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Colonialism, Slavery, Reparations and Trade: Remedying the 'Past'?

Conference Programme:

8.30 Registration and coffee with biscuits

9.00 Welcome and Keynote address: John Packer, Professor and Director of the Human Rights Centre, and Fernne Brennan, Senior Lecturer in Law, Member Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, followed by

'The Social Movement for Reparations to Africa: problems and prospects, with comparison to other reparation movements'
Key-note address by Professor Dr. Rhoda Howard-Hassmann, introduced by John Packer.

10.00 coffee break

10.15 Reparations and Analogous Claims

Professor John Packer (Chair)

'Litigation and political action to address historic injustices in the United States: problems and prospects'
Professor Dinah Shelton, Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law, The George Washington University Law School.

'The Value of Experience: what post-WW II settlements teach us about reparations'
Clemens Nathan, Director of the Clemens Nathan Research Centre, Joint Chairman, Consultative Council of Jewish Organisations, Board Member, Conference on Jewish Material Claims.

11.15 Refreshments break

11.45 Colonial History and Institutional Racism and Trade

Fernne Brennan (Chair)

'Denial, apologies and reparations'
Madge Dresser, Reader in History, University of the West of England.

'Atonement as a juridical process: the jurisprudence of aboriginal rights'
Dr Paul McHugh, Reader in Law, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge.

'Judicial Attitudes to Slavery and the Slave Trade in the English Courts: 1729-1807'
Dr. Sheila Dziobon, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Plymouth.

'The Effect of the Trade in Enslaved Africans and Colonialism on West Africa'
Marika Sherwood, Hon. Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London.

13.00 Buffet lunch at conference centre, with musical accompaniment

14.00 Plenary address by His Excellency Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations in Geneva, introduced by John Packer

14.30 Remedies

'200 years after the Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade -Is there a juridical basis for the claim for Reparations?.'
His Excellency Kwesi Quartey, Ghana's Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union (Chair and Speaker)

'International Law as Resistance: Lessons from the Pan-Afrikan Struggle for Reparations'
Esther Stanford, jurisconsult, Pan-African Reparations Coalition

'Restitution Following Slavery'
Katherine Bracegirdle, solicitor, lecturer, School of Law University of Sheffield, Member of the Institute of Commercial Law Studies Research Cluster.

Responding: Professor Steve Peers, School of Law, University of Essex, and Rohan Kariyawasam, Senior Lecturer, Solicitor, Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University.

15.45 Refreshment break

16.15 Plenary address by Professor Theo van Boven, Professor of International Law, University of Maastricht, introduced by Professor Bill Bowring, Birkbeck University of London School of Law

17.00 Closing Remarks and Invited Responses, co-chaired by Professor Peter Muchlinski, School of Law, SOAS, Professor of International Commercial Law, and Fernne Brennan.


Marcus Goffe, Attorney-at-Law, Jamaica, legal advisor to the Ethio-Africa Diaspora Union Millennium Council.

Kirsteen Shields, CLPE Fellow, PhD student Queen Mary University of London, Centre for Commercial Law Studies.

Darren Calley, Lecturer, School of Law, University of Essex.

18.00 end

Andrea Sepulveda Carotti and Nolita Werrett.
Brett Dodge and Jo Somerville for the 'Essex Human Rights Review'.




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