Isobelle Jaques

Isobelle Jaques

Isobelle’s programmes include United Nations peace and security issues, conflict prevention, peace-making, post-conflict reconstruction and human rights, South and South East Asia and the Middle East.

Isobelle’s programmes include United Nations peace and security issues, conflict prevention, peace-making, post-conflict reconstruction and human rights, South and South East Asia and the Middle East.

Before joining Wilton Park in 2001, Isobelle worked for the Council of Europe, latterly with the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI). Prior to this, she coordinated programmes for the CoE in Strasbourg promoting human rights, democratic transition and the rule of law in Central and Eastern Europe. She was head of Amnesty International’s office to the United Nations in New York during 1987 to 1991, having worked previously as a researcher in their International Secretariat covering South and South East Asia.

Isobelle read History with Government and Politics at the University of Kent (BA Hons).


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Implementing the Convention against Torture (CAT): sharing best practice and experience in preventing torture in police custody (WP1426)

13 Dec 2015 Conference

In partnership with Convention against Torture Initiative. In association with Bristol University and the National Human Rights Council of the Kingdom of Morocco (CNDH). Today, almost all countries in the MENA region have ratified the Convention against Torture. There is greater …

torture, human rights, criminal justice,

Torture (WP1382)

28 Apr 2015 Podcast

We discuss the legal instruments that have been set up to stop torture taking place and ask why the UN convention hasn’t been ratified by everyone. We ask how you deal with torture by non-state actors and how people are …

Africa, peace, peacebuilding,

Peacebuilding in Africa (WP1358)

27 Mar 2015 Podcast

Asking what creates sustainable peace, what it is about Africa that allows it to be such a powerful narrator of peace and what it can do to help others. We discuss if violence in conflict is down to the failure …


Universal values and rights (WP1375)

12 Feb 2015 Podcast

We discuss how to make sure treaties are adhered to and ask what extent current and historic human rights are being dealt with. Finally we ask if the UN is facing a new challenge to reinforce universal values around the …

economy, emerging markets, innovation, investment, sustainable growth, women,

Women led businesses around the world (WP1362)

28 Jan 2015 Podcast

We ask if men think enough about the opportunities that women could bring to business and what’s getting in the way of businesses thriving. We discuss what the role of governments are and if enough is being done to support …

Turkey’s role in responding to regional and global challenges: an ethical and strategic perspective (WP1398)

21 Jan 2015 Podcast

At our third Wilton Park Address, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, HE Mr Ahmet Davutoğlu, addressed Turkey’s role in responding to regional and global challenges from an ethical and strategic perspective.

TImor-Leste, peacebuilding, statebuilding,

Learning through direct experience – Timor Leste (WP1355)

19 Dec 2014 Podcast

We ask what we should know about Timor Leste, what the g7+ is, and how it arose. We discuss how you persuade nations that have gone through war that the power and value of experience exceeds the power and value …

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Strategies for tackling torture and improving prevention (WP1382)

30 Mar 2015 Conference

In partnership with the Human Rights Implementation Centre, Law School, University of Bristol With support from the Human Rights Initiative, Open Society Foundations, Budapest, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London There is …

learning, Africa, peace, peacebuilding, education,

Peacebuilding in Africa: evolving challenges, responses and new thinking (WP1358)

23 Feb 2015 Conference

Changing landscape of conflict has thrown up challenges that exceed the initial scope of existing peacebuilding. These have exacerbated the dilemma in a context where post-war peace tends to unravel within the first decade of the signing of an agreement. …

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Strengthening the UN human rights treaty monitoring system: what are the next steps? (WP1375)

14 Jan 2015 Conference

This is the 11th in an annual series of UN-related human rights conferences and is being organised in association with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Bern. The implementation of each …

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