A conversation with John B Bellinger III, Sandy D'Alemberte, Alberto Mora and Stephen Vladeck at the IBA Annual Conference 2013, Boston.
The legal, moral and political complexities around Guantánamo Bay, whether the US can extricate itself from this predicament and the way forward was discussed by this panel of recognised experts in international law, national security law, and constitutional law.
This Presidential Showcase Session focused on the scope of the trafficking (de facto slavery) problem.
Recent activities and developments by the key stakeholders, individuals, private institutions, corporations, governmental and inter-governmental agencies, NGOs and trafficked persons themselves were also discussed.
Human trafficking is a global problem that touches all of us throughout the world in developing and developed countries. It has been reported that the impact of human trafficking from an economic perspective is staggering with respect to relative size of criminal industries. Human trafficking as a criminal industry is behind only trading and selling of illegal drugs in terms of size of its profit (it has been estimated that the annual profit of trafficking is approximately U$$32 billion).
A distinguished high level panel of leading experts from various regions of the world discussed human trafficking and its economic, legal and human rights implications:
Gillian Rivers, Chair, IBA Family Law Committee
Gabrielle Williamson, Chair, IBA Section on Public and Professional Interest
Luis CdeBaca, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, US Department of State
Joy Ezeilo, Office of the High Commission for Human Rights
Virginia Kendall, US District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois
Helena Kennedy, IBAHRI Co-Chair
Ian McDougall, LexisNexis
Gopal Subramanium, IBA Council Member Bar Association of India
Myria Vassiliadou, European Commission
IBA Annual Conference Boston 2013 film: In 2013 the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute released a report entitled Tax Abuses, Poverty and Human Rights through its Task Force on Illicit Financial Flows, Poverty and Human Rights.
Watch the Task Force Chair, Thomas Pogge, discuss the book and the issues it tackles.
IBA Annual Conference 2013 film: In this interview and Q&A, Harvard Professor John Ruggie, author of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, provided insight into his groundbreaking work, contending that it is simply good business for business to be just, in the sense of it being principled.