Using the Law to Defend Human Rights in the HIV Epidemic: Courts in Action

Workshop at AIDS 2014 (Melbourne) on Monday 21 July, 14:30 - 17:30. Through interactive dialogue and practical, hands-on exercises, this workshop will familiarize judges, legal advocates, HIV and human rights activists and community leaders with a range of HIV-related human rights, including labour rights and how to implement them.

The workshop will engage participants through:

• Activities aimed at identifying and addressing different forms of stigma and discrimination in workplaces, healthcare and other settings;

• Sharing best practice examples of judgments that have applied the law to safeguard HIV-related human rights in different settings;

• Addressing structural and procedural barriers that impede access to justice for people living with or affected by HIV and members of key populations; and

• Defining the role of the courts and national human rights institutions in upholding the human rights of people living with or affected by HIV in regional/national legal systems.

SPEAKERS:

Defending the human rights of people living with or affected by HIV and key populations – Richard Elliott, Executive Director, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Addressing HIV-related human rights violations at work: regional and national court decisions – Anna Torriente, Senior Legal Officer, ILOAIDS, International Labour Organization

The evolution of South African case law on HIV and AIDS – Urmila Bhoola, former South African Labour Court Judge, currently Executive Director of International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia-Pacific Region and UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery

The role of National Human Rights Institutions in defending the rights of people living with HIV and other key populations: the experience of the Australian National Human Rights Commission – Tim Wilson, Australian National Human Rights Commission

Structural and procedural barriers in accessing justice for people living with or affected by HIV and other key populations – Priti Patel, Deputy Director and HIV Programme Manager, Southern Africa Litigation Centre