International Legal Assistance Consortium

Launch of the ILAC Guatemala Judicial Assessment Report

On 6 November, the International Legal Assistance Consortium will be launching its Guatemala Judicial Assessment report exploring the challenges in the country including the attacks on judges and lawyers. The report examines the situation facing the judiciary and public prosecution in Guatemala after ILAC experts completed a rule of law and justice sector assessment mission in October 2017.

DPG partner Sue Willman was one of 8 experts that comprised the 2017 mission and will be speaking at the launch event. She represented the Law Society of England and Wales on the mission and met with over 150 Guatemalan legal professionals, civil society actors and international officials in order to examine the justice system.

The report has come at a crucial time for the rule of law in the country. Since the end of the civil war in 1996, Guatemala has achieved the status of the fourth highest murder rate in the world – 4590 murders in 2016 with a conviction rate of less than 2%. Despite a wealth of natural resources, about half of its 15 million population are indigenous and living in extreme poverty.

Event Details

Tuesday 6 November, 17:30-21:00

Registration will start at 17:30 with a prompt start at 18:00, followed by a networking reception from 19:30.

Location: David Lloyd George Room, The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane

RSVP – There are limited spaces, so please register by emailing jemima.lovatt@lawsociety.org.uk

Speakers

  • Alfredo Ortega, Chevening Scholar at Oxford University and former Guatemalan Attorney for CEJIL
  • Sue Willman, Senior Partner at Deighton Pierce Glynn and Law Society Human Rights Committee member
  • Rhodri Williams, ILAC Senior Legal Expert
  • Sander Wilken, co-Director of the documentary “Burden of Peace” and Researcher at the University of Amsterdam

Tony Fisher, Senior Partner of Fisher Jones Greenwood and Chair of the Law Society’s Human Rights Committee will give the welcome remarks. Professor Sir Ross Cranston will chair the session.