SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 - Working for Human Rights Abroad

Human Rights Networking Events | Événements de réseautage en droit de la personne

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre is pleased to invite you to a Human Rights Networking Event:

Working for Human Rights Abroad

Thursday, September 29, 2016
5 p.m.
Fauteux Hall - FTX570
(57 Louis Pasteur, University of Ottawa)

All are welcome.
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This is an opportunity for students, alumni and any other person interested in Human Rights to hear about notable practitioners who will share their professional experience with them. Participants will have the chance to ask them questions on their career path and to do networking!


  • Joelle MARTIN | Senior Policy Analyst, Global Affairs Canada

Joelle Martin is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Strategic Policy Branch of Global Affairs Canada. She has legal, policy, and field experience in government, international organisations, civil society organizations, and private law firms. Throughout her career, she has worked in the fields of international development, human rights, and humanitarian law, programming, and advocacy. As a delegate with the International Committee of the Red Cross, Joelle was posted to Colombia and Cote d'Ivoire.  She has also worked as a staff legal advisor with the European Roma Rights Centre in Budapest, Hungary and as a lecturer in the Legal Studies Department at the Central European University in Budapest. Joelle has a BA and an LLB (University of Ottawa) and is a member of the Bar of Ontario.

  • John PACKER | Director, Human Rights Research and Education Centre

John Packer previously held academic positions at the University of Essex where he was the Director of the world-renowned Human Rights Centre and at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. He has held Fellowships at Cambridge and Harvard Universities and lectured at universities and professional institutions around the world. He has been widely published and contributes to the editing of a number of scholarly journals. He also serves on the boards of a number of NGOs and is a Member of the Expert Advisory Panel for the Shared Societies Project of the Club de Madrid comprising almost 100 former Heads of State or Government of democracies.

Prof. Packer is also an experienced practitioner bringing some 20 years working for inter-governmental organizations, including in Geneva for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Labour Organisation, and for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights investigating serious human rights violations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Burma/Myanmar, extrajudicial executions, arbitrary detention, forced disappearances, the use of forensic sciences, the use of civil defense forces, and the independence of judges and lawyers throughout the world. From 1995 to 2004, he was Senior Legal Adviser and then the first Director of the Office of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities in The Hague working across Central and Eastern Europe and throughout the former Soviet Union. For the last two years, Prof. Packer was a Constitutions and Process Design Expert on the United Nation’s Standby Team of Mediation Experts attached to the Department of Political Affairs, advising in numerous peace processes and political transitions around the world focusing on conflict prevention and resolution, diversity management, constitutional and legal reform, and the protection of human rights including minorities.

*The Human Rights Research and Education Centre may take pictures at this event for use on the website.

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