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November 28, 2016
November 30, 2016
12:00- 1:00 p.m.
Please join us for a conversation with the Honourable Irwin Cotler, the former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and international human rights lawyer. Professor Cotler has been called “Counsel for the Oppressed” and “Freedom’s Counsel” by Canada’s MacLeans Magazine and the Oslo Freedom Forum, respectively. He was Canadian Counsel for Nelson Mandela and main counsel for former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, and was a law professor at McGill University. Professor Cotler is the recipient of eleven honorary doctorates and various awards including the Order of Canada, which is Canada’s highest civillian honor, and the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation’s Centennial Medal.
This event is organized by the Harvard Canadian Law Students Association and is co-sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, HLS Advocates for Human Rights, the Human Rights Program, and ACS. Lunch will be provided.
November 23, 2016
Posted by Emily Keehn
The Human Rights Program invites applications for its Visiting Fellows Program in the 2017-2018 academic year. The Visiting Fellows Program gives individuals with a demonstrated commitment to human rights an opportunity to step back and conduct a serious inquiry in the human rights field. Visiting Fellows are usually scholars with a substantial background in human rights, experienced activists, or members of the judiciary or other branches of government.
Typically, fellows come from outside the U.S., and spend from one semester to a full academic year in residence at Harvard Law School, where they devote the majority of their time to research and writing on a human rights topic. The Program currently has a preference for fellows working on the United Nations Treaty Bodies in their research, though applications are not limited in this regard.
The fellows form an essential part of the human rights community at Harvard Law School, and participate in the Human Rights Program’s bi-monthly Visiting Fellows Colloquium, as well as a number of other activities.
The Human Rights Program provides approximately four fellows annually with a shared office space, access to computers, and use of the Harvard library system. As a general matter, the Human Rights Program does not fund fellows. However, applicants who are nationals of low or middle income countries are eligible for the Eleanor Roosevelt Fellowship, which offers a stipend to help defray the cost of living. In order to profit from the fellowship, fluent spoken English is essential.
The deadline to submit applications is February 1, 2017. Click here for more information on how to apply.
November 22, 2016
VIDEO: Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, speaks at joint conference on climate change displacement
We’re so pleased today to share coverage of our recent joint conference, “Climate Change Displacement: Finding Solutions to an Emerging Crisis,” which brought together experts from around the world to discuss the governance challenges that come with this critical issue. Thanks again to the Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic and the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic for partnering with us on this conference, which was comprised of closed meetings and two public events.
Below, you’ll find the video of the first event: a conversation between Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and current UN special envoy on El Niño and climate change, and Dean Martha Minow. Harvard Law School has posted a summary of that talk, along with some excerpts, on the home page.
The Harvard Gazette also went in-depth with one of the conference attendees, Robin Bronen, a human rights attorney, senior research scientist at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and co-founder and executive director of the Alaska Institute for Justice. Robin participated in the second public event, entitled “Addressing Climate Change Globally and Locally.” You’ll also find video of that event below.
Thanks to all of the conference participants, and to the many other scholars, advocates, and affected communities who are working so hard on this issue.
November 18, 2016
Monday, Nov. 21: “Protest and Social Media: A Conversation with Evan Mawarire of the #ThisFlag Movement
Protest and Social Media
A conversation with Evan Mawarire,
of the #ThisFlag movement
12:00- 1:00 p.m.
Please join us for a discussion with Zimbabwean pastor Evan Mawarire, of the #ThisFlag movement, as he examines the protests that swept across the nation and diaspora, calling for economic reform, restoration of basic services and an end to government repression in Zimbabwe. Mawarire, whose social media campaign helped to catalyze thousands of protestors, was later detained and charged with “attempting to overthrow the government.” He was quickly released after a magistrate ruled his arrest unconstitutional.
This talk is being co-sponsored by the Harvard African Law Association at Harvard Law School. Harvard ID is required. Lunch will be provided.
November 15, 2016
“The Future of the Inter-American System”
12:00- 1:00 p.m.
Please join us for a discussion with James Cavallaro, President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, where he is the Founding Director of the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic and the Stanford Human Rights Center. Cavallaro was formerly the Executive Director of the Human Rights Program and Clinical Professor at Harvard Law School. He is also the founder of the Global Justice Center, a leading Brazilian human rights NGO.
November 14, 2016
November 15, 2016
“Women’s Legal Capacity in the Laws of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States”
12:15- 1:15 p.m.
Please join us for a talk by Saudi blogger and activist Hala Aldosari, who will discuss the family laws of Arab Gulf states and the challenges and prospects of change. She will focus on women’s legal capacity under these laws and discuss the current debates and controversies surrounding Islam, social customs, and legal reform in these countries.
A scholar of women’s social determinants of health, Aldosari is currently a visiting scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington DC, where she researches gender identity in the laws and policies in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. She maintains a women rights advocacy project online and participates in advocacy efforts and community capacity building aimed at promoting women’s rights.
This talk is being presented by Islamic Legal Studies: Law and Social Change and co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program
November 9, 2016
Joint report on Syrian refugees and documentation of legal status, identity, and family relationships in Jordan
Posted by Anna Crowe, Clinical Instructor
Today in Amman, Jordan, the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School and the Norwegian Refugee Council Jordan launched Securing Status: Syrian refugees and the documentation of legal status, identity, and family relationships in Jordan, a 45-page report that details the challenges Syrian refugees living outside refugee camps encounter obtaining official documents from the Government of Jordan that allow them to access services, such as healthcare, as well as humanitarian assistance.
Nearly 80 per cent of the 655,000 Syrian refugees registered with United Nations’ refugee agency in Jordan live outside refugee camps, in Jordanian cities, towns, and rural areas. The report outlines official processes for refugees to obtain documentation, the challenges refugees encounter, and the consequences faced by those who lack documentation.
November 9, 2016
November 10, 2016
“The Armenian Genocide Legacy”
A book talk by Alexis Demirdjian,
Trial Lawyer, International Criminal Court
November 2, 2016
“Litigating Free Speech Cases in African Regional Courts”
A talk by Nani Jansen Reventlow,
Fellow, Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society
Associate Tenant, Doughty Street Chambers
Please join us for a discussion with Nani Jansen Reventlow on the topic of regional courts in Africa and freedom of expression cases in particular. As the head of the Media Legal Defence Initiative’s global litigation practice, Reventlow led litigation that resulted in the first freedom of expression judgments at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the East African Court of Justice. She has also led cases before the European Court of Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Committee, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, and several African regional courts.
This event is co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program, the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, and HLS Advocates for Human Rights.
October 27, 2016
Criminal Justice Reform in Pakistan: A Case Study
2:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Please join us for a lunchtime discussion with Professor Osama Siddique, Henry J. Steiner Visiting Professor in Human Rights, on the human rights implications of criminal justice system reform in Pakistan. In most developing countries, criminal justice reform is driven by internationally-funded efforts, which often cut out critical local actors. In Pakistan, members of the justice sector are engaged in complex and meaningful dialogue that has influenced the process and content of criminal justice reform to more sustainable effect. Professor Siddique examines Pakistan’s cutting-edge effort and considers what lessons can be drawn from it for other countries.
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