The researchers who form the Freedom from Violence initiative at ICLA will be involved over the coming months in drafting the text of South Africa’s National Report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGR) with respect to SDG-16, the goal aimed at promoting peaceful and inclusive societies, providing access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
What has been the influence to date of the main United Nations human rights treaties, and the work of the committees that monitor compliance by States with these treaties, on the lives of people worldwide? A group of human rights researchers are currently engaged in a comprehensive ‘domestic impact study’ that will address this question in 20 countries.
Given the centrality of Hague Law to the prosecution and impact of armed conflict, the relative paucity of dedicated works is surprising. The general formulation of Hague Law rules is largely uncontroversial, but this clarity stands in stark contrast to their interpretation and practical application.
Meetali Jain is an international human rights lawyer, who practiced for several years in Washington DC and California. She lectures on the Centre for Human Rights' LLM Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation around issues of clinical legal education. In 2015, she assists with supervising the Centre's Right to Life clinical group, and in 2014, she assisted with the Business and Human Rights and Litigation clinical groups. Meetali manages the research project focused on commissions of inquiry in Africa for the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa. She has also been involved with coordination of the National Schools Moot Competition.