Symposium: Legitimacy and International Courts

On September 18-19, 2014, the Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law and PluriCourts – Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order at the University of Oslo Faculty of Law will hold a symposium on “Legitimacy and International Courts,” in Baltimore. The program is here. Here’s the idea:

The symposium, co-sponsored by the University of Oslo’s PluriCourts program and celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Baltimore, will bring together experts on specific courts and tribunals including the ICJ, WTO, ECJ, ECHR, Inter-American Court, ICSID, ITLOS, and ICC and specific themes including democracy, effectiveness, and judicial selection to consider the lessons that can be learned about the legitimacy of international courts and tribunals and those courts’ and tribunals’ ability to justify their authority and decisions.

Reflections on the future of the UN’s human rights pillar

On Thursday, 4th September 2014, the Governments of Norway and Switzerland, supported by Universal Rights Group, will hold a panel discussion on “Reflections on the future of the UN’s human rights pillar,” followed by a reception.

The event will offer an opportunity for all stakeholders to reflect on the future of the UN’s human rights pillar in the build-up to the Human Rights Council’s 10th anniversary in 2016. In this context, we are delighted that H.E. Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba, the first President of the Council, will be joining us for the meeting.

To register to attend this event, please email us at  info@universal-rights.org This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or register online. For more information, see the event programme.

Speakers:

Introduction / co-chairs
H.E. Mr. Alexandre Fasel, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Switzerland
Mr. Harriet Berg, Minister Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Norway

Looking ahead to the 10th anniversary of the Human Rights Council (2016): What can be done to strengthen it?
H.E. Mr. Luis Alfonso de Alba, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the International Organisations in Vienna; first President of the Human Rights Council

Glion Human Rights Dialogue 2014: key messages, ideas and next steps
Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Universal Rights Group; UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran

Strengthening the Human Rights Mechanisms
Professor Michael O’Flaherty, Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees, Universal Rights Group; former Vice-Chair, UN Human Rights Committee

Beyond Geneva: taking human rights into the field and human rights mainstreaming
Mr. Richard Bennett, Director, Asia-Pacific Programme, Amnesty International; former Representative in Nepal of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights