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A podcast made by and for people who really care about truth, justice, and human rights in Libya. Tune in every week to listen to what really matters in Libya. Libya Matters is a casual, informal conversation between Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL) team and journalists, experts, analysts, and others.

A podcast made by and for people who really care about truth, justice, and human rights in Libya. Tune in every week to listen to what really matters in Libya. Libya Matters is a casual, informal conversation between Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL) team and journalists, experts, analysts, and others.

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United Kingdom

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A podcast made by and for people who really care about truth, justice, and human rights in Libya. Tune in every week to listen to what really matters in Libya. Libya Matters is a casual, informal conversation between Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL) team and journalists, experts, analysts, and others.

Language:

English


Episodes

22: Are Amnesties Ever Acceptable? With Rupert Skilbeck

11/10/2020
In previous episodes we’ve explored avenues for accountability, but what about legal measures that may prevent it? In our season finale we discuss amnesties, which are rather popular in Libya (there have been at least four since 2011 that we know of). We’re joined by Rupert Skilbeck, barrister and Director of REDRESS, an organisation focused on seeking redress for victims of torture. We discuss the prohibition against blanket amnesties for gross human rights violations under international...

Duration:01:00:56

21: Seeking Safety: Internal Displacement in Libya with Cecilia Jimenez-Damary

11/3/2020
According to the UN, as of September 2020 there were 392,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Libya. Each one has a story, and each one has rights, but what are they? This week we talk with one of the world’s foremost experts on this often-misunderstood subject, Cecilia Jimenez-Damary. Cecilia is a human rights lawyer with over two decades of experience as an advocate for human rights in the Asia-Pacific region, a leading expert on forced displacement and migration, and since 2016 she...

Duration:00:58:40

20: Libya's Information War with Ahmed Gatnash

10/28/2020
The Libyan media scene has exploded since 2011, but from established international outlets to fake news churned out by armies of Twitter bots, how can we navigate it? To guide us, we’re joined by Ahmed Gatnash, co-founder of the Kawaakibi Foundation, an accelerator for thinkers and doers focused on the future of liberty in Arab and Muslim societies, host of the Arab Tyrant Manual podcast and co-author of the forthcoming book The Middle East Crisis Factory. You can find Ahmed on Twitter at...

Duration:00:56:28

19: Being Difficult: The Feminist Movement with Asma Khalifa

10/20/2020
What is life like for Libyan women right now? What challenges are Libyan women dealing with? Can we even speak of Libyan women in general? Asma Khalifa is an activist, researcher, co-founder of the Tamazight Women’s Movement and Khalifa Ihler Institute, and leading Libyan thinker on intersectional feminism. We ask her how women’s rights work gets done, or doesn’t, in Libya today. You can find Asma on Twitter at @AsmaKhalifaLY ** Libya Matters is a production of Lawyers for Justice in...

Duration:01:10:29

18: Art in Conflict with Hadia Gana

10/13/2020
What is art? What is culture? And what role do they play in Libya today? We’re delighted to reflect on Libya’s conflict in a very different way with one of the country’s best-known artists, Hadia Gana. Hadia has worked with ceramics and glass and produced many fascinating installations, and as a leading advocate for cultural heritage, recently founded Libya’s first art museum. Discussing the link between art and justice brings to mind our conversations with the great Justice Albie Sachs,...

Duration:01:04:16

17: "Failing Justice: Beyond the Failed State" with Pablo de Greiff (Annual Justice Lecture 2019)

10/6/2020
Last year, Lawyers for Justice in Libya and SOAS, University of London were honoured to welcome Mr Pablo de Greiff, the UN’s first Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, to deliver the inaugural Annual Justice Lecture. Pablo is a most amazingly nuanced and lucid thinker and was so incredibly patient with us! As we prepare for this year’s lecture, we listen again and reflect on the state of Libyan justice in 2020. On October 13th,...

Duration:01:43:30

16: Getting Creative: Pursuing Third State Responsibility with Valentina Azarova

9/29/2020
What does accountability mean? And how do we achieve it? Leading legal advocate and academic Valentina Azarova joins us to discuss how we can think outside the box and be more creative when seeking justice, why we need to stay focussed on the bigger picture when dealing with a crisis and where international law has its limits. You can find Valentina on Twitter at @ValentinaAzarov ** Libya Matters is a production of Lawyers for Justice in Libya. Find us...

Duration:01:12:14

15: Surviving Enforced Disappearance with Jabir Zain

9/22/2020
Shockingly, one in five households in Libya has had a person forcibly disappeared. What does it mean to be disappeared? How does it impact the disappeared person, their family and the wider community? This week, we have the privilege of joining inspiring human rights defender and women’s rights activist Jabir Zain to hear how he survived enforced disappearance in Libya. ** Libya Matters is a production of Lawyers for Justice in Libya. Find us at: Info@libyanjustice.org Twitter:...

Duration:00:55:13

14: The “Aaah” Moment: Pursuing Individual Accountability with Alex Whiting

9/15/2020
This week we’re joined by Alex Whiting, Deputy Prosecutor of the Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, Harvard Law Professor of Practice (on leave), former ICC and ICTY prosecutor and renowned criminal law expert. We discuss why justice has been so hard to achieve in Libya and why we should not give up on the International Criminal Court just yet. In a time of global crisis when the political will to pursue individual accountability is waning, how can we turn the tide? ** You can find...

Duration:01:11:09

13: Where Do We Begin? with Tarek Megerisi

9/8/2020
We’re back! It’s been a year since the end of Season 1 and so much seems to have changed without anything feeling like it has! Does that even make sense? To help guide us through it all we talk to Tarek Megerisi, Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and one of the most prolific writers on Libya. He tells like it is and boy do we need that! If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, leave a review and a 5 STAR rating wherever you get your podcasts. ** You can find...

Duration:00:48:57

Introducing Season 02

9/7/2020
We're super excited to launch Season 2 of Libya Matters! This season is different. We go deeper and explore themes we've not done before, but we're still going to be asking the not-so-easy questions. Join us, as we challenge ourselves to think, learn and get uncomfortable as we bring nuance to all matters Libya.

Duration:00:01:13

12: The Sanctions Charade with Wolfram Lacher

10/2/2019
In this episode, Dr Wolfram Lacher, Senior Associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs and author of "Libya's Fragmentation: Structure and Process in Violent Conflict", joins hosts Elham Saudi and Marwa Mohamed to discuss sanctions. They discuss what they are and how they work, who has the authority to impose them and, most importantly, whether they are still relevant in Libya today. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave us a review and a 5...

Duration:01:02:41

11: Dividing a Nation with Hafed Al-Ghwell

9/25/2019
In this episode, Hafed Al-Ghweel, non-resident Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at John Hopkins University, joins host Elham Saudi to discuss divisions in Libya. Through a rich and comprehensive discussion of the past and current situation, Hafed walks us through the many internal separations in Libya: the historical context, cultural differences and the growing polarisation within society. He raises the question: could the...

Duration:00:45:43

10: Outsourcing the Mediterranean with Matteo de Bellis

9/18/2019
In this episode, we talk about migration with Matteo de Bellis, Amnesty International’s researcher. As we try to debunk the official narrative in a relaxed and engaging chat, we share some interesting facts and stats and real solutions as to why migration is not a crisis, but rather a phenomenon. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave us a review and a 5 STAR rating on iTunes. You can find Matteo de Bellis on Twitter as @matteodebellis Checkout Lawyers for Justice work at...

Duration:00:46:25

09: Building Liveable Futures with Poonam Joshi

9/11/2019
In this episode, Poonam Joshi, Consultant Director at Funders' Initiative for Civil Society and former Executive Director of the Sigrid Rausing Fund, joins host Elham Saudi to discuss the threats and attacks civil society and human rights defenders face in Libya. Together, we explore how and why the space for civil society in Libya is shrinking, and how, as human rights defenders, we can begin to contest and counter this trend. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave us a...

Duration:00:58:57

08: The Square Kilometre with Tim Eaton

9/4/2019
In this episode, Tim Eaton, Research Fellow in the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House, joins Elham to talk money. By discussing how politics and economics in Libya intersect and influence each other, Tim walks us through the conflict war economy in Libya, how the economic structure itself has helped fuel the conflict, and who is really benefitting from this situation. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave us a review and a 5 STAR rating on iTunes. You...

Duration:01:06:30

07: On Women with Laila Alodaat

8/28/2019
In this episode, hosts Elham Saudi and Marwa Mohamed are joined by the amazing Laila Alodaat, Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, to focus on women. The episode delves into the specific impact of conflict on women and why women are so vital to peace and state-building. It also celebrates the bravery of Libyan women in the face of immensely difficult circumstances. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave us...

Duration:00:59:06

06: DC State of Mind with Frederic Wehrey

8/21/2019
In this episode, Frederic Wehrey, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of the book The Burning Shores: Inside the Battle for the New Libya, joins Elham to unpick US policy in Libya. Together, they retrace what happened at the Committee of Foreign Affairs' Congressional Hearings in May 2019, and try to understand whether US engagement in Libya can be positive, in the context of accountability and the rule of law. If you enjoyed this episode, please...

Duration:00:47:59

05: International Playground with Tarek Megerisi

8/14/2019
This week, host Elham Saudi is joined by the brilliant Tarek Megerisi, policy fellow of the North Africa and Middle East program at the European Council of Foreign Relations. We discuss the role of international actors in Libya, and the competing goals and interests that have often frustrated progress on the ground. During the conversation, we also ask ourselves what the Libyan view of the outside world is, and whether Libyans are all too reliant on looking to the outside world for...

Duration:00:39:20

04: It's About Trust with Carla Ferstman

8/7/2019
In this week’s episode, Carla Ferstman, Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex and former head of Redress, joins Elham and Marwa to talk about accountability in Libya. Through the lenses of human rights and international humanitarian law, Carla helped us understand what accountability really means and why it matters so much in the Libyan context (and beyond). If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave us a 5* review. Stay in the loop with Libya Matters by subscribing here:...

Duration:00:55:27