Programme

THE HUMAN LIFE | HEALTH | TECHNOLOGY | INEQUALITY | MIGRATION | FILM AWARDS

08.30 – 09.00

REGISTRATION

09.00 – 09.05

WELCOME

Robert Lechler, King’s College London

09.05 – 09.50

OPENING KEYNOTE

Inequality: The Enemy Between Us

Richard Wilkinson, University of York

The extent of income inequality in society not only affects many forms of social dysfunction, but also has a profound influence on how we relate to each other. In effect, there are two sides to human nature and which predominates depends substantially on whether a society has larger or smaller income differences. Inequality strengthens the grip which social status and class have on us, our ideas of success and failure, and on how we judge each other.

10.05 – 11.20

PLENARY ROUNDTABLE

A World of Risk: Health, Technology & The Human Life

Moderated by Ryan Abbott, University of Surrey

Technological advances are disrupting transnational norms around public health and patient rights. These changes may help address longstanding concerns related to global health justice, but they may also exacerbate inequality and reduce social cohesion. This roundtable will explore these issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

  • Sabina Faiz Rashid, BRAC University
  • Andy Leather, King’s College London
  • Aziza Ahmed, Northeastern University
  • Dainius Pūras, Vilnius University
  • Philip Brey, University of Twente

11.20 – 11.45

COFFEE BREAK

11.45 – 13.00

PARALLEL SESSIONS

The Many Tomorrows of Health Justice

Moderated by Octavio Ferraz, King’s College London

It seems clear today, at least in rhetoric if not in practice, that genuine development cannot be reduced to mere economic growth. It must include many other factors that contribute to the well-being of populations. There is no consensus on what the full list should exactly include, but health is certainly one of the main components of development. The recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals sets “ensuring healthy lives” as one of its main aims (Goal 3.1). How to achieve this, however, is not only challenging in practice but also raises difficult theoretical questions. One of them is the role of rights in general, and the right to health in particular, in ensuring healthy lives. Also particularly relevant is the issue of health inequalities, still persistent in all countries of the world to varying degrees. How equal in health should countries aim to be to deserve the title of developed? What role do rights play both in reducing and in sustaining and worsening health inequalities? These are some of the crucial and intractable questions at the junction of health, rights and development that we intend to discuss in this panel.

  • Dainius Pūras, Vilnius University
  • Aziza Ahmed, Northeastern University
  • Eduardo Gómez, King’s College London
  • Sharifah Sekalala, University of Warwick

Moderated by Dipika Jain, O. P. Jindal Global Law School 

One of the current greatest challenges to those of us working on questions of health justice is the so-called ‘demographic transition,’ which the developed world has been experiencing for a long time and the developing world is now addressing too. Another challenge confronting states concerns the regulation of women’s bodies, gametes, and technologies concerning human reproduction.

This panel explores what the growing number of elderly people means for both access to health care and our very understanding of the nature of palliative, social and health care; in particular, the importance of end of life issues (increasingly salient in globalizing and technologically sophisticated health regimes), as well as lessons learned from intersectional approaches to health care (looking at vectors of the ageing process such as gender, ethnicity, income levels etc.). The panel will equally reflect on why, and the conditions under which, states should be allowed to exercise autonomy over human reproduction.

Speakers 

  • Joanna Erdman, Dalhousie University
  • Alexandre Kalache, International Longevity Centre Brazil 
  • Karen Glaser, King’s College London
  • Tamara Hervey, University of Sheffield
  • Milly Freire-Archer

Moderated by Alex Ruck Keene, 39 Essex Chambers & King's College London

Prominent interpretations of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities have adopted strong positions on the question of legal capacity, which concerns the holding and exercising of rights and duties, for example in the control of one’s own medical and financial affairs. The position is that under article 12 of the Convention, mental incapacity must not be used as a justification for denying legal capacity. This raises questions about mental incapacity as a basis for limiting legal capacity. We ask: Which moral and legal concerns are becoming decisive? What justifies the position against mental incapacity as a basis for limiting legal capacity? Is there a place for mental capacity assessments within support-based legal capacity paradigms?

  • Graham Morgan, Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
  • Sándor Gurbai, University of Essex & Essex Autonomy Project
  • Michael Bach, Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society (IRIS)
  • Scott Kim, National Institutes of Health

11.45 – 13.00

PARALLEL SESSIONS

Technology, Risk & Regulatory Redlines

Moderated by Manuel Wörsdörfer, Texas Tech University

Newly developing artificial intelligence devices and, particularly, autonomous vehicles come with a variety of ethical, legal and technological challenges, such as data security, privacy and data protection. In addition, AI-induced automation, computerisation and digitalisation is expected to have severe impacts on global labour markets. One of the most pressing issues is the question of which norms and values to program into the algorithms of AVs in case of unavoidable crash scenarios. This panel will deal with these and other issues from an ethical, legal and technological perspective.

Speakers
  • Ryan Abbott, University of Surrey
  • Jose Such, King’s College London
  • Noah Goodall, Virginia Transportation Research Council
  • Melba Kurman, Triple Helix Innovation
  • Sepideh Ghanavati, Texas Tech University

Moderated by Gavin Sullivan, University of Kent

Digital communication permeates our everyday lives in handy devices such as smartphones, without which many organisational tasks, and routine activities would be severely limited. Such devices also facilitate greater surveillance of the person through the generation of personal data reflecting our social networks browsing patterns and personal interests, our medical history and sexual proclivities, and so forth. This panel asks who is harvesting big data, how, and for whom? What threat to human rights is posed by increasing concerns about national security and transnationally organised crime? In accessing and using our personal data, how accountable are the people and institutions invested in knowing everything about us: our employers, those that advertise their products and services to us, and - crucially - our governments.

  • Eric King, Independent Consultant; Queen Mary University of London
  • Anne Roth, Policy Advisor, German Bundestag
  • Wendy Betts, eyeWitness to Atrocities
  • Vitor Ido, University of São Paulo & Fundação Getúlio Vargas

Moderated by David Nelken, King’s College London

The direction of travel in criminal justice systems is commonly perceived to be moving away from (i) individualised justice and due process; (ii) ex post responses to offences, and (iii) punishment. In fact, the movement has been towards (a) risk management, (b) prevention and exclusion of high-risk persons, and (c) collective security - often characterised as ‘actuarial’ or ‘algorithmic’ justice. This development reflects an array of modern technological instruments and developments: in particular AI and machine learning. This Panel asks whether these new technological instruments promise more effective and more acceptable management of crime. Should we take a firm stand against prediction, or rather try to predict and prevent more accurately?

  • Ben Bowling, King’s College London
  • Vincent Chiao, University of Toronto
  • Roger Brownsword, King’s College London

13.00 – 14.10

LUNCH & NETWORKING

13.10 – 14.10

MIGRANT JUSTICE & LITERATURE

Moderated by Farnush Ghadery, King’s College London

Migration literature now occupies an important place in world literature and offers unique perspectives on transnational justice. Migration literature is a useful vehicle for narrating conflicted experiences of belonging and identity in multilingual and multicultural contexts, as well as enabling public engagement with issues arising in an era of (neoliberal) globalisation, and their incorporation into new modes of literary narrative and poetic structure. This session explores the concept of 'migrant justice' as a trope of both migration and world literature, and concludes with reflections on the contemporary relevance of this literary concept in view of public debates on immigration.

  • Nikesh Shukla, Author
  • Maxine Beneba Clarke, Writer
  • Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Writer & Poet

14.10 – 15.25

PLENARY ROUNDTABLE

Migration Justice & Inequality

Moderated by Ben Rawlence, Writer

Global migration has undoubtedly generated a series of worldwide refugee crises. This session asks what these crises reveal about systemic inequalities at the global level, by examining the political causes linking the crises with civil conflicts (i.e. in Syria and Yemen). What does this mean for systems of justice (as well as the practical administration of social justice) worldwide? How can the justice systems of functioning democracies best meet the challenges generated by current levels of global migration?

  • Engin Isin, Queen Mary University of London
  • Quhramaana Kakar, Women for Peace & Participation
  • Bridget Anderson, University of Bristol
  • Daniel Trilling, New Humanist

15.25 – 15.45

COFFEE BREAK

15.45 – 17.00

PARALLEL SESSIONS

Where on Earth are You? Displacement, Migration & The Elusiveness of Home

Moderated by Sara Dehm, University of Technology Sydney

This workshop will consider the place of law in projects of migrant justice and will ask what forms of migrant justice look like in light of the multifaceted legacies of empire and ongoing state acts of expulsion and dispossession in contemporary places of settler colonialism. We’ll aim to unpack how ideas and projects of migrant justice are currently being articulated and practised by different actors and within various communities within and across settler colonial contexts, as well as how these may align with recognition of Indigenous sovereignties, laws and anti-colonial projects more generally.

Speakers

  • Nandita Sharma, University of Hawaii
  • Kooj Chuhan, Virtual Migrants Project
  • Dorothy Guerrero, Global Justice Now

Moderated by Marta Llonch, King’s College London

The aquatic border between Europe and its neighbours is a well-established location for some of the most dangerous journeys in the world, with fatalities on the increase. This session will explore the challenges facing those trying to reach European shores and the possibilities of creating safe legal channels. It specifically aims to look at the role of NGOs and sea rescue missions and the challenges they face while trying to do their job in the current political climate of fortress Europe. How do current EU and member state migration policies affect the situation on the ground in the Mediterranean? What are the problems and/or opportunities for improvement? How can the human rights of migrants be protected?

  • Ahmad Al Terkawi, Maritime Organisation for Following Up and Rescue
  • Konstantinos Provias, Hellenic Coast Guard
  • Elly Schlein, MEP, European Parliament
  • Ariel Ricker, Advocates Abroad

Moderated by Salvatore Coluccello, Coventry University

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) calculates that in 2017, as of mid-November, about 150,000 African migrants have travelled to Europe by sea using the three main routes to Spain, Greece and, in particular, Italy. Estimates suggest at least 3,000 fatalities. The panel will explore the organised criminal networks involved in irregular migration across the Mediterranean (controlling land and sea routes as well as methods of transportation). It will assess the policies aimed at deterring smuggling and irregular migratory flows, challenging the prescriptive and securitised approaches adopted by states and inter-governmental organisations. Starting from migrant experiences and perceptions, the session examines migrants’ relationships with one another, as well as with mediators, go-betweens, dallala, passeurs and smugglers.

  • Calogero Ferrara, Court of Palermo
  • Glynn Rankin, Rankin Associates
  • Monica Massari, University of Naples Federico II
  • Alex Vines, Chatham House

Moderated by Simon Massey, Coventry University

The emigration of sizeable numbers of young, skilled individuals from Africa to Europe exercises the minds of politicians on both sides of the Mediterranean, whilst testing the ingenuity and tenacity of would-be migrants who are increasingly forced to embark on highly dangerous and circuitous journeys to circumvent the measures put in place to block irregular migration. Yet, these land and sea journeys often have heavy costs. Exploitation is common, the journey is often traumatic, and can be lethal, and the irregular migrant is far from guaranteed secure residence and employment in the destination country.

This panel will explore the dichotomy between coercion and consent that lies at the heart of the distinction between trafficking and smuggling, investigate the ‘push’ and ‘pull’ factors that impel irregular migration and consider the humanitarian consequences of irregular migration from Africa in the countries of origin, transit and destination.

Speakers

  • Rafaela Pascoal, University of Palermo
  • Katharine Jones, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relation
  • Hassoum Ceesay, National Centre for Arts and Culture, Gambia
  • James Kofi Annan, Challenging Heights
  • Debbie Ariyo, Africans Unite Against Child Abuse
  • Martin Baldwin-Edwards, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

Moderated by Charlotte Kroll, Landkreis Darmstadt-Dieburg, Migration und Inklusion

In an unnamed municipality responsible for providing migrants with basic accommodation, food and medical care, as well as education, jobs, and access to the local community, welcome parties are being organized and paperwork filed. Friendships are formed as many are deported to home-countries. This local scene is framed by both federal and state laws that remain opaque for many migrants (and the volunteer support groups supporting them), resulting in frustration. Moral expectations confront legal reality and 'the state' appears distant and abstract. This session examines these different levels of politics, law, administration, and human experience to ask: What can be done to better translate the state? How can processes of political and legal decision making be transformed into a process of learning, strengthening the democratic process and benefiting all involved?

  • Sophia Ioannou, Solidarity Now
  • Fay Koutzoukou, Solidarity Now
  • Dimitrios Bouras, Journalist & Anthropologist
  • Mohammad Qais Hatefi, Europa-Universität Flensburg
  • Miriam Schader, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

15.45 – 17.00

PARALLEL SESSIONS

Scales of Inequality & Justice

Moderated by Farnush Ghadery, King’s College London

The panel aims to highlight the importance of grassroots activism in the realm of women’s rights advocacy around the world. In a world where human rights advocacy generally is being more and more internationalised and institutionalised, this panel attempts to draw a light on the significance of the involvement of local actors in the struggle to advance women’s rights and gender equality more generally. By bringing together activists from around the world, the panel will display examples of women’s grassroots activist and solidarity movements, drawing on activists and academics perspectives from diverse locations worldwide to discuss the different connections that exist between women’s rights activism and other manifestations of transformative politics.

  • Hasina Khan, Bebaak Collective
  • Horia Mosadiq, Amnesty International
  • Rukmini Sen, Ambedkar University Delhi
  • Selin Cagatay, Central European University

Moderated by Nora Jaber, King's College London

Islamic feminism has offered a narrative which crosses disciplinary and discursive boundaries and challenges us to think more deeply about the representation of Muslim women in media, literature, politics, the law but also feminist scholarship itself. Particularly, post-9/11 mainstream feminism as well as Western feminist organisations and movements have adopted controversial and questionable representations of Muslim woman. The plight of the victimised Muslim women hidden behind layers of fabric has ironically been used and abused in a number of instances by feminists themselves in order to push the liberal white feminist agenda. Participants invited for this panel have, through their work, demonstrated how we need to not only broaden our understanding of feminism but also the epistemologies behind it. They are invited to discuss how scholarship and activism ought to change in order to put an end to such representations of Muslim women and whether Islamic feminism offers a narrative for Muslim women themselves to break down such misrepresentations. 

Speakers

  • Ziba Mir-Hosseini, SOAS, University of London
  • Sarah Zouak, LALLAB
  • Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Writer & Poet

Moderated by Max Haiven, Lakehead University

The recent human-made disasters around the world from Grenfell Tower to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to the massive floods in South Asia underscore how important it is that we as educators, activists, and scholars engage in public discourse that appreciates the disparate racial, class, and gendered burdens of climate change, austerity measures, and the many societal transformations brought on by financialized capitalism. Thinking through various intersections of identity, class, race, gender, and other social categories, we hope to engage participants in considering the role of global capitalism in constructing social and economic precarity in diverse geographies. Participants come from a variety of disciplinary fields, geographies, and activist orientations, and it is our hope that the session will spark an engaging cross- disciplinary, geographical, and activist discussion.

  • Katrin Meyer, University of Basel
  • Mary Mellor, Northumbria University
  • Djamila Ribeiro, Human Rights Activist
  • Nadine El-Enany, Birkbeck School of Law
  • Lisa Mckenzie, Middlesex University and Inequalities Institute LSE 

Moderated by Priya Gupta, King’s College London

This session brings together scholars, activists, and advocates from a variety of geographies who share a commitment to working towards securing housing in their locality. It is our hope that by facilitating this conversation, participants will share experiences and expertise, as well as concerns and strategies for the future. A key theme explored will be how societies construct closed worlds in which everyday lives and interactions unfold, and how local governments further that segregation of lives and resources.

  • Navneet Grewal, Western Center on Law and Poverty
  • Irene De Vos, Johannesburg Bar Council
  • Gautam Bhan, Indian Institute for Human Settlements
  • Omnia Khalil, City University of New York
  • Kelseny Medeiros Pinho, Gaspar Garcia Human Rights Centre

17.15 – 18.00

IN CONVERSATION

Stephen Levett in conversation with Dexter Dias QC on violence against the person in transnational legal contexts.

18.00 – 18.45

DINNER & NETWORKING

18.45 – 20.30

FILM AWARDS

Transnational Justice Film Competition: Celebrating Resistance, Love and Empowerment in an Era of Globalisation 

Moderated by Dario Azzelini, ILR School, Cornell University & Helen Hughes, University of Surrey

*Please note, all sessions and times are subject to change

Type of session:
  • Keynotes will set the underlying tone and core messages for each day.
  • Plenary roundtables will encourage open debate by sharing different perspectives.
  • Parallel workshops will connect representatives from the Sites of Engagement & Agency – NGOs, Courts, International organisations, Academic institutions – to engage with sector specific issues.