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September 21, 2017

Tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 22: In Pursuit of Accountability for Post-9/11 Torture


Friday, September 22, 2017

“In Pursuit of Accountability for Post-9/11 Torture: A Discussion with the Litigation Team of Salim v. Mitchell”

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

Lunch will be served

Please join us for a discussion with the litigation team behind Salim et al. v. Mitchell et al., the landmark case that sought to hold CIA-contracted psychologists Dr. Bruce Jessen and Dr. James Mitchell accountable for the post-9/11 torture program they devised. Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU National Security Project, and Lawrence Lustberg, chair of the Criminal Defense division at Gibbons Law in Newark, NJ, will discuss the recently settled case with moderator Paul Hoffman, a civil and human rights attorney and fellow member of the trial team currently teaching at HLS. The ACLU filed the lawsuit under the Alien Tort Statute on behalf of three victims of the CIA’s program, Mohammed Ben Soud, Suleiman Salim, and Gul Rahman, who died as a result of the torture inflicted on him.

September 18, 2017

Tomorrow, Sept. 19: Freedom of Expression and LGBTI Eqaulity in Jamaica

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

“Freedom of Expression and LGBTI Equality in Jamaica”

A talk by Maurice Tomlinson, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Lunch will be served

Please join us for a talk by Maurice Tomlison, Attorney and Senior Policy Analyst with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, about his legal advocacy to challenge the repression of the LGBTI community’s freedom of expression in Jamaica. Mr. Tomlinson, the recipient of the David Kato Vision and Voice Award, serves as counsel and sometimes as claimant in cases that challenge anti-gay laws before senior tribunals in the Caribbean, and leads advocacy engaging U.N. agencies on the human rights situation for LGBTI people in the region. He also documents and reports on human rights abuses, and conducts training and capacity-building for the judiciary and police.

This event is sponsored by the Human Rights Program, Queer Trans People of Color@HLS, HLS Lambda, and HLS Advocates for Human Rights.

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April 26, 2017

Tomorrow, April 27: Climate, Migration and Health

final_climate_week_posterApril 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,
Cambridge, MA

Lunch provided

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

4:00 p.m.
WCC 2012

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.

The event will be live webcast here at 4 p.m. RSVP required to attend in person. 


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April 18, 2017

Tomorrow, April 19: Promoting digital civility and combating cyber-violence

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.


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April 17, 2017

Tomorrow, April 18: Toxic remnants of war

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.

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April 14, 2017

Bonnie Docherty promoted to Associate Director for Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection

BonnieCakeToday, 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.













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April 12, 2017

Tomorrow, April 13: The experience of a Judge at the European Court of Human Rights

We’re very pleased to bring you two compelling events tomorrow, Thursday, April 13, 2017. Please see below.

Judge Keller_Final“The treadmill to somewhere: The experience of a Judge at the European Court of Human Rights”

12:00- 1:00 p.m.
WCC 1010

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.

Film series poster - Private Revolutions“Private Revolutions: Young, Female, Egyptian”

5:00- 7:00 p.m.
Pound 101

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.

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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.


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April 9, 2017

Monday, April 10: One year in: Examining Myanmar’s democratic transition

Myanmar_Poster FinalMonday, April 10, 2017

“One year in: Examining Myanmar’s democratic transition”

A talk by Matthew Bugher, JD ’09

12:00- 1:00 p.m.
WCC 4059

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.


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