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September 21, 2020

Mourning the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Posted by Gerald Neuman

Photo Credit: Tony Rinaldo.

With the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the nation and the world have lost a champion of human equality. At the Human Rights Program, we must mourn and remember while we persist.

Justice Ginsburg was a tireless defender of universal human rights. She initially gained fame as the strategist of constitutional reform for women’s equality, fighting legalized stereotypes and making clear the harm they imposed on everyone. As a judge of the D.C. Circuit (where I first met her) and as a Supreme Court Justice she kept attention on the rights of all – including women, racial minorities, religious minorities, LGBT persons, immigrants, the poor, prisoners. She sought to ensure the efficacy of antidiscrimination law and to preserve access to the courts. 

Justice Ginsburg expressed her openness to the world in such ways as her refusal to confine constitutional rights within the nation’s formal borders, her willingness to learn from foreign constitutional experience, and her acceptance of self-executing treaty provisions.  

Alas, as the Supreme Court shifted during her decades of service, her fidelity to a better constitutional understanding was increasingly shown in her eloquent dissenting opinions. Throughout her career, Justice Ginsburg’s dedication, skill and fortitude offered, and continue to offer, an inspiring example to all good lawyers, and especially so to human rights lawyers.

Gerald L. Neuman is the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law, and the Co-Director of the Human Rights Program at HLS. He teaches human rights, constitutional law, and immigration and nationality law.

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March 6, 2013

Clinic’s Co-Director Celebrates Justice Ginsburg

Posted by Cara Solomon

Last month, in the rush of the start of the semester, I neglected to mention a very big honor bestowed upon Susan: She was one of several Harvard Law School faculty invited by Dean Minow to write an essay exploring the work of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Justice Ginsburg received the book of essays while on campus for a celebration of her years on the Court.  Dean Minow read aloud from the essays during the event.

“It was truly an honor to be asked to contribute this piece in celebration of Justice Ginsburg’s twenty years on the Court,” Susan said. “To say that I admire her would be a huge understatement; she is a trailblazer and one of my personal heroes.”

You can read Susan’s essay, entitled Justice Ginsburg’s International Perspective, here.

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