Advancing U.S. Social Justice through Human Rights: 15th Anniversary Celebration of the BHRH Lawyers' Network
October 22, 2015 | 12:10 – 1:10 pm
Welcome Remarks: Risa Kaufman, Executive Director, Human Rights Institute Keynote Address: Caroline Bettinger López, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women
Panel: Celebrating Successes and Learning from Challenge Panelists: Jamil Dakwar, American Civil Liberties Union Human Rights Program; Melissa Hooper, Human Rights First; Eric Tars, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty; Ejim Dike, US Human Rights Network; Reena Shah, Maryland Legal Aid Bureau; Moderator: Cindy Soohoo, CUNY International Women’s Human Rights Clinic Closing Remarks: Cathy Albisa, New York City Commission on Human Rights; National Economic and Social Rights Initiative
The Implications of Goal 16 for Access to Justice in the United States
September 24, 2015 | 12:30 - 2:00pm
Organized by the National Center for Access to Justice at Cardozo Law School and the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute.
Speakers: Risa Kaufman, Executive Director, Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute; Peter Chapman, Program Officer, Open Society Justice Initiative; Maha Jweied, Deputy Director, Office for Access to Justice, US Department of Justice; Tony Pipa, U.S. Special Coordinator for the Post-2015 Development Agenda; Jennifer Smith, Executive Director, the International Legal Foundation; David S. Udell, Founder and Executive Director, National Center for Access to Justice
"Why Counterterrorism Needs Countering Violent Extremism: How Human Rights & Good Governance Help Prevent Terrorism" Sarah Sewall, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights
HRI partnered with the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, the Columbia Society of International Law, and the Columbia Law School Center on Global Governance to host a lunchtime discussion with Sarah Sewall, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. Dr. Sewall was sworn in as Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights on February 20, 2014. Over the previous decade, Dr. Sewall taught at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she also served as Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, launched the Mass Atrocities Response Operations Project, and directed the Program on National Security and Human Rights. She served on the U.S. Defense Policy Board and on the boards of Oxfam America and the Center for Naval Analyses. In 2012, she was Minerva Chair at the Naval War College. She also led several research studies of U.S. military operations for the Department of Defense. During the Clinton Administration, Dr. Sewall served as the inaugural Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance. Dr. Sewall discussed human rights and the rule of law, and how they link to support countering violent extremism.
Two Years After Snowden: Where are we now & where are we going?
Panel I: What would US surveillance reform look like and do we need it?
Discussion with Robert S. Litt, General Counsel to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence & Jameel Jaffer, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU. Moderated by Professor Sarah Cleveland.
Panel II: How the Snowden Revelations are Reshaping Perceptions of Privacy and Big Brother: Perspectives from Around the World
Introduction: Sarah Knuckey, Columbia Law School Moderator: Aryeh Neier, President Emeritus, Open Society Foundations Panelists: Joana Varon, Antivigilancia (Brazil) Stefánia Kapronczay, Hungarian Civil Liberties Union Stefan Heumann, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (Germany) Carly Nyst, Privacy International (UK) Neema Singh Guliani, ACLU (US) Ambassador Antonio de Aguiar Patriota (Permanent Representative of Brazil to the UN)
"Developments in the International Criminal Court: Israel & Palestine"
February 11| 6:30-8:30 pm The Human Rights Institute held a panel discussion of Israel and Palestine and developments in the International Criminal Court (ICC). After the Palestinians acceded to the Rome Statute on January 2, 2015, Fatou Bensouda, the ICC Prosecutor, opened a preliminary investigation into the possibility of war crimes committed "in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, since June 13, 2014.” This panel discussed these developments, international criminal law, and the legal/political issues involved.
Panelists included Columbia Law School professors Lori Damrosch and Katherine Franke, and Claus Kress (University of Cologne), and Jamil Dakwar (CUNY & ACLU).
Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Institute, the Columbia Society of International Law, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and the Center for Palestine Studies
“The One and the Many: The Struggle between 'Genocide' & 'Crimes Against Humanity'” Philippe Sands, Professor of Law & Director, Centre on International Courts and Tribunals, University College of London
December 4, 2014 An afternoon discussion with Philippe Sands addressed the introduction of 'crimes against humanity' and 'genocide' into the Nuremberg trial, the relative merits of both concepts in modern international law, and growing doubts as to the utility, effectiveness or desirability of the crime of 'genocide' as currently conceived.
Professor Sands’ teaching areas include public international law, the settlement of international disputes (including arbitration), and environmental and natural resources law. As a practicing barrister, he has extensive experience litigating cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, and the European Court of Justice. He frequently advises governments, international organizations, NGOs and the private sector on aspects of international law.
Co-sponsored by HRI, CSIL, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and the Center on Global Governance at Columbia Law School.
Speakers: Richard Dicker, Director, International Justice Program, Human Rights Watch Peggy Hicks, Global Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch Priscilla Hayner, Senior Advisor, Center for Humanitarian Dialogue; co-founder, International Center for Transitional Justice Paul Martin, Adjunct Professor and Director, Human Rights Studies, Barnard College; Senior Scholar, Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Commemoration: Judge Rosemary Barkett, US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Sarah Cleveland, Louis Henkin Professor in Human and Constitutional Rights, currently Counselor on International Law, Office of the Legal Adviser, U. S. State Department Lori Damrosch, Hamilton Fish Prof. of Intl. Law and Diplomacy, Henry L. Moses Prof. of Law and Intl. Organization David W. Leebron, President, Rice University Peter Rosenblum, Lieff Cabraser Clinical Professor in Human Rights Law, Co-Director, Human Rights Institute
Louis Henkin: A World of Ideas and Action
Moderated by: Sarah Cleveland
Panelists: Andreas Lowenfeld, Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law Emeritus, New York University School of Law Andrew Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University Gerald Neuman, J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law, Harvard Law School; Member, UN Human Rights Committee Catherine Powell (remarks in her personal capacity), Director, International Law, and the Constitution Initiative, Fordham Law School; currently Office of Policy Planning, U.S. State Department; Sir Nigel Rodley, Professor of Law and Chair of the Human Rights Center, University of Essex & Member, UN Human Rights Committee
Presented by Rightslink, The Columbia Society of International Law, Amnesty International, The Journal of Transnational Law, The Human Rights Law Review, and The Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights in collaboration with Columbia Law School and the Human Rights Institute.
INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE IN PRACTICE: CHALLENGES IN THE SEARCH FOR ACCOUNTABILITY
Center for Constitutional Rights and Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute September 26, 2011 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
This program provided an overview of the international human rights and humanitarian law framework and examines a series of case studies illustrating the challenges and successes encountered when applying this framework to mass atrocities or serious violations of international law.
Welcome Remarks: Peter Rosenblum, Lieff Cabraser Clinical Professor in Human Rights; Faculty Co-Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School Michael Ratner, President Emeritus, Center for Constitutional Rights
Session 1: Setting the Legal Framework
Gabor Rona, Legal Director, Human Rights First Sarah Cleveland, Louis Henkin Professor in Human Rights; Faculty Co-Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School Sir Daniel Bethlehem, Barrister, 20 Essex Street; Senior Fellow, The International Institute for Strategic Studies; Visiting Scholar, Columbia Law School
Moderator: Peter Rosenblum
Session 2: Case Studies from Latin American and Africa
Reed Brody, Counsel & Spokesperson, Human Rights Watch Wolfgang Kaleck, Secretary-General & Co-Founder, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights Carolyn Patty Blum, Senior Legal Advisor, Center for Justice and Accountability Clemence Bectarte, Coordinator, Legal Action Group, International Federation for Human Rights
Moderator: Katherine Gallagher, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights; Vice President, International Federation for Human Rights
Remarks from Peter Weiss, Vice President, and Cooperating Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights; President, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy
Session 3: Case Studies from the U.S. and Israel
Katherine Gallagher Maria LaHood, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights Raji Sourani, Founder & Director, Palestinian Center for Human Rights; Vice President, International Board of FIDH Desmond Travers, Colonel (Ret'd) Irish Army, Member 2008-2009, Gaza War UN Fact-Finding Mission
Moderator: Stephanie David, Director, North Africa/Middle-East Program, International Federation for Human Rights
Human Rights at Columbia Alumni Event
Friday, November 18 | Columbia Law School
Alumni in Human Rights Panel
Welcome Remarks: Alice Henkin, The Aspen Institute
Christopher Albin-Lackey '04, Human Rights Watch Paola Garcia Rey '10 LL.M., MERCOSUR Tiffany Gardner '06 LL.M., One World Foundation Ramzi Kassem '03, CUNY School of Law
Reception Honoring Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales)
Speakers in order: Peter Rosenblum, Lieff Cabraser Clinical Professor in Human Rights Law, Columbia Law School Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, University of Miami School of Law Lenora Lapidus, Director, Women's Rights Project, ACLU Chinyere Eze, Former Human Rights Clinic Student Jessica Lenahan, Domestic Violence Advocate
Promises to Keep: Diplomatic Assurances Against Torture in US Terrorism Transfers
This is an edited broadcast of an event hosted by the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School. The event, Promises to Keep: Diplomatic Assurances Against Torture in US Terrorism Transfers, was originally broadcast, live, on February 10th, 2011.
The Law of Armed Conflict & Drug Policy Debate
The Human Rights Institute, The Center for Human Rights and Drug Policy and Righstlink invite you to an evening debate in which experts in international humanitarian law (IHL) will debate the law of armed conflict and its application to drug-related violence. The debate will begin with a brief overview of IHL. Speakers will address such questions as to When does drug-related violence fulfill the traditional criteria for the applicability of the law of armed conflict? Is a political objective of an armed group a condition for the applicability of the law of armed conflict? Can drug lords/traffickers be subject to targeted killings? What are the implications of a "conduct of hostilities" against and by drug lords/traffickers for civilians? Can crop eradication be subject to the laws of armed conflict? Speakers will contextualize their remarks with regional problems. The event is open to all. A reception will follow the discussion in Case Lounge. Please rsvp to [email protected]
Speakers: Marco Sassoli, Director, Department of International law and International Organization, University of Geneva Noam Lubell, School of Law, University of Essex
Moderator: Gabor Rona, International Legal Director, Human Rights First
Drones Are Not Ethical And Effective
Thursday 25th April 2013
Naureen Shah gives her argument against the use of drone warfare.
Naureen Shah starts her talk by saying that the proposition goes on about how advanced the weapon is but has failed to put forward any evidence that it is effective. She highlights that acts of terrorism happen every other week in Pakistan and uses a case of a mosque that was bombed and then a 2nd bombing took place killing all the rescuers leaving children lying in pools of blood. Will drone strikes be effective in reducing these types of attacks? She says there is no evidence that it does.
She goes on to say that some of these terrorist groups that were operating in the outer regions of Pakistan have now moved into the cities because they know that's where drone strikes won't work without heavy civilian casualties. Also, Pakistan is strongly against the use of drone warfare and has passed a bill to stop it, yet the US government still continues to use drone strikes in Pakistan. She says how are the people supposed to truth their own government if they cannot keep promises of innocent people not being killed by drone warfare. It is detrimental to the democracy in Pakistan and in that sense, it is ineffective to the people who live there. She concludes by saying that the continued use of drone warfare is ineffective for long term peace and stability in those countries where it is used.
A panel discussion on living and labor conditions, the obligations of corporations and development institutions and the problematic role of social responsibility mechanisms in the Indian tea sector. The panelists have all been involved in recent field research on Indian tea plantations. Tea is grown on plantations where labor conditions have changed very little over the past century. Much has changed in the economics of tea, however.
Over the past decade, the major tea brands have pulled out of owning and operating their own plantations, and have focused their attention on branding and retail. Over the same period, the brands have embraced a discourse of corporate social responsibility: Fairtrade, the Ethical Tea Partnership, Rainforest Alliance and Social Accountability International are all involved in addressing labor conditions on tea plantations.
Panelists: Max Bearak, Staff Writer, New York Times; author of "Hopes & Homes Crumbling on Indian Tea Plantations”, New York Times Sarah Becky, Associate Professor, University of Michigan; author of The Darjeeling Distinction: Labor and Justice on Fair-Trade Tea Plantations in India (2013) Ashwini Sukthankar, co-author The More Things Change…: The World Bank, Tata, and Enduring Abuses on India’s Tea Plantations Phyllis Robinson, Education and Campaigns Manager, Equal Exchange
Moderator: Peter Rosenblum, Professor of International Law & Human Rights, Bard College; co-author The More Things Change: The World Bank, Tata and Enduring Abuses on India’s Tea Plantations