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.

October 22, 2018

There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia

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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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 25, 2018

Universal Jurisdiction: Help or Hindrance in the Prosecution of War Criminals?

When: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Where: Hauser 102

Please join the Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection Initiative for a talk by Alain Werner, international human rights lawyer and Director of Civitas Maxima. Mr. Werner will speak about the intricacies of universal jurisdiction and its application in the pursuit of holding former alleged war criminals accountable.

Mr. Werner was part of the prosecution team in the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor; he also represented victims during the trial of Hissène Habré and the first Khmer Rouge trial. Civitas Maxima, a Swiss-based NGO, is one of the leading organisations to use universal jurisdiction when possible to pursue justice and redress for victims of grave international crimes in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Ivory Coast.

Professor of Practice Alex Whiting will moderate a Q&A with Werner following his talk.

Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection Initiative.

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October 26, 2018

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court at 20 – Looking Back and Looking Forward

When: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Where: Harvard Kennedy School, Malkin Penthouse, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge MA

The adoption of the Rome Statute 20 years ago was a historic achievement in the global quest for justice and peace. Join an eminent cross-section of scholars, international leaders, and current and former ICC officials to discuss progress and roadblocks over the past two decades, as well as the future role of the ICC in ending impunity for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes of aggression.

Panels Include:

The International Criminal Court at 20: Diverse Perspectives

A Conversation with Kim Prost, Canadian Judge on the International Criminal Court

The OAS, the ICC, and the case of Venezuela

Looking Forward

Speakers Include:

Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Luis Almagro, Secretary General, Organization of American States

Rodrigo Diamanti, founder, Un Mundo Sin Mordaza, and former Carr Center student fellow (introducer)

Luis Moreno Ocampo, Founding Prosecutor, ICC and Senior Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Judge Kim Prost, Canadian Judge on the International Criminal Court

Sushma Raman, Executive Director, Carr Center

Beth Simmons, Andrea Mitchell University Professor of Law, Political Science and Business Ethics, University of Pennsylvania and Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

Alex Whiting, Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School (moderator)

Sign up for this event here.

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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 13, 2018

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

When: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Where: WCC 1019

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 the Harvard Human Rights Journal and HLS Advocates for Human Rights. Lunch will be served.

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November 14, 2018

Human Rights Program Summer Fellow Information Session

When: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Where: WCC 3123 (HRP Lounge)

Please join the Human Rights Program for an Information Session on HRP Summer Fellowships. Available to 1Ls and 2Ls, HRP summer fellowships provide funding for internships abroad at nongovernmental or intergovernmental organizations concerned with human rights. 2018 Summer Fellows will be available to discuss their experiences around finding internships, working internationally, applying for funding, and more. Advisers from HRP and the International Human Rights Clinic will also be on hand to answer questions.

Lunch will be served.

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February 05, 2019

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

When: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Where: TBD

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, the Harvard Human Rights Journal, and HLS Advocates for Human Rights. Lunch will be served.

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