1.12.2011 Discussion event: Investigating CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition in Europe – Current Challenges and Opportunities

Speaker: Julia Hall (Amnesty International)
Date: Thursday 1.12. at 18-20
Place: Porthania (P545), Helsinki University, Yliopistonkatu 3

The Ius Gentium Association warmly welcomes you to a discussion with Ms Julia Hall, Amnesty International’s Expert on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights in Europe, on the topic of human rights violations in the “war on terror”. Ms Hall will speak about current investigations into the CIA program on secret detention and extraordinary rendition focusing in particular on CIA activities in Europe and the recent findings on Finland.

Julia Hall serves as Amnesty International’s advisor on counter-terrorism and human rights in Europe to staff across the movement in the context of the global campaign “Security with Human Rights.” Her primary focus is on accountability for past violations related to post 9/11 counter-terrorism operations, including renditions, secret detention, and torture and ill-treatment and on continuing violations in Europe. Previously Ms Hall worked as Senior Legal  Counsel at Human Rights Watch in the Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program.

Ms Hall has advised on cases before the European Court of Human Rights, UN Treaty Bodies, UK House of Lords, US Federal Courts, and the Supreme Court of Canada and given expert testimony before the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the Canadian Senate.  She served as a trial monitor at Guantanamo Bay for military commission proceedings in the case of Salim Hamdan, Osama bin Laden’s former driver in July 2008.

Ms Hall is a member of the International Bar Association Task Force on Terrorism and co-edited the IBA book Terrorism and International Law: Accountability, Remedies, and Reform (February 2011). She has researched and authored numerous human rights reports for Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

The event will be held in English.

Further information:  Susanna Mehtonen, susanna.mehtonen(at)helsinki.fi