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18:00 - 19:00 16 November 2015
Giving teeth to international human rights treaties: commissions, courts and corporations
G08 Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre |
Malet Place | London | WC1E 7JE | United Kingdom
Professor Brian Burdekin AO, Visiting Professor at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Sweden and Professorial Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales Faculty of Law. He is also international advisor to many National Human Rights Commissions in Asia, Africa and Central and Eastern Europe.From 1995 to 2003, as Special Adviser on National Institutions, Regional Arrangements and Preventive Strategies to the first three United Nations High Commissioners for Human Rights, he conducted over 200 missions to countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America where governments or civil society wanted to create an independent Human Rights Commission.
In the last three decades the international order has changed dramatically - and institutions designed to protect internationally recognised human rights have evolved. New institutions, in particular National Human Rights Commissions, have been created in over 70 countries, in part to address the significant inadequacies of judicial systems in redressing violations by the Executive or forces it controls.
Governments in all regions have increasingly “privatised” or “out-sourced” many essential services - but, in breach of international law, have frequently failed to ensure the private sector is appropriately regulated. The power and influence of national and multi- national corporations and their impact on human rights have increased dramatically
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