Trust Women is committed to find real solutions to empower women and to fight slavery worldwide. The annual event brings together global corporations, lawyers, government representatives, and pioneers in the field of women’s rights and anti-slavery. The 2014 annual conference brought together 550 global leaders from 50 countries including Brazil, Australia, China, India, Kyrgyzstan and Switzerland. On the agenda this year: human trafficking and slavery; keeping girls in school, fostering women leaders and women under extremist rule.
Columbia Global Freedom of Expression was launched in 2014 by Columbia University President Bollinger to advance understanding of the international and national norms and institutions that best protect the free flow of information and expression in an inter-connected global community with major common challenges to address. To achieve its mission, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression undertakes and commissions research and policy projects, organizes events and conferences, and participates in and contributes to global debates on the protection of freedom of expression and information in the 21st century.
The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC) is the international human rights arm of the Bar of England and Wales. It is independent of the Bar Council, and dedicated to promoting justice and respect for human rights through the rule of law. BHRC’s work includes the protection of advocates, judges, human rights defenders and the marginalised and vulnerable. Its reach is far and expansive. BHRC believes that the existence of an effective legal profession and infrastructure is a crucial pre-condition for the protection of civil liberties, democracy and justice.
The Bar Human Rights Committee was started by a small group of barristers in 1991. The organisation was then founded by former Chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales, Anthony Scrivener QC. It was set up in 1992 to fill the vacuum of a Bar organisation dedicated to human rights. It was founded by the Bar Council but is autonomous of the Bar Council. Its structure was approved by Anthony Scrivener QC’s successor, Gareth Williams QC (the late Lord Williams of Mostyn). Its original core aims were to support judges, lawyers and others being persecuted or prevented from protecting the rule of law where it was under attack by governments. Since then, BHRC has expanded substantially both the scope of its activities and its membership.
The Criminal Bar Association exists to represent the views and interests of the practising members of the criminal bar in England and Wales. At this time of unparalleled challenge to our survival the Criminal Bar Association is providing the credible leadership necessary to ensure an independent, excellent and strong source of specialist criminal advocacy. We run educational events for our members and are concerned to ensure that vulnerable people are properly represented in court.
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