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2021 ILS International Law and Practice Course

Lecture 2 - Representation and influence of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), particularly Pacific SIDS - in the Human Rights Council 

26 October 2021 | Zoom Webinar

Join the International Law Section for the second ILS International Law and Practice Course lecture – Representation and influence of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), particularly Pacific SIDS - in the Human Rights Council, featuring H.E. Ms. Nazhat Shameem Khan, President of the Human Rights Council and Ms Mary Walker OAM as Chair of the session.

The President of the Human Rights Council, H.E. Nazhat Shameem Khan, will speak on the representation and influence of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in particular, Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS), at the Human Rights Council.

Ensuring that the voices of SIDS and PSIDS receive proper attention and that their priorities remain high on the Council’s agenda is a priority for the Presidency.

In addition, the President will discuss the challenges and opportunities of SIDS participation in the Council and provide examples of how SIDS and PSIDS have engaged successfully and have helped shape the discussions in the Council in the promotion and protection human rights.


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H.E. Ms. Nazhat Shameem Khan, President of the Human Rights Council and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Fiji to the United Nations in Geneva

Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan was appointed to Fiji’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva, when it first opened in April 2014. Ms. Khan was appointed Fiji’s Director of Public Prosecutions in 1994, the first woman in Fiji to hold that post. In 1999, she was appointed Fiji`s first woman High Court judge, a position she held until 2009.

While holding judicial office, she delivered a number of human rights decisions. As a private practitioner from 2009 to 2014, she conducted legal and corporate training for lawyers, judges, and the business community on human rights, corporate and good governance, and law and procedure.

Since her appointment as Permanent Representative, Ms. Khan has supported the work of the Trust Fund for small island developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in working toward universal representation of all countries in the Human Rights Council.

Ms. Khan also co-chaired the technology stream of the Human Rights Council's efficiency process in 2018. She is a strong advocate for more Pacific Islands and SIDS to become members of the Human Rights Council to making it more inclusive and representative.

During Fiji’s first year as a member of the Human Rights Council for the 2019-2021 term, Ms. Khan was nominated to be vice president of the Council by the Asia Pacific Group. She chaired the Human Rights Council Task Force on Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities and during her tenure, created the Group of Friends of the Task Force dedicated to furthering the work of the Task Force.

Dr Gordon Hughes AM

Dr Hughes is a former president of the Law Institute of Victoria, the Law Council of Australia and LAWASIA, a former chair of the Law Council’s International Law Section, and current chair of LAWASIA’s Business Law Section and of the South Pacific Lawyers’ Association.He is a qualified arbitrator and a former part-time member of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Dr Hughes has authored, co-authored and/or edited nine legal texts, including ‘Data Protection in Australia’, ‘Computer Contracts: Principles and Precedents’, and ‘Trade Secrets and Privacy.’ He has received numerous awards in recognition of his achievements. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2011.

In 2017, Dr Hughes was awarded an Order of Australia “for significant service to the law, to professional organisations and to international affairs and legal practice in the Asia-Pacific region”.

Ms Mary Walker OAM

Mary is Chair of the Law Council of Australia’s International Law Section.






For any inquiries about the event, please contact the Section Administator.

Doris Wimmler
ILS Section Administator
T. 02 6246 3758

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