Conference on Urgency and Human Rights, 29 & 30 May 2015 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Dear readers,

A Conference on Urgency and Human Rights will take place 29 & 30 May 2015 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. This is the announcement:

Could the tool of interim measures be used to order states to halt cooperation with drone attack operations, protect persons against death threats, or ensure access to basic facilities for undocumented persons? In Europe the tool of interim measures is mostly used to halt expulsion and extradition. How to enhance the legitimacy and effectiveness of these measures? How to assess issues such as implementation of interim measures and political pressure to limit their use? And what if urgent litigation is not a feasible option? The conference on Urgency and Human Rights, taking place on the 29th and the 30th of May 2015, will deal with these and other pressing questions.

Among others, the conference will feature Dinah Shelton (the expert on remedies in international law and on regional human right protection), Sacha Prechal (EU judge), Philip Leach (director of EHRAC), Cees Flinterman (former member UN Human Rights Committee and CEDAW), Theo van Boven (former UN Rapporteur against Torture and Rapporteur on the Principles and Guidelines on the Right to Remedy and Reparation).

There will be debates with representatives of important civil society organisations such as the International Commission of Jurists, Redress, Open Society Justice Initiative (the lawyer in the extraordinary rendition case Al-Nashiri v. Poland before the European Court of Human Rights) and European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC); Brian Griffey of the OSCE and Professor Philip Leach of EHRAC will discuss urgent cases in the Ukraine.

The roundtables which are organized during the conference will discuss:

(1) New and traditional urgent situations warranting the use of provisional measures?

(2) Urgent complaints in contexts of armed conflict and counter-terrorism measures

(3) Urgent cases and challenges to the individual complaint systems

Conference fee: only €20 euro a day. For more information and registration see: Conference Urgency and Human Rights

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About Otto Spijkers

Otto Spijkers is Assistant Professor of Public International Law at Utrecht University, and researcher at the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law. He is a member of the Committee on the Role of International Law in Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Development of the International Law Association, and guest lecturer for Amnesty International The Hague. He was a visiting professor at Leiden University, Xiamen University (China), Wuhan University (China), University of Salerno (Italy) and the Université catholique d'Afrique Central (Yaounde, Cameroon). Previously, he was a PhD candidate and lecturer at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at the University of Leiden. His doctoral dissertation, entitled The United Nations, the Evolution of Global Values and International Law, was published with Intersentia in 2011. He worked as public services coordinator at the Peace Palace Library, as international consultant and coordinator for the United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme, as intern for the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and as intern for the Office of Legal Affairs of United Nations Headquarters. Otto Spijkers is editor and author of the Invisible College Blog, the blog of the School of Human Rights Research. Otto Spijkers studied the basics of international relations at the University of Sussex. He then studied international law at the University of Amsterdam, New York University School of Law (exchange student), and the Hague Academy of International Law (2009 session). He studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Malta (exchange). He obtained a Diplôme approfondi de langue française.

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