An Insider's View on the Practice of International Human Rights Law
Posted on 23/02/2016
Practitioners in the Hot Seat - Legal Challenges in a Transnational World : An Insider's View on the Practice of International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law
On 9 February 2016, the Department of War Studies and the Transnational Law Institute at The Dickson Poon School of Law were delighted to launch their new guest speaker series, hosting Professor Yuval Shany, member of the Human Rights Committee established under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and Dean of the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Professor Shany engaged in a candid conversation about the work of the Human Rights Committee and in particular the current project in which it is engaged in preparing a General Comment on the right to life under the covenant. He commented on the ways in which his Committee has become engaged in the debate about the relationship between international humanitarian and human rights law and the challenges the Committee faces in its interactions with States Parties. Professor Shany explained the legal stance of the Committee with respect to the extraterritorial reach and applicability of the ICCPR as well as its nuanced approach with regard to the prevalence of IHL in situations of armed conflict over international human rights law. He touched upon the challenges relating to the accountability of non state actors under the ICCPR and shared some invaluable insights from his vantage point in the Committee.
The talk was moderated by Professor Ady Schonmann-Bethlehem from the Department of War Studies at Kings and the event well attended by both students and faculty and provided a fascinating insight into the issues in question.
Further speakers in the series for this semester are Mr. Steven Hill, Legal Adviser and Director of the Office of Legal Affairs at NATO (7 March) and Professor Matthew C. Waxman of Columbia Law School (16 March).
More information on the Practitioners in the Hot Seat series.
More information on the Department of War Studies.
More information on the Transnational Law Institute.