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 24, 2018

The Inter-American Human Rights System: Impact, Challenges, and Perspectives

When: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Where: WCC 3011

Join the Human Rights Program (HRP) for a lunch discussion with Professor Flávia Piovesan, commissioner for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, on the impact of and challenges currently facing the Inter-American human rights system. Dr. Piovesan is a professor of Constitutional Law and Human Rights at the Catholic University of São Paulo. She also teaches at the University of Buenos Aires and at the Academy on Human Rights at the American University Washington College of Law. Previously, she was a member of the UN High Level Task Force on the implementation of the right to development (2009-2012), and was Special Secretary for Human Rights in Brazil and President of the National Commission for the Eradication of Forced Labor (2016-2017). The talk will be moderated by Professor Gerald L. Neuman, HRP Co-Director and J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International and Comparative Law.

Co-sponsored by HLS Advocates for Human Rights and the Harvard Human Rights Journal. Lunch will be served.

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October 01, 2018

Inside a Syrian Refugee Camp: The Long Season

When: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Where: WCC 1019

Nine million Syrians have left their homeland since the breakout of the war, of which over 1.5 million are in Lebanon. The Long Season offers rare insights into life in an informal Syrian refugee camp, following the tales of those awaiting to return to Raqqa, their home town that was captured by ISIS.  The screening will be followed by a discussion with Film Producer Pieter Van Huystee, moderated by Anna Crowe, Lecturer on Law and Clinical Instructor at the International Human Rights Clinic.

Dinner will be served. RSVP on Facebook here.

Hosted by the Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change, and co-Sponsored by the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, the Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Religious Literacy Project at the Harvard Divinity School, and the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program.

 

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October 15, 2018

The Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar: Sittwe Screening & Discussion

When: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Where: WCC 1019

Please join us for a screening of Sittwe, a short documentary about two teenagers separated by conflict and segregation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Sittwe explores each community’s perceptions of the “other,” the roots of the conflict, and prospects of reconciliation and peace.  The film was banned in Myanmar.  The screening will be followed by a discussion with Burmese peace activist and Film Producer Myo Win, moderated by Yee Htun, Lecturer on Law and Clinical Instructor at the International Human Rights Clinic.

Lunch will be served.

Hosted by the Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change, and co-sponsored by the Harvard Asia Center, the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, and the Religious Literacy Project at the Harvard Divinity School. RSVP on Facebook here.

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October 22, 2018

Women, Shari’a, and Justice in Palestine: The Judge

When: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Where: WCC 1019

Palestinian Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih became the first woman to be appointed to a Shari’a bench in the Middle East in 2009. The Judge follows her journey, from defending victims of domestic violence as a young lawyer, to her tenacious ability to maintain her position – showcasing the power of women’s leadership both inside and outside of the courtroom. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Palestine legal historian Professor Elizabeth Brownson (University of Wisconsin Parkside), moderated by ILSP-LSC Faculty Director Professor Kristen Stilt.

Dinner will be served.

Hosted by the Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change, and co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, the Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Religious Literacy Project at the Harvard Divinity School, and the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender. RSVP on Facebook here.

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October 22, 2018

There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia (Book Talk)

When: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Where: WCC 3007

Join the Human Rights Program (HRP) for a book talk with the writer, activist, and lawyer, Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno. As the executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, Maria is at the helm of the leading U.S. organization fighting to end the war on drugs domestically and beyond. Her new book is a narrative non-fiction account of the rise of paramilitaries in Colombia in the late 1990s. With close ties to the cocaine business, the paramilitaries carried out a violent expansion campaign committing atrocities against thousands of people. The story is told through the perspective of three characters—a fearless activist, a dogged journalist, and relentless investigators—whose lives intersect in the midst of this drug-fueled cycle of terror. Read a New York Times Q&A with the author here. This talk will be moderated by Emily Nagisa Keehn, Associate Director of the Academic Program at HRP.

This talk is co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Policy Program, the Harvard Human Rights Journal, and the HLS Advocates for Human Rights. Copies of There Are No Dead Here will be sold at the event. Lunch will be served.

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November 05, 2018

An LGTQ Activist in Egypt: Half a Life

When: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Where: WCC 1019

Half A Life is an animated short documentary that brings the streets of Cairo to life though a firsthand account of a young Egyptian activist who joins the LGBTQ rights movement after a traumatic encounter.  The film reflects on the risks and prospects of LGBTQ activism in an increasingly authoritarian, patriarchal, and risky social climate.  The screening will be followed by a discussion with Director Tamara Shogaolu, and Egyptian LGBTQ activist Ibrahim Abdella, moderated by Yasmin Padamsee Forbes, Commissioner for the Cambridge Human Rights Commission and Carr Center Fellow.

Lunch will be served.

Hosted by the Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change, and co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, the Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Religious Literacy Project at the Harvard Divinity School. RSVP on Facebook here.

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November 06, 2018

Victor Madrigal-Borloz, UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

When: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Where: WCC 2012

Please join the Human Rights Program (HRP) for a talk by Victor Madrigal-Borloz, UN Independent Expert on the protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender. Mr. Madrigal-Borloz is also the Secretary-General of the International Council for the Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (IRCT). He was previously Head of the Registry of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, in addition to serving as a member of the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture.

Co-sponsored by HLS Lambda and HLS Advocates for Human Rights. Lunch will be served.

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November 13, 2018

Protecting Migrant Children: In Search of Best Practice (Book Talk)

When: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Where: WCC 3007

Please join the Human Rights Program (HRP) for a discussion with the editors of the book, Mary Crock, Professor of Public Law at Sydney Law School, The University of Sydney, Lenni B. Benson, Professor of Law, New York Law School, and contributing author, Gerald L. Neuman, HRP Co-Director and J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International and Comparative Law. The book was prompted by the unprecedented numbers of children crossing international borders seeking safety. Framed around compelling case studies explaining why children are on the move in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Oceania, this book explores the jurisprudence and processes used by nations to adjudicate children’s protection claims. Including contributions from leading scholars in immigration, refugee law, children’s rights and human trafficking, the work critically examine the strengths and weaknesses of international and domestic laws with the aim of identifying best practice for migrant children.

Co-sponsored by HLS Advocates for Human Rights. Lunch will be served.

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