Stand Up for Human Rights
70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

10 December 2018

Chaired by Dr Neven Andjelic, this event will tell a story of human rights, crimes committed in recent conflicts and attempts by humanity to deal with these crimes in order to prevent them in future. Leading international lawyer and leading academics in the field, together with leading activist helping refugees, will explain developments and explore particular cases. Two victims will tell their personal stories.

17:30-18:00 Arrivals and Registration

18:00-19:30 Stand Up for Human Rights: 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

A welcome message from the Vice Chancellor of Regent's, Professor Aldwyn Cooper, will be followed by a vignette by a victim of war crimes and founder of Bridge of Peace, Kemal Pervanic.

Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, Professor James Gow (King's College London), Jasmin O’Hara (founder of the Worldwide Tribe), and Dr Nena Tromp (Free University Amsterdam) will discuss human rights, crimes committed in recent conflicts and attempts by humanity to deal with these crimes in order to prevent them in future, before inviting questions from the audience.

The evening will conclude with a two minute vignette by a current refugee in the UK, who has been helped by the Worldwide Tribe.

19:30-20:30 Reception and Exhibition Art and Reconciliation

The evening is in support of the Worldwide Tribe and Bridge of Peace (Most Mira).

 

Speaker biographies:

Sir Geoffrey Nice QC has practised as a barrister since 1971. He worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia – the ICTY – between 1998 and 2006 and led the prosecution of Slobodan Milošević, former President of Serbia. Much of his work since has been connected to cases before the permanent International Criminal Court – Sudan, Kenya, Libya – or pro bono for victims groups – Iran, Burma, North Korea – whose cases cannot get to any international court. He works for several related NGOs and lectures and commentates in the media in various countries on international war crimes issues. He has been a part-time judge since 1984 sitting at the Old Bailey and has sat as judge in other jurisdictions, tribunals and inquiries. Between 2009 and 2012 he was Vice-Chair of the Bar Standards Board, the body that regulates barristers.

Dr James Gow is Professor of International Peace and Security, and Director of the International Peace and Security Programme at King's College London. He served as an expert advisor and an expert witness for the Office of the Prosecutor at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. In 1997-1998, Professor Gow was an Expert Advisor to the UK Secretary of State for Defence during the Ministry of Defence's Strategic Defence Review. He is a permanent non-resident scholar with the Liechtenstein Institute, Princeton University.

Jasmin "Jaz" O'Hara is a British human rights activist working in the field of international refugee support, and a co-founder of the Worldwide Tribe charity. She studied fashion and initially worked for ethical clothing companies. Shocked by what she found in the so-called Jungle refugee camp in Calais, Jaz O'Hara wrote a Facebook post that gathered over 65,000 shares overnight, leading to a fund-raising campaign. Her human rights activism extended beyond Calais and she founded the Worldwide Tribe charity.

Nena Tromp received her PhD from the University of Amsterdam. She teaches at the Department of European Studies at the University of Amsterdam and at the Department of International Relations at the Webster University (Leiden Campus). From 2000 to 2012 Tromp worked as a Researcher at the Leadership Research Team in the Office of Tribunal’s Prosecutor at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. She was principle researcher on history and politics in the trial of Slobodan Milošević. She is the Executive Director of the Geoffrey Nice Foundation on Law, History, Politics, and Society in the Context of Mass Atrocities. Tromp's book Prosecuting Slobodan Milošević was published in 2016

Photo Credit: Davorka Andjelic