The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the New Zealand branch of the International Law Association invite you to attend the Public Session of the 2019 Beeby Colloquium on International Law.

The Christchurch Call to Action - Breaking new ground

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the New Zealand branch of the International Law Association invite all interested individuals to attend the Public Session of the 2019 Beeby Colloquium on International Law. Please join us to discuss ‘the Christchurch Call to Action - Breaking new ground’ on Thursday 28 November at 1.00pm at Rutherford House, 33 Bunny Street. No RSVPS are required for this event.

The Christchurch Call to Action on terrorist and violent extremist content online is a response to the way in which the internet was weaponised as part of the terrorist attack in Christchurch, which killed 51 people and injured 49 more.

The Christchurch Call is noteworthy in three respects: it was developed within a six week period; it is explicitly voluntary; and it was negotiated between governments and tech companies.

Victoria and Ross will discuss how the Christchurch Call to Action was brought together, and reflect on what implications the Christchurch Call, and the way in which it come together might have for international law. Does the Christchurch Call suggest that international lawyers may need to look beyond existing legal frameworks and processes to address current global challenges?

Chair

Toby Fisher, Manager General International Law team, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Speakers

Victoria Hallum, Acting Deputy Secretary Multilateral and Legal Affairs Group, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Victoria led the Christchurch Call work for MFAT. She is an international lawyer with a broad experience advising the New Zealand government across peace and security issues, trade law, and law of the sea and environment issues. She has been posted as a diplomat to New York and Paris.

Ross Young, Public Policy and Government Affairs Lead, Google

Ross leads public policy and government affairs for Google in New Zealand. He has degrees in law and psychology and has had a diverse career working for local and central government, an NGO and corporates.

In his role at Google, he has worked on the Global Launch of Project Loon from Christchurch, NZ; founded the Innovation Partnership to help schools, businesses and government make the most of digital technology; commissioned research on The Value of the Internet to NZ Businesses and Data Driven Innovation in NZ and sponsored the Manaiakalani Digital Teaching Academy to provide professional support for teachers on blended digital learning. He is a member of the Law Foundation’s Advisory Council on Technology and the Law, and the board of the NZ’s AI Forum.

Invitation

Please click here for full details The Beeby Colloquium on International Law: Public Session The Christchurch Call to Action - Breaking new ground [PDF, 230 KB]

For more information go to https://www.christchurchcall.com (external link)