Security and Protection Management for HRDs and Social Organisations

The course is highly recommended for human rights defenders who daily face risks but often fail to take the necessary measures to protect their lives and those of people around them”.
– Human rights defender who attended PI e-learning course (Sep-Dec, 2014) –

Applications to enrol can be sent from now until 8 April 2015. For an application form and a complete set of information about the course, please send an email to: e-learning@protectioninternational.org.

Webinar: Human Rights in the Digital Age

If you are on the internet or use a cell phone, odds are you are being followed by governments through mass surveillance programs. This isn’t just part of life in the 21st century, it’s illegal and a human rights violation.

In June 2013, Edward Snowden leaked thousands of classified National Security Agency (NSA) documents revealing the sweeping surveillance programs run by the NSA, UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), and the “Five Eyes” spying and intelligence-sharing agreements between the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. These programs spy on most of the world’s digital communications.

The Snowden revelations confirmed that governments have systematically violated their citizens’ rights to privacy on a global scale, and placed other rights at risk. Private data can be used to target journalists, persecute activists, profile and discriminate against minorities. The chill effect is real: when people know they are being watched, they may be less willing to communicate freely.

Find out about Amnesty’s work on human rights in the digital age and get involved in the #UnfollowMe campaign to ban mass surveillance & unlawful information sharing.

Webinar: Creation and Implementation of Statewide Animal Law Prosecution Units

The Attorney General of Virginia just created the first Animal Law Prosecution Unit of its kind in the nation. This webinar will focus on how to create successful statewide animal law units and multi-agency taskforces to combat illegal animal abuse. It will also explore how to build and forge state and federal partnerships and work with local prosecutors to effectively prosecute these cases. This presentation will also examine the decision making process regarding charging animal abusers with federal and/or state level crimes.

Presented by the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.

Contact Name: Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
Contact Email: info@apainc.org
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Webinar: Getting Started in International Criminal Law

As part of its “Getting Started” series, ASIL’s New Professionals Interest Group and ASIL’s International Criminal Law Interest Group are pleased to host a special event on how to pursue a career in international criminal law. Panelists at this event will share their perspectives as experienced professionals with diverse backgrounds. This special event will be online only involving panelists from the criminal courts and tribunals in The Hague. Professor Beth van Schaack (Santa Clara Law) will pose questions to highlight professional development advice. Participants will be invited to participate from their own computers.

Access to Justice: Who’s Your Partner and Where Are You Going?

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Panelists: Sara Galligan, Terrye Conroy
Moderator: James Durham

Program Description:

Partnerships are essential ways of doing business for law librarians in all types of libraries.This access to justice webinar will describe areas for strategic partnering such as training, core collections, centralized websites, and technology. It will also describe major partners in the legal community and ways to strengthen our collaboration with valuable allies.

“Use of Force in Armed Conflicts: Interplay between the Conduct of Hostilities and Law Enforcement Paradigms”

In contemporary armed conflicts, in particular in non-international armed conflicts and occupations, armed forces are increasingly expected to conduct not only combat operations against the adversary, but also law enforcement operations in order to maintain or restore public security, law and order. In practice, it is sometimes difficult to draw the line between situations governed by the conduct of hostilities paradigm, derived from international humanitarian law, and those governed by the law enforcement paradigm, mainly derived from human rights law. Effective determination of the appropriate applicable paradigm may have a crucial impact on the humanitarian consequences of an operation, since the rules and principles shaping the two paradigms are different.

 

In order to shed further light on these issues, the ICRC has organized an expert meeting on the topic, and subsequently published an Expert Meeting Report (end of 2013).

 

The aim of this webinar is to discuss the conclusions set forward in the Expert Meeting Report.

Panelists:

  • Gloria Gaggioli, former ICRC Thematic Legal Advisor, Associate Lecturer, University of Geneva
  • Brigadier General Richard Gross, Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • David Kretzmer, Emeritus Professor, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Colonel Juan Carlos Gómez Ramirez, Department of Defence, Colombia
  • Moderated by: Jamie Williamson, Head of the Unit for Relations with Arms Carriers, ICRC

Click here to register to the event. You will then receive a link to follow the event online on June 24 and participate in the discussion.

Conflict Migration: Assessing the Approaches to Rehabilitation

Date:
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Join us on-line for a live event marking the release of this podcast on October 23rd. To register for the release event, and to send questions to our expert commentators, just click here. Already registered? Click here to join the event once it begins.

On World Refugee Day this year, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees reported that the number of refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced people worldwide has exceeded 50 million people. Humanitarian organizations are currently struggling to address the needs of these displaced populations, due primarily to protracted armed conflict and other situations of violence. Existing legal, policy, and operational approaches to humanitarian protection are increasingly insufficient to keep up with patterns of conflict-related migration in North Africa and the Middle East, for example. Some argue that humanitarian interventions are slow and cumbersome, lacking in coordination, and overwhelmed by growing needs of the refugees. It is clear that without a better understanding of trends in mobility and factors of migration, current humanitarian practitioners will continue to be unable to respond to the evolving needs on the ground.

The recent increase in global displacement is largely driven by the conflict in Syria; 1 in 2 Syrians are now displaced, including over 6 million Syrians internally and more than 3 million registered as refugees (UNHCR). As the conflict in Syria endures, the international community and host nations face tremendous political, operational, and economic obstacles to addressing the long-term needs of Syrian refugees and regional host communities. There is also an increasingly urgent need to address refugees’ rehabilitation needs beyond emergency assistance.

Through conversations with experts and practitioners, this podcast will discuss current trends in conflict migration and approaches to the rehabilitation of displaced populations. In the first segment, we will explore ways to enhance the adaptability and impact of the existing humanitarian protection strategies for migrants. In the second segment, we will look specifically at the host country of Lebanon, and the specific rehabilitation needs and challenges of its humanitarian response.

Key questions for discussion include:

  1. Which factors contribute to displacement, and what are their implications for the humanitarian needs of conflict migrants? What are some of the structural causes that contribute to waves of mass migration?
  2. What are the key components of a humanitarian response to meet the evolving needs and vulnerabilities of conflict migrants?
  3. What is the current capacity and operational strategy of both humanitarian and development actors to address chronic refugee needs in Lebanon? How can they enhance their impact and outreach to plan for the needs of refugees over a longer time frame?

Resources:

Livestream: “Operation Protective Edge: Legal and Political Implications of ICC Prosecution”

The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice and Fordham Law School’s National Lawyers Guild chapter are pleased to present a livestream of ‘Operation Protective Edge: Legal and Political Implications of ICC Prosecution,’ a panel discussion on Israel’s offensive, Operation Protective Edge, against the Gaza Strip this past summer, and the political and legal implications of Palestine’s bid to join the International criminal court. The event is being held at George Mason University.

In July and August, hostilities in the Gaza Strip left 2,131 Palestinians and 71 Israelis dead, including 501 Palestinian children and one Israeli child. Of Gaza’s 1.8 million residents, 475,000 are living in temporary shelters or with other families because their homes have been severely damaged. The extent of destruction has raised questions around culpability for war crimes on all sides of the conflict. International organizations including the United Nations Human Rights Council, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called for independent investigation.

Palestine is considering accession to the Rome Statute, which would grant the International Criminal Court the authority to investigate war crimes conducted in Palestinian territory. Such an investigation would bring both Israel and Palestine under scrutiny for events from this summer and as far back as 2012, and possibly to 2002 when the ICC was first formed to investigate war crimes.

This panel will explore the relevant legal questions under international criminal law as well as the political issues related to ICC accession by Palestine.

October 20, 2014 4:00 PM – 6:30PM
Location: Room 4-08, Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd St. New York, NY 10023
Contact: LeitnerCenter@law.fordham.edu

Speakers:

David J. Luban, Georgetown University,  Georgetown Law Center
Margaret deGuzman
, Temple University, Beasley School of Law
George Bisharat
, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Noura Erakat
, George Mason University, New Century College
Kevin Jon Heller
, University of London, SOAS

For more information on the event, please visit this page.

Collaborative Animal Cruelty Investigations Webinar

Free One-Hour webinar with the National District Attorneys Association’s National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse

The webinar will discuss how agencies can successfully work together to address animal abuse and neglect. CLE credit available.

Speakers:

Joe Stafford (Director of Animal Law Enforcement) and Rod Novotny (Animal Law Enforcement Training Manager) with the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, Colorado

Contact Name: Allie Phillips
Contact Email: aphillips@ndaa.org
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Webinar: Beyond Kids at the Border: Understanding A Regional Crisis

This one-hour webinar will explore the broader context surrounding the recent upsurge in refugee and migrant children entering the US.  We’ll also share Asylum Access‘s ongoing efforts to promote refugee rights throughout Central America and Mexico, and our plans to increase our legal assistance to refugees fleeing Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Featured speaker Dr. David James Cantor of University of London’s Refugee Law Initiative will share insights from his recent field research on organized crime and forced migration in Central America. Asylum Access Executive Director Emily Arnold-Fernandez will share Asylum Access’s current and upcoming work impacting the region.

Please RSVP today to hold your spot.