International Conference in London 28-29 November 2015

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The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers and the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy & World Human Rights will be hosting the “Women Fighting Back: International and Legal Perspectives” conference at London South Bank University (100-116 London Road, London, SE1 6LN) on 28-29 November 2015.

The aim of the conference is to bring a critical, left wing and intersectional perspective to the women’s movement and to provide a forum for exchanging ideas and practical skills between lawyers, academics and activists to advance women’s campaigns and struggles.

The main themes of the conference will be:

  • Violence against women
  • The role of women in peace processes
  • Austerity
  • Women in work
  • Migrant women
  • Climate change

We are delighted to announce the participation of:

  • Angela Davis (USA) – Distinguished Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies Departments at the University of California. Founding member of Critical Resistance.
  • Rashida Manjoo (South Africa) – the immediate former (2009-2014) UN Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Professor in the Department of Public Law, Cape Town
  • Wafa Kafarna (Palestine) – Norwegian Refugee Council and Palestinian activist
  • Liz Davies (UK) – Housing Rights Lawyer, honorary Vice President of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers and co-author of “Enforcing Housing Rights: the case of Sheikh Jarrah: Report on the fact-finding mission to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories” for Avocats Sans FrontieÌres
  • Jeanne Mirer (USA), President of IADL, founding board member of the International Commission for Labour Rights
  • Frances Webber (UK) – vice-chair of the Institute of Race Relations’ council of management and a former barrister who specialised in immigration, refugee and human rights law.

Programme[1]

Saturday 28 November 2015

09:00-10:00 Registration/Coffee

10:00-10:15 Welcome Note:

  • Liz Davies (UK)
    Vice President of the Haldane Society and Housing Rights Lawyer.

10:15-11:45 Panel Discussion: Migrant and Refugee Women

  • Louise Christian (Chair)
  • Dr Dorys Quintana Cruz (Cuba)
    Professor of International Law, University of Havana

11:45-12:00 Break

12:00-13:00 Workshop

13:00-13:45 Lunch

13:45-14:15 Keynote Session

  • Prof. Rashida Manjoo (South Africa)
    Former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women (2009-2015)

14:15-15:45 Panel Discussion: Violence against Women

  • Elizabeth Gordon (UK)

15:45-16:00 Campaign for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention Action on violence against women and domestic violence (ELDH)

16:00-16:15 Break

16:15-16:30 Open Floor

16:30-18:00 Panel Discussion: Women in conflict and peace

  • Barbara Spinelli (Italy)
    Member of the Italian Association of Democratic Lawyers and Expert on Femicide/ Feminicide.

Evening: Cabaret at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, 145 Fleet Street with Scary Little Girls 

Sunday 29 November 2015

09:00-10:00 Registration/Coffee

10:00-11:30 Panel Discussion: The State and Women’s Bodies

  • Gareth Peirce (Chair) 

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-12:45 Workshop

12:45-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:00 Angela Davis (USA)
Distinguished Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies Departments at the University of California. Founding member of critical resistance.

14:00-15:00 Workshop

15:00-15:15 Break

15:55-16:45 Panel Discussion: Women in work

  • Yasmine Bennamanii and Zouzou Hadjer Zahida (Algeria)
    Lawyers

16:45-17:10 Open Floor

17:10-17:30 Closing Note Jeanne Mirer (USA)
President of IADL, founding board member of the International Commission for Labour Rights.