Posted by BlueLaw on May 30, 2011
BlueLaw provided pre-event planning management and on-site staffing in support of the jointly-sponsored European Union/ INL “Trans-Atlantic Symposium on Dismantling Transnational Illicit Networks.” BlueLaw Security & Justice Practice staff (Outreach and Program Officer, Noel Munson; Project Manager, Sarah Fowkes; Project Manager, Matt Burns) provided expertise to INL and EU counterparts in planning symposium goals and scope, executing conference logistics, creating branding and marketing materials, and providing on-site support during the 300+ person event held in May, 2011 in Lisbon, Portugal.
PRACTICE INVOLVED: Security & Justice
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In May 2011, BlueLaw Human Rights and Disability Practice Director, Allison deFranco conducted the final evaluation of World Vision’s “Building DPO Outreach for Greater Disability Inclusiveness” project. The 33 month USAID funded project worked with local DPOs and NGOs to create a more inclusive and accessible society for people with disabilities. The project aimed to change attitudes and raise awareness about the rights of persons with disabilities by implementing inclusive education in six communities throughout the country. Ms. deFranco visited project sites in Alaverdi, Stepanavan, Gyumri, and Yerevan to meet with project participants and beneficiaries. The final evaluation reviewed the project’s overall effectiveness in meeting its stated outcomes and analyzed its sustainability beyond project close out.
PRACTICE INVOLVED: Human Rights & Disability Inclusive Development
Posted by BlueLaw on May 12, 2011
BlueLaw Director Andrew Solomon has been elected as vice chair of the Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Interest Group at the American Society of International Law (ASIL), which brings together approximately 500 leading practitioners, scholars, and experts in justice and transition issues in conflict-affected, post-conflict, and fragile states from around the world. Through research, expert consultations, and dialogue, this group works to improve the effectiveness of transitional justice measures and strengthen rule of law promotion strategies and programs. Andrew is pictured here after briefing a delegation of Iraqi judges and lawyers on international human rights standards at ASIL’s headquarters in Washington DC.
In addition, BlueLaw played an instrumental role in the establishment of ASIL’s interest group on International Disability Rights. This group focuses on disability rights, as this issue moves from the margins of international human rights law and policy to occupy a prominent place in the global human rights system with the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Senior Partner Janet Lord serves on the group’s executive committee, which is co-chaired by BlueLaw’s Senior Human Rights Advisor Stephanie Ortoleva. The interest group convened its inaugural meeting at the ASIL annual conference in Washington DC in April 2011.
PRACTICE INVOLVED: Human Rights & Disability Inclusive Development, Security & Justice