October 17, 2016
Weil co-authored a special report titled: “Seeing into Solitary: A Review of the Laws and Policies of Certain Nations Regarding Solitary Confinement of Detainees,” a significant study of the laws, policies, and practices of solitary confinement in 35 jurisdictions around the world. The study, commissioned by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, was completed on an entirely pro bono basis by Weil. It provides a much-needed comparative analysis of different aspects of the practice of solitary confinement, such as its purpose and authorization; challenges and appeals concerning, and limitations on, its use; and accommodations, access to the outside world, and the use of physical restraints.
Weil International Arbitration partner Eric Ordway led the Firm’s efforts on this project, which involved numerous Weil lawyers, including Glenda Bleiberg and others from the London, Budapest and Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai offices. Mr. Ordway participated in a panel event at the United Nations on Monday, October 17 to discuss the findings of the study.