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November 1, 2012

Today, Friday, Nov. 2: The International Job Search; Event on Syria Cancelled

Posted by Cara Solomon

Unfortunately, today’s event on Syria and the limits of human rights advocacy has been cancelled, and likely rescheduled for December 7. We’ll keep you updated on that. But please note there’s another important event at noon today, geared mostly toward 1Ls who are interested in a public interest job abroad. Details below:

“The International Job Search”

An Informational Session with Representatives from HRP, OPIA, International Legal Studies and the Office of Student Financial Services

12- 1 pm

Austin West

This session is designed to provide advice to 1Ls seeking summer public interest opportunities abroad. Topics for discussion include:

• How to determine what kinds of jobs to pursue
• How to research employers
• How to land a summer job
• Application logistics, including timing
• Summer funding programs, including the Chayes International Public Service Fellowship and Human Rights Program Summer Internships

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September 27, 2012

Today, Sept. 27: The Future of Human Rights and Revolution in the Arab World

Event Notice

September 27

“The Future of Human Rights and the Revolution in the Arab World”

12 pm

Wasserstein 3007

How has the international human rights regime informed the Arab world’s politics? And how did that impact on the Arab uprisings of 2011-2012? Now that it is clear that the Arab uprisings were, at best, incomplete revolutions, will human rights prove to be relevant or irrelevant to the future of this changing region?

Please join us for a talk on these topics by Anthony Tirado Chase, Associate Professor of Diplomacy & World Affairs at Occidental College, and author of both Human Rights, Revolution, and Reform in the Muslim World (2012) and Human Rights in the Arab World: Independent Voices (2006, with Amr Hamzawy).

This event is being co-sponsored by HLS Advocates for Human Rights


“Legal Practice Settings: Public International Law Panel”

5:30- 7 pm

Wasserstein 1010

Buffet Dinner Will Be Served

Come hear a panel of public international attorneys provide descriptions of their practice, work environment and career path, and learn how you can break into this exciting field.

Panelists: Robert Anderson, Assistant General Counsel, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative;  Mona Khalil, Senior Legal Officer in the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs; and Viviana Waisman, Executive Director for Women’s Link WorldWide. The event will be moderated by Bonnie Docherty, ’01, Senior Clinical Instructor, International Human Rights Clinic.


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April 2, 2012

Interview with Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International: On Respecting Human Rights, from Bahrain to Guantanamo Bay

Posted by Cara Solomon

A man wearing a white shirt and a black blazer gestures in front of a podium.
Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International, spoke last month at Harvard Law School.

Last month, Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, drew more than 100 students for a fascinating lecture entitled “Ending Double Standards: Human Rights in the World Today.”  

Clinical student James Tager, JD ’13, later followed up with Shetty in an interview about everything from the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa to the need for strong human rights advocacy in the United States. Below is an edited version of that interview, which is also posted in the Harvard Human Rights Journal.

JT: In your lecture, you said that “the clear cut division that the purists sometimes like to make in the human rights world—between civil and political rights on the one hand and economic social and cultural rights, on the other—was exposed as meaningless” by the Arab Awakening. Can you elaborate on what you meant by that?

SS: Let’s take Tunisia, for example, and look at the case of Mohamed Bouazizi.  Bouazizi was the Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire in protest, an action which then set Tunisia on fire, which set Egypt on fire.  If you were to ask: Was he unhappy about his unemployed status, and the fact that he didn’t have a livelihood?  Or was he protesting against the fact that he couldn’t express himself freely, and he had no way of getting any redress?  And the answer, obviously, is both.  Bouazizi’s actions were a graphic illustration of that.

There are other graphic illustrations.  In Egypt, 40% of the population in Cairo lives in slums, with very uncertain tenure.  I visited many of the slums in Cairo—Manshiyat Naser and others—where people are forcibly evicted.  Then, when they go to the government to complain, they are further repressed, and there is massive corruption.  So there is really a combination of factors at play here.

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