Dr Kasey McCall-Smith, director of the LLM in Human Rights, delivered the keynote address at a workshop on The Principle of Subsidiarity in the Statute of the Arab Court of Human Rights in Beirut on 19 December 2016.
The event was hosted by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Lebanon and the Lebanese Center for International Studies. The workshop delivered training on procedural aspects of human rights adjudication to Lebanese lawyers. It was organised in anticipation of the eventual launch of a long-awaited Arab Court of Human Rights.
The Statute of the Arab Court of Human Rights was adopted by the League of Arab States in 2014 but has yet to receive the requisite number of ratifications to take effect. The Statute has suffered widespread criticism for its construction and the lack of transparency in its preparation. However, many lawyers in the Arab nations remain hopeful that the Court will eventually become a reality, which was the basis of the workshop.
Dr McCall-Smith's talk focused on two aspects of human rights litigation, deference and the exhaustion of domestic remedies, across the regional and international human rights courts, including the UN human rights treaty bodies. Dr Claire DuBois-Hamdi from the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights also spoke specifically about subsidiarity and procedural practice in Strasbourg.