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April 23, 2014

Class of 2014 Chooses Tyler Giannini for its Teaching Excellence Award

Posted by Human Rights Program faculty and staff

As friends and colleagues of Tyler Giannini, we are thrilled that the Class of 2014 has chosen to award him the Albert M. Sacks-Paul A. Freund Award for Teaching Excellence. All of us appreciate and benefit so much from his vision and commitment to our clinic and program–as a human rights advocate, a clinician, and an innovator in the field and in the classroom. It is wonderful to see his dedication to his students recognized with this award.

From left: Lynette Miner, Tyler Giannini, Ariel Nelson, Susan Farbstein, Oded Oren, Avery Halfon

From left: Lynnette Miner, Tyler Giannini, Ariel Nelson, Susan Farbstein, Oded Oren, Avery Halfon

Tyler is a rare find, a triple threat: an advocate-teacher-scholar who embraces all these roles and finds in them a harmony that is truly a joy to witness and learn from. Anyone who works with him can sense the passion that he brings to work. It is evident in the emotion, care, and impeccable commitment to quality that he invests into everything he produces, from U.S. Supreme Court briefs to course syllabi to student role-plays. Tyler works this way because he cares deeply about teaching his students to be thoughtful and effective human rights practitioners, and because he believes so strongly in the value of the work that he does each and every day.

We are moved and beyond excited that Tyler has received this well-deserved recognition. We couldn’t be prouder of him. Thank you, Class of 2014.

NOTE: Check out Tyler’s reaction to the great news on our Facebook page!

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April 17, 2014

The Alien Tort Statute: In Pursuit of Corporate Accountability

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“The Alien Tort Statute: In Pursuit of Corporate Accountability”

April 17, 2014

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Langdell South

Lunch will be served

 

On the one year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, Paul Hoffman, counsel for petitioners, and Professor Noah Feldman, Harvard Law School, will discuss litigation strategies for holding corporations accountable for human rights violations. This is the kickoff event for the Harvard Human Rights Journal’s 14th annual symposium. Co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society and the Human Rights Program.

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April 8, 2014

Today, April 9: “The Future of Corporate Impact Litigation After Chevron”

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“The Future of Corporate Impact Litigation After Chevron”

A Discussion with Steven Donziger

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
WCC 3018

 

Please join us for a discussion with Steven Donziger, JD ’91, a New York based lawyer who has advised indigenous and farmer communities for two decades in their struggle to hold Chevron accountable for oil contamination in the Amazon. In 2013, Ecuador’s Supreme Court affirmed a trial court ruling ordering Chevron to pay $9.5 billion in damages. Chevron fought back, recently securing a controversial ruling from a U.S. federal judge in a non-jury trial that Ecuador’s entire judicial system is unworthy of respect and that the case was marred by fraud. That case is currently under appeal to the Second Circuit while enforcement actions based on the Ecuador judgment continue against Chevron in Canada, Brazil, and Argentina. The case raises profound questions that touch on international law, comity, human rights, indigenous rights, freedom of expression, professional ethics, and the limits of litigating against corporate wrongdoers.

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