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The Accountability of ‘Major Powers’ for Alleged Serious Violations of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law: Challenges and Prospects

1 October, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Conference and Launch of Discussion Paper

The University of Essex Human Rights Centre and Ulster University Transitional Justice Institute have been collaborating on a research initiative to improve knowledge and strengthen the opportunities to overcome obstacles to accountability for unlawful counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations perpetrated by major powers.

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REGISTRATION is mandatory by sending an email to accountabilitymeeting@aol.com by 24 of September.

(Due to limited space and security considerations, RSVP is compulsory).

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AGENDA

Full agenda:
https://www1.essex.ac.uk/hrc/documents/Agenda_6_Sep_2018.pdf

14:00 Registration

14:30 Welcome: Carla Ferstman, University of Essex

14:30 – 16:00 Domestic Accountability Processes
This panel considers the challenges which have arisen when seeking accountability for serious violations of human rights
and humanitarian law perpetrated by ‘major’ powers. The panelists address a series of country contexts, including e.g., the USA, the UK (including Northern Ireland), The Netherlands and elsewhere and will consider the strengths/weaknesses of
the models of accountability favoured by such countries, such as public inquiries and parliamentary processes; public
interest litigation (judicial review processes and civil claims against the government or other actors); claims against
corporate actors; criminal proceedings.

Chair: Carla Ferstman, University of Essex
• USA in Afghanistan and wider counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency efforts: Katherine
Gallagher, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
• Northern Ireland: Rory O’Connell, Director of the Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University
• United Kingdom in Iraq: Rachel Kerr, Reader in International Relations and Contemporary War, King’s College London
• The Netherlands: Göran Sluiter, Professor of International Criminal Law, University of Amsterdam

16:00 – 16:15 Break

16:15 – 17:45: The Role of the ICC in Promoting the Accountability of Major Powers

This panel considers the role of the ICC in promoting accountability in the context of allegations involving ‘major’ powers.
In particular, the panel will consider the progress of preliminary examinations concerning Afghanistan, Iraq and Ukraine
and what impacts can be discerned domestically

Chair: Thomas Obel Hansen, Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University
• Iraq and Palestine: Chantal Meloni, Legal Advisor, European Center for Constitutional and
Human Rights
• Ukraine: Wayne Jordash, QC, Managing Partner, Global Rights Compliance
• Georgia: Nika Jeiranashvili, Executive Director, Justice International
• Afghanistan: TBC

17:45 – 18:00: Launch of Discussion Paper: “The Accountability of UK military for Alleged Abuses in Iraq: Challenges
and Prospects” Carla Ferstman, Thomas Obel Hansen and Noora Arajärvi

18:00 – 19:30: Drinks Reception

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REGISTRATION is mandatory by sending an email to accountabilitymeeting@aol.com by 24 of September.

(Due to limited space and security considerations, RSVP is compulsory).

Details

Date:
1 October, 2018
Time:
2:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Event Category:

Venue

The Hague Humanity Hub
Fluwelen Burgwal 58
The Hague, Netherlands
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Details

Date:
1 October, 2018
Time:
2:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Event Category:

Venue

The Hague Humanity Hub
Fluwelen Burgwal 58
The Hague, Netherlands
+ Google Map