Fall 2018 Events Lineup

Piovesan (center) spoke to a packed room while HRP Co-Director and J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law Gerald L. Neuman moderated. Also pictured: Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, Emeritus Henry Steiner.

Each year, the Human Rights Program organizes dozens of events examining critical issues in human rights. These range from talks with activists addressing pressing developments to gatherings with academics engaging in deep scholarship.

So far this semester, we hosted Professor Flávia Piovesan, a commissioner for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, who spoke about the impact of and challenges currently facing the Inter-American human rights system. Dr. Piovesan’s talk is one of the first in a series of HRP-hosted events this fall honoring and celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We also hosted a panel as part of Celebration65, the 65th anniversary of the first women graduates of Harvard Law School, where Clinic alumni and instructors spoke at length about gender justice in human rights clinical training.

In addition, this semester, we have invited a number of notable guests as part of our events series:

On Oct. 22nd, Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno, the Executive Director of Drug Policy Alliance, will speak about her book, There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia, her new narrative non-fiction account about the rise of paramilitiaries, the cocaine trade, and the resulting violence and turmoil in Colombia.

On Nov. 6th, we will host Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the UN Independent Expert on the protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender, to talk about his work.

On Nov. 13th, editors and contributors of the book Protecting Migrant Children: In Search of Best Practice, will speak about their contributions to the anthology and the field. This includes editors Mary Crock, Professor of Public Law at Sydney Law School, The University of Sydney, and 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, Foreign, and Comparative Law.

On Nov. 15th, we will host Henry J. Steiner Visiting Professor in Human Rights Raymond A. Atuguba to discuss his work at the intersection of community lawyering, international human rights, and development. 

Stay tuned as we post more events honoring the UDHR anniversary, including a celebration symposium for the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute, and a panel in October where we will examine accountability litigation in the United States, as well as a co-sponsored film series with the Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change. Keep up to date with our events and goings-on by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter. Check out our YouTube and SoundCloud accounts for video and audio of events you missed.

Below: On the left, Lecturer on Law and Clinical Instructor Anna Crowe LLM’12 and Lecturer on Law and Clinical Instructor Yee Htun spoke about their experience teaching in the International Human Rights Clinic and how they train human rights practitioners with an eye toward gender justice advocacy, and on the right, Fordham University Clinical Professor of Law and Leitner International Human Rights Clinic Director Chi Adanna Mgbako JD’05 spoke in the same panel moderated by Harvard Law’s International Human Rights Clinic Co-Director and Clinical Professor of Law Susan H. Farbstein JD’04. Photo Credit: Martha Stewart.