Justice for torture survivors: Making human rights work

Event details

Date: 20th April 2023
Time: 3.30pm
Venue: The University of Law, Bloomsbury Campus, 14 Store St, London WC1E 7DE
Who should attend: ILM Members

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About this special event for ILM members

Join us for a talk and open discussion led by Rupert Skilbeck, barrister and director of REDRESS, with notes from the field by Professor Lutz Oette, Professor of International Human Rights Law at SOAS, followed by a reception with drinks and a snack buffet. The talk and discussion will be moderated by Jonathan Eshkeri of E&G Solicitors, who together with ILM is sponsoring the event.

Meet the speakers

Rupert Skilbeck, a barrister who specialises in human rights law and international criminal law, has directed strategic litigation around the world. Before becoming the director of REDRESS in 2018, Rupert was the Litigation Director at the Open Society Justice Initiative, where he oversaw human rights litigation in more than 100 cases including torture, deaths in custody, discrimination, fair trial rights, corruption, national security, and international criminal law. He has worked with international criminal tribunals in Cambodia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Sierra Leone.

Lutz Oette is Professor of International Human Rights Law in the SOAS School of Law at the University of London. He has pursued human rights cases before several regional and international bodies, and engaged with a range of actors in comparative research, advocacy and reform projects aimed at developing and implementing international human rights standards. His books include International Human Rights Law and Practice and Constitution-making and Human Rights in the Sudans.

Jonathan Eshkeri is a dual qualified solicitor and Spanish Abogado, who has been practising Spanish law in Spain and England since 2004. He is a founder partner of E & G Solicitors in Spain, has taught law in London and Madrid at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and regularly speaks on the subject of Spanish succession law for publication and broadcast.

About REDRESS

REDRESS was founded 30 years ago to pursue legal claims on behalf of survivors of torture around the world to obtain justice and reparation for the violation of their human rights. REDRESS empowers survivors to access justice through cases against governments, civil cases against individuals and by advocating for law enforcement bodies to prosecute perpetrators under the principle of universal jurisdiction. REDRESS uses strategic litigation, so that as well as representing an individual, the charity targets the policy reasons that enabled the torture to take place, by building a campaign that uses advocacy, community engagement, and communications to influence change.

Under its 2025 Strategy REDRESS focuses its efforts on the practical measures that are needed to deliver justice and reparation for survivors, and to ensure their wellbeing. This means targeting particular situations for the most impact, particularly for torture relating to dissent (protests, human rights defenders, journalists) and discrimination (SGBV, LGBT, refugees), and supporting and strengthening the anti-torture movement through the solidarity program.

REDRESS is one of several human rights NGOs based in London, and a key part of the global movement.

Timing and Venues

Talk and Discussion: The University of Law, Bloomsbury Campus, 14 Store St, London WC1E 7DE
3.30pm for a 4pm start, running until 6pm.

Drinks and Snack Buffet: The College Arms, 18 Store St, London WC1E 7DH
From 6pm until 9.30pm.

Booking

To reserve your place, please contact Leah Hui via email: leah@solicitorsinspain.com using the subject line: Justice for torture survivors: Making human rights work. 20 April 2023.
Leah’s direct dial, if needed, is 020 3478 1425.