Human Rights Program

Human Rights Program

Human Rights Program

Human Rights Study Project

Human Rights Week, Oct. 21-24, 2019

Organ Harvesting in China

Monday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m., Purcell Reading Room

Forced organ harvesting has been making headlines these last few weeks. The first event of the series will feature David Matas, a renowned human rights lawyer. Matas will speak about how his team in 2018-19 used an independent people’s tribunal to significantly contribute to the existing evidence on forced organ harvesting in China. Dr. Joshua Li will speak about how organ harvesting particularly affects minority and subordinated groups in China, including Falun Dafa practitioners. Lunch will be provided.

India Under Modi: The Difficulties of Being a Minority

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 5:15 p.m., Purcell Reading Room

Immediately following his victory in India’s general elections, Prime Minister Modi announced the termination of Article 370 of the Constitution, asserting India’s power in the disputed Kashmir region. Since then, Kashmir has been under lockdown. Join renowned human rights advocate Harsh Mander in a candid conversation with Professor Neeti Nair to learn about the difficulties India’s millions of religious and ethnic minorities, the largest being Indian Muslims, face under Modi’s rule. Dinner will be provided.

The War on Drugs: Then and Now

Thursday, Oct. 24, 1 p.m., Purcell Reading Room

In June of 2011, the Global Commission on Drug Policy announced that the global war on drugs — formally declared by President Richard Nixon in 1971 — had failed. Join the Human Rights Program for its final event of Human Rights Week, featuring Teresa García Castro from the Washington Office on Latin America and Sanho Tree from the Institute for Policy Studies. The two will share their research on the impact of the war on drugs almost 50 years later on female incarceration and counternarcotics efforts. Lunch will be provided.

Events at UVA Law

Since its inception in 2003, the Human Rights Program has brought leading figures in the field to the Law School. Recent events and speakers include:

Law and War: An International Humanitarian Law Student Workshop, with experts from the International Committee of the Red Cross and the American Red Cross, military judge advocates and UVA Law professors

An Insider’s Look at the Paris Agreements on Climate Change, with Susan Biniaz, Legal Advisor's Office, State Department

Restricting the Use of the Death Penalty: Judicial Activism in the Commonwealth, with Saul Lehrfreund, The Death Penalty Project

Global Supply Chains, Corporate Responsibility, and the Limits of the Law, with best-selling author Corban Addison '04

Human Rights Lawyering: Current Trends, Threats and Opportunities, and How You Can Make Your Mark on This Field, with EarthRights International co-founder Katie Redford '95

The Living Legacy of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill: A Conversation on Transnational Advocacy for LGBTI Rights in Uganda, with Dr. Frank Mugisha, Richard Lusimbo and Nahal Zamani

On the Horizon: National Security Priorities for the New Administration, with Beth Collins, Board Member, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Continued Violation and Denial of Women’s Land and Property Rights in Southern Africa, with Brigadier Siachitema, Southern Africa Litigation Center

Hunger Games? Reflections on Autonomy, the Value of Life and the State's Prerogatives in Dealing with Hunger Strikers, with UVA Law Professor Gil Siegal

Recognizing the Rights of LGBT Communities Through U.S. Human Rights and Development Policy, with Mark Bromley ’95, council chair for the Council for Global Equality

Burma’s Democratic Transition: Challenges and Opportunities, with the president of U.S. Campaign for Burma and other experts

The Extra-Territorial Application of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, with U.S. Army Maj. Matthew Lund (JAG Corps) and UVA law professors Ashley Deeks and Mila Versteeg

A Transitional Justice Strategy for Syria, with Mohammad Al Abdullah of the Syria Justice and Accountability Center and Balkees Jarrah of the International Justice Program and Human Rights Watch

Corporate Liability in U.S. Courts for Global Actions, with EarthRights International Legal Director Marco Simons and Professor Brandon Garrett

Crossing Borders: Rethinking International Development, a symposium sponsored by the Virginia Journal of International Law and the J.B. Moore Society of International Law; with keynote address by Hassane Cissé, deputy general counsel for knowledge and research for at the World Bank

Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) v. United States of America, with Jessica Lenahan

The Crime of incitement: Propaganda and Media in International Criminal Tribunal Judgments, with Professor Richard A. Wilson, director of Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut

The Human Face of Modern Slavery: Sex Trafficking at Home and Abroad, with author Corban Addison '04

Outside of the Box Luncheon: A Conversation With Joseph Zogby '96, chief counsel and staff director, U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights

Drone Warfare and International Law: Finding Balance Between New Security Challenges, State Sovereignty and Protection of Human Rights

Litigating Corporate Human Rights Abuses in a Post-Kiobel World, with Jonathan Kaufman, counsel for EarthRights International

Measuring Human Rights: Indicators, Metrics and Evidence-Based Practice, with New York University law professor Margaret L. Satterthwaite

All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals, with David Scheffer, the first U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues and professor and director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law

Rashida Manjoo, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women and UVA Distinguished International Fellow in Residence and visiting research professor

Private Military Contractors and the Fight for Accountability for Human Rights Abuses, with Gabor Rona, international legal director of Human Rights First and a representative from the U.N. working group on mercenaries, and Katherine Gallagher, senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights

Lucy Reed, partner and co-head of the global international arbitration group, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; arbitrator of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission; former president of the American Society of International Law, International Tribunals and Victim Compensation

Property, Indigenous Autonomy, and International Law: The Forestry Law Case in the Colombian Constitutional Court, with Daniel Bonilla, law professor and director of the Public Interest Law Group, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia

Constitution-Making and the Arab Spring, a conference on how revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia may result in positive changes on human rights and other issues

Multi-Track Peace Initiatives in Entrenched National Conflicts: Observations From Lebanon and Nepal, with Derek Brown, executive director of the Peace Appeal Foundation