3rd Litigation Surgery on Liberty and Security Issues
- Posted by: Moni Shrestha
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:
3rd LITIGATION SURGERY ON LIBERTY AND SECURITY ISSUES IN AFRICA
(28 – 30 January 2014, Nairobi, Kenya)
INTERIGHTS aims to enforce human rights through law, providing protection and redress in particular regions and on issues of strategic focus. It has conducted extensive litigation before domestic, regional and international courts and tribunals including the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the UN Human Rights Committee and the European Court of Human Rights. It has achieved this both through representation and co-representation of victims, third party interventions and the provision of advice and materials to local partners. In addition, it has held numerous conferences, judicial colloquia and training workshops during the last two decades with members of the legal profession and civil society in many countries in Europe, Africa, South Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. As part of our work we hold litigation surgeries – meetings focusing on the consideration of cases linked to specific themes – during which strategic litigation of those issues are explored. INTERIGHTS’ collaboration with partners is limited to technical assistance to support casework; it does not provide financial assistance.
INTERIGHTS is pleased to announce a call for applications to lawyers who would like to participate in a forthcoming litigation surgery on liberty and security issues. All applicants are required to submit for discussion cases involving liberty and security violations on the themes detailed in the application form.
In December 2008, INTERIGHTS held a consultative meeting with experts on liberty and security issues drawn from all over Africa. The objective of that meeting was to discuss with national and international practitioners and experts in the field of security and rule of law measures that can be taken to encourage and assist litigation at national, sub-regional, regional and international levels in Africa.
One of the issues arising was the need to strengthen the capacity of lawyers to incorporate principles of international law in the litigation of security and rule of law issues domestically and before regional and international human rights mechanisms. The need to litigate specific issues to set standards offering greater protection where existing laws and practices fall short was also stressed.
The first litigation surgery was held in September 2009 and the second one in July 2012. The objective of the upcoming litigation surgery is to identify and provide substantive support to cases involving security and rule of law issues that could be pursued before domestic or international fora and to build relationships with lawyers undertaking such cases. This third litigation surgery will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 28 – 30 January 2014.
Criteria for eligibility:
- The call for applications is open to lawyers, in private practice, or working for or affiliated to NGOs, who litigate liberty and security issues in Africa. A maximum of 12 participants will be selected;
- The lawyers must have a demonstrated interest in and/or knowledge of liberty and security issues;
- The lawyers must have a demonstrated interest in and/or knowledge of international and regional human rights law;
- The lawyers must be involved in litigating a case or cases that address liberty and security violations. With their application, they must submit at least one case study of a case that they are litigating or intend to litigate that could be discussed during the litigation surgery;
- The cases submitted must involve the violation of a fundamental right protected in a national constitution, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (“ACHPR”), Convention Against Torture (“CAT”) or any other relevant international human rights instrument.
- The complainant must be willing to have the case litigated before their national courts and, if domestic remedies have been exhausted, to have the case referred to the ACHPR or other applicable treaty body.
- The cases must fall within one of the following themes:
- Violations of human rights arising from counter-terrorism: such as rendition, torture, extra-judicial killings
and secret detention
- Torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment
- Ungazetted places of detention
- Prolonged or arbitrary pre-trial detention
- Access to healthcare in prison
- Violations of due process guarantees in liberty and security cases.
- Applicants are encouraged to submit cases intersecting the above issues and the rights of members of vulnerable groups such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex people; women; and people with disabilities.
- Applicants are encouraged to submit more than one case.
- The working language for the meeting will be English.
Closing date for applications: Friday, 18 October 2013
How to apply:
Shortlisted applicants will be notified soon after the closing date and should be available for telephone interviews on Friday, 8 November 2013.
Download the Call for Applications.
Download the Application Form.