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Strengthening the justice system
31st January 2018 5:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
Please join us for a talk, Q&A and drinks with Andrea Coomber, reflecting on her work and this sphere of work in general.
Andrea Coomber has been Director of JUSTICE since February 2013. Between 2002 and 2013 she was Equality Lawyer and then Legal Director at INTERIGHTS (the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights) where she litigated key cases before the European Court of Human Rights and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. For a decade, Andrea trained lawyers and judges on international law and equality law in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. Before joining INTERIGHTS , she worked at the International Service for Human Rights in Geneva and at the South Asia Documentation Centre in New Delhi. She is qualified as a barrister and solicitor in Australia. Andrea has a BA/LLB (Vons) from the University of Western Australia and an LLM (Dist.) from the London School of Economics, where she was awarded the Rosalyn Higgins Prize for topping public international law. She sits on the litigation advisory panels of a number of international human rights organisations and lectures regularly on international litigation and equality law. Andrea signs and is a trustee of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and of BAILII (British and Irish Legal Information Institute). Andrea is an Honorary Master of the Bench of Middle Temple.
About the CGHR Practitioner Series:
For those hoping to pursue a career in the ‘Third Sector’, especially amidst a broad range of organisations and agencies whose mandates can be loosely collected under the umbrella headings of ‘Human Rights and Social Justice’, ‘Conflict and Security’ or ‘Development and Humanitarian Aid,’ the terrain can be difficult to navigate. A sound academic training, the kind provided by Cambridge University, is important but certainly not enough to prepare students for the transition into working in this sector. Through a mixture of substantive discussion, personal reflection and practical advice, the CGHR Practitioner Series brings together high‐level experts working in these fields and creates a forum in which students and researchers can listen and ask questions about what this work actually involves, seek out reflections from experience on the dilemmas and challenges faced, and probe the skill set and experience needed to forge a career in these fields.