Speeches and Advocacy

17 May, 2017
  Addressed by IDLO Director-General Irene Khan Joint Launch of the Judiciary Committee on Elections (JCE) Annual Report 2016 and IDLO Lessons Learned and Brief (LLB) on Judicial Preparedness for Handling Electoral Disputes in Kenya and Beyond May 4, 2017 Nairobi, Kenya...
18 January, 2016
Addressed by IDLO Director-General Irene Khan Barbara Prammer Symposium  January 18, 2016 Vienna, Austria  President of the National Council Ministers Chairman of the SPO Parliamentary Group Parliamentarians Political activists Distinguished guests,...
23 April, 2015
This piece was originally published in Huffington Post. By Irene Khan, Director-General, IDLO The world's largest gathering on crime prevention and criminal justice, the United Nations Crime Congress, has just concluded in Doha, Qatar, adopting the Doha Declaration that contains specific...
6 March, 2015
        This op-ed was originally published in the Diplomatic Courier If we want to end hunger then we must empower women. If we want to feed the planet then we must fight gender discrimination. Many of us get misty eyed about our favorite dish—“the way Mom...
6 November, 2014
Statement of the Director-General Meeting of the Assembly of Parties November 6, 2014 Rome, Italy   Mr. President, Excellencies, Our Special Guests, Members of our Board of Advisors, Distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, Let me begin by welcoming you,...
22 September, 2014
This piece was originally published on OpenDemocracy.net. The overlapping and interdependent nature of human rights suggests efforts to protect only some rights in law are misguided. The reason for legalizing economic and social rights is not only to make them justiciable in court; it is to...
15 September, 2014
  "The sobering reality is that in many countries [...], women are not treated equally by law itself," Director-General Irene Khan has said. The statement came in a speech entitled Changing Women's Lives: Empowerment, Innovation and Development delivered on Monday, September 15, 2014 at the...
4 October, 2013
This piece was originally published in the Global Post. Justice is scarce in Arab countries where the rule of law is absent. Democracy, it turns out, does not breed the rule of law; all indications are that it is the rule of law that breeds democracy. By Irene Khan, Director-General,...
15 May, 2013
This piece was originally published in The New York Times. Out of the rubble of a garment factory, just outside Dhaka, hundreds of bodies of women are brought to light, shalwar kameez and saris vivid against death’s pallor. In the capital itself, meanwhile, Islamic extremists burn buses, loot...
29 April, 2013
This piece was originally published in Huffington Post. By Irene Khan, Director-General, IDLO As we mark World Intellectual Property Day, much of the debate has been focusing on access to life-saving medicines in the developing world. The echo endures of the Indian move to refuse the...

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