ILAC is delighted to welcome Patrick Hartwig to our Finance & Admin department!
Patrick has extensive development and administrative experience studying and working abroad throughout Asia and in Brazil. Most recently he worked for IPSOS in Vietnam on market research projects.
Besides quantitative research and a primary interest in political economy and development, he has direct experience working on: indigenous rights and environmental justice in Brazil; trade & investment at the European Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia; qualitative research about access to microfinance and the informal economy in Ethiopia and; rural development and grant-seeking at a local NGO in Cambodia. [Read more…]
ILAC co-organized a conference on the perspectives on freedom of expression in Sweden and Tunisia after the Revolution at the Faculty of Juridical, Political and Social Sciences of Tunis last week. The event was part of the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Swedish Press Act, the world´s first legislation on freedom of expression and information.
The Ambassador of Sweden in Tunisia, the State Secretary to the Minister for Justice and Migration of Sweden, the Tunisian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and local renowned law academics attended the conference.
Freedom of expression is one of the achievements in the transition to democracy in Tunisia, where ILAC has been active since 2011 on a variety of programs aimed at rebuilding the justice system. [Read more…]
Mary Robinson, a former President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, received the 2016 Stockholm Human Rights Award recognizing her outstanding contribution to the rule of law and human rights.
It is with great pleasure that ILAC announces the extension of an English language training programme for Syrian legal professionals settled in Gaziantep, Turkey.
With the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) this project aims to build the capacity of the Syrian legal society in Turkey. In addition to language training, ILAC with AIJA offer Syrian legal professionals access to information in English, as well as professional networking opportunities to help rebuild their careers.
“It’s an honour for us to extend to a second academic year the English classes in collaboration with ILAC. Studying English means opening up to the world, being able to understand the news and what is happening around us, reading legal texts and being ready for a requalification,” says Giuseppe Marletta, Association Manager of AIJA. “This is our way to offer a second chance to legal professionals who had to live a country in war. We look forward to another great year of cooperation!”.
ILAC applauds the reopening of the Swedish diplomatic mission in Tunis, Tunisia after it had been closed for over fourteen years.
An official ceremony this week hosted by the Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström and attended by her Tunisian counterpart, Khemaies Jhinaoui, and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi marked the Embassy’s official opening. ILAC’s Senior Legal Advisor, Selim Abdesselem and our Head of Operations, Silvija Tolmanoska attended the event along with other civil society representatives. [Read more…]
The Tunisian Bar Association is a member of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015. As a member of the Quartet, the Tunisian Bar played a prominent role in bringing about true reform in Tunisia that led to presidential and parliamentary elections as well as the ratification of a new constitution in 2014. [Read more…]
ILAC’s Board of Directors met over September 29-October 1, 2016 in San Juan, Puerto Rico for its annual in person meeting.
The Board was kindly hosted by the Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico and its new president, Alejandro Torres Riviera. Founded in 1840 the Colegio is one of the oldest bar associations in the Western Hemisphere. ILAC’s Board toured the art deco building that houses the Colegio and includes incredible Puerto Rican artwork such as the señora justicia fuerte.
ILAC has been represented since our founding in Puerto Rico by lifetime member, Juan Bennazar. Juan is presently an ILAC Board member and past president of the Inter American Bar Association, an ILAC member organization.
ILAC is delighted to welcome Silvija Tolomanoska as our new head of administration.
Silvija was a close ally to ILAC between 2005-2010 when she worked at the Swedish Foreign Ministry with post-conflict rule of law and security and as a negotiator with the Swedish delegation to the United Nations focusing on human rights.
Most recently, she has served as the legal counsel and head of negotiations with the Public Service Radio in Sweden. While there, she focused on collective labor law agreements and organizational management issues for a staff of over 1800 people. [Read more…]
Sweden´s Ministry for Foreign Affairs hosted a women’s rights workshop in Stockholm this week that ILAC’s Executive Director, Agneta Johansson, and Ambassador to the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations in Geneva, Veronika Bard, co-moderated. [Read more…]
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’s Executive Director, Agneta Johansson presents award to Joan Winship
Solna, Sweden – – Given her outstanding contributions, the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) honored Joan D. Winship with lifetime membership at its 2016 Annual General Meeting. [Read more…]
ILAC is delighted to announce our expanded partnership with the Tunisian Ministry of Justice. As memorialized with the signing of new amendments to our existing memorandum of understanding this month, ILAC will now work with the Ministry to help improve Tunisia’s court administration. [Read more…]
ILAC held our 14th Annual General Meeting at our new headquarters in Solna, Sweden on May 18 – 21, 2016. We congratulate our members and secretariat for a successful meeting that resulted in new ILAC governance and programmatic initiatives.
Thursday 19 May 16.00 – 18.00 ILAC/Sipri Signalistgatan 9, Solna
While it is a truism that the rule of law is closely linked with transitional justice, the question of how to build complementarity in practice remains unclear. The UN Special Rapporteur on transitional justice issues, Pablo de Greiff, has promoted cooperation across fields of practice to develop practical policy advice on how to promote reconciliation in transitional settings. His most recent reports on preventing recurrences of mass violations have highlighted judicial reform as a crucial measure. Working in the MENA Region where judiciaries were frequently co-opted by authoritarian regimes, ILAC and its members have supported judicial reform in precisely this spirit. By highlighting both the challenges and opportunities of judicial reform in transitional settings, ILAC, its members and partners can contribute to policies to prevent violations through instilling the rule of law. [Read more…]
Thursday 19 May 14.00 – 15.30 ILAC/Sipri Signalistgatan 9, Solna
Five years of intense armed conflict have seen the complete withdrawal or destruction of justice institutions throughout Syria. This has created a legal vacuum and left the population without access to justice.
Stockholm, Sweden – This week ILAC hosted a delegation of highly placed Tunisian legal and judicial experts on an official visit to Stockholm that included meetings with some of Sweden’s most important judicial institutions and participation in the 2016 Stockholm Forum on Security and Development.
The Tunisian delegation included presidents of high-level courts, ministry officials, esteemed members from the bar association, heads of the anti-corruption agency and truth and dignity commission, and civil society (full participant list found here.)
Early feedback is that the delegation was a success and that the lessons learned from the Swedish justice system and the exchange of ideas on how to translate good practices to Tunisia were very well-received. [Read more…]
ILAC is delighted to welcome Ulrika Nilsson to our programme team!
Ulrika comes to us from the Stockholm Policy Group where she provided strategic analysis and advisory services such as evaluations and studies to government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private sector actors.
Ulrika also has experience working with conflict sensitivity and analysis as well as monitoring and evaluation in the development field.
Her focus is on how organizations, like ILAC, operate in complex conflict and post-conflict environments. [Read more…]
Stockholm, Sweden – The International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) will host a delegation of highly- placed Tunisian legal and judicial experts April 4-8, 2016 on an official visit to Stockholm that will include meetings with some of Sweden’s key judicial institutions and participation in the 2016 Stockholm Forum on Security and Development. [Read more…]
“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.
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. [Read more…]
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. [Read more…]
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 were invited by the human rights committee of AIJA, the International Association of Young Lawyers, to participate in a panel discussion at the AIJA half year conference in Istanbul on 18-21 November.
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