50 years of the covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
This mini conference marks the 50th anniversary of the UN Covenants on Human Rights (The ICCPr and the ICESCR). Four distinguished speakers will share their views about the impact of these treaties and that of their treaty monitoring bodies worldwide and the challenges ahead. Equally some critical reflections on our standard notions of the historical evolution of human rights will be shared with the audience.
Steven Jensen, Visiting Researcher at Oxford University and author of the making of International Law
Steven L. B. Jensen holds a PhD in History and researcher at The Danish Institute for Human Rights. He is the author of The Making of International Human Rights. The 1960s, Decolonization and the Reconstruction of Global Values (Cambridge University Press 2016) and the winner of the 2015 Rene Cassin Thesis Prize (Special Mention) and the 2015 Ester Boserup Thesis Prize. He has previously published on genocide in the 20th century, HIV/AIDS, global health and development. Before joining the Danish Institute for Human Rights in 2007, he held positions with UNAIDS and the Danish Foreign Ministry. In 2011, he was Visiting Researcher at Yale Law School and during the Autumn 2016 term he is a Visiting Researcher in Oxford. He is currently working on an international history of economic and social rights after 1945.
Professor Sir Nigel Rodley, Member of the Human Rights Committee and former Sp.Rap. On Torture
Professor Sir Nigel Rodley KBE. From 1993 to 2001 he served as Special Rapporteur on Torture of the UN Commission on Human Rights. Since 2001 he has been a Member of the UN Human Rights Committee, established under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Chairperson 2013-2014). He is the current President of the International Commission of Jurists. In 1998 he was knighted in the Queen's New Year's Honours list for services to Human Rights and International Law and in 2000 he received an honorary LLD from Dalhousie University. He was a joint recipient of the American Society of International Law's 2005 Goler T. Butcher Medal for distinguished work in human rights. In 2008 he was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians.
Professor Paul Hunt, Former member of the committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and former Sp. Rap. On the Right to Health)
Professor Paul Hunt, practised as a litigation solicitor in London before specialising in international and domestic human rights law. He has lived, and undertaken human rights work, in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the South Pacific. In the 1980s, he was Legal Officer of the London-based National Council for Civil Liberties(Liberty). Between 1990-1992, he was Associate Director of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies in Banjul, Gambia. Between 1992-2000, he was Senior Lecturer at Waikato University, in New Zealand. In 1998, he was nominated by the Government of New Zealand and elected by the UN to serve as an independent expert on the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1999-2002). Between 2002-2008, he served as UN Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of health and, in 2008, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Nordic School of Public Health. In 2011-2012, Professor Hunt held part-time responsibilities with the World Health Organisation (Geneva), advising Assistant Director-General Dr.Flavia Bustreo on human rights issues.
Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, Deputy Director of the Human Rights Centre & UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
Ahmed Shaheed is a Lecturer in the School of Law and Deputy Director of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. He had twice previously served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives and had led the Maldives’ efforts to ratify and implement the core human rights treaties. Since 2011, he has been serving as the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran. In November 2016, Ahmed assumed the duties of the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. Shaheed is also the founding chair of the Geneva-based think-tank, Universal Rights Group.
Chair: Professor Lorna McGregor, DIrector of the Human Rights Centre
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