Actions and Detail Panel
Abuse of Human Rights in Conflict Situations – a Legal Perspective
Wed 10 May 2017, 14:00 – 16:00 BST
For this HCRI Speaker Series we are joined by Bethany Shiner, Associate Lecturer in Law at Middlesex University.
Bethany Shiner qualified as a solicitor in 2015 and spent almost four years working at Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) on human rights and public law cases challenging executive decisions, actions or failures.
At PIL Bethany mainly worked on the Iraq civilian litigation cases within a small team representing 1386 clients who all made, and continue to make, serious allegations of torture, ill-treatment and unlawful killings. Bethany also worked on two communications submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) detailing detainee abuse in Iraq by British forces in 2003-2008. The communications demonstrate systematic abuse and allege that war crimes were committed for which those with the greatest responsibility must be held accountable. This work resulted in a historic decision when the ICC initiated a preliminary examination of the UK.
Bethany is now an Associate Lecturer in Law at Middlesex University. She has previously presented at the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace studies 2016 conference, the Haldane Society International Women’s conference 2015 and the Kent Critical Law Society 2014 conference. Before converting to law she studied Art and Psychology and completed her masters at Goldsmith University in Art and Politics.