Event: How NGOs Influence International Law – Thursday, 12th February, 6:30pm

by | Feb 10, 2015

Oxford Lawyers Without Boarders presents:

How NGOs Influence International Law

A Panel Discussion

Date: Thursday 12th February

Place: Platneaur Room, Brasenose College

Time: 6.30pm

Hosted by the OxLWOB Public International Law Panel, this event brings together a panel of three experts to share their thoughts on how NGOs can influence the formation and operation of public international law. Open discussion will follow speaker presentations in what promises to be a stimulating evening.

About the panellists:

Jacqui Hunt is the London office director of Equality Now, an international women’s rights advocacy organisation.  A lawyer who trained and worked with international law firm Linklaters, she started her professional career with Amnesty International, working in campaigning and research, at Amnesty’s United Nations’ office and in press and special projects at AIUSA.  Jacqui leads Equality Now’s global discrimination in law programme, one of whose successful campaigns was creation at the UN of a special mechanism to address discrimination against women in law and in practice.  Current Equality Now campaigns include holding governments accountable to their commitments to revoke laws that continue to discriminate against women, including sex discriminatory nationality laws, the consequences of which can include statelessness and lack of access to education, healthcare and employment, as well as risks of child marriage and family violence.

Dr. Lutz Oette is Counsel at REDRESS and senior lecturer in law at SOAS, University of London. At REDRESS, he has been working for over a decade to promote and secure justice for victims of torture worldwide, combining research, advocacy and litigation. He has published widely on the prohibition of torture and on law, human rights and justice in Sudan. In 2013, Dr. Oette published a textbook (co-authored with Professor Ilias Bantekas), ‘International Human Rights Law and Practice’ with Cambridge University Press.

Emily Taylor has worked in the field of Internet Governance for 15 years, and is the author of a number renowned publications commissioned by the biggest names in the domain name industry including ICANN, Verisign, EURid, the UK Regulator Ofcom and UNESCO.  Former Chair of the ICANN WHOIS Review Team and member of the UN Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group, Emily is currently a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance Research Advisory Network, working closely with the think tank Chatham House. Emily read Classics at Cambridge University, qualified as a lawyer in 1998, and has an MBA from the Open University.

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