The Law in Post-Conflict Societies

Clive Baldwin, Senior Legal Advisor, Human Rights Watch

Thu, 10/08/2009
by invitation only
Graduate Students

The Program in Law and Public Affairs invites MPP/MPA (and Woodrow Wilson graduate) students to the first dinner in this year's series, Law in the Public Service: Not Just for Lawyers. This event is by invitation only. If interested, please e-mail Judi Rivkin at

Mr. Baldwin will introduce the discussion by setting out four main areas of law in such settings: 1. Historic justice; 2. Setting up a functional criminal justice system; 3. Dealing with land and property disputes, and 4. Dealing with discrimination after ethnic conflict. He will draw upon his particular areas of interest in human rights law in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, discrimination and land and property rights in leading the discussion and answering questions.

Clive Baldwin has been Senior Legal Advisor at  Human Rights Watch, a premier NGO in this field, since 2007. There he is part of a team of three lawyers who oversee the work of the entire organization. After graduating from WWS in 1994, Mr. Baldwin, a British national, qualified as a lawyer in London. He worked for Bindman and Partners, the leading human rights law firm in Britain, for several years, and then at the AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe) in London, bringing cases at the European Court of Human Rights. In 2000, he joined the OSCE mission in Kosovo, finishing as coordinator of human rights and rule of law analysis and reporting, reporting on all aspects of human rights issues in Kosovo and helping restart the justice system and draft laws, with a particular focus on mental health and human rights. In 2002 he moved back to London to work as head of Advocacy for Minority Rights Group International. There he set up the first global litigation program on minority rights cases. Cases Mr. Baldwin prepared and argued there included The Endorois People v. Kenya, the first case at the African Commission of Human and Peoples' Rights concerning indigenous rights -- in particular, their eviction from their traditional homeland (verdict expected January 2010). In June 2009, he appeared before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights to argue Finci v. Bosnia-Herzegovina, where his client, the leader of the Jewish community in Bosnia, is challenging the post-conflict constitution that excludes members of the smaller communities, including the Jews, from standing for the Presidency or upper house of Parliament. This will also be the first ruling by the Court on the new Protocol 12 that prohibits discrimination (ruling expected late 2009).

Mr. Baldwin has published on the justice system in Kosovo, on minorities in Kosovo and on minority rights and conflict.