Speaker: Claudio Cordone, Amnesty International
Chair: Professor Fred Halliday, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE
'Hate speech, controversy and intolerance: Durban and beyond': a perspective on the debates and the outcome of the UN World Conference Against Racism that was held last August in Durban, South Africa, with a specific focus on the role of NGOs.
Claudio Cordone is the Director of the Research and Mandate Program at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London. Between July 1997 and August 1998 he took a leave of absence to take up the post of Chief of the Human Rights Office of the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in charge of conducting human rights investigations as part of the UN program of police reform in the country. Between 1985 and 1994 he was a researcher on the Middle East, also for Amnesty International. He has an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, USA, and a law degree from the University of Rome, Italy. He was project manager for Amnesty International's activities with regard to the World Conference against Racism and coordinated the organization's delegation to the Conference in Durban.