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


Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Anne Pasternak, Director, Brooklyn Museum, "Arts Potential for Social Justice"

6:10PM to 7:45PM

Room 127

On September 1, 2015, Anne Pasternak joined the Brooklyn Museum, one of the oldest and largest fine arts collections in the nation. Previously, she served as President and Artistic Director of Creative Time, a non-profit arts organization based in New York City that commissions and presents adventurous public art projects. In her twenty years of leadership, the organization collaborated with hundreds of artists, expanded its work globally, and introduced millions of people to innovative contemporary art practices.

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Human Rights Workshop: Richard Amesbury, "Framing the Circumcision Debate: Bodily Integrity vs. Religious Freedom"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Room 128

A scholar of religious ethics and religion and political thought, Richard Amesbury holds the chair in Theological Ethics at the University of Zurich, where he also heads the Institute for Social Ethics. His current book project, Secular State and Religious Nation (under contract with Columbia University Press), examines political uses of the secular-religious distinction in contemporary American culture.

Lunch will be provided.
 

See attachments for background readings.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016


Screening of Edgar Barens’s film, Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

6:10PM to 9:00PM

Room 128

This documentary was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject in 2014. The filmmaker, Edgar Baren, will attend the event and will stay for a short Q&A session after the screening.

Thursday, October 13, 2016


Human Rights Workshop: David Rieff, "Do Peace And Justice Always Go Hand in Hand, and is Either Better Served by Remembrance or by Forgetting?"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Room 128

David Rieff is a New York-based journalist and author. During the nineteen-nineties, he covered conflicts in Africa (Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Liberia), the Balkans (Bosnia and Kosovo), and Central Asia. Rieff has written extensively about Iraq, and, more recently, about Latin America. He is the author of eight books, including Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West and A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis. He has published numerous articles in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, El Pais, The New Republic, World Affairs, Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Affairs, The Nation, and other publications. His book The Reproach of Hunger: Food, Justice, and Money in the 21st century was published by Simon & Schuster in October 2015. Rieff’s latest book In Praise of Forgetting: the Irony of Historical Memory was published in April 2016 by Yale University Press.
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/mar/02/cult-of-memory-when-hi....

Lunch will be provided.

Background readings are available at the links below:

http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/04/14/the-united-states-museum-of-holocaus...

https://www.ictj.org/debate/article/when-collective-memory-poisoned-it-b...

Friday, October 14, 2016


Kirby Simon Summer Fellows Panel: An Introduction to Summer Fellowships

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Room 128

The session will begin with a general discussion of the Kirby Simon Summer Human Rights Fellowship and its application process followed by a panel of former fellows who will talk about their summer work experience.

Lunch Provided

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Human Rights Career Panel

6:10PM to 7:45PM

Room 127

This session will discuss various human rights career paths, including work in the government, NGOs, law firms and the UN.

Dinner Provided.

Thursday, November 03, 2016


Human Rights Workshop: Elizabeth Borgwardt, “Thinking Humanity” – The Nuremberg Idea in History, Law & Politics

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Faculty Lounge

Elizabeth Borgwardt specializes in the History of International Law with a focus on human rights ideas and institutions. Her book, A New Deal for the World: America’s Vision for Human Rights, was published by the Belknap imprint of Harvard University Press and is in its fourth printing. New Deal for the World has been recognized as the best book in the history of ideas by the Organization of American Historians with the Merle Curti Book Award, as the best first book in U.S.

Thursday, November 10, 2016


Human Rights Workshop: Olivier De Schutter, "Must Corporations Obey Human Rights?"

12:10PM to 1:40PM

Faculty Lounge

Olivier De Schutter is a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School. A professor at the University of Louvain (Belgium) and at SciencesPo (France), he served from 2008 to 2014 as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, and since 2015, he has been a member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights.

Thursday, November 10, 2016


Kirby Simon Summer Fellows Panel: Summer Human Rights Fellowships, Session 2

6:10PM to 7:30PM

Room 121

The session will begin with a general discussion of the Kirby Simon Summer Human Rights Fellowship and its application process followed by a panel of former fellows who will talk about their summer work experience.  This panel will focus on summer experiences around a particular theme or issue. 

Dinner will be served. 

Monday, November 14, 2016


Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum, "Litigating Sexual Violence Cases"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Room 121

Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum is Telford Taylor Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic at the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights.

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