International Conference in London 28-29 November 2015

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The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers and the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy & World Human Rights will be hosting the "Women Fighting Back: International and Legal Perspectives" conference at London South Bank University (103 Borough Road, London SE1 0AA) on 28-29 November 2015.

The aim of the conference is to bring a critical, left wing and intersectional perspective to the women's movement and to provide a forum for exchanging ideas and practical skills between lawyers, academics and activists to advance women’s campaigns and struggles.

The main themes of the conference will be:

  • Violence against women
  • The role of women in peace processes
  • Austerity
  • Women in work
  • Migrant women
  • Climate change

We are delighted to announce the participation of:

  • Rashida Manjoo (South Africa) - the immediate former (2009-2014) UN Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Professor in the Department of Public Law, Cape Town
  • Lilian Hofmeister (Austria) - CEDAW, Substitute Justice at the Austrian Constitutional Court>
  • Wafa Kafarna (Palestine) - Norwegian Refugee Council and Palestinian activist
  • Liz Davies (UK) - Housing Rights Lawyer, honorary Vice-President of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers and co-author of "&rsEnforcing Housing Rights: the case of Sheikh Jarrah: Report on the fact-finding mission to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories"for Avocats Sans FrontieÌres
  • Jeanne Mirer (USA), President of IADL, founding board member of the International Commission for Labour Rights
  • Frances Webber (UK) - vice-chair of the Institute of Race Relations' council of management and a former barrister who specialised in immigration, refugee and human rights law.



Saturday 28 November 2015

09:30-10:00 Registration/Coffee

10:00-10:30 Welcome Note:

  • Liz Davies (UK)
    Honorary Vice-Chair of the Haldane Society and Housing Rights Lawyer.

10:30-12:00 Panel Discussion: Migrant and Refugee Women

  • Dr Dorys Quintana Cruz (Cuba)
    Professor of International Law, University of Havana

12:00-12:15 Break

12:15-13:15 Workshop

13:15-14:00 Lunch

14:00-14:30 Keynote Session

  • Prof. Rashida Manjoo (South Africa)
    Former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women (2009-2015)

14:30-16:00 Panel Discussion: Violence against Women

  • Elizabeth Gordon (UK)

16:00-16:15 Campaign for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention Action on violence against women and domestic violence (ELDH)

16:15-16:30 Break

16:30-18:00 Panel Discussion: Women in conflict and peace

  • Barbara Spinelli (Italy)
    Member of the Italian Association of Democratic Lawyers and Expert on Femicide/ Feminicide.

Evening: Cabaret at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, 145 Fleet Street with Scary Little Girls 


Sunday 29 November 2015

09:30-10:00 Coffee

10:00-10:30 Angela Davis(USA)
Distinguished Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies Departments at the University of California. Founding member of critical resistance.

10:30-12:00 Panel Discussion: The State and Women's Bodies

12:00-12:15 Break

12:15-13:15 Workshop

13:15-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:00 Workshop

14:30-14:45 Break

14:45-16:15 Panel Discussion: Women in work

  • Jeanne Mirer (USA)
    President of IADL, founding board member of the International Commission for Labour Rights
  • Yasmine Bennamanii and Fessekh Amina (Algeria)

16:15-17:00 Closing Note

  • Jeanne Mirer (USA)
    President of IADL, founding board member of the International Commission for Labour Rights.

[1] N.B. This is a draft programme and may be changed.


Tickets will be available on the door and are on sale now at a discount price online.

There are different pricing levels for students, those on a low income, and those on high incomes.  Requests for complete exemption from paying for those on benefits can be made to

The tickets on sale are at a special early bird rate, until 1 November 2015.

Tickets with CPD accreditation will be available soon, at £80 for the weekend or £60 for a day.

Please let know if you require childcare by 07.11.2015

Please let know if you do not speak English, French or Spanish.

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