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, 2014
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 12, 2014
“Albie Sachs and the New South Africa”
Please join us for a screening of the documentary “Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa,” followed by a discussion with Justice Sachs, the legendary judge at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, as well as the filmmaker, Abby Ginzberg. Albie Sachs served for 15 years as a Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and has played a prominent role in the country’s struggle for justice. An anti-apartheid activist, Justice
Sachs was exiled for 23 years and survived an assassination attempt. He is the recipient of the inaugural Tang Prize for Rule of Law.
September 15, 2014
“A Conversation with Dmitri Holtzman, Executive Director, Equal Education Law Centre, South Africa”
Please join us for a conversation with Dmitri Holtzman, Executive Director of Equal Education Law Centre (EELC), a public interest law clinic in South Africa focusing on advocacy and strategic litigation around the right to basic education. A vital part of EELC’s core mission is working in collaboration with Equal Education (EE), South Africa’s foremost national community and membership-based mass-movement for quality and equal education. Dmitri will discuss the conditions of South Africa’s public education system and the challenges faced in fulfilling the right to basic education — one of the most powerful socio-economic rights in the South African Constitution’s Bill of Rights — in the context of historically entrenched inequality and generally poor quality schooling. He will also examine the significant role that litigation has come to play as part of organized civil society strategies towards holding the state accountable. He will reflect on the work of EELC and other public interest legal organizations in South Africa in recent years, including some of the successes and limitations of litigating the right to education. Space is limited to allow for meaningful discussion, so please RSVP as soon as possible to email@example.com. Lunch will be provided.
September 19, 2014
“30th Anniversary Celebration of the Human Rights Program”
Please join us to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School. The keynote speech will be given by Harold Koh, former Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, and one of the country’s leading experts in public and private international law, national security law, and human rights. Details on panels and panelists here.
September 25, 2014
“Film Screening: “After Tiller””
Please join us for a screening of the documentary “After Tiller,” about the lives of four doctors who continue to provide third-trimester abortions in the aftermath of the murder of their colleague, Kansas doctor George Tiller. The Women, Gender & Health Concentration at Harvard’s School of Public Health is screening the film, which will be followed by a panel discussion. The Human Rights Program is co-sponsoring this event.