Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, is the latest legal luminary to participate in an hour-long webcast with the International Bar Association (IBA). The live interview will be relayed around the globe in real-time on Friday 30 May at 14:30 BST (London time). Kirsty Lang, a veteran BBC correspondent, will conduct the interview which is to include questions submitted online by viewers.
The IBA is providing the webcast free of charge to anyone across the world interested in listening to and/or watching a wide-ranging interview that will encompass Ms Pillay’s views on some of the most serious and complex human rights crises across the world including:
the current predicaments of Syria, North Korea, and Nigeria;
the ‘honour killing’ of women;
striking a balance between justice and immunity;
reconciling personal freedoms and global security; and
the role business can play in the fight against human rights violations.
Having recently published a report (16 May) documenting an ‘alarming’ deterioration of the human rights situation in eastern Ukraine, the key challenges facing the region as conflict with Russia escalates provides another area for discussion.
A South African of Indian Tamil origin, Ms Pillay served as the first non-white female judge of the High Court of South Africa and President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda before taking up her post at the United Nations in 2008.
In an address in September 2013 Ms Pillay said, ‘As we approach the year 2015, I believe that we have an historic opportunity to embrace a new paradigm for development fully grounded in human rights. This is what people across the world are demanding. Their cry is for a life lived with human dignity, a life free from fear and free from want, a life in which all human rights can be realised.’
Click here for a free subscription to watch the live interview. Viewers will also be able to submit questions before and during the broadcast.
Notes to the Editor
The IBA’s live webcast series has been running since 2010 and has featured some of the most prominent figures in the world of international justice and business. The hour-long interviews are streamed live on the IBA website and include an interactive question and answers element with viewers.
Previous interviewees include:
Michael Kirby, Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea(March 2014);
Ángel Gurría, Secretary General of the OECD (November 2013);
Sir Nicolas Bratza, former President of the European Court of Human Rights (July 2013);
Jim O’Neill, former Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management (June 2013); and
Cyril Shroff, Managing partner at one of India’s leading law firms, Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co (April 2013).
The above and other webcasts can be watched here.
The interviewer: Kirsty Lang has worked on the BBC’s flagship Today programme, and is a former foreign correspondent for Newsnight, Channel 4 News and The Sunday Times. For more than a decade she presented the BBC current affairs programme World News Today. She currently presents BBC Radio Four’s Front Row.
The International Bar Association (IBA), established in 1947, is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. Through its global membership of individual lawyers, law firms, bar associations and law societies it influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world.
The IBA’s administrative office is in London. Regional offices are located in: São Paulo, Brazil; Seoul, South Korea; and Washington DC, US, while the International Bar Association’s International Criminal Court Programme (IBA ICC) is managed from an office in The Hague. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) works to promote, protect and enforce human rights under a just rule of law, and to preserve the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession worldwide.