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.
September 10, 2015
Join us for pizza and an overview of the Human Rights Program and how you can get involved! We’ll give you information on our International Human Rights Clinic; summer funding for human rights internships; post-graduate fellowships; events and conferences; and the larger human rights community at Harvard Law School. Then it’s your turn: mix and mingle with instructors from the Clinic, Visiting Fellows from the Academic Program, as well as representatives from student groups focused on human rights, such as HLS Advocates for Human Rights.
September 17, 2015
“Legal and Political Strategies for Human Rights”
Please join us for a talk by Dixon Osburn, Executive Director at the Center for Justice and Accountability, an organization that seeks to deter torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity and other severe human rights abuses worldwide. Osburn was co-founder and Executive Director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, an organization that spearheaded the effort to repeal don’t ask, don’t tell and end sexual orientation discrimination in our armed forces. Most recently, he served as the Director of the Law & Security program for Human Rights First, where he led efforts to align U.S. counterterrorism policies with the rule of law, achieving significant changes in policy and practice regarding Guantanamo, torture and armed drones. He currently serves as an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project, on the Working Group for the Halifax International Security Forum and is a Member of the Campaign Board for the Victory Fund.
September 22, 2015
“Discussion with Luis Gallegos, Member of UN Committee Against Torture”
Please join us for a brown-bag discussion with Ambassador Luis Gallegos, Formerly Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the United Nations, and expert member of the UN Committee Against Torture.
Ambassador Gallegos chaired the first half of the negotiations on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; he is a board member for the Special Olympics. Prior to his current appointment to the United Nations, Gallegos served as Ecuador’s Ambassador to the United States from 2005 to 2011. Gallegos earned his bachelor’s degree in Social and Political Science, and a master of arts degree in political science from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. In addition, he holds a Doctor of Law degree from the Central University of Ecuador.
Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School Project on Disability, and East Asian Legal Studies.
September 25, 2015
“China’s Long March to Domestic Violence Lawmaking”
Please join us for a brown bag discussion with Dr. Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Associate Dean for International Programs at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Rangita is a women’s human rights scholar and practitioner with over 25 years of experience working globally in over 25 countries, with expertise in China. Prior to joining Penn Law, she was the inaugural director of the Wilson Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Women in Public Service Project launched by Secretary Hillary Clinton and the Seven Sisters Colleges. Rangita has a Doctorate in Law (S.J.D.) from Harvard Law School and was a Teaching Fellow with the European Law Research Institute at Harvard Law School as well as a Research Fellow with the Women and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Co-sponsored by HRP, WLA and EALS
September 28, 2015
“Screening and Panel: “This Kind of Love””
Please join us for a screening of This Kind of Love, a documentary that tracks the journey of human rights activist Aung Myo Min from his role in the 1988 student uprising to his time in the student army in the jungle camps to his emergence as a leading human rights defender. The story follows Myo as he returns home after 24 years in exile to be part of Burma’s political transition towards democracy. Aung Myo Min will be in attendance, and participate in a panel discussion after the screening.
The first openly gay activist in Burma’s democracy movement, Aung Myo Min envisions human rights for everyone, from children to transgender people, to ethnic nationalities. He embraces the idea that community and inclusion are fundamental to creating meaningful, political, and social change in Burma.