Event information

12 May 2016

High Level Panel Casting new light on the supreme right: emerging General Comments on the right to life


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The right to life is often described as a ‘supreme’ or ‘foundational’ right. This panel of experts and diplomats will explore current challenges and new developments concerning this right, in normative instruments, jurisprudence, law and practice at national, regional and international levels. Panelists will address the recent adoption by the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights of a General Comment on the Right to Life, as well as the development of a General Comment on the same topic by the UN Human Rights Committee.


Prof. Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions


Prof. Sir Nigel Rodley, Member of the UN Human Rights Committee

Dr. Solomon Dersso, Commissioner, African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

Dr. Elizabeth Abi-Mershed, Legal Director, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Keynote speaker

H.E. Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi, Joint Special Representative for Darfur and Head of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID)