The Human Rights Program organizes dozens of events annually, ranging from formal lectures to brown bag lunches to workshops and panels. Speakers include advocates, scholars, government officials, community leaders, and policymakers. We often collaborate with students groups and other schools and programs on campus to sponsor events.
January 25, 2018
Information Session on Post-Graduate Fellowships in Human Rights
Please join the Human Rights Program for an informational session on post-graduate fellowships in human rights. We will discuss the application process for the Satter Human Rights Fellowship and the Henigson Human Rights Fellowship, both of which have deadlines in March. Faculty and staff from the Human Rights Program and OPIA will be present to discuss your
fellowship project and placement ideas.
January 27, 2018
Human Rights: Adapting to the Challenges of our Times
Please join us for a student-led symposium on the topic of adapting to the challenges of our times. The symposium will include panels that explore human rights and global challenges; economic, social, and cultural rights, from the perspective of narratives and implementation; the rights and dignity of refugees and migrants and the nationalist backlash; the treatment of minorities across the globe; and shared action across human rights issues, with a focus on solidarities and coalitions. More information, including speakers, on the symposium website.
The Symposium is organized with the support of the Carr Center for Human Rights, the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights, the Department for African and African American Studies, the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, HKS Office for Student Diversity and Inclusion, the Human Rights Professional Interest Council and the Muslim Caucus (student organizations at Harvard Kennedy School), the Kennedy School Student Government, and the South Asia Institute.
January 29, 2018
Punishing Disease: HIV and the Criminalization of Sickness
Please join us for a talk with Trevor Hoppe, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany, SUNY, on his book, Punishing Disease: HIV and the criminalization of sickness. The book examines how and why U.S. policymakers and public health systems have adopted coercive and punitive responses to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. It also looks at how others diseases have been punished throughout history, and cautions against the extension of criminalization to diseases such as hepatitis and meningitis.
This talk is part of the Human Rights Program’s year-long speaker series examining the criminalization of human rights concerning gender, sexuality, and reproduction. The event is co-sponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law, Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics, the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, and the Criminal Justice Policy Program.
Lunch will be served.
January 30, 2018
Turkey and the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Responses and Perspectives
This talk by Dr. Kisman will focus on the Syrian refugee crisis from Turkey’s perspective and analyze the Turkish response to the crisis, policies developed, and the need for more rigorous planning.
Co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School Immigration and Refugee Clinic Program and the Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change.
February 01, 2018
A Road Less Traveled: Feminism and Advocacy in Saudi Arabia
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.
February 05, 2018
Can the U.N. End Racism? International Responses to Racial Discrimination
Please join us for a talk by Gay McDougall, Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham University. McDougall was elected in 2015 to serve a second term as a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination. She served as the first UN independent expert on minority issues and for 14 years she was executive director of Global Rights, which worked with human rights advocates in 10 countries around the world to develop their strategies for justice.
February 20, 2018
How to Fix Finance by Saving Human Rights
Please join us for a talk by Professor David Kinley, Chair in Human Rights Law at the University of Sydney and an Academic Expert Member of Doughty Street Chambers in London. He is a former Fulbright Senior Scholar at American University Washington College of Law, and has taught at Oxford and George Washington Universities, as well as the Sorbonne. He specializes in the area of the global economy and human rights and has worked for more than 25 years with governments, international organizations, law firms, corporations and NGOs in the field. His forthcoming book, Necessary Evil: How to Fix Finance by Saving Human Rights (Oxford University Press), investigates the incredible impact the financial system has on human rights.
Lunch will be served.
Co-sponsored by International Legal Studies and the Human Rights Program.
February 22, 2018
Russian LGBTI Propaganda Laws
Please join us for a talk by Melissa Hooper, Director of Human Rights and Civil Society programs at Human Rights First, on Russian LGBTI propaganda laws. Ms. Hooper’s work focuses on protecting organizations such as citizens watchdog groups, organizations of minority communities, journalists, and human rights organizations — as well as their members — from government overreach. Most recently, she has focused on Russia’s laws and policies that restrict free speech and media, NGO activity, and the activities of LGBT and other minority communities. Since 2004, she has directed rule of law and human rights programs, monitored conditions, and engaged in advocacy in Russia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan, as well as the United States.
February 27, 2018
The Criminalization of Abortion
Please join us for a talk by Carol Sanger, the Barbara Aronstein Black Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, and the author of “About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in the 21st Century”, which centers on the regulation of abortion, the regulation of maternal conduct, surrogacy, and the law’s relation to culture.
March 23, 2018
Conference: Human Rights in a Time of Populism
The Human Rights in a Time of Populism conference will discuss the challenges that current developments characterized as populist pose to the goals of the international human rights system, and more broadly the relationship between human rights and populism, and strategies for dealing with the current challenges.
The range of approaches to this general topic will be intentionally broad-ranging and multidisciplinary, including:
- What is populism; is it increasing and why; is populism in conflict with internationally recognized human rights, or a legitimate exercise of human rights?
- 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?
- Should human rights-based responses directly address populism; what can human rights-based responses do to decrease populism; what human rights-based responses are likely to make matters worse by causing or increasing populist backlash?
- Have human rights NGOs or institutions contributed unintentionally to the rise of populism by provoking backlash; if so what should human rights NGOs or institutions do in the face of populist 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, such as the Philippines, Latin America, the United Kingdom, Western or Eastern Europe, and the United States.
The conference will take place for 1.5 days on March 23-24, 2018 at Harvard Law School. It is open to the public.
April 11, 2018
Human Rights in the Council of Europe and the European Union: Achievements, Trends and Challenges
Please join us for a book talk by Steven Greer, Professor of Human Rights at the University of Bristol Law School, and co-author of “Human Rights in the Council of Europe and the European Union: Achievements, Trends and Challenges,” the first integrated book-length study of human rights in these contexts on both legal and non-legal dimensions. Seeking to resolve widespread confusion about the similarities and differences between these two organizations in this field, it describes, explains, compares, and contrasts relevant institutions, procedures, norms and policies.