Institute for International and
Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA)

First Annual Expert Seminar on the Right to Life

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First Annual Expert Seminar on the Right to Life

GENEVA 11-13 MAY 2016

A collaboration between the Geneva Academy, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, University of Pretoria

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Application deadlines:

25 March 2016 for participants requiring visa (extensions can be granted for participants sending a copy of their visa)
2 May 2016 for other participants

For more information: antonella.ghio[at]geneva-academy.ch

Overview

The right to life is often described as the “supreme” or “foundational” right. This seminar provides an opportunity to engage with some of the cutting-edge development as far as this seminal right is concerned, in the human rights, humanitarian law and the violence reduction contexts.

What are the current challenges and opportunities related to the right to life? What are the cutting-edge developments in jurisprudence, monitoring tools and practices at the national, regional and international levels?

The seminar will bring together practitioners and other experts who work on right to life issues on a daily basis in human rights and humanitarian institutions worldwide, as well as leading academics in this field, both as presenters and participants. The small size of the group is designed to facilitate discussions and a deeper understanding of the subject matter, and to facilitate multi-regional and multi-disciplinary collaborations in this field.

The following issues will be addressed and debated during the seminar:

  • Key challenges to the right to life during situations of armed conflict
  • The progressive abolition of death penalty
  • The management of assemblies and the use of force
  • New “General Comments” on the right to life
  • The role of investigations in protecting the right to life
  • New technologies and the right to life
  • Violence reduction, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Training of police officers on the use of force
  • The importance of protecting frequently targeted groups

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Who can attend

Besides right to life’ practitioners, other experts and academics, the seminar is also open to a small number of PhD candidates or other professional researchers working on issues related to the right to life.

Tuition Fees

Participation fee is 1’500 CHF and it includes: participation costs, seminar materials, 3 lunches and refreshments during coffee breaks.

Once your confirmation of participation has been issued, you are kindly asked to proceed to the payment at the latest one week prior to the beginning of the seminar. In case of limited availability, the first payment will secure the candidate's participation in priority over late payments. Failure to pay will not allow you to attend the seminar.

All participants are responsible for their own travel costs to Geneva, including Swiss visa fees, as well as dinners (approximately CHF 30 per meal) in Geneva. Lunch will be provided throughout the seminar. The organizers are willing to provide information about accommodation.

How to register

Please download the application form or request a copy at antonella.ghio[at]geneva-academy.ch
The completed application form should be submitted via email to antonella.ghio[at]geneva-academy.ch , and must be accompanied by a CV for the registration to be complete (The CV must not exceed 2 pages).

Registration deadlines:

25 March 2016 for participants requiring visa (extensions can be granted for participants sending a copy of their visa)
2 May 2016 for other participants

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