“The people of West Papua
have been denied their basic
human rights. Including their
right to self-determination."
- Desmond Tutu -
International Lawyers for West Papua (ILWP) is a worldwide organisation of legal professionals and academics committed to secure and to promote the fundamental rights and freedoms of the people of West Papua, in particular, the Papua’s right to self-determination under international law.
ILWP has been active in Guyana, Australia and the United Kingdom. The Dutch branch was formally launched on November 19, 2014 in The Hague, the Netherlands.
Courage is Contagious
For over a half century, the fundamental rights and freedoms of the Papua in the former Dutch colony have been consistently and flagrantly violated by the Indonesian authorities. The situation in West Papua was compared by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to the apartheid in South Africa, as he raised his voice in support of the Papua’s right to self-determination.
Jennifer Robinson, co-founder of ILWP, talks at TEDx about her relation with West Papua.
Could your own legal expertise contribute to finding an effective legal solution to the situation in West Papua? Please join us today in considering possible legal efforts to end the gross human rights violations in West Papua and register via our LinkedIn group as member of ILWP.
Jennifer Robinson is an Australian human-rights lawyer. She is the Legal Director for the Bertha Foundation in London and an Adjunct Lecturer in Law at the University…
Jennifer Robinson is an Australian human-rights lawyer. She is the Legal Director for the Bertha Foundation in London and an Adjunct Lecturer in Law at the University of Sydney Law School.
Since 2010, Robinson has been a member of a legal team representing Julian Assange and WikiLeaks in London.
Throughout her career, Robinson has worked on projects involving the accountability of multinational corporations for human rights abuses, with a particular interest in the Freeport mine in West Papua. She has also led a project for the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights.
In 2011, she became the Legal Director for the Bertha Foundation in London, with the task of creating and developing a global human rights and public interest law program.
Geoffrey Robertson QC is a human rights barrister, academic, author and broadcaster. Robertson is the founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers. He serves as a Master of the Bench at…
Geoffrey Robertson QC is a human rights barrister, academic, author and broadcaster.
Robertson is the founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers. He serves as a Master of the Bench at the Middle Temple, a recorder, and visiting professor at Queen Mary, University of London.
He has been counsel in many landmark cases in constitutional, criminal and media law in the courts of Britain and the commonwealth and he makes frequent appearances in the Privy Council and the European Court of Human Rights. His recent cases include: appearing for the Wall Street Journal in Jameel v WSJ, the landmark House of Lords decision which extended a public interest defence for the media in libel actions; representing Tasmanian aborigines in the novel action which stopped the Natural History Museum from experimenting on the remains of their ancestors; defending the Chief Justice of Trinidad at impeachment proceedings; arguing the Court of Appeal case (R v F) which first defined “terrorism” for the purpose of British law; arguing for the right of the public to see royal wills and representing a trust for the education of poor children in litigation in Anguilla over a billion dollar bequest.
He has maintained a wide advisory practice and has served part-time as a UN appeal judge at its war crimes court in Sierra Leone. In 2008 the UN Secretary General appointed him as one of the three distinguished jurist members of the UN’s Internal Justice Council.
Mark Stephens CBE is a British solicitor specialising in media law, intellectual property rights, and human rights with the firm…
Mark Stephens CBE is a British solicitor specialising in media law, intellectual property rights, and human rights with the firm Finers Stephens Innocent.
He is also Chairman of the Contemporary Art Society, Design and Artists Copyright Society, the advisory board of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford University, and the Board of Governors at University of East London. He is President of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and an independent director of the Independent Schools Inspectorate and a patron of International Alert.
Melinda Janki is a founding member of ILWP and an international lawyer specialising in the environment and human rights. She…
Melinda Janki is a founding member of ILWP and an international lawyer specialising in the environment and human rights. She provides legal advice to conservation organisations and to aboriginal and tribal peoples in Asia, Africa and South America.
Melinda is an active member of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) where she is a member of both the Commission on Environmental Law and the World Commission on Protected Areas. She is a Vice-Chair of the Commission on Environmental Law, co-chair of the Specialist Group on Indigenous Peoples, co-chair of the Specialist Group on Protected Areas, and co-chair of the Inter-Commission Task Force on Protected Areas.
Melinda represented the Patamona people of Guyana in their struggle against the Government over the extension of a national park that violated their traditional rights. As a result of her work with these communities the law was changed to protect their traditional rights. She recently drafted a new law for Guyana, the Amerindian Act 2006, which legally recognises and protects collective Amerindian rights, including collective land ownership. The law also gives Amerindian communities a veto over mining on their lands, lawmaking power and the right to establish their own protected areas.
Melinda is also the author of a far reaching study into the 1969 Act of Free Choice. Her paper WEST PAPUA AND THE RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW first appeared in the West Indian Law Journal in May 2010. You can download it by clicking here
Louis Yandeken is a Human Rights Lawyer from Papua New Guinea. He has been an advocate of the West Papuan…
Louis Yandeken is a Human Rights Lawyer from Papua New Guinea. He has been an advocate of the West Papuan self-determination movement for many years and was a guest speaker at the Road To Freedom Conference, held in Oxford in 2011.
Jonathan Morrow specializes in international law, natural resource development, sovereign representations, and advice to multinational organizations. He served from 2001…
Jonathan Morrow specializes in international law, natural resource development, sovereign representations, and advice to multinational organizations. He served from 2001 to 2004 as a principal legal advisor to the Prime Minister of East Timor on maritime boundary and unitization treaty negotiations with Australia; as deputy negotiator on Timor Sea Treaty and maritime boundary negotiations; and as one of the principal constitutional advisers to the UN Transitional Administrator in East Timor.
Other sovereign representations include advising the government of Zambia, the government of Afghanistan, and the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq. In or relating to Iraq, Mr. Morrow has advised the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Kurdistan Regional Government since 2006, served as Senior Legal Adviser to the United States Institute of Peace in respect of the drafting of the Iraqi Constitution; served as Senior Consultant to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq in respect of the Iraqi Constitution; and provided testimony to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Mr. Morrow is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, and served as a judge’s clerk for a senior Australian judge.
Anne Kajir is an attorney from Papua New Guinea. She has uncovered evidence of widespread corruption in the Papua New Guinea government,…
Anne Kajir is an attorney from Papua New Guinea. She has uncovered evidence of widespread corruption in the Papua New Guinea government, that allowed illegal logging in tropical forests. Kajir was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2006.
In 1997, her first year of practice, Kajir successfully defended a precedent-setting appeal in the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea, which forced the logging industry to pay damages to indigenous land owners. Today, Kajir is the chief executive officer of the Environmental Law Centre in Port Moresby and is the lead attorney in a Supreme Court case aimed at stopping foreign timber companies’ large-scale, illegal deforestation practices, often accompanied by threats of harm to local landholders who dare to challenge them.
amela Ali is an Attorney at Law and Legal Practitioner in the Courts of Guyana for 23 years. She specialises in several areas of Guyana law in…
amela Ali is an Attorney at Law and Legal Practitioner in the Courts of Guyana for 23 years.
She specialises in several areas of Guyana law in the civil and commercial jurisdiction. She commenced her legal career as a State Counsel at the Attorney General’s Chambers in Guyana and is presently in private practice providing legal services at the Guyana Law Firm of Rex McKay & Associates.
Ms Jamela A Ali is a trained Mediator and a Mediation Trainer and provides Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services. She is President of the Mediation Institute of Guyana Inc. (MIG)
She has authored articles on Adoption, Constitutional law, Legislative Drafting, Duty to Give Reasons, Law Revision & Legal Practitioners Committee, which have been published in the New Guyana Bar Review, Caribbean Law Review, Guyana Chronicle & Stabroek News newspapers. She has also delivered speeches on Constitutional Law Reform, Human Rights, Legislative Drafting, Mediation and laws relating to Children & Women.
Charles Foster is an English writer and barrister. He is known for his books and articles on theology and law. He…
Charles Foster is an English writer and barrister. He is known for his books and articles on theology and law. He is a Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, holds a doctorate in medical law from the University of Cambridge, and teaches medical law and ethics at the University of Oxford.
Charles was awarded the ’2011 Chambers Bar Award’ for Junior of the Year in professional discipline.
He is a specialist medical law practitioner. Areas covered include consent to treatment, withdrawal of treatment, disciplinary and regulatory work (GMC, GDC and others), healthcare resource allocation, clinical confidentiality and clinical negligence.