Women in International Institutions

Several recent high-profile elections such as Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma as Chair of the African Union, Christine Lagarde as Managing Director of the IMF, Fatou Bensouda as Chief Prosecutor at the ICC as well as Margaret Chan at at the World Health Organisation, Irina Bokova at UNESCO and the candidacy of  Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at the World Bank,  suggests progress has been made in the participation of women within some of world’s global organisations. Indeed, the appointment of such high-profile women to these leadership positions is to be welcomed however it should not mask the serious gender imbalances present in most, if not all, international organisations particularly with regard to the development of international law. The relatively recent election and appointment of women to such positions and their relative small numbers underlie the distances that still need to be travelled before even a modicum of equility is achieved. The Director General of the International Labour Organisation, the Director General of the WTO, the President of the World Bank, the United Nations Secretary General, the President of the General Assembly, the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the Director-General the International Atomic Agency, the Executive Director of UNICEF, the Commonwealth Secretary General, the President of the Council of Europe, are not only all men but most of these offices have only ever been held by males. Continue reading “Women in International Institutions”

Women in International Institutions

Centre for Disability Law & Policy NUI Galway & Harvard Law School Project on Disability to Hold Summer School in June

The Centre for Disability Law & Policy and the Harvard Law School Project on Disability will hold a six-day Summer School from 6 – 11 June in Galway.  Information on how to register for the Summer School is available here.   The Summer School aims to equip participants with the insights and skills necessary to translate the generalities of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into tangible reform for persons with disabilities.   The participants will include persons with disabilities, their families, civil society groups of persons with disabilities as well as advocates for disability law reform, lawyers, policy makers and policy analysts and others.   The Faculty includes senior academics, practitioners and policy makers from around the world who have been directly and actively engaged in drafting and implementing the Convention and includes Human Rights in Ireland’s Dr Eilionoir Flynn.  The Faculty also includes Professor Michael Stein (Harvard Law School Project on Disability), Professor Gerard Quinn (NUI Galway, Ireland), Michael Bach (Inclusion International), Eric Rosenthal (Disability Rights International), Andrea Coomber (Interights, London), Gauthier de Beco (Associate Researcher at University of Louvain), Christian Courtis, (Office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights), Sir Michael Wood Continue reading “Centre for Disability Law & Policy NUI Galway & Harvard Law School Project on Disability to Hold Summer School in June”

Centre for Disability Law & Policy NUI Galway & Harvard Law School Project on Disability to Hold Summer School in June