ABA International Human Rights e-Brief, Issue No. 444 (28 March 2011)

ABA International Human Rights e-Brief
28 March 2011 / Issue No. 444

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

Bulletin Board

 

INFORMATION NEEDED: International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Dear Colleagues,

I am an attorney based in New York and I need case law that cites the United Nations International Convention on Civil and Political Rights. I am currently working on a case in which I need to make reference to Article 23(1) of this convention and I do not know where to look to find case law on this.

If any of you can help it would be most appreciated.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey C Slatus

YJ182SL@HOTMAIL.COM

 

SEEKING EXPERT ON GENETIC RESEARCH AND INFORMED CONSENT FOR DUBLIN PANEL

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
Jklosek@goodwinprocter.com

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

 

CHINA ACTIVIST LIU XIANBIN JAILED FOR 10 YEARS

By Michael Bristow BBC News, Beijing

 

A Chinese democracy activist has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for inciting subversion of state power.

 

Liu Xianbin was charged after writing a series of articles calling for democratic reforms.

He was convicted after a trial lasting only a few hours; the third time he has been sent to jail for his activism.

 

Dozens of lawyers and activists have been arrested or detained in China recently following calls for Middle East-style protests.

 

Liu Xianbin’s trial, in Suining in Sichuan Province, lasted just a few hours, according to his wife, who attended the hearing.

 

Chen Mingxian told the BBC that her husband shouted, “I’m not guilty” in the courtroom.

Speaking after the verdict, she said the charges against her husband were trumped up.

“Today I saw how legal tools were used to convict someone who is not guilty,” she said.

 

Liu Xianbin was previously sent to prison for two-and-a-half years for taking part in the nationwide protests of 1989.

 

When he was released, he continued his campaigning.

 

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12859050#story_continues_1

 

UN CREATES NEW POST OF HUMAN RIGHTS INVESTIGATOR TO PROBE ALLEGED ABUSES IN IRAN

By The Associated Press

GENEVA — The U.N.’s top human rights body has created a special investigator for the human rights situation in Iran.

The U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday narrowly approved a U.S. and Swedish-backed proposal to appoint a special rapporteur whose job is to probe allegations of human rights abuses in Iran.

The vote was 22-7, with 14 abstentions. Four of the council’s 47 nations did not participate.

Iran and Pakistan each said they opposed such posts as an unnecessary intrusion into their internal affairs. Iran is not a council member.

The decision marks the first time since the council’s creation in 2006 that a new position for a country-specific investigator was created.

The council voted separately to extend the mandate of the special rapporteur on North Korea for another year.

SOURCE: http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5hHqNPGZvHHHUbjbefjTrTV8izpDA?docId=6341812

 

U.S. SOLDIER SENTENCED TO 24 YEARS OVER AFGHAN CIVILIAN DEATHS

ROBIN HINDERY

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WASH.— The Associated Press

Published Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2011 12:25PM EDT

Last updated Thursday, Mar. 24, 2011 12:07AM EDT

 

A U.S. soldier was sentenced to 24 years in prison Wednesday after saying “the plan was to kill people” in a conspiracy with four fellow soldiers to kill unarmed Afghan civilians.

 

Military judge Lieutenant-Colonel Kwasi Hawks said he intended to sentence Specialist Jeremy Morlock to life in prison with possibility of parole but was bound by the plea deal. Spc. Morlock will receive 352 days off of his sentence for time served.

 

His sentencing came after he pleaded guilty to three counts of murder, and one count each of conspiracy, obstructing justice and illegal drug use at his court martial at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, south of Seattle.

The 22-year-old soldier is a key figure in a war crimes probe that implicates a dozen members of his platoon and has raised some of the most serious criminal allegations to come from the war in Afghanistan.

 

He was accused of taking a lead role in the killings of three unarmed Afghan men in Kandahar province in January, February and May. 2010.

 

Asked by the judge whether the plan was to shoot at people to scare them, or to shoot to kill, Spc. Morlock replied, “The plan was to kill people.”

 

Spc. Morlock was the first of five soldiers from the 5th Stryker Brigade to be court-martialed — something his lawyer Geoffrey Nathan characterized as an advantage. Under the plea deal, Spc. Morlock agreed to testify against his co-defendants.

 

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/asia-pacific/us-soldier-sentenced-to-24-years-over-afghan-civilian-deaths/article1953340/

 

EX-PRESIDENT OF UKRIANE IS IMPLICATED IN 2000 KILLING

By MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ

Published: March 22, 2011

 

MOSCOW — The former president of Ukraine whose political skulduggery helped precipitate that country’s democratic Orange Revolution seven years ago was officially named on Tuesday as a suspect in the killing of a prominent investigative journalist.

Former President Leonid D. Kuchma, who served from 1994 to 2005, has repeatedly denied involvement in the 2000 murder of the journalist, Georgy Gongadze, and has withstood numerous efforts to bring him to trial for the crime.

 

But, in a case that has become a test of Ukraine’s ability to break fully with an era of raucous and sometimes bloody politics after the Soviet collapse, the Prosecutor General’s Office said Tuesday that it now had enough evidence to link Mr. Kuchma, that era’s most prominent official, to the killing.

“Leonid Danilovich Kuchma is suspected of overstepping his authority, giving illegal orders to officials from the Interior Ministry that led to the murder of the journalist,” Renat Kuzmin, Ukraine’s first deputy prosecutor general, told journalists in Kiev.

 

Mr. Kuzmin did not elaborate on the former president’s precise role, saying only that the investigation was proceeding. Mr. Kuchma has not been arrested, and it is not certain that he will be. He has been forbidden to leave Ukraine.

 

It is unclear why prosecutors have only now opened a criminal case against Mr. Kuchma, nearly 11 years after Mr. Gongadze’s headless corpse was discovered in a forest outside Kiev.

 

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/23/world/europe/23ukraine.html

 

OVERVIEWS OF LITIGATION AGAINST MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES

[PDF] Tort litigation against multinationals (“MNCs”) for violation of human rights: an overview of the position outside the US

Author: Richard Meeran, Leigh Day & Co
Dated: 07 Mar 2011

 

Over the past decade, the US Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”)…has generally been viewed as the mechanism with the most promising potential for holding MNCs to account for human rights violations in developing countries. In recent years, US public interest lawyers have been at the forefront of developing ATS cases where MNCs are alleged to have been complicit with states in such violations…However a majority decision of the US Second Circuit Courts of Appeals in September 2010…held that customary international human rights law does not recognise the liability of corporations, and consequently that MNCs cannot be liable under “ATS”…This issue may well be finally resolved by the Supreme Court…Consequently, at this point in time it would seem timely to consider the state of play with regard to the continued development of more conventional tort law remedies. These too have yielded considerable success over the past decade or so. [refers to Anglo American, Anvil Mining, BHP Billiton, BP, Cambior, Cape plc, Chevron, Gencor, Merck, Minera Majaz (part of Monterrico Metals), Monterrico Metals (part of Zijin), Rio Blanco (part of Monterrico Metals), Rio Tinto, Securitas, Shell, Thor Chemicals, Unocal (part of Chevron), Zijin]

 

Read more: http://www.business-humanrights.org/Links/Repository/1004892

BOSNIAN SERB CONVICTED BY UN WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL TRANSFERRED TO ESTONIA

A former Bosnian Serb army general convicted of war crimes by the United Nations tribunal set up to judge the worst abuses committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s has been transferred to Estonia to serve out his 29-year jail term for terror, murder and inhumane acts.

Dragomir Miloševic, who is not related to the former Serbian leader Slobodan Miloševic, was convicted in 2007 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) of five counts of murder,
inflicting terror and inhumane acts during the second half of the 1992-1995 siege of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital, when a campaign of sniping and shelling killed or injured large numbers of civilians.

His initial sentence of 33 years was cut to 29 years in 2009 by an ICTY appeals chamber ruling that evidence cited in the judgment did not support a finding that Mr. Miloševic, now 69, planned and ordered the sniping
incidents but that his command responsibility for failing to prevent and punish committed by his subordinates had been established beyond reasonable doubt.

The chamber upheld the majority of his convictions for ordering the shelling of the civilian population.

For 15 months, from August 1994 to November 1995, Mr. Miloševic was commander of the Sarajevo-Romanija Corps (SRK) of the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS) which encircled and entrapped Sarajevo during the conflict.

He is the second convicted person to be transferred to Estonia. Milan Martic, a former wartime political leader of Croatian Serbs, was transferred there in 2009 to serve out his 35-year jail sentence for his
role in a campaign of ethnic cleansing.

The tribunal, which is based in The Hague in the Netherlands, yesterday thanked the Estonian authorities for their continued support in ensuring the enforcement of its sentences and stressed the “crucial role” that
Member States play in enforcing the sentences. It has so far signed agreements on serving sentences with 17 States, and today it called for help in securing additional enforcement capacity.

Since its establishment, the tribunal has indicted 161 persons for serious violations of humanitarian law committed in the former Yugoslavia between 1991 and 2001. Proceedings against 125 have been concluded. Proceedings are currently ongoing for 34 accused.

 

SOURCE: UN DAILY NEWS DIGEST – 23 March 2011

 

TWO UN-AFRICAN UNION PEACEKEEPERS SEVERELY INJURED IN DARFUR AMBUSH

Two peacekeepers from the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) were badly wounded today when they were ambushed and shot by unknown men in what an outraged mission chief called a cowardly attack.

The uniformed personnel had just completed escort duties when their vehicle was fired upon by unknown men in Masteri, a village 45 kilometres south of El Geneina, capital of Sudan’s West Darfur state. One peacekeeper, the driver, was seriously injured and his colleague is in critical condition.

“The AU-UN Joint Special Representative Ibrahim Gambari expressed outrage at this cowardly attack against UNAMID’s peacekeepers, who are in Darfur to help restore peace and stability,” the mission said in a statement. “UNAMID remains undaunted and unwavering in its commitment to carrying out its mandate in the service of peace. UNAMID calls upon the Government of the Sudan to identify, capture and swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice.”

UNAMID, with some 22,500 uniformed personnel currently on the ground out of a total mandated strength of almost 26,000, has been in Darfur for over three years, trying to assist efforts to bring peace to a vast region where a war between the Sudanese Government, backed by militia allies, and various rebel groups has killed at least 300,000 people and displaced 2.7 million others since it erupted in 2003.

UNAMID troops have been victims of several attacks in the past. Earlier this month the International Criminal Court (ICC) confirmed war crimes charges against two rebel leaders accused in the September 2007 attack that killed 12 peacekeepers from the African Union force that was UNAMID’s predecessor, and committed them to trial.

SOURCE: UN DAILY NEWS DIGEST – 22 March 2011

 

 

Job, Fellowship, and Volunteer Postings

 

ABA-SIL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE JOB BOARD

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.

 

SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER

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.

 

Qualifications

  • 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

OR

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

 

Ph.D. RESEARCHER

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)

Profile

  • 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.

THE ARIEL F. SALLOWS CHAIR OF HUMAN RIGHTS

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

http://www.usask.ca/law/faculty_sessionals/employment_opportunities.php

INTERNATIONAL JOBS

Interns
The International Commission of Jurists
Location: Geneva
Last Date: March 31, 2011
http://216.197.119.113/jobman/publish/article_74106.shtml

Intern (Monitoring & Evaluation)
Cambodia UNAIDS Country Office
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Last Date: March 31, 2011
http://216.197.119.113/jobman/publish/article_74511.shtml

Program Officer – The International Harm Reduction Development Program
The Open Society Foundations
Location: New York
Last Date: April 1, 2011
http://216.197.119.113/jobman/publish/article_74122.shtml

 

Research assistant (paid internship)
Bretton Woods Project
Location: London, UK
Last Date: April 4, 2011
http://216.197.119.113/jobman/publish/article_74198.shtml

 

Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Specialist – Associate
Tetra Tech ARD
Location: Burlington, Vermont or our Arlington, Virginia
Last Date: April 4, 2011
http://216.197.119.113/jobman/publish/article_74157.shtml

 

Associate Legal Adviser
Commission internationale de juristes
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Last Date: April 10, 2011
http://216.197.119.113/jobman/publish/article_74503.shtml

 

Attorney/Legal Advisor
ACDI/VOCA
Location: Worldwide
Last Date: April 11, 2011
http://216.197.119.113/jobman/publish/article_74360.shtml

 

Justice Advisor
Civilian Police International, LLC
Location: Multiple Locations
Last Date: April 11, 2011
http://devnetjobs.tripod.com/cpi-11march2011.html

 

Human Rights Attorney/Lawyer
Open Society Justice Initiative
Location: London or New York
Last Date: April 19, 2011
http://devnetjobs.tripod.com/osji-18march2011.html

 

Head of Operations
Canadian Red Cross Society (CRCS)
Location: Port au Prince, Haiti
Last Date: April 23, 2011
http://devnetjobs.tripod.com/crcs-23march2011.html

 

Country Director – Nepal
Marie Stopes International (MSI)
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Last Date: April 24, 2011
http://216.197.119.113/jobman/publish/article_74614.shtml

SOURCE: See more jobs at: http://www.DevNetJobs.org or by sending a blank email to:
developmentjobs-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

 

 

Educational Courses & Conferences

INTERNATIONAL SUMMER ACADEMY ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMAN SECURITY
BRINGING HUMAN RIGHTS HOME STRENGTHENING HUMAN SECURITY AT THE LOCAL LEVEL THROUGH HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION

10 – 20 July 2011
ETC | EUROPEAN TRAINING AND RESEARCH CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY
GRAZ | AUSTRIA

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.
APPLICATION DEADLINE 31 March 2011
INFORMATION AND APPLICATION
http://www.etc-graz.at/typo3/index.php?id=1118#c2421

 

 

 

 

 

 

SYSTEMIC SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND VICTIMS’ 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

HUMAN RIGHTS LITIGATION e-learning course

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

4th ANNUAL ADVANCED TRAINING COURSE ON MONITORING ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS

 

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.

 

THE FLETCHER SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR THE ADVANCED STUDY OF NONVIOLENT CONFLICT

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.

JUSTICE SECTOR REFORM: APPLYING HUMAN RIGHTS BASED APPROACHES

IHRN

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
http://www.ihrnetwork.org/justice-sector-reform_202.htm

 

LLM HUMAN RIGHTS LAW AND TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE
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.
Contact
Ms Emer Carlin
Secretary
Transitional Justice Institute
Magee campus
Tel: + 44 (0) 28 71675146
Email:LLM@ulster.ac.uk

 

 

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