Blacklisted: Targeted Sanctions, Preemptive Security and Fundamental Rights

Garden Court Chambers, London, 21 February 2011, 6.30 p.m.

With Gavin Sullivan, Ben Hayes, Anne McMurdie, Henry Miller, Eric Metcalfe and Mark Muller

Place: Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ

In December 2010, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) published a detailed critique of the terrorist blacklisting regimes operated by the United Nations and the European Union. The Report, written by Gavin Sullivan (ECCHR) and Ben Hayes (Statewatch), with a foreword by the UN Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights, Martin Scheinin, provides a comprehensive review of the development and implementation of the 'terrorism list' regimes over the last decade. The Report endorses the growing body of expert legal opinion that these regimes are fundamentally incompatible with the most basic standards of due process. Moving beyond the frame of human rights, the Report goes on to examine how the listing regimes, have criminalized self-determination movements, institutionalised suspicion of diaspora communities and undermined initiatives for development and conflict resolution around the world. In conclusion, it is argued that the policy of blacklisting now faces a crisis of legitimacy such that the UN Security Council Resolutions underpinning these regimes should be annulled.

The authors of the report will present their findings and, together along with legal experts from the UK engage in a critical discussion on the blacklisting regimes and the ways they can be challenged and changed.

Chaired by:
Prof Bill Bowring, Executive Committee member of the Bar Human Rights Committee, International Secretary of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, and Chair of EHRAC

Addresses by:
Gavin Sullivan and Ben Hayes, co-authors of the ECCHR report "Blacklisted: Target Sanctions, Preemptive Security and Fundamental Rights"
Anne McMurdie and Henry Miller, Public Law Solicitors and Birnberg Peirce & Partners Solicitors
Dr Eric Metcalfe, Director of Human Rights Policy, Justice
Mark Muller QC, Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee

In Cooperation with:
Campaign against Criminalizing Communities
Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales
Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
Statewatch

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