Leadership Changes In A World In Turmoil

ANNUAL SERGIO VIEIRA DE MELLO DEBATE, THURSDAY 12 MARCH 2015 | 18:30 Leading international journalist Christiane Amanpour talks with the UN’s top human rights and refugee chiefs. This event will be broadcast on CNN.

Sergio Vieira de Mello’s long and distinguished UN career saw him dealing with refugee and human rights issues from Bangladesh, Cyprus and Mozambique in the 1970s, through to Peru, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Timor Leste in the 1990s.

He became UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2002, as well as the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Iraq in 2003.

More than a decade on from Sergio’s tragic death in a Baghdad terrorist attack, the world sadly continues to be plagued by conflict and crisis.

Leading international journalist Christiane Amanpour, herself a veteran reporter from conflicts all over the globe, talks with the UN’s human rights and refugee chiefs about leadership challenges in a world in turmoil.

Entrance is free, but you must register to access the Palais des Nations. See below for important information on security, access and CNN filming.




guterres.jpg António Guterres
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
zeid-al-hussein.jpg Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights


amanpour_3.jpg Christiane Amanpour
Chief International Correspondent, CNN

Security and access

All attendees who do not hold a UN badge are kindly requested to register before midnight 10 March 2015.

  • Each registration is valid for one person.
  • You must enter the UN via the Pregny Gate on Avenue de la paix.
  • Please bring a photo identification with you.
  • There is no parking available for non-accredited vehicles; the closest bus stop is “Appia”

CNN Filming

This event will be filmed for the television show “Amanpour”, CNN International’s flagship global affairs interview program. The event will be broadcast on CNN International at 20:00 the same evening.


Please be seated before 18:25. The doors to the Assembly Hall will be closed from 18:30 to enable filming to begin on time. You will not be able to enter the main part of the Assembly Hall after this time.

Seating is available on a first-come first-served basis.


This event will be conducted in English; simultaneous translation English/French will be available.

Public Debate: Defending human rights in a digital age

Public Debate: Defending Human Rights in a Digital Age, Goldsmiths – Professor Stuart Hall Building, Room LG01: 5.30pm – 8.00pm 

Watch live www.gold.ac.uk/live-stream or join in the debate on Twitter #netrightsGold

The panel is made up of representatives from international human rights HGOS, computer engineers and privacy (h)activists, legal experts, journalists, and critical internet governance scholars. The aim is to take stock from our respective points of view, and to consider together not only the practical and political challenges of defending human rights in a digital age but also what to do about it.

Panelists include:

  • Caspar Bowden, Independent Privacy Researcher
  • Champa Patel, Amnesty International
  • Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Amnesty International
  • Becky Kazansky, Tactical Technology Collective
  • Hanane Boujemi, Hivos International: MENA region
  • Catherine Easton, University of Lancaster, Internet Rights and Principles Coalition
  • Gavin McFadyen, Centre for Investigative Journalism Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Marianne Franklin, Goldsmiths, University of London (Moderator)

Co-organized by the Global Media and Transnational Communications MA Program, School of Journalism’s Media Forum, and Radical Media Forum, Department of Media and Communication. 


Are some words and ideas just too hateful for public life? In the US, there might not be actual laws against hate speech, but the idea that hateful speech is harmful is gaining ground, especially on campuses, where students find themselves censored for “harassing” people with their words and ideas. The UK-based Spiked hosts this public debate featuring Nadine Strossen, former ACLU President, Greg Lukianoff, president of FEN member FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), and Wendy Kaminer, lawyer, author and free speech advocate. Not just a feisty discussion on hate speech, the event is also a rallying cry—a chance to meet other free speech campaigners from across the ideas spectrum and globe. Stay tuned for more details.

Stung: Exposing Manufactured Terror Cases


Trevor Aaronson
Reporter and Producer, Informants
Author, The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism

David Heilbroner
Producer, The Newburgh Sting

Linda Sarsour
Executive Director, Arab American Association of New York

moderated by

Michael German
Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Lipton Hall, NYU School of Law
108 West Third Street (between MacDougal St. and Sullivan St.)
New York, NY 10012

6:00 p.m. Registration and Reception
6:30 p.m. Program

On May 20, 2009, four Muslim men from upstate New York were arrested by the FBI and charged with plotting to bomb two Jewish synagogues and shoot missiles at military supply planes. The FBI and NYPD claimed they caught the men red-handed, but as HBO’s recent documentary The Newburgh Sting later revealed, the men were guiltier of greed than they were terrorism. In fact, the FBI has a history of using informants to entice young men into fake terror plots. Al Jazeera’s documentary Informants tells the story of three such FBI informants who posed as Muslims and searched for people interested in joining violent plots concocted by the FBI.

Join the producers of these two groundbreaking documentary films, alongside advocates and a former FBI agent, for a discussion about how communities are impacted by law enforcement’s use of informants. What happens when law enforcement officials suppress the exercise of religion and political expression in a community? What steps are advocacy groups taking to expose the targeting of entire communities in the name of counter-terrorism?

Please RSVP by filling out the form below or clicking here. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Brennan Center Events Coordinator, Jafreen Uddin, at jafreen.uddin@nyu.edu or 646.292.8345

CIL Fireside Chat Series – Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan): International Law, Science and the Environment


On 31 March 2014, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rendered its judgment in the case concerning Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan: New Zealand intervening). In the Judgment, the ICJ concluded that Japan violated three provisions of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW) in relation to the killing, taking and treating of fin whales under the Japanese Whale Research Program under Special Permit in the Antarctic (JARPA II). The Court observed that while JARPA II could broadly be characterised as ‘scientific research’, the killing, taking and treating of fin whales are not for ‘purposes of scientific research’ as stated in Article VIII, paragraph 1 of the ICRW. The Court requested Japan to revoke any extant authorisation, permit or licence granted in relation to JARPA II and refrain from granting any further permits in pursuance of that programme.

This Session of the CIL Fireside Chat Series will discuss the ICJ’s judgment and examine the whaling issue from environmental, scientific and international political perspectives.

Note: The Chatham House Rule will apply for the CIL Fireside Chat Series.


Professor Robert Beckman
Director, CIL
Professor Lye Lin-Heng
Director, Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law
Professor Chou Lok Ming
Department of Biological Sciences
Professor Ryoko Nakano
Department of Japanese Studies


Professor S Jayakumar
Professor Tommy Koh


Only open to NUS, NTU and SMU students and staff who register