People in the Transitional Justice Network

Geoff Gilbert

RESEARCH CHAIR: JUSTICE DIMENSION OF TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE

LLB Leic, LLM SJD Virginia. Barrister
Director of LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Head of School, School of Law
Geoff Gilbert

  • Room: 5S.6.5
  • Telephone (external): (+44) 01206 872557
  • Telephone (internal): 2557
  • Fax: (+44) 01206 873428
  • e-mail: geoff [at] essex.ac.uk
  • Departmental webpage

Geoff Gilbert is a Professor of Law in the School of Law and Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. He was Head of Department between 2000 and 2003 and is serving a second term (2011-14). In 2012, he was appointed a Professorial Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. He has been Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Refugee Law since 2002. He is author of ‘Current Issues in the Application of the Exclusion Clauses’ in Feller, Türk and Nicholson, Refugee Protection in International Law (2003), part of UNHCR’s Global Consultations on the 50th Anniversary of the 1951 Convention. He was founding Director of Studies for UNHCR’s annual Thematic Refugees and Human Rights course for judges, government officials and UNHCR staff at the International Institute for Humanitarian Law, Sanremo, Italy, from 2005 to 2007. He was Specialist Adviser to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights in its inquiry into the treatment of asylum-seekers, 2006-07. He was part of the Human Rights Centre's research programme on human rights in situations of acute crisis that was carried out on behalf of DFID. He is currently drafting a report for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on a possible Protocol to the ECHR dealing with minority rights. He has carried out human rights training on behalf of the Council of Europe and UNHCR in the Russian Federation (Siberia, the Urals and Kalmykskaya), Georgia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Kosovo. He has advised governments on their laws in Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the FSU, and was the Director of the OSCE training programme on combating torture for judges in Serbia and Montenegro. His areas of interest are international criminal law, the protection of refugees and other displaced persons in international law, the protection of minorities in international law, international humanitarian law and international human rights law. In 2009 he was elected a Bencher of the Middle Temple and was called in February 2010.

    
  • ETJN EVENTS TIMELINE


    ETJN Annual Lecture 13 July 2017

    Yasmin Sooka : "Transitional Justice: Lessons from African experiences"

    The Essex Transitional Justice Network is holding its seventh annual lecture on 13 July 2017 at the University of Essex, and we are very happy to have Yasmin Sooka, as our guest speaker.

    Yasmin will be giving a lecture entitled 'Transitional Justice: Lessons from African experiences'.

    Attendance is free, but places are limited, please reserve your place by booking a free place via evenbrite. Any queries, please contact lawhrcevents@essex.ac.uk.



    ETJN Panel Discussion 08 June 2016: "The Role of third Party Actors in Transitional Justice"

    Armed conflicts and/or repression are often connected to a broad range of human rights violations. The State has the duty to respect, protect and fulfil its citizens’ rights, including the prevention of third party interference with the enjoyment of these rights. To the extent that third party actors, such as corporations, contribute to human rights violations during conflict or repression, it needs to be addressed what role they can play in the transition to peace and/or democracy. Questions to be discussed by the panellists include why it is important to involve third party actors in transitional justice processes; and what kind of involvement, eg criminal prosecutions, truthfinding or reparation, is most appropriate.

    Panelists include Catalina Diaz, Camilo Sánchez, Charles P. Abrahams, Prof. Sabine Michalowski, Prof. Sheldon Leader and Dr. Clara Sandoval.

    Wednesday, 8 June 2016, 10:00-12:00, at EBS.2.65, Colchester Campus, University of Essex.


    ETJN Annual Lecture 07 June 2016

    Catalina Diaz : "Negotiating Peace in Compliance with International Law: The Case of Colombia"

    The Essex Transitional Justice Network is holding its sixth annual lecture on 07 June 2016 at the University of Essex, and we are very happy to have Catalina Diaz, Director of the Transitional Justice Unit, Colombian Ministry of Justice, as our guest for this occasion.

    Catalina will be giving a lecture entitled 'Negotiating Peace in Compliance with International Law: The Case of Colombia'.

    Attendance is free, but places are limited, as capacity is limited, please reserve your place by sending an email to mkross@essex.ac.uk.


    Argentina Week: Argentina 1976-2016: Activism, Memorialisation and Complicity

    "Transitional Justice and Complicity in Argentina as part of Argentina Week: Argentina 1976-2016: Activism, Memorialisation and Complicity"

    Various

    Wednesday 9 March 2016, 14:00- 16:00, in room CB.14 in the Constable Building at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

    The seminar will start with an introduction to relevant art works by León Ferrari and Marisa Rueda by a member of ESCALA, followed by a talk by Professor Sabine Michalowski (Director of the ETJN) on transitional justice in Argentina and panel discussion with Professor Sheldon Leader (Director of the Essex Business and Human Rights Project), Paula Fiorni (University of Essex, ISER), and Professor Michalowski on complicity and transitional justice.


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    ETJN 2014 Newsletter

    Seminar on Transitional Justice in Argentina attracts media attention

    From 6th to the 8th of November, Professor Sabine Michalowski, director of the Essex Transitional Justice Network and Professor Sheldon Leader, director of the Essex Business and Human Rights Project, spoke at a seminar on ‘Accountability for Corporate Human Rights Violations in Dictatorships and Civil Conflicts: The Argentine Model in Comparative Perspective", held by the Latin American Centre of the University of Oxford held on "future directions in corporate accountability". The seminar attracted media attention in Argentina where Pagina 2 reported on 16 November that:

    "Sheldon Leader and Sabine Michalowski of the Essex Business and Human Rights Project and the Essex Transitional Justice Network laid out the need to link the areas of Transitional Justice and corporate accountability. Michalowski presented an amicus curiae brief in a case of complicity of banks with the Argentine dictatorship. Leader stressed the responsibility of parent companies for acts of their subsidiaries and objected to the doctrine of separate corporate personality."