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‘The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination at 50: Achievements and Prospects’

QM School of Law

Tuesday, 2 May 2017 from 13:30 to 19:00 (BST)

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Centre for European and International Legal Affairs (CEILA) 

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‘The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination at 50: Achievements and Prospects’ 

 

This event marks the recent 50th anniversary of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). Adopted in 1965, ICERD is the oldest of the ‘core’ international human rights treaties; it has been ratified by 178 States. Moreover, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), established in 1970, was the first international treaty-monitoring body of its kind. Initially CERD was widely perceived as an international statement against apartheid and colonialism. But, since its inception, the Convention’s meaning and reach has evolved to engage a broad range of groups as well as enhancing the effectiveness of its mechanisms. Today it encompasses a host of issues involving racial, ethnic or linguistic groups, minorities, indigenous peoples, caste/descent-based groups, migrants, refugees, as well as engaging hate speech, ethnic conflict and other racially-motivated acts.

The event, the first to be held on ICERD in the UK, will engage with the treaty’s history and origins, as well as its contemporary scope involving a broad range of themes. It will reflect on how the treaty can respond to current challenges and provide a voice and remedy for the victims of racial discrimination in the 21st century. To this end, it will bring together CERD members, academics and campaigners in order to explore the achievements and prospects of this groundbreaking instrument. The event also marks the publication of two important books on the Convention: Patrick Thornberry, ICERD: A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2016); and David Keane and Annapurna Waughray (eds.) 50 Years of ICERD: A Living Instrument (Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2017).

 

Organizer: Dr Stephen Allen (QMUL)

 

Event Programme

 

Introduction and Welcome

13:30 - 14:30 | Panel 1: Reflections on 50 Years of ICERD 

Chair/Discussant: Dr Jessie Hohmann (QMUL)

Prof Patrick Thornberry (Keele/CERD), ‘A Commentary on 50 Years of ICERD’

Dr Annapurna Waughray (Manchester Metropolitan), ‘ICERD as a Living Instrument’

 

14:30 - 15:30 | Panel 2: New Challenges 

Chair/Discussant: Prof Dominic McGoldrick (Nottingham)

Dr David Keane (Middlesex), ‘Towards Universal Ratification: The Case of Myanmar’

Rosemary Adaser (Association of Mixed Race Irish), ‘ICERD and Historical Violations in Ireland’

 

15:30 - 16:00 | Break

 

16:00 - 17:15 | Panel 3: Group Rights and General Recommendations

Chair/Discussant: Prof Satvinder Juss (KCL)

Nozipho January-Bardill (CERD), ‘CERD and Gender’

Dr Corinne Lennox (IALS), ‘Minorities and People of African descent under ICERD’

Dr Tarlach McGonagle (Amsterdam), ‘CERD and Hate Speech’

 

Conclusions

17:30 - 19:00 | Full Buffet 

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Collette Bowe Room
Queens' Building
Queen Mary University of London
E1 4NS Mile End Road
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 2 May 2017 from 13:30 to 19:00 (BST)


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