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2019 Wolfgang Friedmann Conference

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 105
Apr 10
Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 105

The Columbia Society of International Law and The Columbia Journal of Transnational Law present:
The 45th Annual Wolfgang Friedmann Conference
Honoring Rt. Hon. David Miliband
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 & Thursday, April 11, 2019

Please join CSIL and JTL for two-panel discussions in honor of the 2019 Wolfgang Friedmann Award recipient, Rt. Hon. David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee and former Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom. Please note that the Award Banquet will be held on the evening of Thursday, April 11.

Panel 1 (Wednesday, April 10): "Asylum, Immigration, and Citizenship Under Attack"

Under the Trump administration, U.S. policy with respect to asylum, immigration and citizenship have shifted significantly. The first Friedmann Conference panel will discuss various legal and practical issues regarding this change, ranging from separated families at the U.S.- Mexico border to rejection of asylum-seeking refugees from Southwest Asia. The conference will also invite a discussion of the scope of executive power with respect to citizenship, immigration, and accepting refugees, as well as the role of practitioners and non-legal actors in changing the legal discourse surrounding immigration.

This panel will be moderated by Professor Seyla Benhabib, the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University and currently a visiting professor at Columbia Law School. Panelists include:

Mr. Muzaffar Chishti, Director of Migration Policy Institute at NYU School of Law
Ms. Nina Bernstein, former New York Times investigative journalist
Ms. Beth Krause, supervising attorney of the immigration law unit at the Legal Aid Society

Panel 2 (Thursday, April 11): "Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Abuses"

What is the best way to advise corporations on how to best prevent human rights abuses from occurring in the first place? Once harm has occurred, what is the most strategic way to pursue litigation and hold a corporation accountable while seeking redress for the victim? And if litigation is not feasible or insufficient for remedying the harm, what alternatives exist to litigation? The second Friedmann Conference panel will discuss various legal and practical issues on the role of the corporation in human rights.

This panel will be moderated by Professor Joanne Bauer, Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Panelists include:

  • Mr. Owen Pell, Partner, White & Case
  • Mr. Douglass Cassel, King & Spalding
  • Ms. Katherine Gallagher, Center for Constitutional Rights

Non-pizza lunch will be served. For more information, please contact Andrew Pai and Peter Kim at [email protected] and [email protected]. For more information on the Friedmann Award Banquet, please contact the Journal’s Public Affairs Editors, Brooke Zheng and Kelly Tieu at [email protected] and [email protected].

Contact Info: 
Andrew Pai, [email protected]