Solidarity, Justice and Reparations in Times of “Terror”, Lecture by Agnes Callamard, Utrecht University, 14 September, 4pm

About the author(s):

Katharine Fortin is an Associate Professor at Utrecht University where she teaches IHL and IHRL. Before joining Utrecht University, she worked at the ICTY, ICC and Norton Rose Fulbright. She is the author of The Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2017) which won the 2018 Lieber Prize. She has written widely about the framework of law that applies to armed groups in non-international armed conflicts and is one of the editors of the Armed Groups and International Law blog.

Agnes_CallamardOn Friday 14th September, Dr. Agnes Callamard will deliver the SIM Peter Baehr lecture 2018 on the occasion of The Netherland Institute of Human Rights’ 37th anniversary.

The title of her lecture is:

Solidarity, Justice and Reparations in Times of “Terror”

The lecture will explore the implications for accountability and protection of the emerging international counter-terrorism legal regime. Contrary to what many governments argue, this legal framework has significant and unacceptable gaps. It fails to provide adequately both for the accountability of “terrorist” groups and for justice, remedy and reparation for victims themselves. The counter-terrorism legal regime has even criminalized humanitarian actors who provide life-saving services to populations under the control of “terrorist” groups, resulting in further deprivation of life.  Concrete recommendations will be presented to address and respond to violations committed by armed groups, to protect the affected populations under their control, and to safeguard humanitarian action.

Dr. Agnes Callamard is the UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial summary or arbitrary Executions. Dr. Callamard is the Director of Columbia University Global Freedom of Expression. Previously, she spent nine years as the Executive Director of ARTICLE 19, the international human rights organization promoting freedom of expression globally. She was Chef de Cabinet for the Secretary General of Amnesty International (AI) and AI’s Research-Policy Coordinator, leading AI’s policy work and research on women’s human rights. Prior to this, she taught and conducted research on international refugee movements for the Center for Refugee Studies at York University in Toronto. She has advised multilateral organizations and governments around the world on human rights, including most recently the Special Advisor to the Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide.

Venue:         Utrecht Law School, Janskerkhof 2-3, Utrecht, Lecture Hall 0.13

16:00               Opening and welcome by Antoine Buyse, SIM (lecture hall 0.13)

16:10               Lecture by Agnes Callamard

16:45               Discussion and Q&A

17:30              Drinks

Registration: Do you wish to attend the SIM Peter Baehr lecture? Please send an e-mail to:, with reference to ‘SIM Peter Baehr Lecture 2018’.


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