Mary Robinson, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002, is announced as the 2016 recipient of the Stockholm Human Rights Award. Bestowed annually by the Swedish Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the International Legal Assistance Consortium in recognition of work in the pursuit of advancing international justice and strengthening respect for human rights, the Award will be received in person by Ms Robinson at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden on 23 November. [Read more…]
ILAC is now looking for a new Head of Administration to the secretariat in Solna, Sweden. Application with CV and cover letter to be submitted by 29 May.
On 17 March ILAC co-sponsered the launch of the The IBAHRI report ‘The role of the Universal Periodic Review in advancing human rights in the administration of justice’. The event took place inside the Palais des Nations, where the Human Rights Council was having its annual March sitting.
“Transition from what to what?” Sabine Michalowski, Professor at the University of Essex and head of the Essex Transitional Justice Network (ETJN) is an international leading expert on Transitional Justice. But not an unreserved advocate. Instead she sees the difficulties and challenges in the transitional concept.
Elizabeth Howe, ILAC Chair, visited Tunis together with the ILAC MENA team on 10-12 February.
Dear ILAC friends,
It is with mixed emotions we look back at 2015. It has truly been a difficult year during which ILAC has seen some significant changes.Some have been positive, some necessary and anticipated, others tragic.
On 30 November to 2 December over 30 Syrian Legal NGOs gathered in Gaziantep, Turkey, with the aim of forming a Syrian Legal Consortium. ILAC chair Elizabeth Howe and Head of Operations Per Lagerström participated in one of the sessions by sharing experiences and lessons learned from ILAC’s work.
In front of an audience of more than 1000 people from the International and Stockholm legal, political and academic communities, this year’s Stockholm Human Rights Award was delivered on 24 November to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Raʿad al-Hussein by the Swedish king Carl XVI Gustaf.
ILAC is now seeking two interns to assist our new head office in Stockholm.
“Transitions from authoritarian rule or conflict pose a huge challenge, but also present important opportunities from both a rule of law and a broader development viewpoint.” says Rhodri Williams, ILAC Senior Legal Expert.
At the ILAC Council meeting 27 October, five very prominent international legal experts were invited as new individual members of ILAC.
On 24 September a historic breakthrough was announced in the negotiations to end the long-running civil conflict with the leftist FARC insurgency in Colombia.
ILAC is happy to announce Sélim BEN ABDESSELEM’s recruitment as Senior Legal Advisor for ILAC in Tunisia. He will start his functions in November 2015.
ILAC is delighted to announce that Hanna Johnsson joined the ILAC team this August as Programme Director.
When the Tunisian revolution took place in early 2011, the people demanded – and expected – an end to corruption. But the fight against corruption is a long term struggle where the mindset of the people in a corrupt society needs to be changed. That was one of the concluding remarks after the ILAC and Sida seminar on anti-corruption held in Almedalen, Sweden, on 30 June.
Within the ILAC Syria Program there are now four different documentation centers in operation inside Syria, giving ordinary citizens the access to certificates on births, deaths, marriages, etc. Exactly the kind of documentation needed in order to establish a justice system based on the Rule of Law.
The ILAC Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Helsinki on 24-25 April was a intense and fruitful meeting with workshops, seminars and important discussion for future Rule of Law work.
On 25 April, Elizabeth Howe, General Counsel at the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), was elected as the new chairperson of the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) at the consortium’s Annual General Meeting in Helsinki.
The German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein – DAV), with more than 66.000 individual members, is now joining the International Legal Assistance Consortium, ILAC.
To welcome DAV as a member of ILAC means that the international consortium now has 50 member organisations involved in technical legal assistance programs world wide.
– We are honoured to welcome the German Bar to the ILAC family, says Agneta Johansson, Executive Director of ILAC. The need to strengthen the rule of law in many parts of the world is probably more important than ever, and organisations committed to work for human rights and the rule of law need to work together.
ILAC, founded in 2002, is a consortium of associations of legal and human rights experts. ILAC’s mission is Rebuilding Justice Systems, based on the rule of law and the protection of human rights. Currently the consortium is running a 3-year programme in several countries the Middle East and Northern Africa.
– For the DAV, an organisation that places great emphasis on respect for human rights and the rule of law, we hope that our ILAC membership will lead to a wider cooperation with other international Rule of Law actors, says Wolfgang Ewer, President of the DAV.
For further information:
Agneta Johansson, Executive Director ILAC: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Gilsbach, Legal Advisor at International and Human Rights Department of the DAV, email@example.com
Between 23-25 April ILAC members from around the globe gather in Helsinki for a three day conference with council meetings, workshops, seminars and the consortium’s formal Annual General Meeting.
Håkan Henning joined ILAC in 2010 and quickly became an indispensible asset to the entire consortium.
As of 1 March, Agneta Johansson, is the new Executive Director of ILAC, replacing Christian Åhlund, who is now retiring from office after holding that position since 2002.
ILAC is happy to announce that Mikael Ekman is joining our team as legal officer at our head office in Stockholm.
The ILAC Syria Programme – Strengthening the Rule of Law in Syria – is still in progress, even though the conditions are extremely challenging. Just recently ILAC representatives agreed with the FLAA, the Free Lawyers of Aleppo Association, to open two more documentation centres in two different suburbs of Aleppo.
Reform of the Tunisian judicial and prison systems has taken a new step forward with the recent finalisation by the Ministry of Justice of an action plan for 2015-2019 on implementing the reforms identified in the 2014 Justice Sector Reform Strategy. ILAC and its implementing members will continue to play a central and active part in this process.
In order for the ILAC MENA Programme to reach its’ full potential, there’s a great need for programme management. On 1 -3 February, representatives from the implementing member organisations IAWJ, RWI, ABA-ROLI, IBAHRI and CEELI Institute, met to improve the programme coordination, monitoring and evaluation, as well as gender mainstreaming and the implementation of cross cutting perspectives.