February 15, 2018
“Human Rights in a Time of Populism”
March 23 – 24, 2018
Harvard Law School
Please join the Human Rights Program for a multidisciplinary conference that will explore the challenges that current developments characterized as populist pose to the goals of the international human rights system.
The conference, which is free and open to the public, will address questions such as:
- What is “populism”? Is it increasing and if so why?
- What challenges does populism create for the protection of internationally recognized human rights?
- How can human rights NGOs and human rights institutions respond to these challenges?
- Have human rights NGOs or institutions contributed unintentionally to the rise of populism by provoking backlash? Does increased populism point in other ways to lessons that should be learned by human rights NGOs or institutions?
Speakers will address these questions generally and within particular national or regional contexts. A full list of speakers can be found on the conference website.
February 9, 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018
“Fundamental Rights and Impact Litigation in Pakistan”
A talk by Visiting Fellow Yasser Latif Hamdani
12:00- 1:00 p.m.
Please join Human Rights Program Visiting Fellow Yasser Latif Hamdani for a talk on fundamental rights litigation under the Pakistani Constitution. Hamdani will discuss his personal experience as an Advocate of the High Courts of Pakistan, including litigating landmark internet freedom cases. This will cover cases involving YouTube and Blackberry and ongoing challenges under domestic legislation.
Co-sponsored by the Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change, the Human Rights Program, and the South Asian Law Students Association
February 7, 2018
Last week, Emily Nagisa Keehn, Associate Director of HRP’s Academic Program, and J. Wesley Boyd, J. Wesley Boyd, Faculty, Center for Bioethics and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, co-authored a compelling Op-Ed in The Conversation, examining how mass incarceration harms U.S. health. They write in part:
“Each year, an estimated 1,000 people die while incarcerated in U.S. jails, most of whom were unconvicted. Suicide rates for incarcerated people is 3-4 times higher than the general population. To us, the evidence is clear: Mass incarceration is a public health scourge in the U.S. The only reasonable response is to limit the unnecessary use of incarceration across the board.”
This commentary comes on the heels of a two-day conference, “Behind Bars: Ethics and Human Rights in U.S. Prisons.” which Emily helped to organize on behalf of HRP late last year. That conference, co-sponsored by the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, explored a range of topics, from treatment of pregnant women in prison to health care workers in prison to the psychopathological effects of solitary confinement.
Here’s a slideshow of the event (with photographs by Lipofsky.com), along with the keynote speech by Danielle Allen, Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University and
James Bryant Conant University Professor.
February 6, 2018
Late last month, HRP was pleased to welcome Trevor Hoppe, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany, State University of New York, for a talk on the topic of HIV and the criminalization of sickness. See below for video of the event.
February 6, 2018
Join us today, Feb. 6, and tomorrow for a small act of kindness as we write Valentine’s Day cards with messages to strangers who may be feeling particularly vulnerable in today’s climate.
We’ll have supplies for card-making as well as food in Belinda Hall from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. You can also make your own cards and drop them off at HRP and we’ll distribute them for you.
Last year over 300 cards were distributed to immigrants’ rights groups, a local mosque, clients of HLS clinics, and several schools.
Co-sponsored by: Advocates for Human Rights, HIP, La Alianza, MELSA, HIRC and TLPI.
February 2, 2018
Monday, Feb. 5: Civil Rights Activist Gay McDougall, Member, UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Monday, February 5, 2018
“Can the U.N. End Racism?: International Responses to Racial Discrimination”
A talk by Gay McDougall, member, UN committee on the elimination of racial discrimination
12:00- 1:00 p.m.
Lunch will be served
Please join the Human Rights Program for a talk by Gay McDougall, member of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and distinguished scholar-in-residence at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham University School of Law. Prof. McDougall also served as the U.N. Independent Expert on Minority Issues and the Executive Director of Global Rights. Prior to that, she was an activist against the Apartheid regime in South Africa, where she helped secure the release of thousands of political prisoners and supported the democratic transition.
This event is co-sponsored by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, the Harvard Human Rights Journal, the Harvard Black Law Students Association, and HLS Student Advocates for Human Rights.
January 31, 2018
Thursday, February 1, 2018
“A Road Less Traveled: Feminism and Advocacy in Saudi Arabia”
A talk by Saudi scholar and activist Hala Aldosari
12:00- 1:00 p.m.
Lunch will be served
Saudi activist and scholar Hala Aldosari will discuss the status of women’s rights advocacy in Saudi Arabia, drawing lessons for feminists who choose to tread an uncharted, less traveled road. In this talk, Aldosari will draw personal insights and reflections from women’s rights campaigns and the ongoing journey to organize thought and action in a country where activism continues to be criminalized.
Co-Sponsored by the Middle Eastern Law Students Association, HLS Advocates, and the Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change.
December 18, 2017
The Human Rights Program hosted an exciting array of speakers and panels this fall, including talks by the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings and experts on gender justice in South Africa and LGBTI equality in Jamaica.
For those who missed out, we’ve included videos and recordings from some of our featured events below:
“Decriminalization & Human Rights: A Panel Discussion,” with Co-Director of the Criminal Justice Policy Program at HLS and Professor of Law Carol Steiker, Professor of Philosophy and Law at Rutgers Douglas Husak, and HRP Associate Director Emily Nagisa Keehn, moderated by HRP Co-Director and Professor of Law Gerald Neuman Nov. 10, 2017, on YouTube and Soundcloud
A Facebook Live conversation with Dr. Yanghee Lee, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Nov. 3, 2017, on YouTube
Dr. Agnès Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions, Nov. 1, 2017, on YouTube
A Facebook Live conversation with Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini, leading Islamic feminist scholar and founding member of Musawah Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family, Sept. 29, 2017, on YouTube
“Tackling Gender-Based Violence & HIV in Southern Africa,” a talk by Dean Peacock, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Sonke Gender Justice, Sept. 28, 2017, on SoundCloud
A Facebook Live conversation about the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar with HRP Co-Director Tyler Giannini, Clinical Instructor Yee Htun, and HKS student Tarek Zeidan’18, Sept. 25, 2017, on YouTube
“Freedom of Expression and LGBTI Equality in Jamaica,” a talk by Maurice Tomlinson, attorney and senior policy analyst with the Canadian Legal Network, Sept. 19, 2017, on SoundCloud
Check back in January for our spring events, featuring “Human Rights in a Time of Populism,” a public conference on March 23 -24, 2018.
December 4, 2017
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
“Realizing Access to Effective Remedy”
A report-back from the 6th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights
Please join Tyler Giannini, Co-Director of the Human Rights Program and its International Human Rights Clinic, and Malcom Rogge, SJD Candidate and Teaching Fellow at HLS and Harvard Kennedy School, for a report-back from the 6th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights. The Forum is the global platform for yearly stock-taking and lesson-sharing on efforts to move the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights from paper to practice. The central theme of the 2017 Forum was “Realizing Access to Effective Remedy.”
November 29, 2017
November 30- December 1, 2017
“Behind Bars: Ethics and Human Rights in U.S. Prisons”
A conference organized by the Human Rights Program, the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics and the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics
Harvard Medical School campus
The United States leads the world in incarceration. The “War on Drugs” and prioritizing punishment over rehabilitation has led to mass imprisonment, mainly of the nation’s most vulnerable populations: people of color, the economically disadvantaged and under-educated, and those suffering from mental illness. Although these social disparities are striking, the health discrepancies are even more pronounced. What can be done to address this health and human rights crisis?
This conference will examine various aspects of human rights and health issues in our prisons. In collaboration with educators, health professionals, and those involved in the criminal justice system—including former inmates, advocates, and law enforcement—the conference will clarify the issues, explore possible policy and educational responses, and establish avenues for action.