Past Events

Past Events

Fall 2015 – Spring 2016

MIGRATION ISSUES

Each academic year, CIHR invites renowned scholars and/or practitioners to address cutting-edge human rights topics. The focus of the 2015-2016 Seminar is on Migration. The focus on migration could not come at a more appropriate time, given the migrant crisis in Europe and the controversies surrounding certain proposals to deal with migratory flows from Latin America in the context of the 2016 US presidential election. At a time when migratory movements call for effective management and international cooperation among countries which claim adherence to norms of non-discrimination and due process, ensuring such effective, as well as legitimate, responses constitutes a key task of democratic and accountable governance. In this context, here are some key focal issues and questions that we would ask participants to address:

 * What are some of the main challenges that the current crisis has posed for the refugee protection regime and how can these be addressed?

*The European Commission’s Agenda on Migration refers to the importance of managing the migration crisis “in all its aspects.” Proposals include the improvement of EU’s skilled labor migration (Blue Card Directive), the creation of asylum camps in north African Countries, and the need for a ‘new model of legal migration.’ What are the prospects for implementing such initiatives and what are the main obstacles facing such implementation?

* How have civil society organizations (CSOs) responded to the needs of migrants? Taking into consideration declining state capacity, how and to what extent have CSOs managed to fill the gap?

* The UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants has called on the EU to create a “coherent and comprehensive migration policy,” making “mobility its central asset.” What would this entail and to what extent is such a proposal feasible given the existing dynamics within the EU?

* Some of the standard policies adopted by states around the world to address irregular migration persist despite the lack of supporting evidence as to their effectiveness. For example, detention does not deter irregular migration, nor does it discourage migrants from seeking asylum. Why do such policies persist? What are the alternatives

FALL 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Human Rights Minor Fall Kick-Start Event: Brian Dolley (Human Rights First) Rm 610T Flyer

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Future of Migration into Europe: Europe's Failures, Europe's Chance: Urgent Solution fro Refugees Rm Elebash Recital Hall *CIHR as co-sponsors Flyer

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Unable to Challenge Traditional Cultural Values: The Reproduction of Traditional Gender Roles in Greek Political Extreme Right and Left Wing Groups Rm 9.66 Flyer

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Addressimg the Global Refugee Crisis - A Keynote Address Rm. 9205 Flyer

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Responding to the Needs of Migrants and Refugees: The Role of Civil Society Organizations Rm. 9206 Flyer

Monday, December 14, 2015

Freedom from Fear and Freedom from Want: Challenges in Advancing Human Protection Rm. 9.64 Flyer

SPRING 2016

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Human Rights Minor Fall Kick-Start Event: Stephane R. Ojeda (ICRC) Rm 610T Flyer

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Protecting and Empowering Refugee Women and Girls: Issues and Challenges Rm 610T Flyer

Thursday, March 10, 2016

EU Migration and Asylum Policies in the Wake of the Refugee Crisis: Issues and Responses Rm. Martin E. Segal Theatre Flyer

Wednesday to Friday, April 13-15, 2016

Puerto RIco, The Debt Crisis, and Self-Determination: Exploring Paths to Decolonization Rms. 613 and 9.64 *CIHR as co-sponsors Flyer

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Revisiting State Responses to Migrant and Refugee Flows Rm C198 Flyer

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Seminar on Indigenous Peoples: Conflict, Peace, and Resolution Rm. B1 Auditorium of the Mulicultural Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in NY *CIHR as co-sponsors Flyer

Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

MENTAL HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Each academic year, CIHR invites renowned scholars and/or practitioners to address cutting-edge human rights topics. The focus of the 2014-2015 Seminar is on Mental Health and Human Rights. While the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) stipulates the “right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health,” such issues have yet to receive adequate treatment within the human rights discourse. Mental health, which is an indispensable component of well-being, remains a distant goal for many people throughout the world. Despite advances in treatment and increased research on mental health, the quest for the “highest attainable standard” faces considerable challenges. Among these challenges, stigmatization was and remains a major concern. The discriminatory treatment of people with mental illness severely restricts their access to health care, as well as to the underlying determinants of health, and undermines their ability to reach their full potential as productive members of society. Our seminar series will address some of the main issues involved in the effort to advance a less discriminatory, more inclusive social order where the aspirations of people with mental health concerns can be fully realized.

FALL 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Successful Approaches to Everyday Trauma for Young Adults Rm Dining Hall East
Event Flyer

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Myths and Realities Surrounding Mental Illness: Educating Through Their Own Voice Rm L.61 Event Flyer

SPRING 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Mass Incarceration & Its Mental Health Implications Rm Moot Court Event Flyer

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Fall 2013 – Spring 2014

MENTAL HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Each academic year, CIHR invites renowned scholars and/or practitioners to address cutting-edge human rights topics. The focus of the 2014-2015 Seminar is on Mental Health and Human Rights. While the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) stipulates the “right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health,” such issues have yet to receive adequate treatment within the human rights discourse. Mental health, which is an indispensable component of well-being, remains a distant goal for many people throughout the world. Despite advances in treatment and increased research on mental health, the quest for the “highest attainable standard” faces considerable challenges. Among these challenges, stigmatization was and remains a major concern. The discriminatory treatment of people with mental illness severely restricts their access to health care, as well as to the underlying determinants of health, and undermines their ability to reach their full potential as productive members of society. Our seminar series will address some of the main issues involved in the effort to advance a less discriminatory, more inclusive social order where the aspirations of people with mental health concerns can be fully realized.

FALL 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Health & Development: Post 2015 – Dr. Jacob Kumaresan Rm 6494
Event Flyer

Thursday, November 14, 2013

In Our Own Voice: College Students and Mental Health Rm L.61
Event Flyer & Agenda

Monday, December 16, 2013

Criminal Justice Matters Screening & Panel Discussion on Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System 
Event Flyer

SPRING 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Horror and the Hope: Promoting Mental Health in the Face of Human Rights Abuses – Dr. Allen Keller Rm C201
Event Flyer

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Raise the Age: Long Term Implications of Trying Children as Adults in Criminal Court and How Changing The Law Can Improve Future Outcomes For Youth Rm L.61
Event Flyer

Thursday, April 24, 2014

“Dark Light” Film & Panel Discussion Rm 630
Event Flyer

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Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

HUMAN RIGHTS OF LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER (LGBT) PEOPLE

The focus of 2012-2013 Seminar is on the dialogue pertaining to the human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) people. By dialogue, we understand an ongoing conversation with key constituencies (academic, activist, IGOs and NGOs, and local communities) to address homophobic and transphobic violence in all its manifestations, as well as ongoing discriminatory practices, and explore ways to combat them.

FALL 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Graeme Reid, Director, The LGBT Program at Human Rights Watch,” Homosexuality is UN-African and UN-Christian: Culture, Religion and Human Rights.” Event Flyer

SPRING 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Professor Dan Pinello, Professor of Political Science, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Event Flyer | Presentation Paper

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Selena Blake’s Taboo Yardies documentary screening and panel discussion. Event Flyer

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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.

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 

SPRING 2012

Thursday February 16, 2012 

Ron Russell, Executive Director of Epic Theater, “Theater as a Tool for Civil Empowerment” – Room 9207 – FLYER 

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

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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.

FALL 2010

Thursday October 28:

Rainer Braun, Research Analyst for Governance Metrics International (GMI). Micro-Monitoring through Markets: Private Sector Compliance Initiatives for Labor Rights, Room C197 Event_Flyer

Thursday November 4:

Yasmeen Hassan, Deputy Director/Program Director, Equality Now, Equality Now: Eliminating Discrimination Against Women through the use of the International Human Rights System, Room C204 Event_Flyer

SPRING 2011

Thursday February 10:

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” Room C197 Event Flyer

Thursday April 17:

Sarah Paoletti, Senior Coordinator, US Human Rights Network Universal Periodic Review Project, “The US UPR and an Assessment of the UPR Process” Room C203 Event_Flyer

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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.

FALL 2009

Thursday, October 8:

Kirk Harris, Program Associate, The United Nations Liaison Office of the Mennonite Central Committee,” Intersecting Narratives: Faith, Food, and Human Rights” Room: 9206 Event Flyer

Thursday, November 19:

Dr. Robert Zuber, UN Emergency Peace Service and Global Action to Prevent War, Daniel Prins, Head of the Conventional Arms Branch in the United Nations’ Office for Disarmament Affairs, “Religious Congregations and ‘Good Faith’ Efforts to Promote Human Rights, Human Security and a Culture of Peace, Curbing the Excessive Accumulation of Small Arms”. Room: 9206 Event Flyer

Thursday December 10

Yuksel 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”. Room C205 (Flyer and PowerPoint need to be found and uploaded) Event Flyer

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. Event Flyer

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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. All sessions will be held from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, unless otherwise noted.  

FALL 2008

Tuesday, October 7:

Sally Engle Merry, Professorof Anthropology and Director of 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 Event Flyer

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) Event_Flyer

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 Event Flyer

SPRING 2009

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?”, Event Flyer

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) Event Flyer

Monday, April 27:

Roundtable on “UN Counterterrorist Policies and Human rights: A Reassessment.” Event Flyer

  • 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
  • Yvonne Terlingen, Head, Amnesty International Office at the United Nations

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Fall 2007 - Spring 2008

Fall 2007

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 Event_Flyer

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 Event Flyer

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 Event Flyer

Spring 2008

Tuesday February 19, 2008

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?” Event Flyer

Thursday March 13, 2008

Darius Rejali, Professor of Political Science, Reed College,” Torture, Democracy and Our Future”, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Event Flyer

Tuesday April 15, 2008

Shayana Kadidal, Senior Managing Attorney, Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative, The Center for Constitutional Rights, New York City, “Lessons from Guantánamo”, John Jay College of Criminal Justice Event Flyer

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Fall 2006 - Spring 2007 

Fall 2006

Wednesday October 11:

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 Event_Flyer

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.” Event Flyer

Wednesday December 13:

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

Spring 2007

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 Event Flyer

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.” Event Flyer