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Seminar with national specialised bodies to combat racism and racial discrimination on mediation and other forms of dispute resolution in cases of racism and racial discrimination

16-17 February 2006
Strasbourg, Human Rights Building
Salle de la Direction

PROGRAMME

1st Day - Moderator: Mr Michael HEAD, member of ECRI

SESSION 1: Setting the frame

9:30

Welcome by Mr Michael HEAD, member of ECRI

9:35 – 9:55

Standards of ECRI and the Council of Europe for dispute resolution in cases of racism and racial discrimination, by Ms Isil GACHET, Executive Secretary to ECRI

9:55 – 10:30

Discussion

10:30 – 10:45

Coffee Break

SESSION 2: Dispute resolution through mediation – general principles

10:45 – 11:00

Mediation: principles and practice

 

    - Presentation by Ms Siri KEMÉNY, Chair of the European Forum for Victim-Offender Mediation and Restorative Justice

11:00 – 11:15

Mediation and restorative justice for victims of racism and racial discrimination

 

    - Presentation by Ms Anne SALBERG, ACOR SOS Racisme

11:15 – 12:30

Discussion

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch Break

SESSION 3: Dispute resolution through MEDIATION – the role of national specialised bodies

14:00 – 14:15

Dispute resolution through mediation by a national specialised body: the Irish example

 

    - Presentation by Ms Melanie PINE, Director of the Equality Tribunal (Ireland)

14:15 – 14:30

Dispute resolution through mediation by a national specialised body: the Belgium example

 

    - Presentation by Mr Johan OTTE, Centre pour l'égalité des chances et la lutte contre le racisme (Belgium)

14:30 – 15:45

Discussion

15:45 – 16:00

Coffee Break

SESSION 4: Dispute resolution through a formal decision of a national specialised body

16:00 – 16:15

Dispute resolution through a non-binding decision of a
national specialised body

 

    - Presentation by Ms Mieke van der BURG, Vice-Chair of the Equal Treatment Commission (The Netherlands)

16:15 – 16:30

Dispute resolution through a binding decision of a national specialised body

 

    - Presentation by Mr Dezideriu GERGELY, member of the Steering Board of the National Council for Combating Discrimination (Romania)

16:30 – 17:30

Discussion

17.30 – 18.30

Reception

2nd Day - Moderator: Mr Marc LEYENBERGER, member of ECRI

SESSION 5: Dispute resolution before the courts and other competent authorities

9:30 – 9:45

The role of national specialised bodies in dispute resolution before the courts and other competent authorities

 

    - Presentation by Mr Anthony ROBINSON, Legal Director of Legal Services and Enforcement of the Commission for Racial Equality (United Kingdom)

9:45 – 10:00

Strategic litigation: principles and practice

 

    - Presentation by Ms Isabelle CHOPIN, Deputy Director of the Migration Policy Group (MPG)

10:00 – 11:15

Discussion

11:15 – 11:30

Coffee Break

CLOSING SESSION

11:30 – 11:45

Presentation of the main findings of the Seminar

11:45 – 13:00

Discussion and assessment of the different methods of dispute resolution in cases of racism and racial discrimination

13:00

Closing of the Seminar