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Friday, June 14 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
If I Can't Find It, It's Not the Law: Toward minimum standards for access to human rights law and information

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Through a group discussion led by expert practitioners, this session will refine a set of standards to guide (and significantly improve!) supranational human rights bodies' public-facing online information management. This discussion will get to the heart of a long-standing problem: if people cannot access "the law," it has no meaning. Advocates, victims, scholars, governments, and the human rights bodies themselves must be able to find, search, and share human rights bodies' documents in order to know what the law is, communicate it effectively, and ensure its implementation. Moreover, in an era of ever-increasing reprisals and attacks on civil society, privacy and security must be ensured. However, the current state of affairs is mostly dismal. Human rights bodies are woefully behind the times in adopting the policies and technology that would allow them to effectively and securely communicate with constituents and share information online. On the basis of a "zero draft" of the proposed standards, the discussion will address: human rights advocates' need for reliable and timely online access to human rights bodies' decisions and other information; victims' and human rights advocates' security and privacy needs; the technological requirements; and, the resource constraints that must be overcome.

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Lisa Reinsberg

Executive Director, International Justice Resource Center
I founded the International Justice Resource Center, a non-profit human rights organization dedicated to improving advocates' access to information and practical guidance on using international human rights protections to bring about change. IJRC is building an online resource hub... Read More →

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Stephanie Willman Bordat

Founding Partner, MRA Mobilising for Rights Associates
I'm an international human rights lawyer, women's rights NGO activist, and university study abroad professor, based in Rabat Morocco for over 20 years and working to promote women's human rights in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya. Happy to speak about anything related to women's... Read More →
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David Kaye

UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression
Prof. Kaye’s scholarship and teaching focus on public international law, especially international human rights law, international humanitarian law, accountability for violations of human rights, and the law governing the use of force. He is just as interested in efforts to translate... Read More →
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Friedhelm Weinberg

Executive Director, HURIDOCS
Friedhelm Weinberg is the Executive Director of HURIDOCS, an organisation that helps human rights defenders utilise information and technology to shine a light on abuses and advance justice for both victims and perpetrators of human rights violations.
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Greg Kempe

CTO and Co-founder, Laws.Africa

Friday June 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm BST
Carthage 2 (Laico)