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 Spring 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


Monday, February 08, 2016


The Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development

12:10PM

Room 128

Professor Lisa Sachs, Director of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), will discuss how extractive industry investments can be leveraged for sustainable and equitable development, particularly in low-income, resource-rich countries.

Thursday, February 11, 2016


Human Rights Workshop: Thomas Keenan, "Counter-Forensics and the Arts of Evidence"

12:10PM

Faculty Lounge

Thomas Keenan teaches media theory, literature, and human rights at Bard College, where he directs the Human Rights Project.  He is the author of Fables of Responsibility (1997) and, with Eyal Weizman, Mengele’s Skull (2012).  He is co-editor, with Tirdad Zolghadr, of The Human Snapshot (2013).  Flood of Rights, co-edited with Suhail Malik and Tirdad Zolghadr, is forthcoming in 2016.  He curated "Antiphotojournalism" with Carles Guerra (2010–11), and “Aid and Abet” (2011), and was part of the research group behind "Forensis" (2014).

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Global Conversations: Democracy and Elections

6:10PM to 7:30PM

Room 121

The YLS Graduate Programs Office and the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights, in cooperation with Yale Society of International Law, are proud to introduce a new initiative: “Global Conversations.” This series seeks to connect J.D. and LL.M. students in a cross-border dialogue about critical socio-legal issues. Each session will provide an informal and welcoming atmosphere to exchange ideas, opinions, and questions. The theme for February 17 is Democracy and Elections. Food will be served.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Global Conversations: Income Inequality

6:10PM to 7:30PM

Room 121

The YLS Graduate Programs Office and the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights, in cooperation with Yale Society of International Law, are proud to introduce a new initiative: “Global Conversations.” This series seeks to connect J.D. and LL.M. students in a cross-border dialogue about critical socio-legal issues. Each session will provide an informal and welcoming atmosphere to exchange ideas, opinions, and questions. The theme for February 24 is Income Inequality. Food will be served.

Thursday, February 25, 2016


Human Rights Workshop: Robert Barsky, "Dirt, Filth, Infection, and Border Crossings: Rendering Human Beings 'illegal' and 'foreign'"

12:10PM

Faculty Lounge

Robert Barsky is Professor and Chair of the Department of French and Italian, as well as Professor of Law at the Vanderbilt University School of Law. He is the author of 7 books on immigration and refugee law, language theory, and literature, including a trilogy of books for MIT Press on the milieus of Noam Chomsky and Zellig Harris.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016


Global Conversations: Government and Corruption

6:10PM to 7:30PM

Room 121

The YLS Graduate Programs Office and the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights, in cooperation with Yale Society of International Law, are proud to introduce a new initiative: “Global Conversations.” This series seeks to connect J.D. and LL.M. students in a cross-border dialogue about critical socio-legal issues. Each session will provide an informal and welcoming atmosphere to exchange ideas, opinions, and questions. The theme for March 2 is Government and Corruption. Food will be served.

Thursday, March 03, 2016


Human Rights Workshop: Meredith Gamer, "The Sheriff's Picture Frame: The Art of Execution in Eighteenth-Century Britain"

12:10PM

Faculty Lounge

Meredith Gamer received her Ph.D. in History of Art from Yale in 2015. Building on her dissertation, her project, “The Sheriff’s Picture Frame:” Art and Execution in Eighteenth-Century Britain, examines the relationship between the visual arts and rituals of public execution in this period. Drawing on a wide range of sources—from simple woodcuts to ambitious history paintings; aesthetic treatises to anatomical models—it exposes deep and complex links between the seemingly discrete spaces of the gallows and art academy.

Thursday, March 24, 2016


Human Rights Workshop: Adam Michnik, "Human Rights and Dissident Movements in East and Central Europe"

12:10PM

Faculty Lounge

Adam Michnik, Founder and Editor-in-Chief Gazeta Wyborcza, leading Polish newspaper and Tom and Andi Bernstein Human Rights Fellow, Yale Law School He was is also co-founder of KOR (Committee for the Defense of Workers) in 1976. Michnik was detained many times during 1965-1980. A prominent “Solidarity” activist during the 1980s, he spent a total of six years in Polish prisons for activities opposing the communist regime.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Global Conversations: Family Life and the State

6:10PM to 7:30PM

Room 121

The YLS Graduate Programs Office and the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights, in cooperation with Yale Society of International Law, are proud to introduce a new initiative: “Global Conversations.” This series seeks to connect J.D. and LL.M. students in a cross-border dialogue about critical socio-legal issues. Each session will provide an informal and welcoming atmosphere to exchange ideas, opinions, and questions. The theme for March 30 is Family Life and the State. Food will be served.

Thursday, April 07, 2016


Bernstein Symposium: "Human Rights and the Arts"

10:00AM to 6:00PM

TBD

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