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Human Rights Practitioners' Forum

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You are invited to attend the Human Rights Practitioners' Forum organised by the Glasgow Human Rights Network. The event will take place on Thursday 9 November, 12:00-13:15 in the Senate Room, Main Building.

The forum will provide you with a unique opportunity to hear from prominent human rights practitioners about human rights related careers and knowledge exchange between academia and external partners in the field of human rights. If you are interested in working in the field of human rights, do not miss this chance to ask questions about how to get into this wide and varied employment sector and how to develop your skills as a human rights researcher.

The forum will be chaired by Dr Vikki Turbine, Lecturer in Politics at the University of Glasgow and Convener of the Glasgow Human Rights Network. Our speakers are:

Ms Susan Kemp - Commissioner, Scottish Human Rights Commission

Ms Kate Nevens - Programme Director, Amnesty Scotland

Mr Andrew Sirel - Associate Solicitor, JustRight Scotland; Lecturer, University of Glasgow

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Please note, registration via Eventbrite is open to University of Glasgow postgraduate students only. Spaces are limited and registration is essential.

If you have any enquiries about the event, please contact us at ghrnpg2017@gmail.com

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Speaker Biographies

Susan Kemp

Susan is a Commissioner on the Scottish Human Rights Commission, an independent body created in 2006 as Scotland’s national human rights institution. Educated at Edinburgh University, she was a solicitor in private practice and with the Scottish Refugee Council until 1998. She moved to Guatemala as Counsel then Legal Director of the civil society organisation Centro para Acción Legal en Derechos Humanos where she investigated wartime atrocities to bring private prosecutions for genocide against former Presidents Lucas Garcia and Rios Montt. She also litigated cases of mass killing, torture, land eviction, labour rights, disappearance and the death penalty in the Inter-American Human Rights system. She has since served as a Criminal Investigator at the International Criminal Court in The Hague and Legal Adviser to the research organisation Impunity Watch. In 2011 she was the Representative of the United Nations Department of Peace-Keeping Operations on the Team of Experts on the Rule of Law and Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict established by Security Council resolution 1888. She now works as a technical consultant to prosecutors, NGOs and the United Nations, and in 2014 returned to Scotland to research UK accountability mechanisms for international crimes.

Kate Nevens

Kate Nevens is currently the Programme Director for Amnesty International in Scotland. She has a particular interest in the Middle East (especially Yemen and Egypt), women’s and youth activism, arms trade, security sector issues and refugees. Kate previously worked for Engender, Scotland’s feminist policy organisation, as Head of the Middle East and North Africa Programme for the conflict prevention INGO Saferworld and as MENA programme manager for Chatham House. She studied at the University of Edinburgh and SOAS.

Andrew Sirel

Andy is an Associate at JustRightScotland and heads the project JustRight for Refugee Children. He has an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex and an LLB from the University of Glasgow. He has been working in human rights law for over 7 years.

Andy spent two and a half years working in a national law centre, leading a project providing legal representation to migrant children and young people. He is experienced in working directly with unaccompanied asylum seeking children and child victims of trafficking, as well as previously accompanied migrant children in care. He has represented migrant children in the national asylum and trafficking identification procedures, the immigration and asylum tribunals, and in Judicial Reviews in the Court of Session. He currently sits on a Scottish Government Working Group on age assessment and Scotland’s children strategic legal group.

Prior to this, Andy worked as a Legal Officer at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, supervising the implementation of British, Irish and Cypriot judgments from the European Court of Human Rights. He also enjoys lecturing at the University of Glasgow, where he has taught European Human Rights Law for over 6 years.

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