2012

“I Came to Testify” (January)
A screening of “I Came to Testify,” from the groundbreaking PBS Series Women, War & Peace, followed by a Q & A with Alex Whiting, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Investigation Coordinator at the International Criminal Court, and Pamela Hogan, director of the film and Co-creator of the Women, War & Peace series.

“Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary’s Life” (January)
A book talk by Amnesty International Northeast Regional Director Joshua Rubenstein, Associate at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, whose new biography of Leon Trotsky explores the revolutionary’s life.

“The Past and Future of Atrocity Crimes’” (January)
A book talk by David Scheffer, the first U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, and the author of All the Missing Souls.

“State Ethics: Controlling the Behavior of Governments and their Partners” (February)
An International Law Journal symposium, featuring panels on transnational corruption; state-sponsored economic espionage
; and extrajudicial and targeted killings.

“Administrative Detention: The Case of Khader Adnan and the Israeli Military Courts” (February)
A discussion with Diana Buttu, Visiting Fellow with HRP and the Middle East Initiative at the Belfer Center, and Nimer Sultany, SJD.

“A Year after David Kato: The State of Ugandan Gay Rights Today” (February)
A discussion with Ugandan gay rights activist Val Kalende and HRP’s Academic Director Mindy Roseman.

“Sexual Violence against Children by Clergy: Is the Vatican Legally Accountable?” (February)
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and the Center for Constitutional Rights have submitted a complaint to the International Criminal Court prosecutor, requesting an investigation of the Vatican for crimes against humanity. HRP hosted a panel on the background and international legal framework for this action with: Barbara Blaine, Founder & President, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests; Pam Spees, Senior International Human Rights Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights; and Benjamin G. Davis, Associate Professor of Law, University of Toledo College of Law.

“Careers in Human Rights” (February)
An informal discussion with Mike Bochenek, Director of Law and Policy at Amnesty International.

“Responsibility to Protect: The Promise of Stopping Mass Atrocities in our Time?” (February)
A talk by Jared Genser, Founder of Freedom Now

“Clinical Law Teaching” (February)
Featuring Tyler Giannini, Clinical Director for the Human Rights Program, and Ron Sullivan, Director of the Criminal Justice Institute

“Ending Double Standards: Human Rights in the World Today” (March)
A talk by Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International Transcript of his remarks here. 

“Can Israel be Both Jewish and Democratic?” (March)
A faculty debate featuring Duncan Kennedy, Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence, and Noah Feldman, Bemis Professor of Law.

“Under a Headscarf, a Turkish Lawyer Fighting to Wear it” (March)
A talk by Fatma Benli, a Turkish lawyer and women’s rights advocate.

“Abortion and the Constitution” (March)
A lunch conversation with Priscilla Smith, Senior Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project, and former attorney at Center for Reproductive Rights

“Protecting Human Rights Through the Mechanism of UN Special Rapporteurs” (March)
A talk by Surya P. Subedi, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia, and Professor of International Law, University of Leeds

“Causes and Consequences of the Stalemate in Syria: A Discussion on the Syrian Uprising” (April)
A talk by Professor Roger Owen and Professor Emerita Elaine Hagopian

“The International Human Rights Movement: A History” (April)
A talk by Aryeh Neier, President of the Open Society Foundations.

“Advising Presidents: Robert H. Jackson and the Problem of Dirty Hands” (April)
A talk by William R. Casto, author and Professor of Law at Texas Tech University of Law 

“The Death Penalty: Hanging by a Thread?” (June)
A panel discussion with some of the world’s leading experts on the death penalty, including: Christof Heyns, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; Juan Méndez, United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; William A. Schabas, Professor of International Law, University of Middlesex, London: Carol Steiker, Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law, Special Advisor for Public Service, Harvard Law School; Lloyd Barnett, Member of the Inter-American Institute on Human Rights; and Nigel Rodley, Chair, Human Rights Center, University of Essex and member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

“Kiobel and the Future of Human Rights Litigation in U.S. Courts” (September)
A discussion with Paul Hoffman, the leading Alien Tort Statute litigator in the country and counsel in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. on the future of ATS litigation.

“Arbitrary Detention and Its Prevention: Comparative Perspectives” (September)
A panel discussion featuring Professor Fionnuala Ni Aolain, of the University of Minnesota School of Law; Clinical Instructor Fernando Delgado, of Harvard Law School; Professor Gabriela Blum, of Harvard Law School; and Professor Carol Steiker, of Harvard Law School. Professor Gerald L. Neuman, Director of the Human Rights Program at HLS, will moderate the discussion.

“The Future of Human Rights and the Revolution in the Arab World” (September)
A talk by Anthony Tirado Chase, author and Associate Professor of Diplomacy & World Affairs at Occidental College.

“Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry” (October)
A screening and discussion with film director Alison Klayman.

“Is the International Criminal Court Succeeding?” (October)
A talk with Alex Whiting, Assistant Clinical Professor at HLS and Prosecution Coordinator with the International Criminal Court (ICC), The Hague, The Netherlands.

“Doctors of the Dark Side” (October)
A screening of a film that exposes the scandal behind the torture scandal — how psychologists and physicians implemented and covered up the torture of detainees in US controlled military prisons. Followed by a panel discussion moderated by Deborah Popowski, Clinical Instructor with the Human Rights Program, who makes an appearance in the film, with director Martha Davis and Dr. Trudy Bond, an Ohio-based psychologist, of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology.

“Enemies of All Mankind” (October)
A talk by Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and implementation of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.

“Indigenous Challenge to Legal Doctrine: Bedouin Rights in Israel/Palestine” (November)
A discussion with Professor Oren Yiftachel, of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and Ahmad Amara, Palestinian human rights lawyer and PhD candidate at New York Universiy.

“The Future of Economic and Social Rights” (November)
A Book Launch and Discussion with Katherine Young, SJD ’09, Senior Lecturer, Australian National University College of Law, Australia, with commentary from Lucie White, Louis A. Horvitz Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

“Dimensions of Labor Trafficking in the US and Abroad” (November)
A discussion with Janie Chuang, Associate Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, a specialist in issues relating to gender and labor migration, specifically trafficking in women.

“The Law in These Parts” (November)
Screening of a film exploring the four-decade-old Israeli military legal system in the Occupied Territories.

“The Guatemala STD Inoculation Studies: What Should We Do Now?” (November)
A panel discussion with Susan Reverby, Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Wellesley College; I. Glenn Cohen, Assistant Professor of Law, Faculty Co-Director, Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School; Holly Fernandez Lynch, Executive Director, Petrie-Flom Center, Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School; Wendy Parmet, George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law; Fernando Ribeiro Delgado, Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law, Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School.

“The Supreme Court of India and the Implementation of Human Rights” (November)
This panel discussion, moderated by Professor Mark Tushnet of Harvard Law School, featured: Chief Justice Altamas Kabir of the Supreme Court of India; Justice Swatanter Kumar of the Supreme Court of India; Justice Arijit Pasayat, of the Supreme Court of India; Shri Salman Khurshid, Honourable Minister for Law and Justice; G.E.Vahanvati, Attorney General of India; T.K. Viswanathan, Secretary General of the Indian Parliament; Rakesh Munjal, Senior Advocate; and Professor S. V. Sivakumar, Director of the Indian Law Institute.

“Rule of Law at Home and Abroad – A Critical Perspective” (November)
A panel discussion with Gerald L. Neuman, J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard; Ivan Šimonović, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights; and Robert O. Varenik, Director of Programs, Open Society Justice Initiative. Moderated by David Marshall, LL.M ‘02, Visiting Fellow, Harvard Human Rights Program, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.