“The World’s Newest Nation: What Follows South Sudan’s Independence?” (February)
A talk with Rebecca Hamilton, JD ’08, human rights lawyer, journalist and author of “Fighting for Darfur: Public Action and the Struggle to Stop Genocide.”

A talk by Michael Ratner, President of the Center for Constitutional Rights (February)
A discussion with attorney Michael Ratner, President of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York. Ratner has been a tireless advocate of civil liberties and human rights in the United States, litigating several cases on behalf of torture victims, and successfully challenging U.S. detainee policies before the Supreme Court.

“Reproductive Rights and the U.S. Supreme Court” (February)
A discussion with Priscilla “Cilla” Smith, an attorney and Senior Fellow at the Information Society Project at the Yale Law School. Her current project focuses on ways to shift and expand reproductive rights dialogues within the legal academy, with particular attention to information policy and new technologies.

“Guiding Principles: Defining the Next Decade of Business and Human Rights” (February)
A discussion with John Ruggie, Professor at Harvard Kennedy School on the Guiding Principles, the culmination of five years of his work as UN Special Representative on the issue.

“The Cash Nexus: Advocacy at the Intersection of Development, Human Rights, and the Global Economy” (February)
A discussion with Peter Rosenblum, the Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein Clinical Professor in Human Rights Law at Columbia Law School and the Co-Director of its Human Rights Institute.

“The Future of Corporate Alien Tort Statute Litigation” (March)
A discussion with Paul Hoffman, Lead Counsel in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. and Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain on the future of corporate ATS litigation in the wake of Kiobel, the Second Circuit’s recent decision finding that corporations cannot be held liable under the statute.

“Toward a Unified Theory of Professional Ethics and Human Rights” (March)
A discussion with Jonathan Marks, human rights lawyer and fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

“Banning Cluster Munitions: Challenges to Implementing a New Disarmament Treaty” (April)
A panel discussion examining the major challenges the Convention faces, including attracting new states parties, promoting strong implementation and interpretation, and dealing with opposition from the United States and other key military powers. The panel will include four experts who have been actively engaged in the process to ban cluster munitions: Bonnie Docherty of the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School; Mark Hiznay of Human Rights Watch; Zach Hudson of the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines; and Earl Turcotte, former Canadian diplomat and treaty negotiator.


“International Crimes and Universal Jurisdiction” (September)
A talk by Judge Baltasar Garzón, of Spain, who is best known for indicting and issuing an arrest warrant against Gen. Augusto Pinochet, the former dictator of Chile (article and video)

“Statehood for Palestine?” (September)
A talk by Diana Buttu, fellow with the Middle East Initiative at the Belfer Center and a Visiting Fellow at the Human Rights Program

“Litigating Health Rights” (September)
Launch of the Human Rights Program’s latest book, as well as a panel discussion on the topic.

“Accountability for Gaza: International Law and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” (October)
A talk by Raji Sourani, Founder and Director of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights.

“Accountability in New Orleans Six Years After Hurricane Katrina: Community Lawyering & Community Organizing for Justice” (October)
A talk by Norris Henderson, Executive Director of VOTE, and Davida Finger, Assistant Clinical Professor, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

“Roma Rights at the European Court of Human Rights: Challenging Involuntary Sterilization” (October)
A talk by Barbora Bukovská, LLM ’05, Lawyer and Roma Rights Activist.

“Creating International Law: Gender as a New Paradigm” (October)
A talk by Catharine A. MacKinnon, James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law, HLS, and Professor of Law at the University of Michigan

“Abuse by Church and State: The Hidden Story of Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries” (October)
A talk by Maeve O’Rourke, 2010 Global Human Rights fellow, and James M. Smith, Author and Associate Professor of English, Boston College.

“LGBT Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy” (October)
A talk by Mark Bromley, Executive Director of Council for Global Equality, and Scott Long,Visiting Fellow with the Human Rights Program.


 “Indefinite Detention in the Obama Era” (November)
A panel discussion with Gitanjali Gutierrez and P. Sabin Willett, JD ’83, attorneys for men currently or formerly incarcerated at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

“Human Rights, Humanitarian Law, and Nuclear Weapons” (November)
A talk by John Burroughs, Executive Director of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy.

 “Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today” (November)
A discussion with Sandra Schulberg, restoration producer & daughter of filmmaker Stuart Schulberg, who will discuss the use of motion picture evidence at the trial, the making of “Nuremberg, “and its subsequent suppression by the U.S. government. Introductory remarks by Dean Martha Minow.

“A Celebration of Ruti G. Teitel’s ‘Humanity’s Law’” (December)
A panel discussion with the author, Ruti G. Teitel, the Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law at New York Law School; Gabriella Blum, Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; Naz Modirzadeh, Associate Director of the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University; and Robert Sloane, Associate Professor of Law at Boston University.