2 Dec 2014

A4ID Security Training for NGOs


Tuesday 2 December 2014, 3.00pm-5.00pm


Reed Smith, The Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, London EC2A 2RS

Why attend?

The recent shocking abductions and murders of aid workers by Islamic State have made INGOs more aware than ever of the urgency and importance of staff safety and security. A4ID is partnering with one of its development partners, Security First, and one of its legal partners, Bates Wells Braithwaite, to offer NGOs free training that incorporates both legal and practical information on this essential issue.

What you will learn?

Matthew Orme will cover the legal responsibilities of an NGO to its staff, volunteers and contractors in relation to their safety and security; duty of care, standard of care, mitigation of risks, training, disclosure of risks, insurance and self-insurance, what (if any) responsibility can be disclaimed, and the pros and cons of different approaches.

In the second hour Rory Byrne will cover threat trends, future challenges and strategic/operational mitigation measures, including identifying less obvious risks in relation to both digital and physical security and best practice in dealing with them.

Participants will leave with a good overview and a number of sources/materials to further their own learning.

Who should attend?

Please note this event is for NGOs and social enterprises working in human rights or international development, not for lawyers working outside those organisations.

How to register?

The event is free but you must register in advance through Eventbrite.


Matthew Orme - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Matthew Orme is an associate at Bates Wells Braithwaite who advises and trains international NGOs on duty of care in relation to work in high risk overseas areas. His advice and training cover the duty owed to staff and potentially other persons such as volunteers, trustees, contractors, consultants etc., and include practical steps that NGOs can take to help ensure that they are meeting their duty of care.

Rory Bryne - Security First

Rory Byrne is CEO of Security First, which he founded in 2012. His experience draws from over eight years in the human rights world, and also from his work in the military, in Westminster, and as a Certified Ethical Hacker. From MIT Media Lab Europe to his role as the Head of Security & Research at the human rights organisation Videre, Rory has a strong track record of identifying human rights problems and implementing solutions through the efficient use of technology.

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Reed Smith, The Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, London, EC2A 2RS