Leaders in Law lecture: Professor Nils Melzer

Law Lecture Theatre 2
Monday 15 January 2018 (18:00-19:00)

Lesley Griffiths: l.griffiths.1@bham.ac.uk


CEPLER is delighted to welcome Professor Nils Melzer to deliver the first lecture of 2018 in the esteemed Leaders in Law series.

In November 2016, Professor Melzer took up the function of United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. He is also Human Rights Chair at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, as well as Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow.

Throughout his career, Professor Melzer has fought to preserve human dignity and the rule of law through the relentless promotion, reaffirmation and clarification of international legal standards offering protection to those exposed to armed conflicts and other situations of violence. He has served for 12 years with the International Committee of the Red Cross as a Legal Adviser, Delegate and Deputy Head of Delegation in various zones of conflict and violence. After leaving the ICRC in 2011, he held academic positions as Research Director of the Swiss Competence Centre on Human Rights (University of Zürich), as Swiss Chair for International Humanitarian Law (Geneva Academy) and as Senior Fellow for Emerging Security Challenges (Geneva Centre for Security Policy). He has represented civil society in the Steering Committee of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers and has authored award-winning and widely translated books and other publications in the field of international law.

In this special Leaders in Law lecture, Professor Melzer will share some unique insights into his extraordinary career.

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