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8 February, 2016

“Perspectives of a Scottish Human Rights Lawyer in Colombia – the transition from conflict to peace”

The Faculty of Advocates’ Human Rights and Rule of Law Committee are hosting a talk from Simon Crabb between 4.30pm and 5.30pm on 9th February 2016.

After completing his law degree at the University of Strathclyde, Simon studied international law and international relations, including conflict studies, at the University Complutense, Madrid. He returned to Scotland, undertaking his traineeship at the Crown Office, before working as a Procurator Fiscal Depute.

In 2012, Simon moved to Colombia as a field and advocacy officer for Peace Brigades International, Alliance for Lawyers at Risk. Since 2013 he has worked in Colombia as a legal advisor and project co-ordinator for Lawyers without Borders, Canada.

Simon’s work in Colombia has centred on human rights issues arising from that country’s transition from armed conflict to peace. In any such transition, how should human rights abuses be investigated, prosecuted, judged and sentenced?  To what extent can, and should, justice be compromised in the search for peace? Can there be a lasting peace without justice and without perpetrators of human rights abuses being held accountable for their actions?

Venue: Mackenzie Building, Old Assembly Close, High Street, Edinburgh
Time: 4.30 – 5.30 pm.
Registration (with tea and coffee) from 4pm.
Cost: Free

Following Simon’s talk there will be an opportunity to continue the discussion over wine.

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