The Political and Legal Role of NGOs

The Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights is organising a discussion event on the political and Legal Role of NGOs. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are active participants in public debates and key players of civic societies. They monitor legal and political developments in their fields, offer advice and expertise to ministries and other public actors, and campaign for the causes they represent. How do NGOs themselves see their role in society? What are the limits, if any, of their freedom of expression? What is the role of lawyers in NGOs?

Staff and students are cordially welcome!

When: Friday, 31 October 2018, 2-4 p.m.
Where: P545, Porthania building, University of Helsinki (Yliopistonkatu 3)

Programme:
14.15 Professor Jan Klabbers (University of Helsinki): Opening words
14.20 Dr Jennifer Beard (Melbourne Law School): The freedom of charities and NGOs to engage in political advocacy under Australian law
15.00 Panel discussion: The role of NGOs in political advocacy in national and European perspectives

Panelists:
Kaisa Korhonen, Legal Adviser, Amnesty International (tbc)
Pia Lindfors, Executive Director, Pakolaisneuvonta ry / The Finnish Refugee Advice Centre
Paul Tiensuu, researcher, University of Helsinki

Moderator: Emilia Korkea-aho (UEF / University of Helsinki)