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December 4, 2017

Tomorrow, December 5: Realizing Access to Effective Remedy


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

“Realizing Access to Effective Remedy”

A report-back from the 6th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

5:00-7:00 p.m.
Lewis 202

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.”

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November 29, 2017

Tomorrow, Nov. 30: Joint Conference on Ethics and Human Rights in U.S. Prisons


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

Registration required

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.

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November 15, 2017

Tomorrow, Nov. 16: The Israeli Asylum System


Thursday, November 16, 2017

“The Israeli Asylum System: Refugee Exclusion in the Land of Refugees”

A talk by Tally Kritzman-Amir, Senior Lecturer, College of Law and Business, Israel

12:00- 1:00 p.m.
WCC 3013

Please join us for a brown bag lunch by Dr. Tally Kritzman-Amir on Israel’s asylum system. Kritzman-Amir will situate the exclusionary policy’s paradoxical relationship to the country’s founding narrative as a state for refugees, discuss the impact of this policy on refugee rights, and analyze the role the courts play within the current asylum regime. Kritzman-Amir is a Senior Lecturer of Immigration and International Law at the College of Law and Business, Israel, and a current Human Rights Program Visiting Fellow.

This event is being co-sponsored by the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic

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November 13, 2017

Tomorrow, Nov. 14: A Clash of Good Intentions: NGOs vs. the UN


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

“A Clash of Good Intentions: NGOs vs. the UN”

12:00- 1:00 p.m.
Hauser 102

Non-pizza lunch will be served

Join us for a discussion about what happens when a non-profit lawyer goes up against an established international organization responsible for protecting the public. Beatrice Lindstrom, Staff Attorney with the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (2017-2018 Wasserstein Fellow), will discuss her lawsuit against the U.N. for bringing cholera to Haiti through untreated wastes discharged from a peacekeeping base. Rick Hertz, Senior Litigation Attorney with EarthRights International, will discuss his lawsuit again the World Bank/IFC for funding a power plant that devastated fishing villages in India.  Professor Susan Farbstein, Director of the International Human Rights Clinic, will moderate.

Co-sponsored by OPIA and the Human Rights Program

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November 13, 2017

Today, Nov. 13: Screening of “Sittwe” Documentary about Conflict-Affected Teens in Myanmar’s Rakhine State


Monday, November 13, 2017

“Sittwe”

A documentary screening

12:00- 1:00 p.m.
WCC 1023

Please join us for a screening of Sittwe, a short documentary film about two teenagers separated by conflict and segregation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Produced as a tool to facilitate discussions about peace building in Myanmar, the film was due to premiere in Yangon at the Human Rights, Human Dignity Film Festival but was banned by the government. It later premiered at the Freedom Film Festival in Malaysia, where it was awarded the Best Southeast Asia Short Documentary. Following the screening, there will be a Q & A with producer Myo Win, an imam and leader in the interfaith peace movement in Myanmar.

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November 9, 2017

Tomorrow, Nov. 10: Addressing the Harms and Curbing the Use of Armed Drones; LGBTQ Rights in the Arab World


Friday, November 10, 2017

“Armed Drones: Addressing Harms and Curbing Use”

A talk by Elizabeth Minor, Advisor, Article 36

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

Please join us for a brown bag informal lunch discussion with Elizabeth Minor, an Advisor at UK-based disarmament NGO Article 36. Minor will explore the current state of international action by states and NGOs to address the concerns raised by armed drones. She will also discuss the need to work towards agreement on the limits of the acceptable use of these technologies in order to respond to the harm they cause.

Minor is a researcher and campaigner who has worked for eight years with NGOs and in international coalitions, undertaking policy analysis and advocacy to address armed violence and harm from certain weapons. Most recently with Article 36 she worked to achieve the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017.

This event is part of the International Human Rights Clinic’s work on armed conflict and civilian protection.

 

“Dismantling Oppressive Structures: LGBTQ Rights in the Arab World”

A panel discussion

12:00- 1:00 p.m.
WCC B015

This event is open to Harvard Law School affiliates only

Over the past ten years, new battle lines have begun to form in much of the Arab world. Quietly, slowly, but firmly, LGBTQ activists across the region have begun to resist the legacy of decades of injustice and discrimination against them visibly and vocally by organizing their ranks and embarking on brave acts of resistance.

This panel will examine the cultural and sociopolitical origins and dynamics of homophobia and transphobia in the Arab world and engage in an open and honest conversation about what queer liberation would look like in this complex region. Panelists will draw on their own experiences as activists and debate solutions to dismantle the existing structures of oppression in a number of contexts, including Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt, and Palestine.

The panelists: Sa’ed Atshan, Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College (Palestine); Dalia Al-Farghal, LGBTQ Rights Activist, (Egypt); Senda Ben Jbara, LGBTQ Rights Activist (Tunisia); and Tarek Zeidan, LGBTQ Rights Activist, Helem or Lebanese Protection for LGBTQs (Lebanon).

This event is co-sponsored by Lambda, HLS Advocates, MELSA, and the Human Rights Progam, all at Harvard Law School.

November 8, 2017

Tomorrow, Nov. 9: “Decriminalization and Human Rights”


Thursday, November 9, 2017

“Decriminalization and Human Rights”

A panel discussion

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Hauser 102

Lunch will be served.

Many ongoing debates address whether certain criminal offences should be decriminalized, from the use and possession of drugs, to homeless people sleeping in public spaces. This panel will explore how International Human Rights Law fits into the discussion. Panelists will examine the jurisprudence on decriminalization at the U.N. human rights bodies, offer legal philosophical perspectives, and consider critical issues in this arena like the criminalization of poverty.

Panelists include Carol Steiker, Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Criminal Justice Policy Program at HLS; Douglas Husak, Professor of Philosophy and Law, Rutgers University; and Emily Nagisa Keehn, Associate Director, Academic Program of the Human Rights Program at HLS. The panel will be moderated by Gerald Neuman, Co-Director the Human Rights Program and J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at HLS.

This event is co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Criminal Justice Policy Program at HLS.

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October 31, 2017

Tomorrow, Nov. 1: Conversation with Dr. Agnès Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A conversation with Dr. Agnès Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

12:00- 1:00 p.m.
Austin 111

Please join us for a talk by Dr. Agnès Callamard, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, who will discuss her recent report on a gender-sensitive approach to the topic of arbitrary killings. In addition to Dr. Callamard’s mandate from the United Nations, she is the director of Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression initiative. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Article 19, the founder of the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership, and the Chef de Cabinet for the Secretary General of Amnesty International.

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October 30, 2017

Tomorrow, Oct. 30: A conversation with Dr. Yanghee Lee, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar


Monday, October 30, 2017

A Conversation with Dr. Yanghee Lee, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar

12:00- 1:00 p.m.
WCC 2009

Please join us for a conversation with Dr. Yanghee Lee, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, who will discuss the Rohingya crisis and more broadly, the country’s transition to democratic rule. Dr. Lee will share her insights on key challenges facing Myanmar, including the targeting of religious and ethnic minorities. She will also offer her recommendations for consolidating peace in Myanmar and creating a culture of human rights.

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October 25, 2017

This Week: HRP Participates in “HLS in the World” Bicentennial Celebration


This week Harvard Law School celebrates its bicentennial with a two-day event, “HLS in the World.” For those who are registered and planning to attend, the Human Rights Program hopes to see you at the two events we are hosting, both on Friday, Oct. 27. Details below.

 

How Does International Human Rights Law Make a Difference in the World?

9:00 – 10:30 am

At this panel discussion, experts with a range of experiences and perspectives will discuss whether and how international human rights law has real-world effects on preventing and redressing human rights abuses. The panel will include HLS graduates with experience in government, international organizations, advocacy, and academia, as well as a political scientist who studies the question empirically.

Gerald L. Neuman, Co-Director of HRP and J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law, will moderate the discussion. Panelists include: Harold Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School; Viviana Krsticevic, LLM ‘93, Executive Director, Center for Justice and International Law; Makau Mutua, LLM ‘85, SJD ’87, Distinguished Professor; Floyd H. and Hilda L. Hurst Faculty Scholar, University at Buffalo, School of Law; Tyler Giannini, Co-Director of HRP and the International Human Rights Clinic and Clinical Professor of Law; and Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

 

Conversations with the Human Rights Program

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Jarvis Field, the Hub

 

This is a lunchtime meet and greet with HRP’s faculty, staff, fellows, and students.  In a casual setting, we will share some of the exciting work our Academic Program and International Human Rights Clinic are doing to tackle pressing human rights challenges while working with students in a pedagogically innovative environment. Come learn about our work in Myanmar, efforts to ban nuclear weapons, litigation to hold human rights abusers accountable in the United States, and an upcoming conference about how populist movements are affecting human rights.

To learn more, please visit the website for “HLS in the World” here.

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