Judges for Justice in Guatemala

22.09.2016 13:30 - English

Meet four high-profile judges from Guatemala and listen to their struggle for the rule of law and justice: Yassmin Barrios, Haraldo Vasquez, Miguel Angel Galvez and Claudia Gonzales in dialogue with Elin Skaar (CMI).

The visiting judges are fighting
daily for the rule of law and justice in their home country Guatemala – risking both their own lives as well as the health and safety of their family members.

They are struggling for independent courts as a tool against violence and corruption.

The judges will be visiting Bergen as guest of the Human Rights Committee, the Norwegian Judges Association. In an open seminar hosted by the
Centre on Law & Social Transformation, the judges will share their experience from their work at the Guatemalan Court for High Risk Crimes and the Femicide Court.

The event will be held in


11:30: Food & mingling in the BRC – a light lunch will be served

12:00: Welcome

12:00-13:00: The struggle for independent courts in Guatemala: a panel debate featuring
Yassmin Barrios,
Haraldo Vasquez,
Miguel Angel Galvez,
Claudia Gonzales and
Daniel Butler in dialogue with
Elin Skaar, CMI.

13:00-13:30: Q&A

13:30-14:00: Opportunity to meet the judges over a cup of coffee


Judge Iris Yassmín Barrios Aguilar – President of the Major Risk Tribunal A

Judge Miguel Angel Galvez Aguilar – First Instance Judge, Major Risk Tribunal B, Guatemala City

Judge Jorge Haroldo Vasquez Flores – President of the Criminal Tribunal for Amatitlan

Judge Claudia Elvira Gonzalez – Judge in the Femicide and Other Forms of Violence Against Women Tribunal, Lecturer in the College of Judicial Studies and Judges´ Representative on the Council of the Judiciary in Guatemala

Daniel Butler – Legal Adviser for the ICJ Central America in the themes of judicial independence and the fight against impunity. He works closely with judges in the region, and specialises in promoting law and policy reform, training and other activities promoting judicial independence.


Event info.

Bergen Global
Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen

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