October 24, 2012
Today: Human Rights, Counterterrorism, and the U.S. Elections
October 25, 2012
“Enemies of All Mankind”
A Talk by Ben Emmerson
UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and implementation of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism
12- 1 pm
Ben Emmerson QC will describe the principal challenges currently facing his UN mandate, including recent developments on the accountability of public officials for involvement in the US policies of targeted killing, torture, secret detention and rendition. He will also address the positions taken on some of these key issues by the candidates to the US Presidential Election, and give an overview of the human rights issues currently heading the UN’s counter-terrorism agenda.
Emmerson has more than 25 years of experience in domestic and international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law. He has litigated extensively in domestic courts, the European Court of Human Rights, the International Court of Justice, and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, including on domestic and international terrorism cases.