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March 28, 2017

Tomorrow, March 29: “Is there public reason in Strasbourg human rights analysis?”


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“Is there public reason in Strasbourg human rights analysis?”

A talk by Wojciech Sadurski, Challis Professor of Jurisprudence, University of Sydney Law School

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
WCC 3036

 

Please join us for a talk by Wojciech Sadurski, Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School, as well as the Challis Professor in Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney Law School, who will explore whether analysis by the European Court of Human Rights of permissible limitations on protected rights can be interpreted as consistent with the liberal ideal of public reason. He will examine the Court’s acceptance of asserted “legitimate goals” at face value, the application of the “necessity” requirement in a manner that makes it difficult to discern true legislative aims, and the puzzling case of “protection of morals” as a legitimate ground for the restriction of rights.

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March 27, 2017

Today, March 27: The struggle for women’s right to justice and equality in Muslim contexts


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“What Islam, whose Islam?:
The struggle for women’s right to justice and equality in Muslim contexts”

A talk by Zainah Anwar, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Musawah

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
WCC B015

Please join us for a talk by Zainah Anwar, of Musawah, who will speak on the challenges faced by women’s groups living in Muslim contexts and their struggle to reform laws and practices made in the name of Islam that discriminate against women. She will share the initiatives of activists and scholars who are engaged in the production of new feminist and rights-based knowledge in Islam, and their efforts at creating a public voice at the national and international levels,  pushing for the possibility and necessity of reform to uphold the principles of equality and justice.

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March 22, 2017

Tomorrow, March 23: A film screening and discussion of Palestinian women living under the occupation


March 23, 2017


“Speed Sisters”:
Palestinian women living under the occupation

5:00- 7:00 p.m.
WCC 1023


Please join us for a screening of “Speed Sisters,” followed by a panel on Palestinian women living under the occupation. This is part of an ongoing film series sponsored by Islamic Legal Studies: Law and Social Change on women, rights and activism in the Muslim world.

The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Independent, determined and always on the move, they have deftly charted their own course through the pressures of social expectations, family dynamics, community politics and an ongoing Israeli military occupation.

Following the screening, our panelists Zena Agha, Rana Wahbe, and Nour Soubani will take a closer look at the complexities and vulnerabilities of Palestinian women’s lives under the Israeli occupation, offering personal perspectives and first-hand accounts.

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March 21, 2017

Today, March 21: Human rights in the U.S. under President Trump; Anti-impunity and the human rights agenda


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Human Rights in the U.S. Under President Trump

A talk by Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno,
Co-Director, U.S. Program, Human Rights Watch

12:00- 1:00 p.m.
WCC 3034
Harvard Law School

Lunch will be provided

Please join us for a talk with Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, Co-Director of the U.S. Program for Human Rights Watch, on human rights in the U.S. under the Trump administration. She will reflect on the President’s policies that would harm rights protections, and his positions vis-à-vis institutions of law that are essential to the functioning of democracy. She will also discuss how Human Rights Watch is responding to these challenges, and consider broader questions arising about the role of the human rights movement today.

 

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Event“Anti-Impunity and the Human Rights Agenda”

A book talk and panel discussion

5:00- 7:00 p.m.
Lewis 214A
Harvard Law School

 

In the 21st century, fighting impunity has become both the rallying cry and a metric of progress for human rights. The new emphasis on criminal prosecution represents a fundamental change in the positions and priorities of students and practitioners of human rights and transitional justice: it has become almost unquestionable common sense that criminal punishment is a legal, political, and pragmatic imperative for addressing human rights violations. A new collection from Cambridge University Press, Anti-Impunity and the Human Rights Agenda, challenges that common sense.

Please join us for a book talk by two of the book’s editors, Karen Engle, Professor, University of Texas at Austin School of Law, and Zinaida Miller, Assistant Professor, Seton Hall University, along with chapter authors Samuel Moyn, Professor, Harvard Law School, and Helena Alviar Garcia, Professor and former Dean, Los Andes Law School, Bogotá, for a discussion and celebration of the publication of Anti-Impunity and the Human Rights Agenda, chaired by Professor David Kennedy, Harvard Law School.

This event is being co-sponsored by the Institute for Global Law and Policy, the Human Rights Program, and the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas, Austin.

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March 17, 2017

Monday, March 20: A year in: Examining Myanmar’s democratic transition


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A Year In: Examining Myanmar’s Democratic Transition 

A talk by May Sabe Phyu,
Kachin leader and winner of “International Woman of Courage” award

12:00- 1:00 p.m.
WCC 4059
Harvard Law School

Lunch will be provided



Please join us for a talk by May Sabe Phyu, a Kachin leader and a winner of the State Department’s “International Woman of Courage” award. She will discuss efforts to prevent violence against women; the ongoing armed conflicts in Kachin and Shan States; and how peace activists are attempting to address entrenched militarization in the country.

This is the first talk in a two-part lunch series that looks at changes in Myanmar since Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy took power in the wake of the first free and open election in a generation. The series will examine the progress underway to protect human rights, achieve peace, and address the legacy of abuses and conflict in Myanmar dating back to the 1950s.

For the second talk, on April 10, Matthew Bugher, an HLS alumnus with investigative experience into international crimes in Myanmar, will discuss accountability efforts in the country, including a major investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity.

 

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February 28, 2017

Tomorrow, March 1: “Shifting Grounds in International Human Rights”


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“Shifting Grounds in International Human Rights”

12:00- 1:00 p.m.
WCC 3016

Please join the Human Rights Program for a panel discussion on how the international human rights landscape has changed since President Trump took office. HRP’s resident scholars and advocates will examine the question: what impact is the change of administration having on the work of international human rights scholars, lawyers, and activists working internationally? Panelists will address a range of topics, including women’s rights, LGBTQI rights, and the rights of religious minorities, and examine these issues in contexts where human rights are already under threat, such as Myanmar and the Middle East.

February 22, 2017

Tomorrow, Feb. 23: Human rights in investment law


under_rich_earth_poster10Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

Uncertain Protection: Human Rights in Investment Law

4:00 – 7:30 p.m.
WCC 1010

 

The Harvard Law SJD Forum presents Under Rich Earth, the award-winning chronicle of an extraordinary clash between Ecuadorian farmers and company-hired paramilitaries deep in the cloud forest. Together, Under Rich Earth and the related Copper Mesa Mining Corporation v. Republic of Ecuador arbitration decision serve as a vivid case study on the challenges and controversies surrounding investment arbitration, human rights and development.

A panel discussion will follow the screening, featuring David Cordero, Associate Professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, JSD Candidate at Cornell University; Kaitlin Y. Cordes, Center for Sustainable Investment at Columbia University; Jeswald Salacuse, Distinguished Professor and Henry J. Braker Professor of Law, Tufts University; and Malcolm Rogge, Director of Under Rich Earth and SJD Candidate, Harvard Law School. The discussion will be moderated by Mohammad Hamdy, SJD Candidate, Harvard Law School.

Film screening begins at 4 p.m., followed by the panel discussion from 5:50- 7:30 p.m.

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February 15, 2017

Tomorrow, Feb. 16: “Horma,” first in a film series on women, rights, and activism in the Muslim world


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“Horma,” featuring Saudi director and actress Ahd Kamel.

Please join Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change for a screening and discussion of “Horma” (“Sanctity”), the first film in its spring series on women, rights, and activism in the Muslim world.  The series, which is being co-sponsored by HRP, will showcase films that highlight women’s struggles, conflicts, and triumphs across the region. They cover a broad range of themes, including political and social activism, marriage, divorce, education, and sports.

Each screening will be followed by a discussion led by a guest who is either the filmmaker or an expert in the relevant theme. All screenings will start at 5:00 pm. Dinner will be provided for attendees.

“Horma,” featuring Saudi director and actress Ahd Kamel, was shot in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and stars Kamel as Areej, a pregnant young Saudi widow, who battles social customs to protect her unborn child. After the film, Kamel will join us via video conference for commentary and Q & A. In addition, we welcome Pascal Menoret, author of Joyriding in Riyadh and Professor of Modern Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, who joins us as discussant.

If you plan to attend this first event, please RSVP.

 

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February 13, 2017

Tomorrow, Feb. 14: “Human rights in Zimbabwe: A conversation with Dzie Chimbga”


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“Human rights in Zimbabwe: A conversation with Dzie Chimbga”

12:00- 1:00 p.m.
WCC 4063

Please join us for a conversation with Dzie Chimbga, Director of the International Litigation, Lobby and Advocacy unit of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. Dzie will discuss the challenges and rewards of being a front line defender of human rights in Zimbabwe, as well as his organization’s groundbreaking work to advance economic, social, and cultural rights.

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February 8, 2017

Tomorrow, Feb. 9: First screening in film series on women, rights, and activism in the Muslim world


Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change, with support from HRP, is pleased to announce its first film series, “Women, Rights, and Activism in the Muslim World.” Throughout this Spring semester, we will showcase films that highlight women’s struggles, conflicts, and triumphs across the region. The films cover a broad range of themes, including political and social activism, marriage, divorce, education, and sports.

Each screening will be followed by a discussion led by a guest who is either the filmmaker or an expert in the relevant theme. All screenings will start at 5:00 pm. Dinner will be provided for attendees.

Our first film is “Horma” (“Sanctity”), featuring Saudi director and actress Ahd Kamel. The film was shot in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and stars Kamel as Areej, a pregnant young Saudi widow, who battles social customs to protect her unborn child.

After the film, Kamel will join us via video conference for commentary and Q & A. In addition, we welcome Pascal Menoret, author of Joyriding in Riyadh and Professor of Modern Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, who joins us as discussant.

If you plan to attend this first event, please RSVP.

Other screenings in the series:

Speed Sisters” – February 23, 5:00 pm, Wasserstein 1023
What Tomorrow Brings” – March 9, 5:00 pm,  Wasserstein 1023
A Separation” – March 23, 5:00 pm, Wasserstein 1023
Private Revolutions: Young, Female, Egyptian” – April 13, 5:00 pm, Pound 101

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