Human Rights and Civil Rights: Interchangeable Methods to Advance Social Justice

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 107
Mar 05
Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 107

Speakers: Marissa A. L. Jackson, Deputy Commissioner for Community Relations, NYC Commission on Human Rights; Chris Albin-Lackey, Senior Legal Advisor, Human Rights Watch; Meera Shah, Senior Staff Attorney, Palestine Legal

The distinction between “civil” and “human” rights is somewhat unique to the U.S. context, where civil rights have been key drivers of social change. In the past several decades, the U.S. has seen a shift towards using human rights standards and strategies to advance the full range of rights - civil, political, economic, social, and cultural. How do U.S. lawyers focusing on social justice use human rights mechanisms, and what factors do they consider in making this decision?

This event hosts CLS alumni whose work incorporates civil and human rights frameworks, to discuss how law students might develop expertise in both.