OSCE SUPPLEMENTARY HUMAN DIMENSION MEETING

Access to Justice as a Key Element of the Rule of Law


SIDE EVENT

ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR THE IDPs IN THE OSCE AREA AND ITS
IMPACT ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION

Date and Time
: 16 November 2017, 13:30-14:45

Venue
: Room 532, Hofburg, Vienna (5th floor)

Convenor:
Permanent Mission

Working language:
English


Snacks and refreshments will be served in Ratsaal Foier at 13:00 before the event

Panelists:

Discussion moderated by:

Prof. Anis H. BAJREKTAREVIC
Prof. and Chair for Intl. Law & Global Political Studies, Editor of the GHIR
(the New York Addleton Academic Publishers’ specialized Magazine for Geopolitics, History and Intl. Relations)

Dr. Gabriel LANSKY
Attorney at Law, Partner at Lansky, Ganzger and Partner

Special Agent at the European Court of Human Rights
(name tbc)

Regional Expert
(name tbc)





Against the background:

According to the UNHCR, by the end of 2016 there were over 3 million internally displaced persons (IDP) within the OSCE area. As a result of on-going armed conflicts IDPs are suffering from serious violations of various human rights, most of all by threats to their life, inhuman treatment, interferences with their private and family life, damage or deprivation of their home and other property without compensation etc. as well as lacking or ineffective access to justice.

Over the past years the international community has become increasingly aware of the plight of IDPs and has undertaken efforts towards addressing more effectively their needs. However, those efforts fall very often short of implementing in full the rights of IDPs and finding durable, long-term solutions due to on-going armed conflicts or the unwillingness of conflict parties to guarantee and fulfil the rights of IDPs to return to their homes and properties and to get compensation for the incurred injustice.

The panellists will discuss the legal framework regarding IDPs as well as the respective legal practice of protection and implementation of the rights of IDPs in OSCE area. In particular, the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on the European Convention of HR (ECHR) will be analysed and assessed in view of its impact and relevance to strengthen the human rights of IDPs.

The ECtHR took a number of emblematic cases, addressing specifically the protection of the rights of IDPs. Another unique feature of ECHR is its implementation machinery – the European Court of Human Rights and the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE), mandated to supervise the compliance by the Member States of CoE with the judgments of the Court. The impact of the judgments of the ECtHR on conflict resolution will also be discussed.

We cordially invite practitioners and academia members of different backgrounds (from the legal, political science, security, to diplomacy and intl relations) to come to the historical premises of Hofburg – seat of the world’s largest and most comprehensive security mechanism, to attend this highly topical gathering of practitioners

Kindly register your attendance under:

https://meetings.odihr.pl/ 

Ms. Anna Sierant at hdmeetings@odihr.pl or +48 22 5200 627

( http://www.osce.org/odihr/shdm_3_2017