The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

Partners for change at the intersection of academics and advocacy.


Human Rights Happy Hour Speaker Series


Professor Philomila Tsoukala (Georgetown University Law Center) discusses inequality and human rights in Greece, September 2015

The Happy Hour Speaker Series features faculty, activists, and scholars from various disciplines from around the world to deliver lectures focusing on today's pressing human rights issues. Past speakers have highlighted topics from international criminal liability for lawyers to the progressive redistribution of land in Latin America. Speakers are also encouraged to present works in progress so that the participants might be involved in the development of their work. Lectures are held periodically throughout the academic year at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

For biographies of upcoming speakers, please see the Biographies page or click on a speaker's name below. Past schedules and information can be found in the Series Archives. Biographies for past speakers can be found in the Biography Archives.


Spring 2016


February 1, 2016
"Rights, Conflict and Crises"
Hina Jilani, Prominent Human Rights Lawyer and Activist; Advocate, Supreme Court of Pakistan
3:30-5:30pm, Sheffield-Massey Room (TNH 2.111), Texas Law
Co-sponsored with the Wilson Chair in Pakistan Studies at UT Austin

February 29, 2016
"Certifiably Fair: Can Consumers Monitor Human Rights?"
José Aylwin, Chilean human rights lawyer; Co-Director, Observatorio Ciudadano (Citizens’ Watch); Adjunct Professor of Law, Universidad Austral de Chile
Jessica Champagne, Director of Research and Advocacy, Worker Rights Consortium
Sean Sellers, Co-Founder and Senior Investigator, Fair Food Standards Council
3:00-5:00pm, Sheffield-Massey Room (TNH 2.111), Texas Law
Co-sponsored with LLILAS Benson

March 1, 2016
"Personal Injury Law and International Human Rights: Litigating Toxic Injustices"
Scott Hendler, Attorney and Counselor at Law, Hendler Lyons Flores
11:45am-1:15pm, Sheffield-Massey Room (TNH 2.111), Texas Law
Co-sponsored with the William Wayne Justice Center, the Environmental Law Society, the Human Rights Law Society, and the Public Interest Law Association