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April 26, 2017
April 27, 2017
“Human health in a changing climate”
A Harvard symposium
9:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
Jefferson Hall 250
17 Oxford St,
Please join the Harvard Global Health Institute, the Climate Change Solutions Fund, and the Harvard University Center for the Environment for a symposium on human health in a changing climate, with welcoming remarks by Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust. The keynote address will be by Gina McCarthy, former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, followed by remarks by Michelle Williams, Dean of the Harvard T.H. School of Public Health.
HRP’s Bonnie Docherty will moderate a 10:15 a.m. panel on climate, migration and health, featuring Jennifer Leaning, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University; Michael VanRooyen, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and Kira Vinke, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
April 24, 2017
Tomorrow, April 25: A conversation with David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression
April 25, 2017
“The international state of digital rights”
A conversation with David Kaye,
UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression
Please join the Berkman Klein Center for a conversation between David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, and Nani Jansen Reventlow, a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center and Adviser to the Cyberlaw Clinic. Kaye will discuss his upcoming thematic report on digital access and human rights, as well as the most burning issues regarding free speech online and digital rights including encryption, fake news, online gender-based abuse and the global epidemic of internet censorship.
The Special Rapporteur will also speak about his work in both national and international free speech cases, after which the audience will have the opportunity to address any further issues they would like to discuss. The Human Rights Program is co-sponsoring this event, which will be followed by a reception in the Harvard Law School Pub located on the first floor of Wasserstein Hall.
April 18, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
“A more perfect internet: Promoting digital civility and combating cyber-violence”
12:00- 1:00 p.m.
Milstein East C
Please join us for a talk by Arturo Carrillo, Director of the Cyber-Violence Project at George Washington Law School, who will address a range of issues relating to digital incivility with en emphasis on cyber-violence. What are the most common negative behaviors online? How are these perceived and experienced by users? What is cyber-violence? Who does it target? What steps can be taken to prevent such behaviors? How should they be addressed once they’ve occurred? What challenges does the legal system face when dealing with cyber-violence related offenses?
This event is co-sponsored by the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society and the Human Rights Program.
April 17, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
“Toxic remnants of war”
A panel discussion
12:00- 1:00 p.m.
Geological Museum Lecture Hall
Pizza will be served
Join the Red Cross Club’s International Humanitarian Law Action Campaign in a panel with Clinical Advocacy Fellow Rebecca Agule and students from the International Human Rights Clinic. The panelists will discuss toxic remnants of war (TRW), a growing area of advocacy, law, and policy that addresses potential harms to the environment or health resulting from chemical or radiological contamination caused in the course of conflict or military operations and activities. The panel will discuss TRW through the lens of the Clinic’s recent research on Kosovo, which examined the use of depleted uranium during the 1999 NATO air strikes.
April 14, 2017
Today, we have the most wonderful news: our beloved Bonnie Docherty has been promoted to Associate Director for Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection! Bonnie has been a leader in the disarmament movement since 2001, working to ban everything from cluster munitions to killer robots to nuclear weapons- and developing a generation of students into advocates along the way.
More on this in an article to come. In the meantime, here she is today, being celebrated by some of her many fans, all of whom raised a plastic glass of Diet Mountain Dew in her honor. Congratulations, Bonnie! You do us proud.
April 12, 2017
We’re very pleased to bring you two compelling events tomorrow, Thursday, April 13, 2017. Please see below.
“The treadmill to somewhere: The experience of a Judge at the European Court of Human Rights”
12:00- 1:00 p.m.
Lunch will be provided
Please join us for a talk by Prof. Dr. iur. Helen Keller, currently a judge of the European Court of Human Rights, who will reflect on the challenges and achievements of serving on the world’s most advanced – and overworked – international human rights court. Judge Keller is also a professor of law at the University of Zurich, a leading scholar of human rights law, and a former member of the UN Human Rights Committee.
“Private Revolutions: Young, Female, Egyptian”
5:00- 7:00 p.m.
Please join us for a screening of “Private Revolutions: Young, Female, Egyptian”, a documentary that chronicles over two years the lives of four young Egyptian women from various social backgrounds who are fighting for their rights and for change after the revolution. The director of the film, Alexandria Schneider, will join us afterwards for a discussion and Q & A.
The screening is the last in a film series presented by Islamic Legal Studies: Law and Social Change about women, rights, and activism in the Muslim world. HRP is co-sponsoring the series, which showcases films that highlight women’s struggles, conflicts, and triumphs across the region.
April 11, 2017
Tomorrow, April 12: Andrzej Rzeplinski, former President of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal, on the rule of law in Poland
Our friends in the Working Group on Autocratic Legalism have called to our attention a particularly relevant event: Andrzej Rzeplinski, former president of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal, will be discussing the Polish constitutional crisis tomorrow, focusing in on the rule of law.
The Polish government is now the subject of a “rule of law” procedure at the European Commission, accused of having violated the rule of law with its attacks on the Constitutional Tribunal. President Rzeplinski fought off these attacks until the end of his regular term in January 2017, at which point the Court was captured by the government and now no longer challenges the government’s unconstitutional actions.
The conversation between President Rzeplinski and Visiting Professor Kim Lane Scheppele, who focuses on the intersection of constitutional and international law, particularly in constitutional systems under stress, will run from 10:00- 11:30 a.m. in WCC B010.
April 9, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
“One year in: Examining Myanmar’s democratic transition”
A talk by Matthew Bugher, JD ’09
12:00- 1:00 p.m.
Please join us for a talk by Matthew Bugher, an HLS alumnus with experience investigating international crimes in Myanmar. He will discuss his work promoting accountability for human rights abuses, and reflect on the possible establishment of an international commission of inquiry for decades of violations in Myanmar.
This talk is part of a two-part series that looks at change in Myanmar since the election of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, and the progress underway to protect human rights, achieve peace, and address the legacy of abuses and conflict in Myanmar dating back to the 1950s.
April 7, 2017
Because we believe that every month should include an International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating it again this month by sharing videos from last month’s official celebration at HLS. Either that, or we got caught up in other things around the Human Rights Program and neglected to post these videos in a timely manner.
If you visit our account on YouTube, you’ll find the following powerful testimonies offered by: Doris Rena-Landaveirde, union leader and member of the HLS custodial staff; our very own Susan Farbstein, Co-Director, International Human Rights Clinic; Aparna Gokhale, JD ’17; Radhika Chitkara, LLM ’17; . and Esme Caramello, Faculty Director, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. Deborah Anker, Director, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, also spoke but unfortunately we’re missing that video.
Thanks to the powerhouse women below- Yee Htun, Clinical Advocacy Fellow; Anna Crowe, Clinical Instructor; and Emily Nagisa Keehn, Assistant Director of the Academic Program- for organizing this event that drew more than 100 students, staff and faculty to Belinda Hall on March 8. Thanks also to the women who stood in front of that community and inspired and energized us with their words. And thanks finally to all the women we know- and the billions we do not- who have pushed for change, in whatever way they can, so that we are stronger and more secure and ready to push for MORE.
April 6, 2017
Several weeks ago, Tyler Giannini, Co-Director of the International Human Rights Clinic, and Yee Htun, Clinical Advocacy Fellow, presented a webinar for Harvard Law School alumni on human rights and Myanmar’s transition from military rule. The talk was so popular, the school asked if it could feature it as part of its bicentennial celebration.
Great work, Tyler and Yee.
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