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Panel 4: The Erosion of International Law – Who Cares?

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KEYNOTE SPEECH:

Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR

MODERATOR:

Manfred Nowak, Secretary General, EIUC, Professor of International Law and Human Rights – University of Vienna

PANEL MEMBERS:

Zedoun Al-Zoubi, Manager, UOSSM Intertnational – Saving Lives in Syria

Vincent Bernard, Editor in Chief of the International Review of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, OCHCR

Benjamin Ward, Deputy Director, Europe and Central Asia Division, Human Rights Watch

Victimized by indiscriminate attacks on civilians that occur in contravention of international law, many find themselves forced to flee their home countries, an undertaking which in itself entails considerable danger. Simultaneously, displaced persons access to legal instruments of protection, particularly the human right to seek asylum, is precarious at best. This panel will discuss non-compliance with international law, both in countries of origin, en route and countries of destination, and its practical consequences for those seeking protection from armed conflict and persecution.