Upcoming Speaker Series Events

The Human Rights Happy Hour Speaker Series features scholars and practitioners from around the world. These multidisciplinary lectures foster dialogue around complex human rights issues. Each lecture draws a wide array of students, faculty, and community members, creating an atmosphere characteristic of the collaborative nature of human rights work.

  1. Roundtable Discussion on India’s Recent Supreme Court Ruling on Privacy Rights with Dr. Nadimpally

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    Join a discussion co-sponsored by SAI and led by Dr. Sarojini Nadimpally on what privacy rights mean in the current Indian political context. 
  2. Lecture on “The Trial of Public Health in India Question: Questions for Ethics and Justice “

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  3. Gender Wealth Inequality in French Families

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  4. Inside Private Prisons: An American Dilemma in the Age of Mass Incarceration

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    • L.B. Eisen Justice Program, Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law

Previous Speaker Series Events

  1. Challenges for Central American Refugees in the U.S. and Mexico

    Central American migration to the U.S. and to Mexico presents unique challenges in the current political environment. This panel of Mexican and U.S. migration experts will discuss the obstacles facing Central Americans who are fleeing violence and seeking protection.
  2. Where Are We Heading?: The State of Democracy and Rights in Bangladesh

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    • Khushi Kabir Human Rights Activist; Rapoport Center Visiting Practitioner
    Human rights activist Khushi Kabir will explore the state of democracy and rights in Bangladesh. Lunch provided!
  3. Widows: Loss, Land, and the Law

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    • Cynthia Gorney Contributing Writer, National Geographic
    • Jon Sawyer Executive Director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
    Join us for a conversation with award-winning journalist Cynthia Gorney about her Pulitzer Center-supported National Geographic project, "For Widows, Life After Loss."
  4. Fighting Organized and Environmental Crime in Central America: Unraveling Structural Conditions and Policy Limitations

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    • Mark Ungar Professor of Political Science, Brooklyn College and Graduate Center; Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice, Graduate Center, City University of New York
  5. Large-scale Irregular Migration from Turkey: What was Going on There?

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    • Franck Düvell Associate Professor and Senior Researcher, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford
    In 2015, about 850,00 people, a quarter of all arrivals in Turkey, moved on irregularly to the EU. This represents a sudden change from 2014, when only 51,000 people left Turkey for the EU. What was going in Turkey in 2015 that can explain these processes?
  6. Mediterranean Migration Crisis: Trajectories, Journeys and Hubs

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    • Franck Düvell Associate Professor and Senior Researcher, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford
    Policy debates and media coverage during the migration ‘crisis’ gave a misleading impression of a linear, uninterrupted flow of people towards Europe. Instead, research found that this migration was the result of a temporary merger of diverse migrations of a huge range of people along many routes.
  7. Unsustainable International Law: Transnational Resource Extraction and Violence Against Women

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  8. Using Ghana’s Oil Wealth to Promote Social Rights: A Vanishing Dream?

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    • Lucie E. White Louis A. Horvitz Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
    • William E. Forbath Associate Dean for Research & Lloyd M. Bentsen Chair in Law, Texas Law
  9. Writers from the South in the North

  10. Environmental Martyrdom & Defenders of the Forest

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    • Rob Nixon Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professorship in Humanities and Environment, Princeton University
  11. Building a Lasting Territorial Peace in Colombia

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  12. Extraction, Indigenous Rights and Prior Consent

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  13. The Recognition Gap: Why Labels Matter in Human Rights Protection

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    • Stacy Kosko Assistant Research Professor & Associate Director, Minor in International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland
    Professor Kosko will discuss how the formal categorizing of different types of ethnocultural minorities affects how international human rights law can protect them.
  14. The Exploitation Bias in the Transnational Law of Natural Resource Extraction

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    • Isabel Feichtner Assistant Professor of Law and Economics, Goethe University, Frankfurt
  15. Guatemalan Women Healing Toward Justice: The Sepur Zarco Case

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    • Maudí Tzay Alliance to Break the Silence and End Impunity
    Please join us for a talk on the recent landmark case that tried crimes against humanity for sexual violence and sexual and domestic slavery committed against Q’eqchí women at Sepur Zarco military base in Guatemala. Light lunch provided.
  16. Digital Archaeology: Tools for Truth and Justice in the Wake of El Salvador’s Amnesty Law?

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    • Angelina Godoy Helen H. Jackson Endowed Chair in Human Rights and Director of the Center for Human Rights, University of Washington
    As part of LLILAS Benson's “Digital Scholarship in the Americas” speaker series, Angelina Godoy discusses the amnesty law in El Salvador, examining the possible role of digital archaeology in the pursuit of truth and justice there.
  17. Extractive Industries and Inequality: Intersections of Environmental Law, Human Rights and Environmental Justice

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    • Sumudu Atapattu Director of Research Centers and Senior Lecturer, University of Wisconsin Law School
  18. Rival Kurdish Movements in Turkey: Transforming Ethnic Conflict

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    As part of the Turkish Ottoman Lecture Series, Dr. Gurbuz will present the situation of the Kurds in Turkey as a case study for attempting to understand the conditions that foster nonviolent civic engagement in emerging civil societies.
  19. Global Struggles, Local Battlegrounds: A Panel on Human Rights as Civil Rights at the State and Local Level

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    • Aimee Arrambide Program Manager and Reproductive Rights Policy Specialist, Public Leadership Institute
    • Ariel Dulitzky Clinical Professor and Director, Human Rights Clinic
    • Celia Israel Texas State Representative
    This panel will discuss how human rights are codified at the local and state level in Texas.
  20. Remembering Violence and the Violence of Remembering

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    • Khatharya Um Associate Professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, University of California, Berkeley
    Professor Khatharya Um will discuss her recent book From the Land of Shadows (NYU Press, 2015), which examines the factors and conditions that produced the genocidal outcome in Cambodia, as well as the struggle of Cambodians, both in Cambodia and in the diaspora, to live with and transcend this historical trauma in the aftermath.
  21. Personal Injury Law and International Human Rights: Litigating Toxic Injustices

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    • Scott Hendler Attorney and Counselor at Law, Hendler Lyons Flores
    Austin attorney Scott Hendler will talk about his experience litigating against American corporations on behalf of Central American agricultural workers.
  22. Certifiably Fair: Can Consumers Monitor Human Rights?

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    • José Aylwin Adjunct Professor, Universidad Austral de Chile School of Law; Co-Director, Observatorio Ciudadano (Citizens’ Watch)
    • Jessica Champagne Director of Research and Advocacy, Worker Rights Consortium
    • Michael E. Conroy Co-founder of Colibrí Consulting – Certification for Sustainable Development
    • Julia Dehm Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2017)
    • Sean Sellers Co-founder and Senior Investigator, Fair Food Standards Council
    The roundtable will consider the possibilities and limitations of various forms of certification regimes for the realization, enforcement and governance of human rights.
  23. Policing the Police: the Federal Government’s Role in Reforming Police Practices

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    • Christy E. Lopez Deputy Chief, Special Litigation Section, Justice Department Civil Rights Division
    Please join us for a talk by Christy Lopez, a national expert on policing who led the DOJ’s investigation of the Ferguson, Missouri, police department.
  24. Rights, Conflict & Crises

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    • Hina Jilani Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Human Rights Activist
  25. Rights, Resources, Territory: The Struggles of the Garifuna and Lenca in Honduras

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    • Berta Cáceres Coordinator, Council of Indigenous and Popular Organizations of Honduras (COPINH)
    • Miriam Miranda Chamorro Executive Director, The Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH)
    A Dialogue with the 2015 Rothko Chapel Óscar Romero Award Recipients
  26. The Arab Upheaval: Roots, Dynamics, and Prospects

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    • Gilbert Achcar Professor of Development Studies and International Relations, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  27. Battling for Immigrants’ Rights: Litigation, Advocacy, and Government Service

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    • Lucas Guttentag Senior Counselor to the Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security (
  28. The Ideological Origins of the Dirty War: Fascism, Populism, and Dictatorship in Twentieth-Century Argentina

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    • Federico Finchelstein Associate Professor of History, Chair of the Historical Studies Department, and Director of The Janey Program in Latin American Studies, The New School for Social Research
  29. The Armenian Genocide and Modernity

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    • Peter Balakian Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities; Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing, Colgate University
  30. Human Rights and the Politics of Migration: A Latin American Perspective

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    • Pablo Ceriani Professor of Law and Coordinator of the Migration & Human Rights Program, National University of Lanús (Argentina)
  31. The Place of Israel in Asia: Settler Colonialism, Mobility, and Memory among ’48 Palestinians

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  32. Whither the Arab Spring? Legal and Political Reflections on Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary Egypt

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  33. Criminalizing the Illegal Use of Force: Tragedy or Triumph?

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    • Donald Ferencz Visiting Professor, Middlesex University London, and Convenor, The Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression
  34. A Regulationist Perspective to Human Rights: Blueprint of an Inquiry

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  35. The Legacies of the September 11 Coup d’état in Chile: Four Decades Later

  36. Borrowing a Constitution: The U.S. Constitution in Argentina and the Heyday of the Argentine Supreme Court (1853-1930)

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  37. The Politics of Compliance with International Courts: A General Theory with Evidence from the European Court of Justice

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    • Matthew Gabel Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis
    • Clifford Carrubba Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Law, Politics, and Economics, Emory University
  38. Politics of Inclusion: Women, Afrodescendants, and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America

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    • Mala Htun Associate Professor of Political Science, University of New Mexico
  39. Electing Judges: The Surprising Effects of Campaigning on Judicial Legitimacy

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    • James Gibson Sidney W. Souers Professor of Government and Director of the Program on Citizenship and Democratic Values, Washington University in St. Louis
  40. The Social Construction of Human Rights in Africa

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  41. Inter-American Constitutionalism: The Creation and Internalization of Human Rights

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    • Jorge Contesse Professor and Director of the Center for Human Rights, Universidad Diego Portales (Chile)
  42. Muslims in Europe: Multiculturalism, Cultural Clash, Human Rights

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  43. Of Prosthetics and Pageants

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    • Mimi Thi Nguyen Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Asian American Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  44. Rights in Culture in Aotearoa, New Zealand: Treaty Rights and Human Rights

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    • Graeme Austin Professor, School of Law, Victoria University of Wellington
  45. Archiving Memory after Mass Atrocities

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    • John Ciorciari Assistant Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
  46. From Monuments to Ladders: Collapsing Social Rights Typologies into a New Enforcement-Oriented Schema

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    • Tara Melish Associate Professor of Law & Director, Human Rights Center, University at Buffalo Law School, SUNY
  47. Legal Inequality and Domestic Violence. Who gets what and when at the Sub-national Level?

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    • Catalina Smulovitz Director, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Argentina)
  48. Humanitarian Citizenship and Race: Katrina and the Global War on Terror

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    • Inderpal Grewal Professor and Chair of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale University
  49. Un balance delicado: El defensor de derechos humanos en un gobierno democrático

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  50. Leap Frog Feminism: Learning about Human Rights Institution Building from Local Actors

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    • Julie Mertus Professor, School of International Service, American University (AU)
  51. Oil, Litigation and Conservation in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador: Can Cowode Law Protect the Rights of Indigenous Huaorani in the Oil Patch and Yasuni Biosphere Reserve?

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    • Judith Kimerling Professor of Law and Policy at The City University of New York
  52. Bringing Anthropology to Court: The Promotion of Trialogues for the Enforcement of Indigenous Rights

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    • Claudia Briones Professor and Director of the Graduate and Postgraduate Program in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the National University of Rio Negro (UNRN) in Argentina
  53. Cycles of Right to Health Litigation: the Elusive Argentine Experience

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    • Paola Bergallo Professor, Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  54. TRIPS, Human Rights, and the Health Impact Fund

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    • Thomas Pogge Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University
  55. Temporalities of Struggle: National Liberation Movements and International Strategies of Rule

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    • Samera Esmeir Assistant Professor, Rhetoric Department at the University of California, Berkeley
  56. Asylum Rights between Left and Right: The German Case

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    • Lora Wildenthal Associate Professor, History Department at Rice University in Houston, Texas
  57. The Informal State in International Law: the United States, Gender and Unilateralism

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    • Karen Knop Professor of Law, University of Toronto
  58. Assessing the Distributive Impact of Social and Economic Rights Litigation: More Litigation = More Inequality?

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    • Daniel Brinks Associate Professor of Government and Co-Director, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice
    • Varun Gauri Senior Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank
  59. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: Reflections on a Joint Venture—Twenty Years Later

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    • Cecilia Medina Universidad de Chile and past president, Inter-American Court of Human Rights
  60. Neither Members nor Strangers: Imagining ‘The People’ in the Age of the Diaspora

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    • Adeno Addis William Ray Forrester Professor of Public and Constitutional Law, Tulane University
  61. Service Learning: A Roundtable Discussion on Community Engagement Programs

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  62. Analogies and Discontinuities in Colombia and Sri Lanka’s Violence

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  63. Armed Conflict and Collective Rights in the Southern Pacific Region of Colombia

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    • Eduardo Restrepo Professor of Anthropology, Pontífica Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia
  64. A Human Rights Perspective on Unparented Children & International Adoption

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    • Elizabeth Bartholet Morris Wasserstein Public Interest Professor of Law & Faculty Director of the Child Advocacy Program, Harvard Law School
  65. Ruth First and the South African Struggle

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    • Gillian Slovo South African born novelist, playwright and memoirist
  66. Children and Armed Conflict

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    • Murhabazi Namegabe Director, Bureau pour le Volontariat au Sevice de l'Enfance et de la Santé (BVES), Democratic Republic of the Congo
  67. Does Torture Work?

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    • Lisa Hajjar Associate Professor & Department Chair, Law and Society, University of California, Santa Barbara
  68. The Development and Influence of Helsinki Watch

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    • Sarah Snyder Cassius Marcellus Clay Fellow, Department of History, Yale University
  69. Law, Locality, and International Human Rights

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    • Shirin Ebadi Nobel Peace Laureate (2003), civil rights activist and lecturer in law, University of Tehran
  70. Human Rights as Social Theory

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  71. Fighting for Human Rights in the Homeland

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  72. Women, Human Rights, and the ‘War on Terrorism’

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    • Gretchen Ritter Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas
  73. Song as Crime: the Prosecution of a Pop Star, and other New Cases on Incitement to Genocide

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    • Susan Benesch Visiting Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law
  74. UN Military Observers at Work

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  75. The Torture Team: International Criminal Liability for Lawyers?

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  76. The Philosophy of Punishment, Human Rights, and International Criminal Law

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    • Roberto Gargarella Professor of Constitutional Theory and Political Philosophy at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella
  77. From Resistance to Governance: How the EPLF/PFDJ Experience Shapes Eritrea’s Regional Strategy

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    • Dan Connell Distinguished Lecturer in Journalism and African Politics at Simmons College
  78. Implementation of the Istanbul Protocol – A Summary Report of the Efforts to Eliminate Torture and Ill-Treatment in Mexico

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    • Alejandro Moreno Associate Professor of Medicine and Assistant Dean of Clinical Skills Integration, University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School
  79. Tortured Thoughts: The Example Set by Ruth First from her Interrogation in 1963 to her Assassination in 1982

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  80. The US and Torture: History and Jurisprudence

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  81. Individual Body/Collective Body

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  82. A Genealogy of Caring: A Long View of the Figure of the Refugee

    Speaker:
    • Itty Abraham Associate Professor of Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore
  83. What is International Human Rights Law? Three Applications of a Distributive Account

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    • Patrick Macklem William C. Graham Professor of Law, University of Toronto
  84. Delimiting Accountability: Writing History out of Justice

    Speaker:
    • Vasuki Nesiah Associate Professor of Practice, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University
  85. Globalization, States, and Social Rights: Negotiating Women’s Economic Citizenship in the Maghreb

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    • Valentine Moghadam Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies and Director of the Women's Studies Program, Purdue University
  86. Legal Pluralism and Extra-Legal Property: Class, Culture and Law in Bogotá

    Speaker:
    • Daniel Bonilla Associate Professor, Universidad de los Andes School of Law
  87. Indigenous Roads to Development; Indigenous Peoples, Afro-Indigenous Peoples and Reparations

    Speakers:
    • Karen Engle Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law and Founder & Co-Director, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice
    • Gerald Torres
  88. How Does One Assign Value to Culture?

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  89. Human Rights in Guatemala

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  90. Central American Migrants and Mexico’s Southern Border: Human Rights and the Criminalization of Poor Workers

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  91. Rule of Law in Wartime: The Issues and the Academic Program

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  92. Language Rights?

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  93. African Queen: the Real Life of the Hottentot Venus

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  94. Indigenous Peoples of Mexico and their Struggles for Rights: Gender Perspective on Cultural Citizenship

  95. Immigrants and U.S. Workers: The Paradox of Non-Citizen Worker Rights

  96. Weaving Consciousness: Women and Indigenous Identity in Chiapas, Mexico

  97. Calling the United States’ Bluff: How Sovereign Immunity Undermines the United States’ Claim to an Effective Domestic Human Rights System

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  98. Comparative Law as Archeology: On Sodomy, Islamic Law and the Human Rights Activist

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  99. A Historical Look at the Inter-American System of Human Rights

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  100. State Responsibility in the Era of Individual Criminal Culpability

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  101. Trafficking in Human Rights in the Postmodern Age

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    • Paolo Carozza Associate Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School and Member, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
  102. The Australian ‘Stolen Generations’ and Reparations

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    • Tony Buti Senior Lecturer in Law, Murdoch University, Perth
  103. The Law, Politics and Impact of Litigating Social and Economic Rights in the Developing world

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    • Daniel Brinks Associate Professor of Government and Co-Director, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice
  104. San Antonio’s La Villita, Pan-Americanism and World War II

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  105. Redesigning Workers’ Rights for the Global Economy: Core Labor Rights Confront Labor Market Flexibility

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    • Kerry Rittich Professor, Faculty of Law and the Women's and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto
  106. The Law of War as a Field of Battle

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  107. International Human Rights Law and the Socialization of States; Additional suggested reading: Introduction, Parts I and V, and Conclusion of “How To Influence States”

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  108. Development Priorities, Human Rights Principles: Globalization and the Place of the Transnational Private Actor in International Law

    Speaker:
    • Erika George Associate Professor of Law, University of Utah
  109. The Ticking Bomb and Other Modern Myths

    Speaker:
    • Susan Marks Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, & Director of Studies & Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge
  110. Bystanders: The Limits of International Criminal Trials and Jurisprudence

    Speaker:
    • Laurel Fletcher Clinical Professor of Law and Director, International Human Rights Law Clinic, University of California, Berkeley
  111. Adjudicating Culture, Politicizing Law: Legal Strategies for Black and Indigenous Land Rights Struggles in the Americas

    In this workshop, an interdisciplinary cohort discussed facets of the broad topic of Black and indigenous land rights in Latin America, promoting dialogue across the academic/activist divide.
  112. Blood, Sweat and Fear: Workers’ Rights in U.S. Meat and Poultry Plants

    Speaker:
    • Lance Compa Senior Lecturer, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations
  113. Crisis in Darfur

    Speaker:
    • Joanne Mariner Deputy Director, Americas Division, Human Rights Watch
  114. Anticipating the War on Terror: Preventative Detention at Home and Pre-emptive War Abroad

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    • Jules Lobel Professor, University of Pittsburgh Law School
  115. Disorientations: Sexuality Rights Claims and Imperial Geography

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  116. Transnational Worker Rights Clinic seminar

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  117. From Guantanamo Bay to Abu Ghraib: Extraterritorial State Action and International Human Rights Law

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    • Ralph Wilde Lecturer, Department of Laws, University College London