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Law and Global Justice (LGJ)


Law and Global Justice visit United Nations, Geneva

(19 June 2014)

Amidst the comings and goings of state delegates, NGO representatives and civil society at the 26th Human Rights Council Session in Geneva last week (12th June 2014), you might have spotted two Law and Global Justice members.

Ruth Houghton and Ben Warwick, with funding from Law and Global Justice, travelled to the United Nations in Geneva to observe the Human Rights Council, the primary political human rights body of the UN. Warwick also attended the International Labour Organisation to observe a seminal moment in the development of migrants’ rights.

While there, Houghton and Warwick met with two Special Rapporteurs, independent experts in human rights issues, to discuss recent reports and the Rapporteurs’ mandates. They also met with Directors and representatives of non-governmental organisations working broadly on human rights mechanism reform, concerns for human rights defenders, the role of NGOs at the Council and specific country concerns. Houghton and Warwick were able to share with practitioners the excellent research of Durham Law School on human rights, NGO participation, gender, global governance, equity in the international order, and international institutions.

The visit continues Law and Global Justice’s involvement with UN institutions and actors, most recently the successful Law and Negotiation in Conflict conference hosted Ms Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapportuer on violence against women.