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; Facutly 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 When does drug-related violence fulfil 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 of 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 go on about how advanced the weapon is but have 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 terrorists 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.