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.
“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. [Read more…]
ILAC congratulates the members of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet on their receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015. For ILAC, the role played in the Quartet by the Tunisian Bar Association (ONAT, Ordre National des Avocats de Tunisie) has been particularly gratifying.
Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan is announced as the recipient of the 2015 Stockholm Human Rights Award in recognition of his work in the pursuit of advancing international justice and for strengthening respect for human rights.
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. [Read more…]
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.
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