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March 26, 2015

Tomorrow, March 26: “International Criminal Courts and Tribunals: Challenges and Successes”

We’re very pleased to co-sponsor this year’s Harvard Human Rights Journal Symposium, which takes place tomorrow, Friday, March 27. The half-day event will focus on the challenges and successes of international criminal law as a response mechanism to world crises. The event panels are as follows:

“Where Has International Criminal Law Taken Us and Where Can it Go?”

Keynote Address by Serge Brammertz, Chief Prosecutor of the ICTY
12:00 – 1:00 pm, Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall
Lunch will be served

“The Laws of War: Enforcement in Human Rights Versus International Criminal Courts”

1:30 – 3:00 pm, WCC 1015

This panel will feature Judge Robert Spano of the European Court of Human Rights (graciously brought to the Symposium by Harvard European Law Association), Nema Milaninia of the ICTY in the Appeals Division of the Office of the Prosecutor, Fergal Gaynor of the International Criminal Court Victims Division, former ICC prosecutor Professor Alex Whiting, and Vanderbilt University Professor Michael Newton. The panel will discuss the pros and cons of enforcing international humanitarian law in international criminal courts versus international human rights courts. This panel is cosponsored by the Harvard European Law Association.

Coffee with the Experts

3:00 – 4:00 pm, WCC 3038

“Prosecuting a War: Justice for Syria?”

4:00 – 5:30 pm, WCC 1023

Syria triggers critical questions for the role of international criminal law. What system of justice will best address the atrocities that have been committed and documented by various actors throughout the conflict? National courts? An international tribunal? A hybrid model? What role should local forms of justice play in such a process? How can the lessons of past justice models inform the international community’s approach to Syria? What role should the US or other Western powers play? The panel will feature Emily Hutchinson and Jim Hooper of the Public International Law and Policy Group, and Federica D’Alessandra from the Harvard Kennedy School. All three panelists have been involved in Syria fact-finding missions, and Ms. Hutchinson and Mr. Cooper have participated in negotiations with key members of the moderate coalition. Susan Farbstein from the Harvard Human Rights Program will moderate the panel.

[pageWine and Cheese Reception

WCC 1023, HLS Pub

March 10, 2015

Tomorrow, March 11: Criminal Justice & Policing After Events in Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland, & Elsewhere: Next Steps

March 11, 2015

“Criminal Justice & Policing After Events in Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland, & Elsewhere: Next Steps”

12:00- 1:00 p.m.
Milstein West AB

Join small group roundtable discussions with faculty experts on concrete proposals. Facilitators: Jennifer Chacon, Andrew Crespo, Fernando Delgado, Phil Heymann, Benjamin Levin, Charles Ogletree, Deborah Popowski, Sonja Starr, Carol Steiker, Jeannie Suk and Alex Whiting.

This event will involve the participation of the HLS Ferguson Action Committee.

February 11, 2015

Tomorrow: The Role of Lawyers in Enabling and Justifying Torture

February 12, 2014

“The Role of Lawyers in Enabling and Justifying Torture”

7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
WCC 1010

Dinner will be served

Please join Alex Whiting, Deborah Popowski, and Wells Dixon as they discuss the role of lawyers in authorizing the post-9/11 US torture program. The panelists will speak about their experiences litigating torture cases, explore ways in which individuals implicated in torture can be held accountable, and discuss possible institutional reforms in legal pedagogy and curriculum at HLS aimed at producing more morally-conscious and ethical leaders.

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October 3, 2014

Local Film Series Focuses on Human Rights

Posted by Cara Solomon

For the past few years, we’ve kept an eye on a promising addition to the local film scene: the DocYard, which screens documentaries primarily at the much-beloved Brattle Theater. This autumn, we’re pleased to report the series includes three human rights-focused films, including a showing of “Watchers of the Sky” that we’re co-sponsoring in early November.

Movie poster for "E-Team," which shows four individuals in individual quadrants.

But first up, this Monday, Oct. 6., is “E-Team,” which focuses on four members of the Emergencies Team, the “boots on the ground” division of Human Rights Watch. A panel discussion will follow with filmmaker Ross Kauffman and Carroll Bogert, Deputy Executive Director of External Relations at Human Rights Watch, moderated by Robb Moss, filmmaker and professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. The documentary starts at 7 p.m.

Movie poster for "Watchers of the Sky," has a large head of a man looking out with barely made out bodies behind him.

Next, on Oct. 20, the series features “Return to Homs,” which follows “the journey of two close friends whose lives had been upended by the battle raging in Syria….When the army cracks down and their beloved city of Homs becomes a bombed-out ghost town, these two peaceful protesters finally take up arms and transform into rebel insurgents.” After the screening, Robb Moss will ask questions of filmmaker Talal Derki via Skype.

Lastly, on Nov. 8, the Human Rights Program is co-sponsoring a showing of the award-winning film, “Watchers of the Sky,” which focuses on the life of Raphael Lemkin, the Polish Jew who created the word “genocide.” Following the screening, HLS Dean Martha Minow will participate in a discussion, along with the film’s director, Edet Belzberg, and HLS professors Alex Whiting and Sam Moyn.


October 4, 2013

Monday, Oct. 7: Panel Discussion with “The Act of Killing” Director

October 7, 2013

“The Act of Killing”

A Panel Discussion featuring Director Joshua Oppenheimer

 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
WCC 1015
Harvard Law School

Please join us for a panel discussion of “The Act of Killing,” a documentary film that explores a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes. Panelists include: the film’s director, Joshua Oppenheimer; Professor Robb Moss, of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard; Professor Alex Whiting, of Harvard Law School; and Professor Mary Steedly, of the Department of Anthropology at Harvard.

NOTE: The Harvard Film Archive will be showing the director’s cut of the film on October 5, 2013 at 7 p.m. You are encouraged to have seen the film before attending the panel discussion.


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October 9, 2012

Today, Wednesday, Oct. 10: Alex Whiting on the International Criminal Court

Event Notice

Wednesday, October 12, 2012

“Is the International Criminal Court Succeeding?”

12- 1 pm

Wasserstein 2009

Event poster shows an image of the International Criminal Court building.

Please join us for a talk with Alex Whiting, Assistant Clinical Professor at HLS and Prosecution Coordinator with the International Criminal Court (ICC), The Hague, The Netherlands. Previously, Whiting was Trial Attorney and Senior Trial Attorney in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), The Hague, The Netherlands.

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