Combating Torture and Arbitrariness
Developing Strategies for Litigating Rendition and Torture/Detention
by Proxy Cases - London, 16-17 March, 2007
The Security and Rule of Law (SEROL) Programme hosted a meeting on 16 and 17 March 2007 which focused on particular practices which have come into sharp focus in the context of counter-terrorism and human rights, such as extra-legal rendition, disappearances and secret detention. Twenty key lawyers from different jurisdictions, including Russia, Algeria, South Africa, Argentina and the US, participated in the meeting which was partially hosted by Allen & Overy in London.
The main objectives of the meeting were to enhance mutual understanding of issues such as torture and detention by proxy and other practices as they are unfolding on the ground, through the exchange of experiences and ideas; to discuss legal strategies, including specifically the role for, and challenges involved in, litigation as a tool; and to develop future co-operation and information exchange. The meeting received very positive feedback from the participants and served to strengthen links between lawyers from various regions working on these issues. For the meeting, INTERIGHTS produced a compilation of applicable international legal standards in the area of rendition.
Combating Torture and Arbitrariness: Developing Strategies for Litigating Rendition and Torture/Detention by Proxy Cases - Reference Materials