Conversation with Nils Melzer: The Case of Julian Assange – How could this happen in European Democracies?
20 April 2021, 9 am
Presseclub Concordia, fjum
Nils Melzer (1970, Zurich, Switzerland) is is a Swiss lawyer, academic and book author. He is the Human Rights Chair of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and a Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow. On 1 November 2016, he took up the function of UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
Invited by Julian Assange’s lawyer, Melzer decided to investigate the legal background of Julien Assange’s persecution and incarceration. He revealed a series of serious irregularities unexpected to occur in European democracies: fabricated evidence, conflict of interests, political pressure, biased courts. Melzer’s explosive findings were compiled in his upcoming book: Der Fall Julian Assange (Piper, April 2021). The case Assange is one of many torture cases on Melzer’s agenda. The conversation will focus on several cases and why nobody seems to care.
Brief introduction, followed by a live Q@A.
Concept and Moderation
Daniela Kraus, General Secretary Presseclub Concordia; Mirjana Tomić, fjum/Presseclub Concordia.
Please register HERE. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link one day before the event. Registration deadline: 19 April 2021 (midday).