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DILS Presents: The Nightcrawlers – threats to press freedom and human rights in the Phillipines.

Dundee International Law Society (DILS) invites you to a live panel discussion on the Emmy-winning documentary short The Nightcrawlers, to examine human rights and press freedom violations happening under the banner of the ‘war on drugs’ in the Philippines.

Abigail Scollins from DILS will moderate the discussion between multi-award winning Filipino photojournalist Raffy Lerma, Baxter Fellow and Lecturer in Business & Human Rights Law at the University of Dundee, Dr Claire O’Brien. A third speaker from Amnesty International Scotland will be confirmed shortly.

Raffy Lerma is a Manila-based photographer who has worked as a staff photographer for the Philippine Collegian and the Philippine Daily Inquirer – the latter for over 12 years, covering the daily news beat in Metro Manila, before leaving to work independently and focus on his current work documenting the Philippine War on Drugs. Raffy studied at the College of Fine Arts and the University of the Philippines Diliman, and has also served as his country’s representative in Hanoi for World Press Photo – Asia Europe Foundation Forum for Young Photographers (2004). His work has received numerous awards, including the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) and the Centre for Media Freedom and Responsibility, and has been featured in global outlets from The New York Times to BBC News.

Dr Claire Methven O’Brien is a Baxter Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Dundee, and an internationally recognised expert in the field of business and human rights, regularly advising international & EU institutions, the private sector and NGOs. She is also Chief Advisor and Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for Human Rights and an Honorary Lecturer at the School of Management at the University of St. Andrews. She holds a PhD from the European University Institute, Florence, and other degrees from Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), and City University, London. She is a Barrister called to the London Bar and a member of the Middle Temple. She has previously held visitor positions at LSE, New York University School of Law, and the University of Groningen, Department for International Law.

Date: 18th November

Time: 12.30


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