Programme of the International colloquium on the 80th anniversary of the ILO Committee of Experts (Geneva, 24-25 November 2006)

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Friday, 24 November 2006

Morning session (9:00-13:00)

Welcome address: Mr. Juan Somavia, ILO Director-General

Opening remarks: Ms. Robyn Layton, QC, Chairperson of the ILO Committee of Experts

I. Monitoring state compliance with social and economic rights - The institutional framework

Chair: Ms. Angelika Nussberger

  • Monitoring the 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Mr. Eibe Riedel, Professor of Law, University of Mannheim; Vice-Chairperson of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • The UN special procedures on human rights. Mr. Doudou Diène, UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
  • The Inter-American system of human rights. Judge Thomas Buergenthal, International Court of Justice
  • The ILO system of regular supervision of the application of Conventions and Recommendations: A lasting paradigm. Mr. Kari Tapiola, Executive Director, Standards and Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Sector
  • The European Committee of Social Rights. Mr. Jean-Michel Belorgey, President, European Committee of Social Rights

Afternoon session (14:30-18:30)

II. Rethinking methods, evaluating impact - Issues and dilemmas

Chair: Mr. Michael Halton Cheadle

  • Promoting compliance now and then: Mobilizing shame or building partnership? Ms. Christine Chinkin, Professor of International Law, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Monitoring the application of social and economic rights: Reporting-based vs. complaint-based supervision. Mr. Giorgio Malinverni, Professor of Law, University of Geneva; Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • Duplication of work, overlapping standards and blurred commitment: Where are the limits? Mr. Emmanuel Decaux, Professor of International Law, University Panthéon-Assas (Paris II); Member of the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights

Panel discussion on the "Effectiveness of international supervision in the field of social and economic rights"


Ms. Brigitte Stern, Professor of International Law, University of Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I)

Ms. Tonia Novitz, Reader in Law, University of Bristol

Mr. Rodolfo Stavenhagen, Special Rapporteur on the Human Right and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous People

Moderator: Ms. Janice R. Bellace

Dinner, Restaurant Vieux-Bois (19:00-21:00)

Hosted by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (upon invitation)

Guest speaker: Ms. Ruth Dreifuss, former President of the Swiss Confederation

Saturday, 25 November 2006

Morning session (9:00-13:00)

III. International supervision at the time of institutional reform

Chair: Ms. Laura Cox, QC

  • A fresh start in human rights protection: The United Nations Human Rights Council,Ms. Maria Francisca Ize-Charrin, Director of Operations, Programmes and Research Division, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • UN human rights treaty bodies reform: What lies ahead. Mr. Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, Associate Professor of International Law, University of Athens; Member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • Strengthening the Council of Europe's system of human rights protection: Current developments. Ms. Jutta Limbach, Member of the Group of Wise persons for the strengthening of the system of human rights protection under the European Convention on Human Rights
  • The merger of the Court of Justice of the African Union and the Court on Human and Peoples' Rights Mr. Fatsah Ouguergouz, First Secretary, International Court of Justice

Afternoon session (14:30-18:30)

IV. Future approaches to international regulation and supervision

Chair: Ms. Blanca Ruth Esponda

  • Of corporate codes and voluntary compliance regimes: Is self-regulation an answer? Mr. Adrián Goldin, Professor of Law, Universidad de San Andres, Argentina
  • Devising indicators and benchmarks: Is it practicable, is it credible? Mr. Alain Supiot, Professor of Law, University of Nantes, France
  • Does law matter? The future of binding norms. Mr. Bob Hepple, Professor of Law, Clare College, University of Cambridge
  • Panel discussion on "The quest for new compliance tools: marrying the best of the old with the new"


Mr. Simon Deakin, Director of the Centre for Business Research and Professor of Law, University of Cambridge

Mr. Brian Langille, Professor of Law, University of Toronto

Ms. Virginia Leary, former Professor of International and Comparative Law, University of California

Moderator: Mr. Miguel Rodríguez Piñero y Bravo Ferrer

Closing remarks: Ms. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, Director, International Labour Standards Department