TrialWatch® Conference

Brief Welcome and Conference Opening by Amal Clooney


Morning Panel: Journalism Should Not Be A Crime

What can be done to prevent courts from being used to silence criticism and exposure of wrongdoing?


  • Christophe Deloire, Secretary-General & Executive Director, Reporters Without Borders
  • Mohamed Fahmy, former Al Jazeera journalist previously imprisoned in Egypt
  • Jameel Jaffer, Executive Director, Knight First Amendment Institute
  • Maria Ressa, CEO and journalist for Rappler, currently facing criminal charges in the Philippines
  • Jason Rezaian, Washington Post journalist, formerly imprisoned in Iran


  • Helena Kennedy QC, Director, International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute 

Networking Lunch


Afternoon Panel: Countering Corruption in Courts

What can be done to prevent courts from being used to undermine the rule of law?

Confirmed Speakers

  • Beatrice Mtweta, human rights lawyer in Zimbabwe
  • Mohamed Nasheed, former President of the Maldives, previously-imprisoned in the Maldives
  • Judge Gloria Porras, Constitutional Court of Guatemala, a court facing significant threats to judicial independence
  • Geoffrey Robertson QC, human rights barrister
  • Jago Russell, Chief Executive, Fair Trials


  • Sarah Cleveland, Faculty Co-Director, Human Rights Institute at Columbia University

Afternoon Break


The Launch of TrialWatch

Confirmed Speakers

  • George Clooney, Co-President, Clooney Foundation for Justice
  • Amal Clooney, Co-President, Clooney Foundation for Justice
  • Brad Smith, President, Microsoft
  • Bob Carlson, President, American Bar Association
  • Lee Bollinger, President, Columbia University
  • Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights


  • Nicholas Kristof, Columnist, New York Times

TrialWatch Reception