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.
March 29, 2017
Is There Public Reason in Strasbourg Human Rights Analysis?
Please join us for a talk by Wojciech Sadurski, Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School, as well as the Challis Professor in Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney Law School, who will explore whether analysis by the European Court of Human Rights of permissible limitations on protected rights can be interpreted as consistent with the liberal ideal of public reason. He will examine the Court’s acceptance of asserted “legitimate goals” at face value, the application of the “necessity” requirement in a manner that makes it difficult to discern true legislative aims, and the puzzling case of “protection of morals” as a legitimate ground for the restriction of rights.
April 03, 2017
Banning nuclear weapons: A milestone for disarmament
Please join us for a conversation with two disarmament leaders, who will be coming straight from the UN’s groundbreaking negotiations of a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.
Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), and Richard Moyes, managing director of Article 36, have played significant roles in reframing the nuclear weapons debate as a humanitarian issue rather than a national security one. That shift helped drive the UN General Assembly to break a decades-long stalemate and commit to banning nuclear weapons. Fihn and Moyes will offer a civil society perspective on the process that led to treaty negotiations and reflect on the opening session in March. They will also talk about the work still to be done and their hopes for the final outcome.
Lunch will be served.
April 04, 2017
Is there an existential threat to human rights?
Please join the Human Rights Program for a discussion with Professors Tyler Giannini and Susan Farbstein, Co-Directors of the International Human Rights Clinic, who will examine global trends, the changing nature of U.S. exceptionalism, and human rights methods in the post-truth atmosphere. More broadly, they will consider whether there are existential threats facing human rights and the human rights movement. This is the final event in the Human Rights Program’s three-part Shifting Ground series, which reflects on the human rights landscape after the election of President Trump.
April 10, 2017
One year in: An examination of Myanmar’s democratic transition
A year into Myanmar’s democratic transition, please join us for a talk by Matthew Bugher, an HLS alumnus with investigative experience into international crimes in Myanmar. Matt will discuss his experience with accountability efforts in the country, including a major investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity. He will also discuss the possibilities and challenges facing effort to establish an international commission of inquiry for decades of violations as well as those that have occurred during the past year.
This talk is part of a series that looks at change in Myanmar since Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy took power in the wake of the first free and open election in a generation. The series will examine the progress underway to protect human rights, achieve peace, and address the legacy of abuses and conflict in Myanmar dating back to the 1950s.
April 13, 2017
Screening and Discussion of “Private Revolutions: Young, Female, Egyptian”
Each screening is followed by a discussion led by a guest who is either the filmmaker or an expert in the relevant theme.