1. OTJR Seminar, David Josse QC, Defending at the ICTY: An English Barrister’s Perspective, 17:00, 18 February, Seminar Room D, Manor Road
After being called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1985, David Josse practiced domestically until 2005. From 2005 to 2010 he was defence counsel at the ICTY, working on the trials of Momcilo Krajisnik and then Milan Gvero. He took silk in 2009 and returned to his English practice in 2010.
2. Public International Law Discussion Group, Professor Elies van Sliedregt, Culture Clashes in International Criminal Law, 12:30, 20 February, All Souls College, The Old Library
Elies van Sliedregt is Professor of Criminal Law at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Director of the Centre for International Criminal Justice and Dean of the Faculty of Law. She has held visiting fellowships in Cambridge, Oxford, Bologna, and at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She was a visiting professional with Chambers at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Summer of 2010 and fellow-in-residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences for the KNAW (NIAS) in 2011. Van Sliedregt is senior editor of the Leiden Journal of International Law and member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. Van Sliedregt has published extensively in the field of international, European and comparative criminal law
3. Latin American Centre Seminar Series, Dr Roddy Brett, The Rios Montt Trial and the Post-Conflict Legacy of Genocide in Guatemala, 17:00, 21 February, Latin American Centre, 1 Church Walk
Roddy Brett is a Lecturer with the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. He was awarded his Ph.D. at the University of London in 2002, and since that time lived in Latin America, principally in Guatemala and Colombia, working as a scholar-practitioner. His fields of research include conflict and peace studies, political and other forms of violence, genocide studies, social movements, indigenous rights, democratisation and transitions. His work as a practitioner is in the fields of conflict analysis, indigenous rights, political violence and genocide, post-conflict reconstruction, and human rights. He has published a total of eight books, including monographs and co-edited volumes, as well as articles on these themes. He has acted as Advisor to the United Nations Development Programme in both Colombia and Guatemala, and to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Guatemala. Dr. Brett also served as Advisor on Indigenous Affairs to the Norwegian Embassy in Guatemala.
4. Oxford Human Rights Festival, 24 – 28 February
Tickets for the 12th annual Oxford Human Rights Festival are now available online. The festival takes place between Monday 24 and Friday 28 February. This year the festival seeks to broaden its impact by offering a range of events outside its traditional film medium. Alongside screenings, the festival is hosting live performances of music, theatre, poetry and a range of guest speakers. The festival is organised by Oxford Brookes students on the Development and Emergency Practice (DEP) master’s degree course. It aims to raise awareness of the issues surrounding human rights, through the arts.
Events will take place in venues across Oxford, including the Old Fire Station and Ultimate Picture Palace, and all are open to the public. Each will be accompanied by a discussion with guest speakers, providing the opportunity for in-depth, stimulating debate. The screening, with speakers, of Julian Schnabel’s film Miral on the opening night will be the first event in the new John Henry Brookes lecture theatre. Other highlights include Like Enemies of the State, a play based on the stories of three African child soldiers, and a screening of The Reluctant Revolutionary which is introduced by the filmmaker.
A range of poetry readings has been arranged in conjunction with the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre. These will involve readings and debate with poets and experts, and take place at Blackwell’s on Broad Street and the Truck Store on Cowley Road. The festival will be ‘played out’ by folk music from Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year nominee Lucy Ward, with support from local acoustic band Moonrakers.
Some events are free of charge while others attract a nominal entrance fee. Tickets for all events are now available to be reserved and purchased online. More information about the festival, ticketing and the full programme of events can be found on the festival’s website.
5. Oxford Lawyers Without Borders – Second Annual Conference: The Rule of Law and International Development, 8 March 2014, Merton College Oxford
When: 9:00AM – 5:00PM, Saturday 8 March
Where: TS Eliot Theatre, Merton College
Tickets: £10 (day only), £38 (conference and dinner)
Oxford Lawyers Without Borders is delighted to extend an invitation to our upcoming annual conference. After a successful inaugural conference last year, we seek to continue building a legacy of thought provoking, inspiring conversations about international law with some of the world’s foremost practitioners and advocates in the field. This year, we will be hosting a human rights colloquium unlike any seen in Oxford before.
As part of a new initiative, the conference will be centred around an ‘innovation competition.’ Student teams from universities across the UK will be presenting prospective, plausible one-year projects geared towards implementing and improving the rule of law in developing countries.
The universities represented include Exeter, Oxford, King’s College London, Southampton, SOAS, and UCL; and are being mentored by staff at law firms Gibson Dunn, Linklaters, Jones Day, and the Lawyers Without Borders headquarters. The winning teams will receive institutional support to realise their projects.
There will also be a panel discussion on the challenges associated with various understandings of the international rule of law. The panel will be lead by speakers including:
Roger Leese, Chair of Advocates for International Development (A4ID), and Partner at Clifford Chance LL. Through A4ID’s innovative broker service, Roger helps bring together legal experts and those working towards the Millennium Development Goals, ensuring all those who need legal advice can access it. This network involves more than 39,000 lawyers around the world who provide free legal advice to development organisations, civil society groups, bar associations, developing country governments and social enterprises.
Peter van Veen, director of Transparency International’s business integrity programme. Peter joined TI-UK in July 2011 to head the Training & Advisory Services team. He has 20 years of experience in advising companies and has worked for such diverse organisations as The Economist Group, Royal Dutch Shell, Accenture, SRI International, Bertelsmann and SABMiller. He has consulted and spoken extensively on strategic risk management, corporate governance, business ethics and corruption.
In addition, we will have a keynote address on the Rule of Law and International Development, delivered by a leading practitioner, run creative workshops, and host a Mini-Careers Fair with representatives from several major firms. The conference will also include a dinner for delegates, and will allow for ample opportunities to interact with invited speakers, law firm representatives, and fellow law students. It is our vision to make the event as interactive and enriching as possible for all participants. We hope to see you there!
6. War Crimes Research Group Documentary Screening: No Fire Zone – The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka, Friday 21 February, 2014, King’s College London
No Fire Zone is a documentary film about the awful final months of the 26-year Sri Lankan civil war, told by the people who lived through it. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with the Director, Callum Macrae and Alan Keenan, Senior Analyst at the International Crisis Group.
Chair: Dr Rebekka Friedman, King’s College London
Friday 21 February 2014: 1800-2000
Room K2.31 (Nash Lecture Theatre)
King’s College London
Strand, London, WC2R 2LS