High profile speakers presenting on topics of world-wide significance. The annual lecture series run by the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) programme within NILSC also serves this function.
NILSC Lecture delivered by Professor Anita Ramasatry
University of Washington School of Law and UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Corporate and State Complicity for Human Rights Violations in Conflict-Affected and Fragile States
University of Nottingham, 26 January 2017
Anita’s lecture provided a historical and contextual analysis of corporate and state complicity in human rights violations in conflict situations. Noting that there had been a wave of tort lawsuits arising from human rights violations, and activities focused on business and conflicts, e.g. blood diamonds, as well as criminal prosecutions and transnational justice, she lamented the fact that the business and human rights discourse had gradually lost its nexus with conflict. Anita analyzed the current situation, which is largely focused on regulatory due diligence, with some interaction by private security companies (PSCs) through the International Code of Conduct and the Montreux Document. Other attempts to prosecute companies for corporate crimes, including those involving PSCs operating in conflict situations, remains elusive.
NILSC Lecture delivered by Kimberly Prost
UN Ombudsperson to the Security Council’s Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee and former Judge of the ICTY
‘A Perspective on International Criminal Law Innovations and the Security Council: A Journey from The Hague to New York'
University of Nottingham, 17 February 2014
Kimberly’s lecture drew upon her experiences as a judge at the ICTY and, since 2010, as the first ombudsperson at the UN Security Council in order to critically evaluate the development of mechanisms of individual justice driven by the decisions and activities of the UN Security Council. Kimberly gave the audience real insights into the workings of the UN and the central importance of international law.