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April 5, 2021

In Memoriam: Christof Heyns


Christof Heyns, a towering figure in the human rights community, passed away on March 28, 2021. Professor Heyns was Director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa and Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Pretoria. In 2012, he was one year into his term as United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, when he came to HRP as a Visiting Fellow. He focused his research on the legal framework concerning the death penalty, the use of force by the police during demonstrations, and armed drones; he contributed immensely to the intellectual life of the university.

Professor Heyns touched many lives — at HLS and beyond. Past and current members of HRP who knew or worked closely with him pay tribute below.

As a Human Rights Program Visiting Fellow in 2012, Christof Heyns helped organize and spoke at, “The Death Penalty: Hanging by a Thread?” Heyns, who was U.N. Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions at the time, center, speaks as Lloyd Barnett, Member of the Inter-American Inst. on Human Rights, left, and Juan Mendez, U.N. Special Rapporteur on torture, right, look on. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer
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October 13, 2020

Godfrey Odongo Joins HRP As Visiting Fellow

The Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School is pleased to welcome Godfrey Odongo, Senior Program Officer with the Human Rights Program at the Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, a US-based private foundation, to join HRP as a Visiting Fellow this fall. With Harvard Law School continuing to operate remotely this year, Odongo will engage with the human rights community at Harvard Law School virtually. He will use his time as a visiting fellow to research the new frontiers of human rights advocacy and activism in the age of populism, the covid-19 pandemic and contemporary challenges to the legitimacy and effectiveness of human rights.

In his current role, Odongo manages funding portfolios for an ecosystem of key civil society and institutions advancing human rights norms in multiple contexts. He has previously served as a regional research expert on East Africa with Amnesty International; in a program advisory role with Save the Children-Sweden; and as a research fellow with the Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights at the University of the Western Cape and at the Danish Institute for Human Rights. An advocate of the High Court of Kenya, he holds a doctorate in international human rights law from the University of the Western Cape, a master’s in law in human rights from the University of Pretoria, and a bachelor’s law degree from Moi University.

Odongo spoke with HRP about his work and what he hopes to achieve this semester as a Visiting Fellow.

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March 5, 2015

Tomorrow, March 6: Forum on Human Rights and Everyday Governance in Thailand


We’re particularly pleased to call your attention to the event below, not just because it’s relevant to our work, but also because one of our Visiting Fellows, Benjamin Zawacki, is a featured speaker. His remarks are entitled “A Perfect Storm: Forecasting Human Rights in Thailand.”

March 6, 2015


“Forum on Human Rights and Everyday Governance in Thailand: Past, Present and Future”


9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Harvard University Asia Center
K050
CGIS Knafel
1737 Cambridge St.,
Cambridge, MA

Please join the Asia Center for a day-long event featuring the following speakers: Graeme Bristol, Centre for Architecture and Human Rights; Pandit Chanrochanakit, Ramkhamhaeng University; Tyrell Haberkorn, Australian National University; Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University; Pinkaew Laungaramsri, Chiang Mai University; Duncan McCargo, Leeds University; Pitch Pongsawat, Chulalongkorn University; Yukti Mukdawijitra, Thammasat University; Benjamin Zawacki, George Washington University, as well as discussant Gazi Kapllani, Emerson College.

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January 26, 2015

Call for Papers: Hague Yearbook of International Law


The following publication opportunity comes via Prof. Jure Vidmar, a former Visiting Fellow at HRP, and an editor of the Hague Yearbook of International Law:

The Hague Yearbook of International Law – Call for Papers


Deadline: 1 March 2015.

We welcome articles (8,000-20,000 words) and shorter commentaries (4,000-7,000 words) on any aspect of private or public international law, written in either English or French. All submissions will be peer-reviewed.

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November 1, 2013

Monday, Nov. 4: Combating the Tragic Faw in Global Governance, Human Rights and International Law


Event Notice

Monday, November 4, 2013


“Combating the Tragic Flaw in Global Governance, Human Rights and International Law: Canada and the Canadian Champions”


11:00 – 1:00 p.m.

CGIS Knafel, 1737 Cambridge Street, Room K450

Please join Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs for a talk by Errol P. Mendes, a Visiting Fellow with the Human Rights Program, and a lawyer, author, and professor at the University of Ottawa. Mendes has been an advisor to corporations, governments, civil society groups and the United Nations, where he assisted in the development of the UN Global Compact. He has acted as a human rights Tribunal and Boards of Inquiry adjudicator in Canada, as an international arbitrator on several occasions, served in the highest levels of the Canadian federal public service in the Privy Council Office of the Government of Canada, and most recently served as a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court. His areas of expertise include private and public sector governance and social responsibility, international law, constitutional law, and human rights law and policy.

Please RSVP to [email protected] or call 617-495-3671.

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