The ‘War on Drugs’ and Extrajudicial Executions
Luciana Pol, Senior Fellow at the Centre for Legal and Social Studies (Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales, CELS)
Luciana Pol is a sociologist and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Legal and Social Studies (Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales, CELS) in Buenos Aires. She has researched and published various studies on issues of security policies, prisons, drug policy, social protest, police violence and the use of force. She is an internationally respected advocate, thinker, and lecturer on human rights and drug policy, where her ground-breaking work has influenced a range of international reform processes.
Naomi Burke-Shyne, Senior Program Officer working with the Law and Health Initiative and the International Harm Reduction Development Program at the Open Society Foundations
Naomi Burke-Shyne is a senior program officer working with the Law and Health Initiative and the International Harm Reduction Development Program at the Open Society Foundations. Her work focuses on improving access to justice and the right to health for people who use drugs and marginalized populations. She previously worked with the International Development Law Organisation focusing on improving legal aid, community engagement with National Human Rights Commissions and access to justice programmes. She has recently returned from a mission to the Philippines to examine and understand the civil society response to the extrajudicial killings happening across the country.
Dr. Gus Waschefort as discussant.
Gus Waschefort is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, University of Essex. Prior to joining the University of Essex, he held academic appointments at the University of Pretoria, as lecturer, and the University of South Africa, as Associate Professor. Between 2011 and 2013 Gus was appointed as legal advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.
Chair: Julie Hannah, Co-Director, International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy
Julie Hannah is the Director of the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy, where she has been leading high impact research and teaching projects since 2012. She is a member of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex where she is also an advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, supporting the mandate’s thematic research and engagement with civil society. She previously spent over 10 years leading humanitarian and human rights projects for refugee communities, particularly those located in Southeast Asia.
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