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 27, 2018
The U.S. in Yemen: What We Know, What We Don’t, and What That Means for Rights Protection
The war in Yemen has been marred by frequent violations of the laws of war by all parties to the conflict, and a humanitarian crisis that has left millions at risk of famine and continuing cholera and diphtheria epidemics. The United States is intimately engaged in this conflict, providing significant support to the Saudi-led coalition military campaign, carrying out unilateral strikes, and working in partnership with the UAE to counter Al-Qaeda. However, a lack of transparency about the ways in which the US is engaging in Yemen frustrates advocacy and accountability efforts.
This talk by Kristine Beckerle, Yemen and UAE Researcher, Human Rights Watch, will examine the US role in Yemen and explore the legal and policy avenues through which rights advocates can push for rights-respecting policies and practices, both in the context of Yemen as well as counter-terror efforts in the MENA region more broadly.
Hosted by the Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change and co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program, the Middle Eastern Law Students Association, and HLS Advocates for Human Rights. Lunch will be served.
March 28, 2018
Thailand: Shifting Ground Between the U.S. and Rising China
Please join the Asia Center for a book talk with Benjamin Zawacki, author of “Thailand: Shifting Ground Between the U.S. and Rising China” and former HRP Visiting Fellow, and Professor Michael Herzfeld, Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and Director of the Thai Studies Program at the Harvard University Asia Center.
This talk is being sponsored by the Thai Studies Program at the Asia Center, and co-sponsored by HRP.
March 29, 2018
Nothing about us without us: Putting refugees at the center of cause lawyering
The shortcomings of the international humanitarian response architecture, traditionally reactionary and top-down in nature, have been put to the test by the recent rise of of people on the move. Affected communities of refugees are now beginning to challenge hierarchies of access and urging humanitarian actors to put those most affected at the center of policymaking. At this event, Sana Mustafa, Founding Member of the Network for Refugee Voices, and Alice Farmer, Protection Officer, UNHCR, will discuss innovative approaches to bringing the voices of refugees to the policymaking table and reshaping the global refugee response system, and explore the implications of this “participation revolution” for cause and community lawyering.
The event is organized in partnership with the Network for Refugee Voices and Independent Diplomat, and is co-sponsored by the Harvard Immigration Project, the International Human Rights Clinic, the Refugee and Immigration Clinical Program, and the Global South Dialogue at Harvard Law School. Lunch will be served.
April 03, 2018
International religious freedom in an age of nationalism
Please join us for a discussion with Mustafa Akyol , author of “Islam Without Extremes: and Senior Fellow at the Freedom Project at Wellesley College; Brian Grim, founding President of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, and Co-editor of the World Religion Database; and Daniel Mark , Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Villanova University.
Sponsored by the Catholic Law Students Association; Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change; Human Rights Program; Jewish Law Students Association; Christian Fellowship; DOS Grant Fund; and the Harvard Islamic Society.
April 10, 2018
Crimes against humanity in Mexico?
For a country that is not engaged in a conflict, statistics on homicide, enforced disappearances, and the use of torture in Mexico are staggering. Jimena Reyes, Director for the Americas at the International Federation for Human Rights and Visiting Fellow at the Human Rights Program, has documented these crimes and argued that some of these can be considered crimes against humanity. Examining the collusion between the Zetas drug cartel and the authorities in Coahuila, Reyes will explore the legal issues at stake and the political obstacles for accountability of those crimes including through an International Criminal Court investigation.
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.