The Eli Lauterpacht Lecture 2020: 'Women and Children and the Transformation of International Law' - Dr Radhika Coomaraswamy
LCIL International Law Seminar Series
Lecture summary: The lecture attempts to look at some important concepts and landmarks in international law and analyse how they have been impacted by developments in the field of women and children's rights. The sources of international law, sovereignty, state responsibility, human rights and the status of non state actors have all been transformed by issues concerning women and children. These developments have created a more intrusive international law framework while highlighting universal global values. The lecture will also look at the some of the critiques of this new approach to international law while looking to the future to see how these issues will unfold. Welcome by Dr Ivan BerkowitzChaired by Professor Eyal BenvenistiRadhika Coomaraswamy received her BA from Yale University, her J.D. from Columbia University and her LLM from Harvard University. In Sri Lanka, she was Director of International Centre for Ethnic Studies from 1982 to 2005 and the Chairperson of the Sri Lankan Human Rights Commission from 2003 to 2006. Recently, from 2015-2018, she was a member of the Constitutional Council.Internationally, Radhika Coomaraswamy served as UN Under Secretary General and as Special Representative of the Secretary General on Children and Armed Conflict from 2006 until her retirement in 2012.Earlier, from 1994 to 2003, she was the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, an independent expert attached to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva.In 2014, the UN Secretary General asked Radhika Coomaraswamy to lead the Global Study to review the fifteen year implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.In 2017 she was appointed to the UN Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar and also appointed as a member of The Secretary General’s Board of Advisors on Mediation.She was been privileged to be asked to deliver the Grotius Lecture of the American Association of International Law in 2013 and has received numerous honorary degrees and honors.These lectures are kindly supported by Dr and Mrs Ivan Berkowitz who are Friends of the Centre.
Radhika Coomaraswamy - What do women, peace and security have in common?
Good Will Hunters
Welcome to Episode 70 of Good Will Hunters from the Development Policy Centre. Today’s guest is Radhika Coomaraswamy. Radhika is a Sri Lankan lawyer, diplomat and human rights advocate. She has held a range of appointments within the United Nations, including as Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict from 2006 to 2012, as lead author on a global study into Women, Peace and Security in 2014, and most recently as a Member in the United Nations Fact Finding Mission to Myanmar, following atrocities committed against the Rohinyga. Radhika was a keynote speaker at the recent Australasian Aid Conference hosted by the Development Policy Centre and The Asia Foundation on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, which we discuss in this episode. It was an incredibly powerful speech. You can listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6eQlF5MYUQ#t=26m20sRadhika and I talk about her experience growing up in Sri Lanka, including her reflections on having Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi as a family friend. We then talk about violence against women as a toxic expression of power, and how the continued use of gender based violence as part of conflict and war, has shaped the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. It’s a critical agenda, but Radhika argues that it is also one that needs reform. In her words, it needs to “get real”. Radhika has visited every war zone in recent history, and she reflects on her recent experiences in Myanmar, and her conversations with the Rohinyga. She also talks about the fears of the Buddhist population in Myanmar and attempts to decipher the social and cultural factors that enable a genocide. Ultimately, this episode gets to the heart of fear, oppression and intolerance and how it impacts on the safety and security of all people but especially women. Enjoy,The GWH Team
On 18 September 2018, the United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar released its full findings detailing evidence of Myanmar army’s crimes against humanity. Building on its report of 27 August, detailing the Tatmadaw, the Myanmar military’s involvement in crimes against humanity, the UN report has called for investigation into the crimes that could amount to genocide, and the removal of the military from political and civilian life, and said that democratic transition in Myanmar is at a standstill. The report calls for the investigation and prosecution of Myanmar's army chief, adding that “the Tatmadaw is the greatest impediment to Myanmar’s development as a modern democratic nation.”Ahead of the release of the 400-page report, our editor Aunohita Mojumdar spoke with Radhika Coomaraswamy, one of the three members of the fact-finding mission. Coomaraswamy spoke about the difficulty of investigating without access to the area, the challenges on the road to prosecution, and the disappointment over the spectacular failure of an inspiring movement for democracy.More on the podcast page: himalmag.com/himal-interviews-a…ed-entry-to-india/Go to www.himalmag.com for more on politics and culture in Southasia.----------------------------------------------------Intro and outro music derived from 'Ways of Rahjan' by Ask Again from Free Music Archive.
Radhika Coomaraswamy: The United Nations, Children, and Armed Conflict
The Kansas City Public Library welcomes Radhika Coomaraswamy of the United Nations for a presentation titled The United Nations, Children, and Armed Conflict on October 29, 2009, at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, MO.