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The Human Rights Program produces a range of publications based on academic research and practice in the field of human rights. Faculty, staff, and fellows author a diverse assortment of reports, scholarly articles, books, legal briefs, policy papers, and other publications. Students are also integrally involved in many publications.

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Registering Rights (November 2015)

International Human Rights Clinic

Petition for Rehearing En Banc (August 2015)

in In re South African Apartheid Litigation; International Human Rights Clinic. Counsel: Tyler Giannini, Susan Farbstein, et al.

Plaintiffs’ Reply Brief (June 2015)

in In Re South African Apartheid Litigation. International Human Rights Clinic. Counsel: Tyler Giannini, Susan Farbstein, et al.

Mind the Gap: Lack of Accountability for ‘Killer Robots’ (April 2015)

International Human Rights Clinic, Human Rights Watch

Reconsidering the Insular Cases: The Past and Future of the American Empire (March 2015)

Edited by Gerald L. Neuman, Tomiko Brown-Nagin

Over a century has passed since the United States Supreme Court decided a series of cases, known as the “Insular Cases,” that limited the applicability of constitutional rights in Puerto Rico and other overseas territories and allowed the United States to hold them indefinitely as subordinated possessions without the promise of representation or statehood. Essays in this volume, which originated in a Harvard Law School conference, reconsider the Insular Cases. Leading legal authorities examine the history and legacy of the cases, which are tinged with outdated notions of race and empire, and explore possible solutions for the dilemmas they created.