BETWEEN STATE IMMUNITY AND INDIVIDUAL COMPENSATION CLAIMS

ECCHR-OFFICE, 3 December 2009

WITH PROF. FISCHER-LESCARNO, DR. MONIKA LÜKE, DR. ANJA HENSE, & MARTIN KLINGER

On 3 December 2009 ECCHR, together with the Republican Lawyers Association (RAV), arranged a panel discussion on the State Immunity Case currently before the International Court of Justice. Therein, Germany challenges the decision of the highest Italian court that held that Germany should pay compensation to war victims and forced laborers from the Second World War.

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UNIVERSAL JURISDICTION IN SPAIN

ECCHR-OFFICE, 25 November 2009

WITH GONZALO BOYE

On 25 November 2009 Spanish criminal lawyer Gonzalo Boye spoke at the ECCHR offices about the human rights cases that are currently pending before Spanish courts.

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NO MORE FEMINICIDES!

ECCHR-OFFICE, 19 November 2009

ECCHR-PARTICIPATION OF A CONFERENCE IN BRUSSELS ON FEMINICIDES

On the occasion of the international day for the abolition of violence against women on 25 November, a conference "Ni una muerta mas - Balance y Perspectivas" (No more violence against women: State of play and perspectives) took place in Brussels on 19 November 2009.  The conference was also attended by Anna von Gall, ECCHR's future program director for Gender and Human Rights. The aim of the conference was to provide an overview of activities in the past years and develop further steps and a concrete strategy for putting the subject on the agenda of the upcoming EU-Latin-America/Carribean summit.

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ECCHR CELEBRATES OFFICE WARMING PARTY

ECCHR-OFFICE, 21 NOVEMBER 2009

WITH ECCHR-COUNCIL, WOLFGANG KALECK & ARTIST HADY SY

21 November 2009 was an important day for ECCHR. General Secretary Wolfgang Kaleck introduced the organization and its present history. For the future he announced that ECCHR will continue its work on the topics of universal justice and human rights in connection with gender, transnational corporations and counterterrorism, and will also address the problems of refugees at the southern border of the European Union.

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INFORMATION SESSION ON THE ARGENTINE DICTATORSHIP TRIALS

ECCHR-OFFICE, 12 NOVEMBER 2009

WITH LAWYER RODOLFO YANZON

The legal proceedings in Argentina are unprecedented. For the second time since the dictatorships trials of 1984-85, and after years of impunity, large scale criminal proceedings will take place against members of the military dictatorship, which reigned from 1976-1983. The German Coalition Against Impunity (est. 1998), in collaboration with other human rights organizations, has fought to hold the military accountable. In 2003 the Nuremberg court issued a warrant for the arrest of former Argentine dictator Videla for the murder of German citizen Elisabeth Käsemann (killed in 1977). Human rights lawyer Rodolfo will talk about the progress of the case, and the obstacles facing human rights cases in Argentina. He will focus on those cases with German victims, including the EPMA method (which victimized Adriana Markus, Arin Delacourt, among countless others), the case against Rovere on behalf of Nora Marx, and the various procedures on the murder of Ms. Käsemann. Finally, Miriam Saage-Maaß will discuss the status of the Argentine cases on missing Mercedes-Benz  trade union workers.

EUROPEAN LAWYERS MEETING ON THE PROSECUTION OF INTERNATIONAL CRIMES

BRUSSELS, 9 NOVEMBER 2009

WITH THE FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DES LIGUES DES DROITS DE L`HOMME (FIDH) & REDRESS

On 9 November 2009 in the run-up to a conference on universal jurisdiction in Brussels, ECCHR together with the Féderation Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l'Homme (FIDH) and Redress, organized a workshop on the same topic. Like the ECCHR-workshop on terrorism lists, transnational corporations and human rights and on the CIA-rendition flights, this workshop brought together a number of international experts in the field.

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TERRORISM LISTS, EXECUTIVE POWER AND RIGHTS

BRUSSELS, 20 OCTOBER 2009

WITH THE FREE UNIVERSITY OF BRUSSELS

One of  the most controversial aspects of the so-called “war on terror” is the proscription or designation of alleged terrorists, their associates and financial supporters by the European Union and the United Nations. Hundreds of groups and individuals around the world have been placed upon various “terrorist lists” and subject to the freezing of their assets, travel bans and other serious sanctions. Despite the gravity of the accusations and the impact of their designation upon fundamental rights, affected parties have been systematically denied the right to mount a meaningful challenge to their inclusion on the lists. This conference brings together a distinguished group of expert practitioners, lawyers, academics and human rights organisations to examine these issues and consider possible ways forward.

THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM AND HUMAN RIGHTS

BERLIN, 9 JULY 2009

WITH GERALD STABEROCK, WOLFGANG KALECK & GEORGIOS SOTIRIADES

On the 2nd July 2009, the final report of the "BND-Unteruchungsausschuss" containing 3500 pages shall be debated in the German Bundestag. The first comments by the parties on the matters investigated such as the mission of BND-agents in the war on Iraq, as well as the Khaled El Masir and Murat Kurnaz kidnapping and torture cases will be available.

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MULTI-STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION ON THE RIGHT TO FOOD

BERLIN, 19 JUNE 2009

WITH PROF. DR. OLIVER DE SCHUTTER

The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) has published the report on the multi-stakeholder consultation on transnational corporations and the right to food. This consultation of experts, representatives of civil society and economy was convened by ECCHR under the auspices of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter on June 19 and 20, 2009 in Berlin.

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IMPUNITY FOR TORTURE: THE LONG-DESIRED END OR CONTINUITY?

BERLIN, 3 APRIL 2009

WITH MICHAEL RATNER, PARDISS KEBRIAEI, ANDREA WÜRDINGER & WOLFGANG KALECK

Soon after his election, the new US president Barack Obama made several decisions indicating discontinuity with the policies of his predecessor George W. Bush and honouring his pre-election promises.  Among these decisions was the suspension of trials against terror suspects, the closing of the detention camp Guantanamo within one year and the closing of secret prisons known as ‘dark sides’. Nevertheless, several questions remain unanswered.

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60/60 YEARS - NATO AND HUMAN RIGHTS: TWO ANNIVERSARIES, TWO CELEBRATIONS? THE ROLE OF NATO POST-9/11

STRASBOURG, 1 APRIL 2009

WITH CCR, FIDH & ECCHR

The purpose of the Conference is to discuss the nature and significance of NATO’s commitment to international human rights and the rule of law. In particular, speakers will address NATO’s changing role post-9/11 in the global context of the fight against terrorism, and, inter alia, examine NATO’s role in the rendition of terrorist suspects to secret prisons and torture sites.

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ECCHR EXPERT DISCUSSION: ECONOMY AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN TIMES OF GLOBALIZATION

BERLIN, 2 MARCH 2009

WITH DR. FRANZISKA HUMBERT, PROF. DR. CARSTEN SCHÄFER, PROF. DR. PETER DERLEDER, DR. EVA KOCHER, DR. MIRIAM SAAGE-MAAß, OLAF DILLING & DR. KATHARINA SPIEß

In times of globalization, corporations increasingly operate transnationally. While these corporations continue to increase their share of market power, human rights violations and environmental degradation rise and multiply in production locations as a result.  There exists a problematic legal gap as the scope of national laws is often restricted to the territories of particular states and adequate international regulations are not available.

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