Global Governance Institute



Securing Justice for Victims of Torture: Interview with Carla Ferstman

Carla Ferstman is Director of REDRESS, a London-based human rights organisation that helps torture survivors obtain justice and reparation. She was called to the Bar in British Columbia, Canada in 1994 and practiced there as a criminal law barrister. Also prior to joining REDRESS, she worked with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in post-genocide Rwanda, with Amnesty International's International Secretariat as a legal researcher on trials in Central Africa and as Executive Legal Advisor to Bosnia and Herzegovina's Commission for Real Property Claims of Displaced Persons and Refugees (CRPC). She obtained an LL.B. from the University of British Columbia and an LL.M. from New York University and completed her DPhil at the University of Oxford. She has published and is a regular commentator on victims' rights, the International Criminal Court and the prohibition against torture.

Published: Dec 5, 2017 5:01:35 PM

Torture Prohibition and Prevention: Interview with John Wadham

John Wadham is Chair of the UK National Preventive Mechanism (NPM). He was formally Chief Legal Officer for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Deputy Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission and, most recently, the Director of the Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights (INTERIGHTS). Between 1995 and 2003 he was the Director of Liberty (the National Council for Civil Liberties). He also worked for several law centres in South London and in private practice. John Wadham is a solicitor with wide experience in the public and non-government sector. He also has considerable international expertise. Throughout his career, he has worked to protect the rights of detainees.

Published: Nov 22, 2017 1:28:22 PM

Torture Prohibition and Prevention: Interview with Isabelle Heyer

Isabelle Heyer has 15 years’ experience working in the field of human rights with international and national non-governmental organisations in Switzerland and Latin America. She has been working at the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) since 2011, first as Americas Programme Officer and, since 2016, as Thematic Advisor. Prior to joining the APT, she worked, in particular, for the International Commission of Jurists and the Colombian Commission of Jurists. Isabelle holds a Master’s degree in History from the University of Geneva and an LL.M in International Law of Human Rights and Criminal Justice from the University of Utrecht. 

Published: Nov 21, 2017 4:16:19 PM