Welcome to our third DSI Bulletin.
We are very excited to announce that since our last edition Nobel Peace Laureate Dr Shirin Ebadi has joined chambers as a member of our Academic Panel; our associate Dr Miša Zgonec-Rozej was appointed by Slovenia as a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration; and Megan Hirst launched her eagerly anticipated book on Victim Participation in International Criminal Justice.
DSI members have, over the last few months, been engaged in many of the most challenging and high profile international cases: Professor John Dugard and Tatyana Eatwell represent Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, unlawfully detained in Iran; Professor Marc Weller and Professor Dugard support Catalonia in its quest for independence; Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, with Katie O’Byrne, helped secure the release of Ibrahim Halawa, the detained Irish national in Egypt, and with Jennifer Robinson is representing BBC Persian staff against Iran’s decision to freeze their assets; Kirsty Brimelow QC lodged a joint legal submission on the Yazdis to the ICC, and Amal Clooney continued her extraordinary work representing Nadia Murad, helping to secure a historic UNSC Resolution calling for investigation of ISIS crimes; finally, Professor Andrea Saccucci and Edward Fitzgerald QC head a DSI team representing Silvio Berlusconi before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.
In this issue Keina Yoshida considers the important work of the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women in combating online violence; Nani Jansen Reventlow highlights the much needed GQUAL Campaign promoting greater representation of women at the highest level of international courts and tribunals (Doughty Street is a proud signatory of the GQUAL Pledge and supporter of the campaign); Paul Harris SC describes his excellent new book on the Conflict of Laws in Hong Kong; John Hobson gives an insight into his invaluable work as a human rights monitor in the Northern West Bank; Jelia Sane considers a potential role for the ICC in protecting migrants’ rights; and Susie Alegre describes the ongoing challenges to freedom of thought in a world in which big data collection, Facebook and social media play an increasing part in worldwide elections.
Upcoming events: on 16 November 2017 (tonight) we welcome the Jamaica National Council on Reparation to Doughty Street for a seminar on the Legal Case for Reparations for the descendants of African slaves (DSI’s Lord Gifford QC is a member of the Council) and on 7 February 2018 Chatham House will host a seminar on self-determination with DSI’s Professor Marc Weller and Jennifer Robinson (chaired by Elizabeth Wilmshurst CMG).
Head of Doughty Street International