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

9th February 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Free

A Scottish human rights lawyer working in Colombia is to give a talk on his experiences in an event organised by the Faculty’s Human Rights and Rule of Law Committee.

Simon Crabb has been in South America since 2012, and will provide an insight into Colombia’s transition from armed conflict to peace.

He will examine how human rights abuses should be investigated, prosecuted, judged and sentenced, and whether justice can or should be compromised in the search for peace.

“The recent publication of the agreement on victims between the national government and the guerrilla organisation, FARC-EP, represents a historic step for victims of the armed conflict in Colombia,” said Mr Crabb.

“Its successful implementation, in accordance with international law, presents both challenges and opportunities for Colombian society, the country´s institutions and the international community.

“I greatly look forward to analysing the current situation and what lies ahead for Colombia with members of the Scottish legal profession.”

Mr Crabb completed a law degree at the University of Strathclyde before studying international law and international relations, including conflict studies, at the Complutense University of Madrid.

On returning to Scotland, he undertook his traineeship at the Crown Office, and worked as a Procurator Fiscal Depute in the Highlands.

In 2012, he moved to Colombia as a field and advocacy officer for Peace Brigades International, Alliance for Lawyers at Risk. Since 2013, he has been a legal advisor and project co-ordinator in Colombia for Lawyers Without Borders, Canada. His work has centred on human rights, international humanitarian and international criminal law issues.

Registration (with tea and coffee) from 4pm.

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

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