Based on experience to date, how should we understand the potential and limitations of the role of the courts in effecting human rights change? How should we understand ‘strategic’ litigation and what impact - positive or negative - has that litigation had, and what factors have influenced this? What are some of the challenges that arise in practice in protecting and promoting human rights through litigation? What strategies have enhanced the effectiveness of SHRL as a tool for legal, social or political change?
These are some of the important questions participants to this Round Table will seek to answer. It will provide participating human rights practitioners, academics and activists with an opportunity to exchange experience and strategic thinking on the burgeoning field of SHRL.
About the speaker
Prof. Helen Duffy is Professor of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights at Leiden University. She also runs ‘Human Rights in Practice,’ an international practice based in the Hague that specializes in strategic litigation before regional and international human rights courts and bodies.
Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam
Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, Room to be announced