Panel to Take New Look at How Prisoners’ Rights Can Be Aided by a Human Rights Framework


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New York, Oct. 5, 2009 – The Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School and the American Civil Liberties Union will present a panel that will look at the importance of using a human rights framework to protect the rights of people behind bars.
The Oct. 8 event at Columbia Law School will feature Sir Nigel Rodley, a member of the U.N. Human Rights Committee and a law professor at the University of Essex in Britain.
Sir Nigel’s pioneering book, The Treatment of Prisoners under International Law, was recently published in its third edition.
Sir Nigel will be part of a panel which will discuss detention in four different contexts – prisoners’ rights in the criminal justice system; prisoners in armed conflict and counter-terrorism situations; immigration detention; and juvenile detention. The event will be moderated by Human Rights Institute Co-Director Peter Rosenblum.
Panelists are:
·         David Fathi, Director, U.S. Program, Human Rights Watch
·         Scott Horton, contributing editor, Harper's Magazine and lecturer-in-law, Columbia Law School
·         Mie Lewis, staff attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project
·         Sunita Patel, staff attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
The discussion begins at 4 p.m. in Jerome Greene Hall, Room 106. For more information, visit
Media who wish to reserve a seat should write contact the Public Affairs department: [email protected].

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