Penelope Andrews, Marilou McPhedran, Virginia Leary, Paul Mahoney, Shelley Wright, the late Martin Ennals, Rebecca Wallace, Abdullah An-Na’im, Nihal Jayawickrama, Francisco Forrest Martin and Roy Adams.

Successful candidates for the Chair will be in residence in the College of Law, and it is normally expected that the candidate will pursue a research program, teach a course or seminar, give a public lecture and oversee the planning for a conference. Tenure will normally be for one year, but in any event no longer than two years. Salary will be commensurate with the experience and standing of the holders. The date for appointment is flexible, and may be as early as January 1, 2012.

Letters of application, accompanied by a current curriculum vitae and an outline of the research plans of the candidate, should be sent to:

Beth Bilson, Acting Dean
College of Law
University of Saskatchewan
15 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7N 5A6

Deadline:  December 31, 2011



The International Commission of Jurists
Location: Geneva
Last Date: March 31, 2011

Program Officer – The International Harm Reduction Development Program
The Open Society Foundations
Location: New York
Last Date: April 1, 2011

Attorney/Legal Advisor
Location: Worldwide
Last Date: April 11, 2011

Justice Advisor
Civilian Police International, LLC
Location: Multiple Locations
Last Date: April 11, 2011

Research assistant (paid internship)
Bretton Woods Project
Location: London, UK
Last Date: April 4, 2011

SOURCE: See more jobs at: http://www.DevNetJobs.org or by sending a blank email to:

Educational Courses & Conferences


10 – 20 July 2011

ETC’s International Summer Academy on Human Rights and Human Security has been held since 2001, first in Montenegro and Macedonia, and since 2003 in the Human Rights City of Graz.
Following different topics in the past ten years – ranging from human rights and human wrongs in the Balkans over a culture of human rights to the question of threats that transnational terrorist and criminal organisations bring for the peacebuilding and reconstruction process in the Western Balkan region – it has never lost the focus on the interdependency of human rights, human security and human rights education. The 10th summer academy (re)turns to the local level, resuming different approaches to human rights implementation in cities and towns, discussing progress and setbacks and giving examples not only of the Human Rights City of Graz. The programme is designed to raise awareness on human rights challenges and possible solutions by means of human rights education and education for democratic citizenship, to strengthen democratic and human rights principles, to contribute to bringing the scientific discourse closer to civil society and to build future relations and in!
clude the participants in existing networks.

The programme further provides an introduction to the concept of human security which is set into relation to societal factors such as poverty and exclusion, but also racism and right-wing extremism and their effects on “old” and “new” minorities. Concluding the summer academy, human rights education strategies will be reviewed in relation to the goals of human security and the respect for human and minority rights.


The Hague, The Netherlands.

The Center on Law and Globalization, a partnership of the American Bar Foundation and the University of Illinois College of Law, invites you to our upcoming colloquium, the second in a continuing series, Systematic Sexual Violence and Victims’ Rights, which will convene 7-8 April 2011 in The Hague, The Netherlands.

The Center on Law and Globalization works to advance the understanding of key international human rights issues and lay foundations for potential solutions. As a follow up to our successful first colloquium in 2009, at which UN High Commissioner Navanethem Pillay, International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Judge Richard Goldstone, and others, called for new intensified approaches of international criminal law on violence against women, this second colloquium will continue our evidentiary discussions and examine more thoroughly the concerns of victims.

We at the Center admire your long-standing commitment to advancing justice, ethics and the rule of law in both the United States and abroad, and your notable leadership within the American Bar Association has played a critical role in the progress made thus far. We would benefit immensely from your presence at this colloquium as it is our ambition to build a global infrastructure of activists, lawyers, leaders and scholars who seek to combat and remedy systematic victimization of women and improve human rights and the rule of law in international settings.

We hope that you are able to attend Systematic Sexual Violence and Victims’ Rights. However, if you are unable to join us in The Hague, the American Bar Foundation will be hosting an exclusive debriefing lunch on April 21 at our offices in Chicago to discuss the colloquium’s activities, outcomes and next steps for our continued work in this area.

For more information visit: colloquium’s program.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: HREA distance learning courses

Short certificate courses [application deadline: 15 April 2011]:

Business and Human Rights (11 May-21 June 2011) NEW!
Human Rights and Transitional Justice (18 May-28 June 2011)
International Trade and Human Rights: Balancing the Act (16 May-26 June 2011)
Minority Rights, Indigenous Peoples and International Law (18 May-28 June 2011)
The European System of Human Rights Protection and Promotion (16 May-26 June 2011)
The United Nations Human Rights System (11 May-21 June 2011)
Applications can be submitted online. For further information about each course please click on the course link above. For a listing of all upcoming courses, please visit www.hrea.org/courses


There are still some places available in the upcoming e-learning course on Human Rights Litigation, which will be offered from 27 April-12 July 2011. This distance learning course provides participants with knowledge of the concept, types, venues and strategies of human rights litigation. It focuses on strategic litigation and legal aid both internationally and domestically, and explores a variety of strategies: issue or group oriented litigation, community based services, legal clinics, NGO or law firm resourced actions and others. Participants are familiarised with court ordered structural relief, as well as with conventional victim-centered legal remedies. Non-litigation strategies to maximise the chances of winning cases and to ensure the effective enforcement of decisions too are considered. The course places impact litigation in its social and institutional context exploring issues of its legitimacy, as well as the ethics and accountability of human rights lawyering. In the last part it highlights litigation for the vindication of several groups of substantive rights, including economic and social rights, freedom from torture, equality and asylum. Participants will be provided with examples from various jurisdictions in the world illustrating strategic human rights litigation in practice.

For more detailed information and to register online, please go to: www.hrea.org/human-rights-litigation


The Project on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights organizes annually professional training courses on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Project has extensive experience in organizing two types of training aimed at providing professionals with tailored knowledge on the protection of ESC rights according to their level of experience. The “Training Course on Understanding Economic, Social and Cultural Rights” is designed to introduce participants to ESC rights, while the “Advanced Training Course on Monitoring Economic, Social and Cultural Rights” is aimed at providing more practical tools to advanced professionals in this area.

On this occasion, the Project proudly announces the organization of the 4th annual Advanced Training Course on Monitoring Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

The Training Course will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 9-13 May 2011.

The course is designed for professionals with advanced experience in working on ESC rights. The course will most benefit representatives from NGOs, national human rights institutions, governmental authorities, academia, international organizations, and United Nations bodies.

The course aims to enhance the work of professionals by training them on specific aspects related to monitoring ESC rights. The course will also instruct participants on how advocacy tools, including, for example, human rights indicators, budget analysis or litigation activities can be effectively used to build monitoring policies that would be addressed not only to domestic institutions, but also to international mechanisms mandated to protect and promote ESC rights.

For more information about the course, please see http://www.adh-geneva.ch/professional-training/professional-training-in-escr/at, where you can also register on-line. Or write us at escrtraining@adh-geneve.ch.


Tufts University / Medford, Massachusetts

June 19-25, 2011

Visit the FSI 2011 Webpage

Download Flyer

Download Application

The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict is pleased to announce a call for applications to participate in an advanced, interdisciplinary program on nonviolent conflict taught by leading scholars and practitioners of strategic nonviolent action and authorities from related fields.

We also invite you to pass along this announcement to others who share our passion for achieving human rights and justice through nonviolent strategies.

If you have any questions, or would like for us to send you an application directly, please do not hesitate to contact us at fsi@nonviolent-conflict.org or visit our website at www.nonviolent-conflict.org.



Announcing details of the International Human Rights Network 2011 justice sector training programme Justice Sector Reform: Applying Human Rights Based Approaches (OJIR11)
Dates: Monday 20th – Friday 24th June 2011 Venue: National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland

This annual IHRN training programme aims at enhancing the skills of justice sector personnel, consultants, managers etc, in applying Human Rights Based Approaches to Justice Sector Reform.  The programme is designed for people working in the justice sector (with state or non state institutions) or undertaking Rule of law/Governance assignments as well as justice sector personnel wishing to adapt their expertise for international consultancy work (eg for bi-lateral donors, EC Framework Contract Lot 7 – Governance and Home Affairs etc).

Knowledge and skills enhanced include:
*The legal principles, policies & practice underpinning human rights based approaches to justice sector reform
*The inter-linkages between justice sector roles (law enforcement, judiciary, corrections/rehabilitation, etc)
*The relationship between the justice sector and related terms; ‘security sector’, ‘rule of law’, ‘good governance’
*Human Rights Based needs assessment, programme design, implementation, as well as monitoring & evaluation
*Programming tools & checklists (including benchmarks & indicators of human rights change)
*Case studies from national contexts as well as international field missions (including conflict and post-conflict)
*Teamwork, advocacy, strategic partnerships and consulting opportunities

Past participant testimonials, Application forms and further details available at

Transitional Justice Institute
University of Ulster
(Jordanstown and Magee campuses, Northern Ireland)

This LLM programme based at the Transitional Justice Institute, with staff expertise across a range of areas, offers an LL.M. degree which is designed to give students a unique lens on the study of human rights in the contemporary international moment. Using the local Northern Ireland political and legal context as a starting point the course will imbue students with a working knowledge of international norms and principles, while at the same time encouraging students to move beyond the local to reflect critically on present international law norms and their application to other situations and contexts. Students are encouraged to develop and transfer knowledge, experience and expertise of the transformative possibilities of human rights law both in respect of societies emerging from violent conflict and in relation to the local and global management of other particular societal problems. This dual focus – from the local to the global and back – is a core part of the course’s aim to equip you with the knowledge and skills base to contribute internationally as well as locally.

This programme has been developed to enable students to:

* Gain an in-depth knowledge of the theoretical and practical application of human rights law.
* Understand the particular human rights issues in conflicted and transitional societies.
* Gain knowledge and skills in carrying out research projects from design to write-up.
* Enhance skills in critically appraising published and commissioned research.
* Develop skills highly relevant to legal practice, and to policy, research and advocacy roles in the voluntary, public and private sectors in the UK, Ireland and beyond. Successful completion may also open up a range of further study and research options.

Further Information
Download Information Leaflet
TJI website: www.transitionaljustice.ulster.ac.uk , or
Applications should ordinarily be received before the last Friday in June, although consideration may be given to applications received after this date.
Ms Emer Carlin
Transitional Justice Institute
Magee campus
Tel: + 44 (0) 28 71675146


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