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Sunday, May 10
 

12:30 CEST

Registration
Sunday May 10, 2015 12:30 - 16:00 CEST
Registration Area Clarion Hotel Sign

16:00 CEST

Opening Plenary
After welcome addresses, an interactive discussion will take place to explore current trends affecting civic space and set the context for the Global Forum.

Facilitators
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Nilda Bullain

Vice President - Operations, ICNL
Ms. Nilda Bullain is Vice President - Operations for ICNL. Previously, Nilda was Executive Director of the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL), aiming to promote an enabling legal environment for civil society in Europe. Nilda has expertise in legal and fiscal areas concerning... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Petri Gornitzka

Charlotte Petri Gornitzka

Director-General, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Charlotte Petri Gornitzka took up the position as Director-General of Sida in February 2011, working on behalf of the Swedish Government to contribute to enabling poor people to improve their living conditions. Since then, important steps have been taken to focus the agency’s mission... Read More →
avatar for Douglas Rutzen

Douglas Rutzen

President and CEO, International Center For Not-For-Profit Law
Doug Rutzen is President and CEO of ICNL, where he has worked for the past 20 years. Doug is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown law school, and he serves on the Community of Democracies’ Working Group on Enabling and Protecting Civil Society. Under Doug’s leadership, ICNL... Read More →


Sunday May 10, 2015 16:00 - 17:30 CEST
Banquet Hall Clarion Sign Hotel

17:30 CEST

Networking Reception
Sunday May 10, 2015 17:30 - 18:30 CEST
Foyer Clarion Sign Hotel

18:30 CEST

Welcome Dinner
Sunday May 10, 2015 18:30 - 21:00 CEST
Banquet Hall Clarion Sign Hotel
 
Monday, May 11
 

09:00 CEST

High-Level Plenary: Global Support to Civil Society

Restrictions on civic space are multiplying – and the world is coming together to respond.  Global initiatives have emerged to counter the crackdown through development, diplomacy, and the adoption of international norms.  The Global Forum’s High-Level Plenary will showcase key multilateral initiatives, examining their effectiveness and potential to help turn the tide against shrinking civic space. The Plenary will begin with a keynote address by Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Director-General of Sida.

Resource Materials:

  1. Sida Website
  2. Website of the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  3. Community of Democracies Website
  4. Organization of American States (OAS) Website
  5. Remarks by President Obama at Civil Society Roundtable

Facilitators
avatar for David Moore

David Moore

Vice President of Legal Affairs, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
David Moore is VP of Legal Affairs with the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), where he has worked since 2001. On behalf of ICNL, Mr. Moore has conducted legal assessments of civil society laws and/or provided technical assistance on law reform projects in a diverse... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Petri Gornitzka

Charlotte Petri Gornitzka

Director-General, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Charlotte Petri Gornitzka took up the position as Director-General of Sida in February 2011, working on behalf of the Swedish Government to contribute to enabling poor people to improve their living conditions. Since then, important steps have been taken to focus the agency’s mission... Read More →
avatar for Maina Kiai

Maina Kiai

Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, United Nations
Mr. Maina Kiai is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. He took up his functions on May 1, 2011.A lawyer trained at Nairobi and Harvard Universities, Mr. Kiai has spent the last twenty years campaigning for human rights... Read More →
avatar for Maria Leissner

Maria Leissner

Secretary General, Community of Democracies
In April 2012, Maria Leissner was elected the first Secretary General of the Community of Democracies. In June 2014, she was re-elected for a second term. Previously, she served as Sweden's Ambassador at Large for Democracy and led the Community of Democracies Working Group on Governance... Read More →
avatar for Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria

Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria

Executive Secretary, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Emilio Álvarez Icaza has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), as well as a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences from the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO-Mexico). In 1999, he was elected Counselor of the Electoral... Read More →
avatar for Laura Abrahams Schulz

Laura Abrahams Schulz

Director for Global Engagement, National Security Council, The White House
Laura Abrahams Schulz is the Director of Global Engagement at the White House National Security Council. In this capacity, she coordinates global policy on promoting civil society and religious leader engagement. Ms. Schulz is on detail from the United States Agency for International... Read More →


Monday May 11, 2015 09:00 - 10:30 CEST
Banquet Hall Clarion Sign Hotel

10:30 CEST

Coffee Break
Monday May 11, 2015 10:30 - 11:00 CEST
Foyer and Hyllan

11:00 CEST

1A: Using International Instruments for Local Solutions
Limited Capacity seats available

The UN Human Rights Council has passed resolutions to promote civic space and the UN Special Rapporteurs have presented reports on key topics affecting civil society freedoms.  But what impact do these documents have on the ground?  This session examines how international instruments can be used effectively to defend and promote civic space in the local context.

Resource Materials:

  1. Defending Civil Society Report
  2. Defending Civil Society Toolkit

 


Facilitators
avatar for Ryota Jonen

Ryota Jonen

Senior Manager, World Movement for Democracy
Ryota Jonen oversees the World Movement for Democracy’s efforts to facilitate exchanges of best practices and information among democracy and human rights activists and practitioners globally. Since 2008, he has managed the World Movement’s Defending Civil Society project, addressing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ligia Bolivar

Ligia Bolivar

Director, Human Rights Center, Andres Bello Catholic University
Ms. Bolivar is a professor of Sociology and Human Rights at Venezuela's Andres Bello Catholic University, where she currently serves as Director of the Human Rights Center. She is also the founder of the Venezuelan Program on Education and Action on Human Rights (PROVEA). Previously... Read More →
avatar for Federica Donati

Federica Donati

Coordinator, Equality, Non-Discrimination and Participation Unit, Special Procedures Branch, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Federica Donati has been a human rights officer at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for the past ten years. In this role, she has worked on the Asia-Pacific team and supported special procedures mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council. Currently she coordinates... Read More →
avatar for John Foley

John Foley

Advocacy and Research Manager, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project
John Foley is the Advocacy and Research Manager for the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, and coordinates the organization’s national, regional, and international advocacy activities, including at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, and at the... Read More →
avatar for Fawzi A. Guleid

Fawzi A. Guleid

Founder, Civic Space Institute
Fawzi Guleid is a democracy and governance specialist with 25 years’ experience in community organizing, advocacy, coalition building, and capacity building of civil society organizations in post conflict and transitional countries.  He conducts eight-week online knowledge-building... Read More →


Monday May 11, 2015 11:00 - 12:30 CEST
Room B1

11:00 CEST

1B: Rights for All: How Restrictions on Civic Space Affect Marginalized Groups
Limited Capacity seats available

The rights to peaceful assembly and association are guaranteed to everyone without distinction. Yet governments often deny these rights to marginalized groups, including persons with disabilities, LGBTI people, ethnic minorities, and indigenous peoples. This session will explore how legislation and practices discriminate against such groups and highlight successful efforts to overcome these challenges. Participants will also help develop a rapid assessment tool to help the international community and in-country experts identify discriminatory legislation.

Resource Materials:

  1. UNSR Report: Threats Against Groups Most at Risk
  2. Advocating for Uganda's LGBT -- risk and resilience | Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera | TEDxLiberdade
  3. Nothing about us without us | Mara Gabrilli | TEDxLiberdade

 


Facilitators
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Birgitta Weibahr

Policy Specialist, Human Rights and Democracy, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Birgitta Weibahr has worked with Human Rights and Democratic Governance issues for Sida since 2001. Her main focus in her present position is on non-discrimination, the Human Rights Based Approach and the justice sector. Before joining Sida, she worked for the Red Cross on humanitarian... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Juan Auz

Juan Auz

Legal Advisor and Project Coordinator, Terra Mater
Mr. Auz is an Ecuadorian attorney with expertise in human rights and environmental issues. A political and legal advisor for indigenous organizations, he is the co-founder of Terra Mater. Previously, he was the Executive Director of Fundación Pachamama, an NGO that has defended the... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Forster

Hannah Forster

Executive Director, African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS)
Hannah Forster is a human rights and gender activist with over 25 years working with civil society, especially with women and other marginalized groups, at the national, regional and International levels. She has vast expertise in coalition building and specializes in human rights... Read More →
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Czeslaw Walek

Director, Open Society p.b.o,
Czeslaw Walek has worked in the area of human rights protection since 2000 when he graduated from the Human Rights stream of Central European University. He has worked both in the governmental sector - for example, as the Czech Deputy Minister for Human Rights he was responsible for... Read More →
avatar for Aubrey Webson

Aubrey Webson

Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations
Dr. Aubrey Webson is the Ambassador to the United Nations for the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda. Formerly Dr. Webson was an Institutional Development Consultant for the Perkins School for the Blind since 1992, specializing in management and leadership training and policy formulation... Read More →


Monday May 11, 2015 11:00 - 12:30 CEST
Room C2 Clarion Sign Hotel

11:00 CEST

1C: Defending Speech: International Legal Protections for Freedom of Expression
Limited Capacity seats available

Around the world, journalists and civil society activists are finding their right to freedom of expression threatened.  They face fines, imprisonment – or worse. This session will introduce participants to the basic protections for freedom of expression according to international law.  By the end of the session, participants will be able to engage on freedom of expression issues at a basic level, and review and comment on relevant legal provisions.

Resource Materials:

The Right to Freedom of Expression: Restrictions on a Foundational Right 

Speakers
avatar for Kristen McGeeney

Kristen McGeeney

Senior Legal Advisor - Middle East / North Africa, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Kristen McGeeney is a Senior Legal Advisor at the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law (ICNL).  She leads and implements law reform programs that seek to improve proposed draft laws; to improve implementation of laws; and to support advocacy against restrictive laws, regulations... Read More →

Resource People
avatar for Agnes Callamard

Agnes Callamard

Director, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression
Dr. Agnes Callamard is the Director of Global Freedom of Expression & Information @Columbia, an initiative seeking to advance global understanding and global progressive norms on freedom of expression and information. She also works as a Special Adviser to the President of Columbia... Read More →
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Zach Lampell

Legal Advisor, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Zach Lampell is a Legal Advisor focusing on the freedom of expression at the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law (ICNL). He implements and provides technical legal assistance to civil society organizations and governments around the world seeking to improve laws governing... Read More →

Monday May 11, 2015 11:00 - 12:30 CEST
Room C1 Clarion Sign Hotel

11:00 CEST

1D: Domestic Fundraising: What and How to Regulate?
Limited Capacity seats available

Domestic fundraising is critical for the sustainability of CSOs. But should a CSO need a permit to fundraise? And does there need to be a law to regulate donations via text messaging or crowdfunding?  Participants in this session will explore the legal issues, barriers, and good practices affecting the regulation of fundraising from local sources.

Recommended Resource Materials:

  1. Minding the Pennies: Global Trends in the Regulation of Charitable Fundraising
  2. Excerpt from the Comparative Research on the Regulatory Framework of Fundraising, Draft April 2015


Additional Background Materials: 

  1. European Fundraising Association: Fundraising in Europe
  2. European Center for Not-for-Profit Law: Study on Recent Public and Self-regulatory Initiatives Improving Transparency and Accountability of Non-profit Organizations in the European Union
  3. One World Trust: Civil Society Self-Regulation - The Global Picture
  4. CIVICUS: Accountability for Civil Society by Civil Society: A Guide to Self-Regulation Initiatives

Facilitators
avatar for Eszter Hartay

Eszter Hartay

Legal Advisor, European Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Eszter Hartay is a Hungarian lawyer working as a Legal Advisor for the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL) since 2010. She works on NGO policy and legal reform and specializes in issues related to CSO legal framework, public benefit status, fundraising regulations, state... Read More →

Resource People
avatar for Katarzyna Batko-Tołuć

Katarzyna Batko-Tołuć

Program Director, Citizens Network Watchdog Poland
Ms. Batko-Tołuć is proud to be one of the developers of a grassroots social movement aiming at transparency of governments and accountability of decision-makers that led to major change in Poland.  In her work, she focuses on preparing on-line and off-line tools to get people... Read More →
avatar for Oonagh B. Breen

Oonagh B. Breen

Senior Lecturer in Law, Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin
Oonagh Breen is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin, Ireland where she teaches NGO Law, Governance and Social Change. She obtained her doctorate in law (JSD) in comparative nonprofit regulation from Yale Law School in 2006. Oonagh’s... Read More →
avatar for Claudia Guadamuz

Claudia Guadamuz

Legal Advisor - Latin America, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Claudia Guadamuz is a Legal Advisor for Latin America program at ICNL. She has over ten years of experience working in public policy with a focus in the areas of democratic governance and civil society strengthening.  From 2000 to 2005 she worked as Chief of Cabinet with the National... Read More →
avatar for Usha Menon

Usha Menon

Executive Chairman, Usha Menon Management Consultancy
Usha Menon works exclusively with the non-profit and social purpose sectors across Asia. Specialising in leadership, management, fundraising and philanthropy her consultancy helps to transform the performance of ‘for-impact’ organizations.Usha is a keen observer, celebrated speaker... Read More →
avatar for Isabel Roberta De Peñalosa

Isabel Roberta De Peñalosa

Director of Institutional Relations and Advising, Spanish Association of Foundations
Since 2003 Isabel has been legal counsel for the Spanish Association of Foundations. Her main responsibilities include advising Spanish foundations on their legal and fiscal obligations and other self-regulatory tools. She is also responsible for maintaining dialogue with regulators... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Ullman

Rebecca Ullman

Legal Advisor and Program Manager - Eurasia, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Rebecca Ullman is ICNL’s legal advisor for Eurasia. She works with stakeholders in Eurasia to monitor the implementation of restrictive legislation aimed at the LGBT community and so-called “foreign agents” and coordinate advocacy efforts against such draft legislation. Ms... Read More →

Monday May 11, 2015 11:00 - 12:30 CEST
Room B2

11:00 CEST

1E: “I am not a foreign agent!”
Limited Capacity seats available

Government arguments supporting restrictions on foreign funding for civil society are often presented in rhetorically appealing terms – national security, counter-terrorism, state sovereignty. By stigmatizing CSOs, governments have proven adept at undermining CSOs’ legitimacy. What compelling arguments can CSOs and donors use to counter these narratives and generate public support for pluralistic funding? Participants in this session will work together to develop communications plans that address government justifications. 

Facilitators
avatar for David Moore

David Moore

Vice President of Legal Affairs, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
David Moore is VP of Legal Affairs with the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), where he has worked since 2001. On behalf of ICNL, Mr. Moore has conducted legal assessments of civil society laws and/or provided technical assistance on law reform projects in a diverse... Read More →

Resource People
avatar for Nimalka Fernando

Nimalka Fernando

President, International Movement Against all Forms of Discrimination
Nimalka Fernando is an attorney-at-law with over 30 years of  engagement in the field of human rights and feminist activism in Sri Lanka as well as globally. She  received the Citizen’s Peace Award in 2012 from the National Peace Council (Sri Lanka) and was also a member of the... Read More →
avatar for Feliciano Reyna Ganteaume

Feliciano Reyna Ganteaume

President, Civilis Human Rights
Feliciano founded Acción Solidaria in 1995 after the death of his partner, and has acted as its Executive President since that date.As a founding member and advisor to the Venezuelan Business Council on HIV/AIDS, and a founding member and advisor to the Council of Universities on... Read More →
avatar for Debebe Hailegebriel

Debebe Hailegebriel

Legal Consultant, Debebe Law Office
Debebe is a graduate from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) in Human Rights and Democracy and worked as a Federal High Court Judge and Director of Action Professionals Association for the People (APAP), a national human rights CSO. Since 2007, he has been working as legal... Read More →

Monday May 11, 2015 11:00 - 12:30 CEST
Room B3

11:00 CEST

1F: Consultation: Shaping Civic Space through the Open Government Partnership
Limited Capacity seats available

Sixty-five countries have joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP), signaling their commitment to more open, accountable, and responsive governance. The OGP provides a significant, but often underutilized, opportunity to promote an enabling environment for civil society at both the global and national levels. This session will explore how civil society can engage with and enhance the OGP to strengthen civic space around the world.

Resource Materials:

  1. OGP 4 year strategy (please review the Executive Summary)
  2. Analysis of OGP commitments and databases with all existing commitments
  3. Open Gov Guide (especially citizen engagement chapter)
  4. OGP Response Policy (Upholding Values and Principles of OGP)
  5. OGP website
Session Materials
  1. Session Presentation
  2. Current OGP Commitments
  3. OGP Consultation During Implementation Guidance Note

Facilitators
avatar for Suneeta Kaimal

Suneeta Kaimal

Chief Operating Officer, Natural Resource Governance Institute
Suneeta is a Steering Committee member and former civil society chair of the Open Government Partnership, an initiative of nearly 70 countries in which governments and civil society work together to advance transparency, accountability and citizen participation.She is currently c... Read More →
avatar for Paul Maassen

Paul Maassen

Chief, Country Support, Open Government Partnership
Paul Maassen started working with the Open Government Partnership in June 2012. He is currently the Chief, Country Support (CCS). The  CCS leads on the implementation of the strategy for OGPs engagement with and strategic support of all OGP stakeholders at the national and local... Read More →

Monday May 11, 2015 11:00 - 12:30 CEST
Room C3 Clarion Sign Hotel

12:30 CEST

Lunch
Monday May 11, 2015 12:30 - 14:00 CEST
Atrium

14:00 CEST

2A: Cybersecurity for Civil Society
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you know how to diminish the risk of your emails being intercepted, your accounts being hacked, or your computer catching a virus? During this session, participants will be led through a “personal cybersecurity audit” to learn about the major threats to cybersecurity and how to mitigate them. The training will be interactive and hands-on.  Participants should bring their laptops and be prepared to practice the techniques presented during the session.


Speakers
avatar for Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Independent Cybersecurity Consultant
Johnson has 25 years’ experience implementing donor-supported projects to strengthen civil rights in developing countries. He was born in Africa and educated in Russia; his passport is American; his kids were born in France; and he lives in China. He has taught digital security... Read More →


Monday May 11, 2015 14:00 - 16:00 CEST
Room C1 Clarion Sign Hotel
  Breakout Session
  • More Information Cybersecurity experts informally classify civil society activists into the following categories of cybersecurity awareness: 1) Clueless about cybersecurity—unaware that most of their data are unprotected most of the time, still using an unsafe mail server, no password on either computer or phone, helpless against the simplest attack; 2) A little aware—using Gmail and Skype because they heard they’re safer, using a regularly-self-updating antivirus, maybe heard about encryption but not sure how to use it (and afraid to do something wrong), password on the phone/computer but no auto-timeout set; 3) A lot aware—fully updated/patched software, encrypted hard drive, using unique passwords for each service; 4) A pro—not using a mobile for e-mail, even backup is encrypted, can circumvent any filter; and 5) A nutjob—doesn’t have a mobile phone or use credit cards, runs own mail server, won’t communicate except through open-source encryption tools, uses a pseudonym The objective of the session will be to ensure that all participants leave the session being “a lot aware,” with the knowledge of what it takes to be prepared for all but the best-resourced adversaries.
  • Tags Fundamental Freedoms: Defending Civil Society Space, The Freedom to Communicate and Connect

14:00 CEST

2B: Beyond 3 Minutes and a Mic: Promoting Meaningful Participation
Limited Capacity seats available

CSOs have important contributions to make to public policy development.  Too often, however, opportunities for input are pro forma and do not result in meaningful CSO participation. In this session, speakers from around the world will share innovative tools to ensure that citizen voices are heard loud and clear, from online consultations in Poland to cross-sector drafting groups in Iraq.

Resource Materials:

  1. Manual on Public Participation in the Law Making Process
  2. Comparative Overview of European Standards and Practices in Regulating Public Participation
  3. Criteria and Procedures for Selection of Civil Society Organizations in Cross-Sector Bodies
  4. Models for Cooperation and Participation on a Local Level: A Comparative Overview
  5. E-democracy and building the Open Parliament | Cristiano Ferri | TEDxLiberdade

Facilitators
avatar for Eszter Markus

Eszter Markus

Managing Director, European Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Eszter Markus, Managing Director of ECNL, is a public policy and civil society expert. Since 2001 she has been engaged in projects dealing with the legislation of CSOs and building coalitions and networks among nonprofit lawyers and CSOs in Hungary. She was founder and director of... Read More →

Resource People
avatar for Katarzyna Batko-Tołuć

Katarzyna Batko-Tołuć

Program Director, Citizens Network Watchdog Poland
Ms. Batko-Tołuć is proud to be one of the developers of a grassroots social movement aiming at transparency of governments and accountability of decision-makers that led to major change in Poland.  In her work, she focuses on preparing on-line and off-line tools to get people... Read More →
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CIVICUS

Head of GVA office, CIVICUS
Susan Wilding is the Project Manager for the Civic Space Initiative (CSI) at CIVICUS. The CSI aims to promote and expand civic space by fostering an enabling legal environment for civil society organisations. The CSI focuses on civil society legal initiatives at the global, regional... Read More →
avatar for Denisse Miranda

Denisse Miranda

Legal Advisor, Federation of Non-Governmental Organizations for Development of Honduras (FOPRIDEH)
Denisse Miranda is a governance, human rights and culture of peace specialist. She is currently the Governability and Transparency Coordinator of FOPRIDEH, a national federation of Honduras NGOs that promotes an enabling environment for civil society. Denisse has assessed the civil... Read More →
avatar for Alari Rammo

Alari Rammo

Head of Policy, Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations
Alari Rammo has worked on communications management and policymaking with the Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations (NENO) since 2004. His work at NENO currently focuses mainly on advocacy. He has a degree in journalism, and has held positions at several newspapers and radio... Read More →
avatar for Dana Sofi

Dana Sofi

Chairman, Reform Institute for Development
Dana Sofi is the Chairman of the Reform Institute for Development, a think tank in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region that focuses on institutional reforms to increase participation in the policy-making process.  From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Sofi was a Member of the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament... Read More →
avatar for Miguel de la Vega

Miguel de la Vega

NGO Consultant, Sustenta Ciudadanía
Miguel is a consultant for non-profits based in Mexico City. He has broad experience in institutional development, networking and public policy advocacy. In his daily activities, he combines consultancy services for organizations around the country, with research projects aimed at... Read More →

Monday May 11, 2015 14:00 - 16:00 CEST
Room B2

14:00 CEST

2C: Social Media with Results: New Frontiers in Online Campaigns
Limited Capacity seats available

Can we change the world through online activism? Critics have blasted social media users as “slacktivists,” questioning the real-world impact of a hashtag or a “like.” Join this session for a discussion of the fast-evolving world of social media to discover how, with the right strategies and tools, online campaigns can achieve tangible results. Participants will be led through a learning exercise to develop their own online campaigns that go beyond mere awareness raising in order to drive real impact.

Session Materials:

  1. Campaign Strategy Grid
  2. Online Campaigning Worksheet

 


Speakers
avatar for Uygar Özesmi

Uygar Özesmi

Director, Eastern Europe and West Asia, Change.org
Dr. Uygar Özesmi is currently Eastern Europe and West Asia Director of Change.org and Board Member of CIVICUS - Global Alliance for Citizen Participation. As a social entrepreneur, he is known for having created the first crowdsourcing site of Turkey, kusbank.org, and is the fou... Read More →


Monday May 11, 2015 14:00 - 16:00 CEST
Room C3 Clarion Sign Hotel

14:00 CEST

2D: Raising Funds Locally for Civic Space Advocacy
Limited Capacity seats available

How can a CSO’s advocacy work support its fundraising efforts, especially when it is working to promote civic space? This interactive session will provide examples and insights into simple yet effective ways to identify, recruit and nurture donors from your pool of advocates and activists. Participants will discuss their goals and major challenges in local resource mobilization and both learn and share strategies to overcome them.

Session Materials:

  1. Case Scenario – Raising Funds Locally for Civic Space Advocacy
  2. Usha Menon's Presentation

Speakers
avatar for Usha Menon

Usha Menon

Executive Chairman, Usha Menon Management Consultancy
Usha Menon works exclusively with the non-profit and social purpose sectors across Asia. Specialising in leadership, management, fundraising and philanthropy her consultancy helps to transform the performance of ‘for-impact’ organizations.Usha is a keen observer, celebrated speaker... Read More →

Resource People
avatar for Feliciano Reyna Ganteaume

Feliciano Reyna Ganteaume

President, Civilis Human Rights
Feliciano founded Acción Solidaria in 1995 after the death of his partner, and has acted as its Executive President since that date.As a founding member and advisor to the Venezuelan Business Council on HIV/AIDS, and a founding member and advisor to the Council of Universities on... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Ibrahim

Barbara Ibrahim

John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy, American University in Cairo, Director
Barbara Lethem Ibrahim is founding director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement (2006-2014) at the American University in Cairo (AUC) and is currently also Advisor to the President of AUC. She holds an M.A. from American University of Beirut and a Ph.D... Read More →
avatar for Luben Panov

Luben Panov

Luben Panov is Director of the Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law (BCNL) and has been part of the organization since its founding in 2001. In 2015, he was elected Chairperson of the Public Council with the Committee on Interaction with Civil Society and Citizen Complaints with... Read More →

Monday May 11, 2015 14:00 - 16:00 CEST
Room C2 Clarion Sign Hotel

14:00 CEST

2E: In the Shadow of Counter-Terrorism: Debunking Government Restrictions on CSOs
Limited Capacity seats available

Governments around the world often impose restrictions on CSOs that are justified as preventing terrorism and terrorist financing. Whether introduced as stand-alone laws or disguised in various administrative provisions, such restrictions curtail the ability of CSOs to conduct activities or raise funds.  Participants in this session will learn about the global recommendations for counter-terrorism measures, as well as CSO responses from around the world, thereby increasing their abilities to counter unjustified restrictions.

Resource Materials:

  1. FATF Platform: Civil Society Concerns
  2. FATF Platform: Impact on Civil Society
  3. FATF Platform: Recommendation 8
  4. FATF Platform: FATF Architecture
  5. FATF Engagement
  6. Global Counter-Terrorism Architecture
  7. ‘Counterterrorism’ used to crackdown on civil society | Ben Hayes | TEDxLiberdade
  8. Illustrative List of Overregulation of NGOs

Facilitators
avatar for Vanja Škorić

Vanja Škorić

Senior Legal Advisor, European Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Vanja Škorić is the Senior Legal Advisor at the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL). In this position, she helps develop policies affecting the sustainability of CSOs and public participation. She has developed comparative analyses on the legal and institutional frameworks... Read More →

Resource People
avatar for Lia van Broekhoven

Lia van Broekhoven

Executive Director, Human Security Collective
Lia van Broekhoven is the Executive Director of Human Security Collective (HSC), based in the Hague. HSC is a foundation that specializes in development, conflict transformation and security. HSC connects local human security with global security, and engages civil society with security... Read More →
avatar for Kay Guinane

Kay Guinane

Director, Charity & Security Network
Kay Guinane is a public interest attorney who specializes in the rights of nonprofit organizations, particularly in the areas of free speech, association and national security. As Director of the Charity & Security Network she leads efforts to make national security rules impacting... Read More →
avatar for Eszter Hartay

Eszter Hartay

Legal Advisor, European Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Eszter Hartay is a Hungarian lawyer working as a Legal Advisor for the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL) since 2010. She works on NGO policy and legal reform and specializes in issues related to CSO legal framework, public benefit status, fundraising regulations, state... Read More →
avatar for Hanna Surmatz

Hanna Surmatz

Legal Counsel, European Foundation Centre
Since May 2004, Hanna Surmatz has been Legal Counsel for foundation law at the European Foundation Centre AISBL (EFC) in Brussels. Her main responsibilities include monitoring and mapping/analysis of relevant national and European developments that affect foundations’ operating... Read More →

Monday May 11, 2015 14:00 - 16:00 CEST
Room B3

14:00 CEST

2F: The Multi-Stakeholder Approach: A Model for Promoting Civic Space?
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2015, “multi-stakeholder” has replaced “participatory” and “cross-sector” initiatives as the term du jour.  Could “multi-stakeholder” approaches really shape civic space in a more robust way than a “traditional” cooperation process?  What are the necessary ingredients for a successful multi-stakeholder initiative?

Resource Materials:

  1. Baobab Knowledge Hub: Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives 
  2. Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives – Theories, Concepts and Typologies

Speakers
avatar for Kees Biekart

Kees Biekart

Associate Professor, Institute for Social Studies
Kees Biekart is Associate Professor of Political Sociology at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. His area of expertise is in NGOs, social movements, civil society, and foreign aid, in particular in relation to Latin America. He also... Read More →


Monday May 11, 2015 14:00 - 16:00 CEST
Room B1

16:00 CEST

Coffee Break
Monday May 11, 2015 16:00 - 16:30 CEST
Foyer and Hyllan

16:30 CEST

Civil Society Law Agora

The Agora (Greek: Άγορά, Agorá) was an open "place of assembly" in ancient Greek city-states, which served a variety of community functions; individuals could assemble, listen and discuss. At the Civil Society Law Agora, participants will have an opportunity to organize their own discussions on topics of interest.

If you would like to organize a discussion during the Agora, please either send a brief title and description to the Global Forum team in advance at GlobalForum2015@icnl.org or sign up at the registration desk during the Forum.


Currently proposed Agora discussions include:


1. How Can Academics Work with Activists, Legislators and Others on Civil Society Law and Policy Reform?

Proposed by: Mark Sidel, Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School

A growing numbers of academics around the world are working on civil society law and policy. How can they contribute to reforms through research, advocacy, convening, coalition building, interface with government, legislators and judges, teaching, and in other ways?  And how can activists, legislators, government officials and others work with them? We'll discuss examples and methods that participants bring up, and new ideas for engagement between committed academics and others on reform efforts.

 

2. Stand with Civil Society: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Proposed by: Laura Abrahams Schulz, Director for Global Engagement, National Security Council, The White House

In September 2013, President Obama launched Stand with Civil Society, a global call to action to support, defend, and sustain civil society amid a rising tide of restrictions on its operations globally.  Stand with Civil Society is focused on: (1) promoting laws, policies, and practices that foster a supportive environment for civil society in accordance with international norms; (2) coordinating multilateral, diplomatic pressure to push back against undue restrictions on civil society; and (3) identifying innovative ways of providing technical, financial, and logistical support to promote a transparent and vibrant civil society.  This session will seek participant feedback on ways to continue to build and sustain Stand with Civil Society.  More information on Stand with Civil Society can be found at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/23/fact-sheet-us-support-civil-society.


3. Civic Pulse

Proposed by: Susan Wilding, Civic Space Initiative Project Manager, CIVICUS

At this Agora discussion, CIVICUS will introduce interested participants to the Civic Pulse, a barometer designed to track and enhance our understanding of the key trends in civil society by presenting at-a-glance data for further investigation with deeper and more nuanced tools at the regional or country level. The Civic Pulse is a regular panel survey of a cross-section of civil society leaders from around the world that will provide their views on conditions for civil society in their country.

 

4. Civic Space Monitor

Proposed by: Ine van Severen, Research and Policy Officer, CIVICUS

Having recognised both the need for a continuous monitoring tool as well as one that focuses specifically on civic space, CIVICUS has developed the Civic Space Monitor (CSM). The CSM is a tool for tracking the expansion and closure of civic space and for providing alerts and early warning notifications when worrying signals are observed. It will be a continuous, web-based tracking and rating system that we hope will be used by civil society, journalists, government officials, development workers and members of the public. Join this Agora discussion to learn more about the CSM and provide input on the tool.


Monday May 11, 2015 16:30 - 17:30 CEST
Banquet Hall Clarion Sign Hotel
 
Tuesday, May 12
 

09:00 CEST

3A: Beyond the Usual Suspects
Limited Capacity seats available

NGO coalitions, government officials, lawmakers – civic space advocacy usually centers on these groups.  But how can CSOs move beyond the “usual suspects” to increase the effectiveness of their advocacy efforts?  Faith-based organizations, musicians and artists can effectively reach and mobilize the public and we have much to learn from them. This session will help participants think creatively about how to engage unusual allies in promoting civil society space.

Resource Materials:

  1. Defending Civil Society Report
  2. Defending Civil Society Toolkit
  3. Experience Maidan – Citizens assembling for their country | Ruslana | TEDxLiberdade

Facilitators
avatar for Ryota Jonen

Ryota Jonen

Senior Manager, World Movement for Democracy
Ryota Jonen oversees the World Movement for Democracy’s efforts to facilitate exchanges of best practices and information among democracy and human rights activists and practitioners globally. Since 2008, he has managed the World Movement’s Defending Civil Society project, addressing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dan Aceda

Dan Aceda

Founder and CEO, Tama Media Group
Dan Aceda is a Kenyan Singer Songwriter known for his penchant for sweet melody and unique storytelling. He has produced three studio albums and has played at concerts all over the world including in the US and Europe, East Africa, Malawi and more. He is the Founder and CEO of The... Read More →
avatar for Julia Duchrow

Julia Duchrow

Head of Human Rights and Peace Unit, Bread for the World
Julia Duchrow studied law in Saarbrücken, Geneva and Cologne, where she received her law degree in 1996. In 1998 she completed her doctorate with a thesis on international protection of minority rights. In 2000 she completed the practical part of her legal education at, among others... Read More →


Tuesday May 12, 2015 09:00 - 10:30 CEST
Room C2 Clarion Sign Hotel

09:00 CEST

3B: Online Protests: Protected or Prosecuted?
Limited Capacity seats available

In the digital age, protests are no longer limited to gatherings in physical spaces but now often take place online, presenting new challenges and opportunities.  Many countries outlaw various forms of virtual protest as akin to cybercrime without considering the impact of restrictions on freedom of expression.  What do we mean when we say that people should be able to protest online? What protection should be given to online protest?


Speakers
avatar for Barbora Bukovská

Barbora Bukovská

Senior Director for Law & Policy, ARTICLE 19
Barbora Bukovská has been ARTICLE 19’s Senior Director for Law and Policy since 2009. She leads on the development of all ARTICLE 19 policies and provides legal oversight and support to legal work across the organization. Barbora has an extensive experience working with various... Read More →

Resource People
avatar for Charlotte Gill

Charlotte Gill

Campaigner, ARTICLE 19
Charlotte is based in ARTICLE 19’s international office in London and campaigns globally on issues related to free expression, access to information, and civic space. Charlotte is on the Executive Committee of the Don’t Spy on Us campaign in the UK, which is campaigning for legislative... Read More →
avatar for Quinn McKew

Quinn McKew

Deputy Executive Director, ARTICLE 19
Quinn McKew is the Deputy Executive Director of ARTICLE 19, an international freedom of expression and information NGO. Quinn leads ARTICLE 19's global programs on ICTs, protection of human rights defenders, and the campaign to incorporate transparency and good governance in the... Read More →

Tuesday May 12, 2015 09:00 - 10:30 CEST
Room C1 Clarion Sign Hotel

09:00 CEST

3C: Civil Society Freedoms and the Post-2015 Agenda
Limited Capacity seats available

The Post-2015 development agenda could have far-reaching impact on the recognition, protection and funding of civil society. Civil society has argued that an “enabling environment” for the sector is pivotal to all aspects of development, and should therefore be explicitly included in the Post-2015 agenda.  However, many states are resisting such commitments, throwing the inclusion of an enabling environment for the sector in the final framework into doubt.  This session will discuss the current debate over civil society freedoms in the Post-2015 agenda, and strategies and opportunities to influence the outcomes. 

Resource Materials:

  1. CSI Submission to the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post 2015 Development Agenda
  2. Report of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
  3. Proposal of the UN Open Working Group (OWG) for Sustainable Development Goals
  4. CSI Letter to Ms. Amina Mohammed, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Post 2015 Development Planning
  5. UN Secretary General’s Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 agenda
  6. Opinion: Measurement Matters – Civic Space and the Post-2015 Framework by Mandeep Tiwana

Session Handouts:

  1. Background Note: The Post 2015 Agenda
  2. Civic Space and the Post-2015 Agenda
  3. Post-2015 Events: May-September 2015

Speakers
avatar for Hanna Hansson

Hanna Hansson

Visiting Fellow, Civicus
Hanna Hansson is a Visiting Fellow at CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation. She works specifically on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda and Financing for Development. Hanna has been actively engaged in the Post-2015 process since 2012. Prior to joining CIVICUS... Read More →

Resource People
avatar for Oluseyi Oyebisi

Oluseyi Oyebisi

Executive Director, Nigeria Network of NGOs
Oluseyi Oyebisi is the Executive Director of the Nigeria Network of NGOs, a membership body for over 1000 civil society organizations that facilitates effective advocacy. Previously, he worked with UNICEF in New York as the Global Coordinator for UNICEF Rural Voices of Youth, which... Read More →
avatar for Uttam Uprety

Uttam Uprety

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Governance Facility
Uttam Uprety has been active in Nepali civil society since 1990. He began his career with civil society as an environmental activist and then became professional trainer and worked for more than 15 years as an NGO capacity building expert in South and South-East Asia and Africa. In... Read More →

Tuesday May 12, 2015 09:00 - 10:30 CEST
Room B1

09:00 CEST

3D: Support Strategies for Civic Space: A Donor Perspective
Limited Capacity seats available

Join this mini-plenary to participate in a conversation with some of the key donorssupporting civic space about their strategies, the impact they hope to achieve, and the challenges they are facing.

Resource Materials:

General

A Mapping of Existing Initiatives to Address Legal Constraints on Foreign Funding of Civil Society


European Union

  1. Communication from the European Commission: The roots of democracy andsustainable development: Europe's engagement with Civil Society in externalrelations (De-Facto Policy)
  2. External Website (Contains information about EU Country Roadmaps for engagementwith Civil Society)
  3. Case study: Developing a Strategy for Cooperation of the Government with the Civil Society in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia  
  4. Case study: Developing policies for cooperation between public authorities and civil society for the benefit of Iraqi citizens
  5. Case study: The Local Government Watch programme in the Philippines

Donor Working Group on Cross-Border Philanthropy

  1. Introduction to the donor working group on cross-border philanthropy

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands

  1. Dialogue and Dissent (Policy Framework)
  2. Dialogue and Dissent and Enabling Environment (Presentation)

USAID
  1. Stand with Civil Society: Best Practices Paper

Sweden
  1. Swedish Aid Policy Framework (includes Sweden’s policy on support to and cooperation with civil society)

Facilitators
avatar for Goran Buldioski

Goran Buldioski

Co-Director, Open Society Initiative for Europe
Goran Buldioski is the program director of the Open Society Think Tank Fund and co-director of the Open Society Initiative for Europe.He has conducted and coordinated policy relevant research on democratization and the role of independent research in policy processes, carried out... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Claire Ehmann

Claire Ehmann

Civil Society and Media Division Chief, U.S. Agency for International Development
Claire Ehmann is the Division Chief for Civil Society & Media in USAID's Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, where she oversees a team of experts that provide technical assistance to USAID missions worldwide, and manage global programs related to civil... Read More →
avatar for Karin Fällman

Karin Fällman

Senior Policy Specialist, Civil Society Unit, Department for Partnerships and Innovation, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Karin is a political scientist by training. She has worked with civil society development for CSOs, the OSCE, Sida, and the Swedish Embassies as well as on a consultancy basis. She has been posted in Southern Africa, Latin America and the Western Balkans. Currently, Karin works at... Read More →
avatar for Cornelius Hacking

Cornelius Hacking

Senior Policy Officer, Civil Society Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
After almost 24 years abroad, Cornelius returned to the Netherlands in 2013. Previous positions include Policy Officer at the European Commission (in Brussels) working on Aid Effectiveness of the EU and of Member States and First Secretary to the Royal Netherlands Embassies in Pretoria... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Nikolaj Hansen

Thomas Nikolaj Hansen

Programme Manager, DG International Cooperation and Development, European Commission
Thomas is responsible for policy and guidance within the unit of the European Commission (DEVCO) responsible for Europe's engagement with civil society and local authorities in external relations. He coordinates the exercise to develop EU Country Roadmaps for Engagement with Civil... Read More →
avatar for Poonam Joshi

Poonam Joshi

Director of London Office, Fund for Global Human Rights
Poonam Joshi joined the Fund as the Head of London Office in December 2012. Prior to joining the Fund, Poonam worked as a consultant to the Sigrid Rausing Trust, where she was Acting Director of the Women's Rights program and from March 2011 developed the Trust’s new grant-making... Read More →


Tuesday May 12, 2015 09:00 - 10:30 CEST
Room B2

09:00 CEST

3E: Consultation: Managing Assemblies—Identifying Best Practices and Developing Practical Recommendations
Limited Capacity seats available

Take advantage of the opportunity to contribute to a project on the proper management of assemblies, which is being implemented by two UN special rapporteurs: the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.  You will be able to share your priorities, concerns and suggestions for the practical recommendations of the report.

Resource Materials:

  1. The Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the Context of Peaceful Protests: Implementation of Human Rights Council resolution 25/38
  2. Human Rights Council resolution 25/38 The promotion and protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests (A/HRC/25/38)
  3. Questionnaire: Implementation of Human Rights Council resolution 25/38 (English) (Français) (Español)
  4. Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Seminar on effective measures and best practices to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests (A/HRC/25/32)
  5. Human Rights Council resolution 22/10 The promotion and protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests (A/HRC/25/L.20)
  6. Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peacefulassembly and of association Best practices related to the the rights to freedomof peaceful assembly and of association (A/HRC/20/27)
  7. Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitraryexecutions Protecting the right to life in the context of policing assemblies (A/HRC/17/28)
  8. Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitraryexecutions Protecting the right to life in law enforcement (A/HRC/26/36)

Facilitators
avatar for Kathleen Hardy

Kathleen Hardy

Consultant Researcher, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Kathleen Hardy is a consultant to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights working on the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions. Kathleen is also a senior attorney at the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South... Read More →
avatar for Eleanor Jenkin

Eleanor Jenkin

Consultant Researcher, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Eleanor Jenkin is a consultant researcher, working with the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of association and peaceful assembly, and Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, on the compilation of best practices in the management of assemblies... Read More →

Tuesday May 12, 2015 09:00 - 10:30 CEST
Room C3 Clarion Sign Hotel

10:30 CEST

Coffee Break
Tuesday May 12, 2015 10:30 - 11:00 CEST
Foyer and Hyllan

11:00 CEST

4A: Freedom of Assembly: The Tough Questions
Limited Capacity seats available

In recent years, a growing wave of protests, emerging social movements, and other public assemblies has been countered by law enforcement and regulatory measures that seek to restrict space for assemblies. This session will focus on difficult regulatory questions regarding assemblies. Among other issues, participants will consider the implications of protests that involve the privatization of public space; the construction of tents and other settlements that disrupt urban life for extended time periods; and the use of hate speech.


Facilitators
avatar for David Moore

David Moore

Vice President of Legal Affairs, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
David Moore is VP of Legal Affairs with the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), where he has worked since 2001. On behalf of ICNL, Mr. Moore has conducted legal assessments of civil society laws and/or provided technical assistance on law reform projects in a diverse... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ligia Bolivar

Ligia Bolivar

Director, Human Rights Center, Andres Bello Catholic University
Ms. Bolivar is a professor of Sociology and Human Rights at Venezuela's Andres Bello Catholic University, where she currently serves as Director of the Human Rights Center. She is also the founder of the Venezuelan Program on Education and Action on Human Rights (PROVEA). Previously... Read More →
avatar for Michael Hamilton

Michael Hamilton

Senior Lecturer in Public Protest Law, University of East Anglia
Michael is a Senior Lecturer in Public Protest Law at the University of East Anglia, and a member and secretary of the OSCE-ODIHR Panel of Experts on Freedom of Assembly. The Panel is currently working on a 3rd edition of the OSCE-ODIHR – Venice Commission Guidelines on Freedom... Read More →
avatar for Muatar Khaydarova

Muatar Khaydarova

Board Chairwoman, NGO
Ms. Muatar Khaydarova is the chair of the CSO “Society and Law” in Tajikistan.  She specializes in the areas of freedom of association and assembly. She is also a specialist in the history of Muslim law and freedom of belief. Ms. Khaydarova has more than 30 years of experience... Read More →


Tuesday May 12, 2015 11:00 - 12:30 CEST
Room B3

11:00 CEST

4B: Defending Artistic Expression
Limited Capacity seats available

Artists play a critical role in all societies, exercising freedom of expression in its most direct form to exchange ideas, transmit culture, inspire, pose questions, give a voice to the voiceless and challenge existing powers.  In this session, with artists who fled persecution and fought censorship, we will examine the legal protections for art as a form of expression; and outline States’ obligations and civil society strategies to promote and protect it.

Resource Materials:

  1. Report of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaheed to the UN Human Rights Council: The Right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity (A/HRC/23/34)
  2. UN Human Rights Council Resolution 27/31 (A/HRC/RES/27/31)

Facilitators
ZL

Zach Lampell

Legal Advisor, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Zach Lampell is a Legal Advisor focusing on the freedom of expression at the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law (ICNL). He implements and provides technical legal assistance to civil society organizations and governments around the world seeking to improve laws governing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dan Aceda

Dan Aceda

Founder and CEO, Tama Media Group
Dan Aceda is a Kenyan Singer Songwriter known for his penchant for sweet melody and unique storytelling. He has produced three studio albums and has played at concerts all over the world including in the US and Europe, East Africa, Malawi and more. He is the Founder and CEO of The... Read More →
avatar for Natalia Kaliada

Natalia Kaliada

Founding Co-Artistic Director, Belarus Free Theatre
Natalia Kaliada is the founding Co-Artistic Director of the Belarus Free Theatre as well as a writer, human rights campaigner and producer and is one of the most outspoken critics of Belarus’s repressive regime. She is also the co-creator, together with Nicolai Khalezin and Vladimir... Read More →
avatar for Dzmitry Vaitsiushkevic

Dzmitry Vaitsiushkevic

Leader and Artistic Director, WZ-Orkiestra (East-West Orchestra)
Dzmitry Vaitsiushkevic, a Belarusian musician, is on the "blacklist" of artists in Belarus, an unofficial list of artists who are banned from renting space for performances or speaking at schools and on the television and radio. In practice, this serves as a ban on creative activities... Read More →
avatar for Zunar

Zunar

Political cartoonist
Zunar is a Malaysian political cartoonist. Equipped with the slogan "How Can I be Neutral, Even My Pen Has a Stand," he uses his drawing pen as a weapon to fight state corruption and abuse of power. Throughout his career, Zunar has been attacked by the police and the Home Ministry... Read More →


Tuesday May 12, 2015 11:00 - 12:30 CEST
Room C3 Clarion Sign Hotel

11:00 CEST

4C: Is Your Phone Stalking You? Mass Surveillance and the Civil Society Response
Limited Capacity seats available

Since the Snowden revelations, it has become clear that most domestic legislation provides ineffective protection against mass surveillance for a country’s own citizens, and none at all for those outside its borders.  In this session, participants will grapple with key questions:  What is the biggest threat to civil society in terms of mass surveillance?  How to win the argument against powerful national security doctrines?  What new legislation should civil society be prepared for? 

Facilitators
avatar for Charlotte Gill

Charlotte Gill

Campaigner, ARTICLE 19
Charlotte is based in ARTICLE 19’s international office in London and campaigns globally on issues related to free expression, access to information, and civic space. Charlotte is on the Executive Committee of the Don’t Spy on Us campaign in the UK, which is campaigning for legislative... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Barbora Bukovská

Barbora Bukovská

Senior Director for Law & Policy, ARTICLE 19
Barbora Bukovská has been ARTICLE 19’s Senior Director for Law and Policy since 2009. She leads on the development of all ARTICLE 19 policies and provides legal oversight and support to legal work across the organization. Barbora has an extensive experience working with various... Read More →


Tuesday May 12, 2015 11:00 - 12:30 CEST
Room C2 Clarion Sign Hotel

11:00 CEST

4D: Redefining Returns: Impact Investing for Economic and Social Change
Limited Capacity seats available

According to a recent G8 taskforce report, “the world is on the brink of a revolution on how we solve society’s toughest problems.  The force capable of driving the revolution is ‘social impact investing’, which harnesses entrepreneurship, innovation, and capital to power social improvement.”  This session will explain what impact investing is; identify some of the enabling factors, legal barriers, and challenges that investees and investors have overcome; and identify reform strategies that can help ease these barriers.

Resource Materials:

  1. Social Impact Investment Task Force, The Invisible Heart of Markets: How Impact Investing is Harnessing Innovation and Capital for Public Good
  2. Philanthropy and Impact Investing—Stormy Seas, Rocky Shores
  3. The Power of Impact Investing: Putting Markets to Work for Profit and Global Good
  4. Positioning Social Enterprises in the Policy Agenda: Road to Travel, Executive Summary
  5. Impact Investing Glossary
  6. Using your capital to transform lives | Leonardo Letelier | TEDxLiberdade

 


Facilitators
avatar for Filiz Bikmen

Filiz Bikmen

Social Investment and Philanthropy Adviser, Constellations for Change
For more than a decade, Filiz has worked with foundations and NGOs in Turkey to promote social justice and philanthropy and foster cooperation with European and international organizations. Filiz currently serves as a social investment and philanthropy adviser, working with individuals... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Luke Fletcher

Luke Fletcher

Partner and Head of Social Finance, Bates Wells Braithwaite
Luke advises charities, social enterprises and other businesses on a wide range of commercial and financial transactions and commercial and regulatory matters. He is Head of Social Finance at the law firm Bates Wells Braithwaite and has been fortunate to be involved in many of the... Read More →
avatar for Nabil Hassan

Nabil Hassan

Partner/Consultant, Beyond Reform and Development
Nabil, a founding partner and policy reform consultant, specializes in policy research and analysis in addition to his extensive experience in electoral reform and civil society development. In Egypt, Yemen, Libya, and Tunisia, he worked with international organizations on good governance... Read More →
avatar for Anna Horvath

Anna Horvath

Country Director - Hungary, NESsT
I am the leader of NESsT’s operation in Hungary being responsible for managing a portfolio of currently 10 social enterprises. I also oversee the building of our pipe-line, meaning the process of seeking and assessing the most promising social enterprise ideas or already operating... Read More →
avatar for Usha Menon

Usha Menon

Executive Chairman, Usha Menon Management Consultancy
Usha Menon works exclusively with the non-profit and social purpose sectors across Asia. Specialising in leadership, management, fundraising and philanthropy her consultancy helps to transform the performance of ‘for-impact’ organizations.Usha is a keen observer, celebrated speaker... Read More →


Tuesday May 12, 2015 11:00 - 12:30 CEST
Room B1

11:00 CEST

4E: Government / CSO Consultations: The Way Forward
Limited Capacity seats available

National level consultations between governments and civil society have led to impressive breakthroughs related to civic space in a number of countries, including Sweden, Brazil, and Morocco. In this mini-plenary, government and civil society representatives will reflect on these examples and explore what makes for a successful national level consultation.


Facilitators
avatar for Catherine Shea

Catherine Shea

Vice President – Programs, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Catherine Shea, VP of Programs at ICNL, is a lawyer and public policy expert specializing in the development of an enabling legal environment for civil society and citizen participation worldwide. Her international experience providing assistance to the development laws governing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mokhtar Benabdallaoui

Mokhtar Benabdallaoui

Professor of Islamic Studies, Hassan II University
Professor Benabldallhas been active in Moroccan civil society for over 20 years. He is currently a Professor of Islamic Studies at Hassan II University in Casablanca. He has published several books on Islamic Studies, as well as several booklets, guides and toolkits on civic education... Read More →
avatar for Ambassador Gustaf Lind

Ambassador Gustaf Lind

Head, Department for International Law, Human Rights and Treaty Law, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Gustaf Lind is head of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ department for international law, human rights and treaty law. He is also Sweden’s ambassador for human rights.Previously, he has served as Sweden’s Arctic ambassador. He led the Swedish Chairmanship of the Arctic... Read More →
avatar for Lais de Figueiredo Lopes

Lais de Figueiredo Lopes

Special Adviser to the Minister, General-Secretariat of the Presidency of Brazil
Based in Brasilia since early 2012, Ms. Lopes serves as a special adviser to the Minister of the General-Secretariat of the Presidency of Brazil, coordinating a project to reform Brazilian laws and regulations concerning civil society organizations and their relations to the government.Ms... Read More →
avatar for Vera Masagao Ribeiro

Vera Masagao Ribeiro

Member of the Board, Brazilian Association of Non-Governmental Organizations
Since 2010, Vera Masagao Ribeiro has been part of the executive board of Abong (Brazilian Association of Non-Governmental Organizations) and has been actively involved in mobilizing for a new CSO Regulatory Framework in dialogue with the federal government. She is also the General... Read More →
avatar for Annica Sohlström

Annica Sohlström

Secretary General, Forum Syd
Annica Sohlström is Secretary General for Forum Syd, one of Sweden’s largest civil society organizations focused on international development cooperation, with 158 Swedish civil society organizations as members. She has a strong focus on empowerment of grassroots organizations... Read More →


Tuesday May 12, 2015 11:00 - 12:30 CEST
Room B2

11:00 CEST

4F: Consultation: Informing the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) Guidelines on Freedom of Association and Assembly
Limited Capacity seats available

The ACHPR’s Study Group on Freedom of Association and Assembly drafted a report on the state of the freedom of association and assembly in Africa, which was adopted by the ACHPR in May 2014.  The Study Group has now turned its attention to drafting implementation guidelines that will serve as a basis for national legislation. This session will provide participants with a unique opportunity to provide input into the guidelines.

Resource Materials:

  1. ACHPR Report of the Study Group on Freedom of Association and Assembly in Africa
  2. ACHPR Study Group on Freedom of Association
  3. OSCE Joint Guidelines on Freedom of Association
  4. OSCE Guidelines on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly

Facilitators
avatar for Emerson Sykes

Emerson Sykes

Legal Advisor – Africa, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Emerson Sykes is the Legal Advisor for Africa programs at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL). He is responsible for providing technical legal assistance for programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, developing and administering ICNL programs in the region, representing ICNL... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Natalia Bourjaily

Natalia Bourjaily

Vice President – Eurasia, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Natalia I. Bourjaily is Vice President - Eurasia of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) in Washington D.C, starting from 1997. She has provided technical assistance in drafting laws and provided educational and legal assistance in all NIS countries. She assisted... Read More →
avatar for John Foley

John Foley

Advocacy and Research Manager, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project
John Foley is the Advocacy and Research Manager for the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, and coordinates the organization’s national, regional, and international advocacy activities, including at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, and at the... Read More →


Tuesday May 12, 2015 11:00 - 12:30 CEST
Room C1 Clarion Sign Hotel

12:30 CEST

Lunch
Tuesday May 12, 2015 12:30 - 13:30 CEST
Atrium

13:30 CEST

Regional Meeting: Asia

Join colleagues working in Asia for an informal discussion of regional trends, priorities, and ways to work together in the future.


Facilitators
avatar for David Moore

David Moore

Vice President of Legal Affairs, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
David Moore is VP of Legal Affairs with the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), where he has worked since 2001. On behalf of ICNL, Mr. Moore has conducted legal assessments of civil society laws and/or provided technical assistance on law reform projects in a diverse... Read More →

Tuesday May 12, 2015 13:30 - 14:20 CEST
Room B3

13:30 CEST

Regional Meeting: Eurasia
Join colleagues working in Eurasia for an informal discussion of regional trends, priorities, and ways to work together in the future.

Facilitators
avatar for Natalia Bourjaily

Natalia Bourjaily

Vice President – Eurasia, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Natalia I. Bourjaily is Vice President - Eurasia of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) in Washington D.C, starting from 1997. She has provided technical assistance in drafting laws and provided educational and legal assistance in all NIS countries. She assisted... Read More →

Tuesday May 12, 2015 13:30 - 14:20 CEST
Room C2 Clarion Sign Hotel

13:30 CEST

Regional Meeting: Europe
Join colleagues working in Europe for an informal discussion of regional trends, priorities, and ways to work together in the future.

Facilitators
avatar for Eszter Hartay

Eszter Hartay

Legal Advisor, European Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Eszter Hartay is a Hungarian lawyer working as a Legal Advisor for the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL) since 2010. She works on NGO policy and legal reform and specializes in issues related to CSO legal framework, public benefit status, fundraising regulations, state... Read More →

Tuesday May 12, 2015 13:30 - 14:20 CEST
Room C3 Clarion Sign Hotel

13:30 CEST

Regional Meeting: Global Potpourri

Join colleagues with a global or cross-regional focus for an informal discussion of trends, priorities and ways to work together in the future.


Facilitators
avatar for Tomicah Tillemann

Tomicah Tillemann

Senior Fellow and Director, Bretton Woods II Initiative, New America Foundation
Dr. Tomicah Tillemann serves as a Senior Fellow and Director of the Bretton Woods II initiative at New America. In this capacity, he leads a consortium working with some of the world’s largest asset holders to dedicate one percent of their holdings to impact investment, development... Read More →

Tuesday May 12, 2015 13:30 - 14:20 CEST
Room B2

13:30 CEST

Regional Meeting: Latin America and the Caribbean
Join colleagues working in Latin America and the Caribbean for an informal discussion of regional trends, priorities, and ways to work together in the future.

Facilitators
avatar for Claudia Guadamuz

Claudia Guadamuz

Legal Advisor - Latin America, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Claudia Guadamuz is a Legal Advisor for Latin America program at ICNL. She has over ten years of experience working in public policy with a focus in the areas of democratic governance and civil society strengthening.  From 2000 to 2005 she worked as Chief of Cabinet with the National... Read More →

Tuesday May 12, 2015 13:30 - 14:20 CEST
Room C1 Clarion Sign Hotel

13:30 CEST

Regional Meeting: Middle East and North Africa
Join colleagues working in the Middle East and North Africa for an informal discussion of regional trends, priorities, and ways to work together in the future.

Facilitators
avatar for Dima Jweihan

Dima Jweihan

Executive Director, Middle East and North Africa Regional Office, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Dima Jweihan is the Executive Director of the Middle East and North Africa regional office of the International Center for Not for-Profit Law in Amman, Jordan. Since she joined ICNL, Dima has been engaged in a number of civil society law reform initiatives in the region, including... Read More →

Tuesday May 12, 2015 13:30 - 14:20 CEST
Room B1

13:30 CEST

Regional Meeting: Sub-Saharan Africa
Join colleagues working in Sub-Saharan Africa for an informal discussion of regional trends, priorities, and ways to work together in the future.

Facilitators
avatar for Emerson Sykes

Emerson Sykes

Legal Advisor – Africa, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Emerson Sykes is the Legal Advisor for Africa programs at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL). He is responsible for providing technical legal assistance for programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, developing and administering ICNL programs in the region, representing ICNL... Read More →

Tuesday May 12, 2015 13:30 - 14:20 CEST
Hyllan

14:30 CEST

5A: Restrictions on LGBTI Associations: Building Civil Society Coalitions in Response
Limited Capacity seats available

With disturbing frequency, governments are proposing restrictions on the freedom of association of LGBTI persons and advocates. How can activists develop effective advocacy strategies, and build solid coalitions across civil society, in response to these laws?  This session will feature a discussion with LGBTI activists on their experiences.

Resource Materials:

  1. Promoting an Enabling Civil Society Environment: Understanding the concept, policy environment and its linkages with LGBTI civil society protected rights
  2. Russian LGBT activists describe victimisation, repression ... and hope
  3. Implementation of the International Covenanton Civil and Political Rights in the Russian Federation:Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues
  4. License to Harm: Violence and Harassment against LGBT People and Activists in Russia
  5. Advocating for Uganda's LGBT -- risk and resilience | Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera | TEDxLiberdade

Facilitators
avatar for Emerson Sykes

Emerson Sykes

Legal Advisor – Africa, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Emerson Sykes is the Legal Advisor for Africa programs at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL). He is responsible for providing technical legal assistance for programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, developing and administering ICNL programs in the region, representing ICNL... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Ullman

Rebecca Ullman

Legal Advisor and Program Manager - Eurasia, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Rebecca Ullman is ICNL’s legal advisor for Eurasia. She works with stakeholders in Eurasia to monitor the implementation of restrictive legislation aimed at the LGBT community and so-called “foreign agents” and coordinate advocacy efforts against such draft legislation. Ms... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Argyros

Christopher Argyros

Manager, Anti-Violence Project, Los Angeles LGBT Center
Christopher Boone Argyros is a transgender rights activist and Manager of the Anti-Violence Project (AVP) at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the world's largest provider of programs and services for LGBT people. The AVP provides direct legal services to survivors of hate violence and... Read More →
avatar for Maria Kozlovskaya

Maria Kozlovskaya

Project Manager and Senior Lawyer, Russian LGBT Network
Maria Kozlovskaya is the Project Manager and Senior Lawyer for the Russian LGBT Network. She is a human rights lawyer and has worked for other NGOs in Russia as well. She has represented the Russian LGBT Network at the United Nations in Geneva, helping to draw attention to the increasing violence and hate campaign by the Russian authorities against the LGBT community... Read More →
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Czeslaw Walek

Director, Open Society p.b.o,
Czeslaw Walek has worked in the area of human rights protection since 2000 when he graduated from the Human Rights stream of Central European University. He has worked both in the governmental sector - for example, as the Czech Deputy Minister for Human Rights he was responsible for... Read More →


Tuesday May 12, 2015 14:30 - 16:00 CEST
Room C1 Clarion Sign Hotel

14:30 CEST

5B: Where to Draw the Line: Incitement, Hate Speech, Blasphemy, and Other Challenging Freedom of Expression Questions
Limited Capacity seats available

Freedom of expression is recognized as a universal human right.  But are there valid restrictions on its exercise? This advanced session will build the capacity of participants to engage on some of the more difficult freedom of expression questions, discussing major debates surrounding issues such as incitement, hate speech, and blasphemy.

Note: We encourage all participants who are interested in freedom of expression, but who do not have a background in the legal protections for freedom of expression, to also participate in the International Legal Protections for Freedom of Expression session.

Resource Materials:

The Right to Freedom of Expression: Restrictions on a Foundational Right  

Speakers
avatar for Agnes Callamard

Agnes Callamard

Director, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression
Dr. Agnes Callamard is the Director of Global Freedom of Expression & Information @Columbia, an initiative seeking to advance global understanding and global progressive norms on freedom of expression and information. She also works as a Special Adviser to the President of Columbia... Read More →

Resource People
avatar for Barbora Bukovská

Barbora Bukovská

Senior Director for Law & Policy, ARTICLE 19
Barbora Bukovská has been ARTICLE 19’s Senior Director for Law and Policy since 2009. She leads on the development of all ARTICLE 19 policies and provides legal oversight and support to legal work across the organization. Barbora has an extensive experience working with various... Read More →
avatar for Kristen McGeeney

Kristen McGeeney

Senior Legal Advisor - Middle East / North Africa, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Kristen McGeeney is a Senior Legal Advisor at the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law (ICNL).  She leads and implements law reform programs that seek to improve proposed draft laws; to improve implementation of laws; and to support advocacy against restrictive laws, regulations... Read More →

Tuesday May 12, 2015 14:30 - 16:00 CEST
Room B2

14:30 CEST

5C: Teaching Civil Society Law: A World of Options
Limited Capacity seats available

This practical, interactive session will focus on the nuts and bolts of designing and delivering CSO law instruction in university settings.  Together, participants will map the options available to professors wishing to develop new courses or improve their existing courses. The session is designed to be relevant for participants with a variety of backgrounds and experiences, including full-time academics, practitioners who also teach, and CSO leaders who might be interested in initiating university programs in their countries.

Resource Materials:

Professors Unite to Promote Teaching CSO Law


Facilitators
avatar for Oonagh B. Breen

Oonagh B. Breen

Senior Lecturer in Law, Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin
Oonagh Breen is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin, Ireland where she teaches NGO Law, Governance and Social Change. She obtained her doctorate in law (JSD) in comparative nonprofit regulation from Yale Law School in 2006. Oonagh’s... Read More →
avatar for Mark Sidel

Mark Sidel

Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School
Mark Sidel is Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Consultant for Asia at ICNL. He served in program positions at the Ford Foundation in Beijing, Hanoi, New Delhi, and Bangkok, and has consulted for the Ford, Gates, Asia and other... Read More →

Resource People
avatar for Jocelyn Nieva

Jocelyn Nieva

Senior Legal Advisor - Latin America and the Caribbean, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Ms. Nieva is a lawyer and regional specialist in Latin America.  She has worked with ICNL since 2007.  One component of Ms. Nieva’s work has been to promote university instruction in CSO Law.  Ms. Nieva organized and convened the 2013 Regional Conference on Teaching Civil Society... Read More →

Tuesday May 12, 2015 14:30 - 16:00 CEST
Room B1

14:30 CEST

5D: Scoring the Sector: Civil Society Indexes as Advocacy Tools
Limited Capacity seats available

A variety of tools aim to measure civic space, in part to arm CSOs with information to help them advocate for a more enabling environment. Are they achieving this purpose?  Join this session for an overview of civic space monitoring and learn which tools are best suited for advocacy in your country.

Recommended Resource Materials:

  1. Assessment Tools for Measuring Civil Society's Enabling Environment
  2. Civic Pulse Concept Note
  3. Enabling Environment National Assessment Overview
  4. CSO Sustainability Index Methodology
  5. GPEDC Indicator 2 Methodological Note


Additional Background Materials:

  1. CSO Sustainability Index for Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia:
  2. CSO Sustainability Index for the Middle East and North Africa
  3. CSO Sustainability Index for Sub-Saharan Africa
  4. CSO Sustainability Index for Afghanistan
  5. CSO Sustainability Index for Pakistan
  6. Structure and process of the Global Partnership’s second monitoring round 2015-16

Facilitators
avatar for Jennifer Stuart

Jennifer Stuart

Program Manager - CSO Sustainability Index, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Jennifer Stuart has over twenty years of experience designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating democracy and governance programs, with an emphasis on civil society development. As a Program Manager with ICNL, Jennifer oversees the editing process for USAID’s CSO Sustainability... Read More →

Resource People
avatar for Kees Biekart

Kees Biekart

Associate Professor, Institute for Social Studies
Kees Biekart is Associate Professor of Political Sociology at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. His area of expertise is in NGOs, social movements, civil society, and foreign aid, in particular in relation to Latin America. He also... Read More →
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CIVICUS

Head of GVA office, CIVICUS
Susan Wilding is the Project Manager for the Civic Space Initiative (CSI) at CIVICUS. The CSI aims to promote and expand civic space by fostering an enabling legal environment for civil society organisations. The CSI focuses on civil society legal initiatives at the global, regional... Read More →
avatar for Claire Ehmann

Claire Ehmann

Civil Society and Media Division Chief, U.S. Agency for International Development
Claire Ehmann is the Division Chief for Civil Society & Media in USAID's Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, where she oversees a team of experts that provide technical assistance to USAID missions worldwide, and manage global programs related to civil... Read More →
avatar for Justin Kilcullen

Justin Kilcullen

Co-Chair, CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness
Justin Kilcullen served for twenty years as CEO of Trócaire (Caritas Ireland), which works to promote global justice, human rights and gender equality. He joined Trócaire as Africa programme officer (1981). Subsequently he worked for four years in Laos as country director before... Read More →
avatar for Ine Van Severen

Ine Van Severen

Research and Policy Officer, CIVICUS
Ine Van Severen works as a Research and Policy Officer for CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation. She is the project lead for the Enabling Environment National Assessments (EENA), an action-oriented research tool designed to measure the legal, regulatory and policy environment... Read More →
avatar for Jacqueline Wood

Jacqueline Wood

Expert, Informal Working Group for GPEDC Indicator 2
Jacqueline’s career spans over twenty years working in Canada and overseas, first in development project implementation and management, then with a growing concentration on public policy. Much of Jacqueline’s recent work has been in policy research and analysis to understand... Read More →

Tuesday May 12, 2015 14:30 - 16:00 CEST
Room B3

14:30 CEST

5E: Consultation: Have Your Say in Safeguarding Civic Space
Limited Capacity seats available

The UN Human Rights Council has passed a resolution (A/HRC/27/L.24) mandating the OHCHR to seek the views of stakeholders, including civil society, to prepare “practical recommendations for the creation and maintenance of a safe and enabling environment for civil society, based on good practices and lessons learned”. This session is designed to facilitate your input into these recommendations. The comments will be shared with the OHCHR.

Resource Materials:

  1. Key Topics for Discussion
  2. UN Human Rights Council Resolution Civil Society Space (A/HRC/27/L.24)
  3. Protecting Space for Civil Society in the Spotlight at 25th UN Human Rights CounciL
  4. UNSR & Community Of Democracies General Principles On Protecting Civic Space And The Right To Access Resources

Facilitators
avatar for Eszter Markus

Eszter Markus

Managing Director, European Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Eszter Markus, Managing Director of ECNL, is a public policy and civil society expert. Since 2001 she has been engaged in projects dealing with the legislation of CSOs and building coalitions and networks among nonprofit lawyers and CSOs in Hungary. She was founder and director of... Read More →

Resource People
avatar for Hanna Hansson

Hanna Hansson

Visiting Fellow, Civicus
Hanna Hansson is a Visiting Fellow at CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation. She works specifically on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda and Financing for Development. Hanna has been actively engaged in the Post-2015 process since 2012. Prior to joining CIVICUS... Read More →
avatar for Safir Syed

Safir Syed

Human Rights Officer, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
avatar for Vanja Škorić

Vanja Škorić

Senior Legal Advisor, European Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Vanja Škorić is the Senior Legal Advisor at the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL). In this position, she helps develop policies affecting the sustainability of CSOs and public participation. She has developed comparative analyses on the legal and institutional frameworks... Read More →

Tuesday May 12, 2015 14:30 - 16:00 CEST
Room C2 Clarion Sign Hotel

16:00 CEST

Coffee Break
Tuesday May 12, 2015 16:00 - 16:30 CEST
Foyer and Hyllan

16:30 CEST

Closing Plenary
At the Closing Plenary we will explore opportunities and collective ways forward in shaping civic
space. After the Closing Plenary, a Group Photo will be taken to mark the end of the Forum.

Facilitators
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Nilda Bullain

Vice President - Operations, ICNL
Ms. Nilda Bullain is Vice President - Operations for ICNL. Previously, Nilda was Executive Director of the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL), aiming to promote an enabling legal environment for civil society in Europe. Nilda has expertise in legal and fiscal areas concerning... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Charlotta Norrby

Charlotta Norrby

Head of Civil Society Unit, Division of Partnerships and Innovation, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Charlotta is the Head of Civil Society Cooperation at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida. She has worked with Sida for more than 20 years, most of the time on the Africa desk, and was posted to Tanzania and Zambia for a number of years. Charlotta has extensive... Read More →
avatar for Douglas Rutzen

Douglas Rutzen

President and CEO, International Center For Not-For-Profit Law
Doug Rutzen is President and CEO of ICNL, where he has worked for the past 20 years. Doug is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown law school, and he serves on the Community of Democracies’ Working Group on Enabling and Protecting Civil Society. Under Doug’s leadership, ICNL... Read More →


Tuesday May 12, 2015 16:30 - 17:15 CEST
Banquet Hall Clarion Sign Hotel

18:45 CEST

Gala Dinner
Participants are invited to mark the conclusion of the Global Forum at a Gala Dinner, featuring performances by some of our participants.  Participants are requested to assemble at the main entrance of the Hotel Clarion Sign at 18:45 sharp for transportation to the Gala Dinner.  If you do not arrive on time, you must make your own arrangements to reach Operakällaren.

Address of the Operakällaren:
Karl XII: S torg Box 1616
111 86 Stockholm
Phone: +46 08-676 58 01

Transportation will be provided back to the Hotel Clarion Sign following dinner.

Tuesday May 12, 2015 18:45 - 22:00 CEST
Foyer Clarion Sign Hotel