Human Rights Workshop Current Issues & Events

The Human Rights Workshop is held on selected Thursdays throughout the school year.  Guest speakers, including faculty members, scholars, human rights activists, and journalists will present on a diverse range of topics in human rights.  Students may enroll in the Workshop for credit (see bulletin), and all sessions are open to the Law School and University community.  To view the schedule for Fall 2016 click here.

 

Robert L. Bernstein International
Human Rights Symposium

Each spring, the Bernstein Fellowship Program convenes a symposium designed to promote thoughtful, creative discourse on international human rights. Past and current Bernstein and Robina fellows return to Yale Law School to speak with students and each other about the challenges of human rights advocacy, and leading activists and scholars in the field join in discussions exploring effective approaches to the defense of human rights.

 

All Schell Events


Thursday, February 23, 2017


Human Rights Workshop: Avram Finkelstein, Artist & Activist, "Fire with Fire: Resistance in an Image Culture"

12:10PM to 1:30PM

Faculty Lounge

We live in an Image Culture. Images are the sky, rocks and trees of a media landscape, but suiting up for the 21st century means learning everything there is to know about how they actually work. If you’re still flummoxed by a President who seized power by running his candidacy as if it were a brand, come roll up your sleeves for a crash course in that other brand, Resistance. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Teng Biao, "Human Rights Lawyering in China"

6:10PM to 7:45PM

Room 121

Teng Biao is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study and New York University.

Thursday, March 02, 2017


Human Rights Workshop: Amanda Alexander, ‘13, "Movement Lawyering in the Era of Black Lives Matter"

12:10PM to 1:30PM

Faculty Lounge

Amanda Alexander, YLS '13, is an assistant professor and postdoctoral scholar in Afro-American studies and law at the University of Michigan, and a member of the Michigan Society of Fellows. As a lawyer, legal scholar, and advocate, she works to reduce the impact of mass incarceration on families and build thriving communities.

Monday, March 06, 2017


The Constitutional Right to Health: Current Evidence and Debates with Matthew Kavanagh and Natalia Pires

12:10PM to 1:30PM

SLB 121

The “right to health” is increasingly enshrined in national constitutions around the world. It is present today in a slight majority of written constitutions. There has been considerable debate over whether this trend is good, bad, or meaningless.

Thursday, March 23, 2017


Bernstein Symposium: Current Bernstein & Robina Fellows Discuss their Work

12:00PM to 1:30PM

Room TBD

Bernstein Fellows
Daniel Hessel, ’16 , EarthRights International, Thailand
Asaf Lubin 16, Privacy International,  London

Robina Fellows:
Tosin Agbabiaka ’16 USAID/Power Africa
Sergio Giuliano (L.L.M. 2016) European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France
Andrea Scoseria Katz ’16 European Court of Human Rights, France

 

Thursday, March 23, 2017


Bernstein Symposium - Keynote Address: Larry Cox, "Why Human Rights Needs Religion"

4:15PM to 6:00PM

Room TBD

Larry Cox is Co-Director of Kairos: The Center on Religions, Rights and Social Justice, and former Executive Director of Amnesty International USA. 

Click here to view the full symposium schedule.
 

Friday, March 24, 2017


Bernstein Symposium: Religion and Human Rights

9:30AM to 5:00PM

Room TBD

One of the most interesting developments of the opening years of the millennium has been the resurgence of interest in the role of religious belief and practice in global affairs.  Scholars have given up any easy assumption that religion would increasingly be displaced by secularism.  Politicians have had to learn how to respond to new forms of religious activism.  And globalists have had to reconsider how religious belief continues to shape the possibilities of change within borders and across regions.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


Ken Harbaugh '08, "Veterans as Humanitarians: Challenging the Global Disaster-Relief Paradigm by Deploying Military Veterans as Emergency Responders"

6:10PM to 7:45PM

Room 129

Every year, hundreds of thousand of U.S. military personnel return to civilian life with skills directly applicable in post-disaster environments. Former US Navy Pilot Ken Harbaugh (YLS ’08) has spent the past decade building organizations that challenge veterans to continue serving their communities and their country after leaving the military. He is the current President of Team Rubicon Global, a disaster relief organization that leverages the skills and experiences of veterans to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. 

Tuesday, April 04, 2017


Renovation: A Presentation and Book Talk with Artist Nancy Davenport

6:10PM to 7:30PM

Room 121

In 2008, the United Nations embarked on a massive renovation of its New York complex. For six years, Nancy Davenport documented that project, taking photographs and interviewing construction workers and UN employees. Davenport will discuss her new book, which, through an array of photographs, interview transcripts, and archival images, offers, in the words of historian Perry Anderson, “a glimpse of the history of possibility.”

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Eric Biel '85, "Worker Rights and Responsible Business Conduct: Challenges and Opportunities in a Changed Washington"

6:10PM to 7:30PM

Room 129

Eric R. Biel Associate Deputy Undersecretary, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor