IHRLVL Videos

International Human Rights Law Video Library

Welcome

Welcome to the International Human Rights Law Video Library (IHRLVL).

Your host, Professor Jean Allain, introduces the video library.

The Library has video holdings of interviews with leading commentators and practitioners in the field of international human rights. Further, the Library has video clips of visits to various sites which provide insights into the manner in which international human rights law functions.The IHRLVL is one of the resources of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law.

The IHRLVL has interviews with, amongst others:

Dr. Ibrahim A. Badawi;

Judge Thomas Buergenthal;

Professor Christine Chinkin;

Judge Navanethem Pillay;

Professor Georges ABI-Saab; and

Professor David Weissbrodt

Interviews with Prominent Scholars and Practitioners on Issues of International Law

Feminist Approach to International Law

Christine Chinkin, Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), discusses the feminist approach to international law.

If you wish to see the whole interview with Christine Chinkin, click here.

Chinkin_ Feminism and end of Cold War

In an interview with Professor Jean Allain, Professor Christine Chinkin explains why feminist theories became prominent in the post-Cold War period marked by UN’s increased focus on women’s rights.

If you wish to see the whole interview with Christine Chinkin, click here.

Chinkin_ Feminism and Human Rights

In an interview with Professor Jean Allain, Professor Christine Chinkin explains the feminism as it relates to human rights, particularly the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

If you wish to see the whole interview with Christine Chinkin, click here.

Chinkin_ Interest in International Law

In an interview with Professor Jean Allain, Professor Christine Chinkin speaks about her interest in international law.

If you wish to see the whole interview with Christine Chinkin, click here.

Ambassador Ibrahim Badawi- How did he became president of ACHPR

In 2003 Professor Jean Allain had an interview with Ambassador Ibrahim Badawi, the then president of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) who spoke about his career and how he became president of the ACHPR.

Ambassador Ibrahim Badawi –His Fondest memory as a president of ACHPR

In an interview with Professor Jean Allain held in 2003, Ambassador Ibrahim Badawi, the then president of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) spoke about his fondest memory as a president of the ACHPR.

Ambassador Ibrahim Badawi –On the role of the ACHPR

In an interview with Professor Jean Allain held in 2003, Ambassador Ibrahim Badawi, the then president of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) explains the role of the ACHPR.

Professor David Weissbrodt

In an interview with Professor Jean Allain, Professor David Weissbrodt, Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota and founder of the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library, introduces himself and his affiliation.

In an interview with Professor Jean Allain, Professor David Weissbrodt, Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota and founder of the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library, speaks about his work within the UN.

In an interview with Professor Jean Allain, Professor David Weissbrodt, Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota and founder of the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library, explains the treaty based and charter based systems for human rights protection at the international level.

In an interview with Professor Jean Allain, Professor David Weissbrodt, Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota and founder of the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library, speaks about the role of the sub commission of the commission of human rights.

Disarmament

What role does international law play in issues of disarmament? Consider the following video clips of eminent persons in the field, discussing issues of weapons of mass destruction, and the international organizations which seek to limit their numbers and use.

Noble Peace Prize Laureate Joseph Rotblat introduces himself, the Pugwash Conference and discusses the winning of the Noble Prize. Professor Rotblat then considers international security in the pre- and post- nuclear age, during the Cold War, and after.

Professor Rotblat considers the role of international law as it relates to nuclear weapons and the relevance of the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on the Use or Threat of Use of Nuclear Weapons.

Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation

Peter Hulsroj, Legal Advisor to the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisations (CTBTO) speaks about his Organisation and his role as the legal advisor in an organisation dedicated to non-proliferation.

Mr. Hulsroj considers the role of an inter-governmental organization which has been established before its treaty has come into force; the obligations this creates on States which have signed (but not ratified) the treaty and the relationship between the CTBTO and its arms-length relationship with the United Nations.

The Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes

Adjudication -- International Courts

Judge Thomas Buergenthal of the International Court of Justice considers the International Court of Justice, its jurisdiction and the collegiality within the Court; the manner in which the judgements of the Court may be enforced. He also speaks about reservations to treaties and considers the doctine of stari decisis.

Adjudication -- Quasi-Judicial Bodies

Appellate Body -- WTO Dispute Settlement Panel

Professor Georges Abi-Saab, Member of the Appellate Body and former Chair, introduces himself, speaks of his time at the Graduate Institute of Graduate Studies, then considers dispute settlement within the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the relationship between the WTO and International law.

Inter-Governmental Organisations

The African Union

The Legal Counsel of the African Union, Mr. Ben Kioko sat down for an interview at the Headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in January 2004. He explained the main differences between the African Union and its predecessor the Organization of African Unity .

Mr. Kioko went on to speak about the different organs established under the African Union, including the Peace and Security Council, the Pan-African Parliament, the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights, the Court of Justice and finally the Economic and Social Council. Mr. Kioko concluded his interview by explaining the functions of his role as Legal Counsel and the work that his Office undertakes.

World Heatlh Organization

The Legal Counsel of the World Heatlh Organisation, Gian Luca Burci, considers the WHO and its relationship to international law. He considers the role of the WHO's Assembly with regard to law-creation, reservations, the move within the WHO to establish an Anti-tobacco treaty and how it emerged.

Mr. Burci concludes his interview by considering a typical week in his working life.

International Criminal Law

Judge Navanethem Pillay, President of the International Criminal for Rwanda Tribunal (1999 - 2003 ) and later Judge of the International Criminal Court introduced herself and explains why the Rwanda Tribunal was established. Judge Pillay speaks about the legacy which the ICTR will leave in respect to the evolution of international jurisprudence, and discusses the means by which the ICTR will finish its work. Judge Pillay (elected in 2003) speaks of the history of the ICC, its jurisdiction and her role as an Appellant Judge, and the process of being elected a judge of the ICC. Judge Pillay was then asked to consider what the largest challenge is to the success of the International Criminal Court.

Non-Governmental Organisations

The Indian Society of International Law

The President of the Indian Society of International Law, Ram Niwas Mirdha sat down in November 2004 to discuss his Society.

Beyond introducing the various functions of the Indian Society and his working day; Professor Mirdha considers the relevance of international law in the Indian context and a "Third World Approach to International Law" .

International Commission of Jurists

In this translated interview, the Deputy Secretary General (Legal Affairs) of the ICJ, Federico Andreu Guzman, discusses the work of the Commission, its history and function and the manner in which the International Commission is organised.

The Third World Approach to International Law (TWAIL)

Ram Niwas Mirdha, President of the Indian Society of International Law, considers the Third World Approach to International Law from an Indian perspective.

Professor Georges ABI-Saab Interview: Part 1

In an interview with Professor Jean Allain, Professor Georges ABI-Saab speaks about his career in international law and explain dispute settlement within the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the relationship between the WTO and international law.

Professor Georges ABI-Saab Interview: Part 2

In an interview with Professor Jean Allain, Professor Georges ABI-Saab explains dispute settlement within the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the relationship between the WTO and international law.

Site Visits

Population and Territory: Conditions of Statehood

Vatican City, established by the 1929 Lateran treaties, is the smallest State in the world consisting of 106 acres; there are only 200 citizens and it is represented by its government -- the 'Holy See' -- in international relations.

Despite its limited size (territory) and non-perpetuating citizenship (population) Vatican City has an effective government and is recognized by more than 150 States, making it a full-fledged member of the community of States.

Recognition: Condition of Statehood

The "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus"

In law, a State must fulfill two objective and two subjective criteria. It must have a population and territory. But beyond these, it must meet the subjective assessments of other States as to whether it has effective control over that population and territory by means of a government, and the ability to carry out international relations. This final criterium is manifested through other States 'recogning' a new State as becoming a member of the club of States.

The issue of ‘recognition' as an attribute of the State was at the heart of a visit to the so-called Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in November 2003. Although this entity has a population, territory and a government asserting effective control, no other State beyond Turkey recognizes this ‘State', which came into being as a result of an invasion by Turkish forces in 1974. As such, the vast majority of the international community does not recognize it as State.

Professor Jean Allain speaks about the attributes of the state on site at north of the divided city of Nicosia in the so called Turkish Republic of Cypress.

Apollonia

Professor Jean Allain was on site at Apollonia, which was the last slave fort by Europeans on the Gold Coast built by the British in 1765.

Axim

Professor Jean Allain was on site at Axim slave fort at the Gold Coast.

Fort Amsterdam

Professor Jean Allain was on site at Fort Amsterdam- Ghana.

Fort St James Slave Trade Warehouse

Professor Jean Allain visited Fort St James Slave Trade Warehouse.


St Louis Feeding Place for Slaves

Professor Jean Allain site visit at St Louis Feeding Place for Slaves

Patience

Professor Jean Allain_ site visit

Princess Town

Professor Jean Allain_ site visit

William

Professor Jean Allain_ site visit