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Past Human Rights Seminar Series

HUMAN RIGHTS SEMINAR SERIES

Each academic year, the Center for International Human Rights (CIHR) invites five to six renowned scholars and/or practitioners to address cutting-edge human rights topics including humanitarian law, economic rights, women's rights, and immigration in the Human Rights Seminar Series. The Series is co-sponsored by the CIHR, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Ph.D./M.A. Program in Political Science. The seminars usually take place at the CUNY Graduate Center located at 365 Fifth Avenue, from 6:00-8:00pm, unless otherwise noted. Below are the past Human Rights Seminar series, including the speakers, topics, dates, locations and supporting material. For the current seminar series, please see CIHR's Upcoming Events.

 

FALL 2011 – SPRING 2012
ASSESSING COMPLIANCE: THE ROLE OF HUMAN RIGHTS MONITORING MECHANISMS
The focus of the 2011-2012 Seminar Series explores how monitoring mechanisms are utilized to assess compliance with international human rights norms and standards. Additionally, the seminars will examine how these monitoring mechanisms can be used more effectively for accountability and advocacy purposes.

SPRING 2012
Thursday April 19, 2012
Howard Stoffer, Senior Advisor to the UN Counter Terrorism Committee, "Human Rights in the Work of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee" - Room C205 - FLYER
Thursday February 16, 2012
Ron Russell, Executive Director of Epic Theater, "Theater as a Tool for Civil Empowerment" - Room 9207 - FLYER 
 
FALL 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Justice Abdulai Sheikh Fofanah, High Court of Justice, Sierra Leone, Government Action in Monitoring Compliance with International Human Right Norms: The Sierra Leone Experience - Room 5200.07
Thursday November 3, 2011
Elsa Stamatopoulou, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs Program; Former Chief of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, The Monitoring of Cultural Human Rights, Room C203
Thursday, December 8, 2011 
Technology and Human Rights: The Role of Information Technology and Social Networking Platforms in Mobilizing People to Advance the Cause of Human Rights and Social Justice
Welcoming Remarks: George Andreopoulos, Director of CIHR,
Moderator: Aferdita Hakaj, Assistant Director of CIHR,
Panelists: Fred Kirungi, UN Human Rights Office in New York; Shahram Hashemi, Amnesty International; Professor Sylvia Maier, New York University; Raja Althaibani, WITNESS; Sally Abdelghafar, Youth International Empowerment - John Jay College - BMW Builing - 555 W. 57th Street 6th Floor, between 10th and 11th Avenues - Room 615/616. This event is in commemoration of the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
 
 
FALL 2010 – SPRING 2011
 ASSESSING COMPLIANCE: THE ROLE OF HUMAN RIGHTS MONITORING MECHANISMS
The purpose of this year's seminar is to study how monitoring mechanisms are utilized to assess compliance with international human rights norms and standards. This subject is especially pertinent in light of the recent report submitted by the US government to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) procedures of the UN Human Rights Council, and of the near completion of the first four-year cycle of the UPR process (2008-2011). In addition, the seminar will explore how these monitoring mechanisms can be used more effectively for accountability and advocacy purposes. The seminar will examine monitoring mechanisms of charter and treaty-based bodies, as well as extra-conventional mechanisms and the supplemental monitoring of non-governmental organizations. Our seminar meets approximately once a month and attracts a diverse audience that includes faculty, students, NGO representatives, and UN officials. 
 
SPRING 2011
Thursday February 10:
Sarah Paoletti, Senior Coordinator, US Human Rights Network Universal Periodic Review Project; Practice Associate Professor of Law & Director, Transnational Legal Clinic, University of Pennsylvania Law School, The US UPR and an Assessment of the UPR Process, (FLYER) Room C203
Thursday April 7:
Richard Culp, Associate Professor of Public Administration, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, The Sentence Enforcement Monitoring Mechanisms of the Ad Hoc and Hybrid International Criminal Tribunals. Click here for his presentation, (FLYER) Room C197
Postponed to Fall 2011:
Elsa Stamatopoulou, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs Program; Former Chief of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, The Monitoring of Cultural Human Rights
 
FALL 2010
Thursday November 4:
Yasmeen Hassan, Deputy Director/Program Director, Equality Now, The Monitoring of Women's Rights: An Evaluation of CEDAW, CSW, the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, and the New Working Group on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, (FLYER) Room C204
Thursday October 28:
Rainer Braun, Research Analyst for Governance Metrics International (GMI); Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs Program, A Comparison of Private Sector Labor Rights Monitoring and Traditional State-Based Human Rights Monitoring within the UN Context, (FLYER) Room C197
  
FALL 2009 -SPRING 2010
RELIGION AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Despite the numerous references, in international human rights instruments, to the right to freedom of religion, the relation between human rights and religion has been problematic. On the one hand, religious communities and advocates have often criticized the human rights discourse for its "secular bias;" on the other hand, human rights activists have often criticized religion as a force of reaction and as a source of inter as well as intra-societal tensions. Our series will seek to go beyond facile designations and explore the dynamics of this relation in light of the growing role of religious ideas and actors in the global arena and of the initiatives undertaken by faith-based institutions in a whole set of critical issue areas, including peace and security, sustainable development, accountability and empowerment.
 
SPRING 2010

Thursday February 25:

Jacqueline Ogega, Director, Program at Religions for Peace, overseeing the Global Women of Faith Network worldwide, and PhD researcher, University of Bradford, UK.

 

FALL 2009

Thursday December 10: 

Yüksel Sezgin, Assistant Professor of Political Science, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, "How to Integrate International Human Rights Principles into Religious and Customary Legal Systems," (FLYER) (POWERPOINT) Room C205

Thursday November 19:

Dr. Robert Zuber, UN Emergency Peace Service and Global Action to Prevent War, "Religious Congregations and 'Good Faith' Efforts to Promote Human Rights, Human Security and a Culture of Peace" (TALKING POINTS); and Daniel Prins, Head of the Conventional Arms Branch in the United Nations' Office for Disarmament Affairs, "Curbing the Excessive Accumulation of Small Arms," (FLYER) Room 9206

Thursday October 8:

 Kirk Harris, Program Associate, The United Nations Liaison Office of the Mennonite Central Committee, "Intersecting Narratives: Faith, Food, and Human Rights," (FLYER) (PAPER) Room 9206

   

FALL 2008-SPRING 2009

    BETWEEN THE GLOBAL AND THE LOCAL: UNDERSTANDING HUMAN RIGHTS PROCESSES

The purpose of this year’s seminar is to examine how international human rights norms and standards operate in practice. In particular, the seminar will focus on how groups and organizations use the international human rights discourse as a mobilizational tool in a variety of issue areas to achieve human rights-sensitive outcomes in local settings.

 

SPRING 2009

Monday, April 27:

George Andreopoulos, Professor of Political Science, John Jay College of Criminal Justice & the Graduate Center, CUNY; Edward Flynn, Senior Human Rights Officer, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate; and Yvonne Terlingen, Head, Amnesty International Office at the United Nations; Roundtable on "UN Counterterrorist Policies and Human Rights: A Reassessment.”

Monday, March 23:

M. Victoria Pérez-Ríos, Assistant Professor (substitute line), Government, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, Universal Jurisdiction in Spanish Courts and Its Transnational Implications.” (DRAFT)

Monday, February 23:

Letitia Anderson, Advocacy and Women's Rights Specialist, UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict, “When is Sexual Violence a Threat to Peace and Security?” (POWERPOINT)

 

FALL 2008

Tuesday, December 2:

Victoria Sanford, Chair of the Committee for Human Right, American Anthropological Association and Associate Professor of Anthropology, Lehman College & The Graduate Center, CUNY,“The Land of Pale Hands: Feminicide, Social Cleansing and Impunity in Guatemala,” (ARTICLE) Room 9207

Thursday, November 6:

Daniel Goldstein, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers University, “Toward a Critical Anthropology of Security and Rights,” (DRAFT) Room: 5200.07 (Political Science Thesis Room)

Tuesday, October 7:

Sally Engle Merry, Professorof Anthropology and Director f the law and Society Program, New York University, “The Vernacularization of Human Rights: A Comparative Perspective from India, China, Peru, and the USA” Room: 9204

 

SPRING 2008

This semester our seminar will focus on different aspects of the issue of torture. (FLYER).

Tuesday, April 15:

Shayana Kadidal, Senior Managing Attorney, Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative, The Center for Constitutional Rights, New York City  “Lessons from Guantánamo.”

Thursday, March 13(John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY):

Darius Rejali, Professor of Political Science, Reed College, “Torture, Democracy and Our Future.”

Tuesday, February 19:

Marnia Lazreg, Professor of Sociology, Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, “Torture and Anti-Subversive War: A Lesser or Greater Evil?”

 

FALL 2007

Tuesday, December 4:

 Jeremy Perelman, Skirball Fellow, Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School, “Right to Health Advocacy: Comparative and Critical Perspectives from the Ground,” Room: 9204

Tuesday, November 13:

Steve Nave, State/Regional Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator and National Steering Committee Vice-Chairperson, Amnesty International, “The Death Penalty in the United States: Why Capital Punishment Should Be Abolished,” Room: 9205

Thursday, October 18:

Marty Rouse, National Field Director, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Discrimination? That's So Gay.”; and Daniel R. Pinello, Prof. of Government, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, "Lobbying Legislatures for Social Reform: The Case of Same-Sex Marriage in New York State," Room: 9206

 

SPRING 2007

 Room: DSC Lounge, Room 5414

Tuesday April 17:

Lisa Reiner-Sotelo, Esq., Associate Director of the Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN), CUNY School of Law, “Asylum after 9/11: How the Material Support to Terrorists Bar Affects Refugees.”

Monday March 12:

Nancy Foner, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of CUNY, “How Exceptional is New York as an Immigrant City?”, 5:00-6:30pm

 

FALL 2006

Room: DSC Lounge, Room 5414

Wednesday December 13:

Nadia Hijab, Senior Fellow, Institute for Palestine Studies, “Palestinian Women and the Hundred Year Struggle for Personal and National Rights.”

Wednesday November 8:

Donna M. Hughes, University of Rhode Island, Prof. Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Chair, Women’s Studies Program, "Trafficking and Slavery in the 21st Century."

Wednesday October 11, 2006 (6:00-8:00 pm):

Mary Hawkesworth, Prof. of Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University,Outsiders, Insiders, and Outsiders Within; Feminist Strategies for Global Transformation."
Commentator: Joyce Gelb, Prof. of Political Science, City College and Graduate Center