March 21, 2017
Today, March 21: Human rights in the U.S. under President Trump; Anti-impunity and the human rights agenda
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.
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.