On 14-15 April 2019, Ben Keith was invited to attend and speak at the ‘International Conference on National, Regional and International Mechanisms to Combat Impunity and Ensure Accountability under International Law’ held in Doha by the Qatari National Human Rights Committee, in conjunction with the UN Office of the High Commission for Human Rights, European Parliament and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions.

Ben Keith along with Aidan Ellis at Temple Garden Chambers co- authored a presentation on the use of remedies in human rights law for the conference. During the conference Ben was part of a panel comprised of, Karen Smith, Special Advisor to the Secretary General, Ben Keith, Barrister and head of international team; Aidan Ellis, Barrister and Haydee Djikstal, Barrister. 

The 3 hour panel discussion examined issues of reparations in international law for human rights abuses. Including restitution, compensation, truth commissions, and domestic justice systems. 
The conclusions were that it was important to have a multi-disciplinary approach to reparations and to include the wishes of victims in helping to make reparations effective. The law was also important to enforce rights and make sure that reparations made a difference.
The Conference Closing Remarks and Conclusions can be accessed here and the session broadcast here

Ben Keith is a barrister specialising in Extradition, Immigration, Serious Fraud, Human Rights and Public law. He has extensive experience of appellate proceedings before the Administrative and Divisional Courts, as well as applications and appeals to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and United Nations. He has significant expertise in the challenge of INTERPOL Red Notices. He is ranked in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 in the top tiers. 

*The photographs from the event were taken by © Peter Kenny.