The Columbia Society of International Law invites you to attend the 2013 Wolfgang Friedmann Conference on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Information on the panelists and timeline is below, with additional context for the discussions at far bottom:
Panel #1: Human Rights at Home: Implementing Human Rights through Domestic Legal Systems
What opportunities and challenges do domestic legal systems offer as gatekeepers for human rights progress? Expert panelists will discuss their experiences advocating for human rights implementation in the United States. They will describe the global and historic context of the human rights movement, and share effective strategies, innovative tactics, and trajectories they see in litigation, legislation, advocacy, and education.
Panel #2: Security, Sanction, and Human Rights: The Iran Dilemma
Iran has been subject to increasingly stringent and wide-ranging sanctions over the past several years as concern about Iran’s nuclear ambitions continues to mount. Participants on this panel will discuss the legal framework and substance of the sanctions, what they are designed to achieve, whether they are achieving those goals, and at what costs in terms of effects on ordinary Iranians.
Emilie Pradichit of the United Nations Development Programme will discuss recent findings by the UNDP’s Global Commission on HIV and the Law. The Commission’s July 2012 publication titled “HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights, and Health” reports on HIV and its legal consequences worldwide. The report includes findings about HIV discrimination and criminalization of HIV transmission, and the way in which HIV affects women and children worldwide.
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Time: 12:10 PM — 01:10 PM
Location: JG 101
Non-pizza lunch will be served.
The Tunisian Network for a Successful Society (TUNESS) is organizing with the kind support of the Columbia Society of International Law (CSIL) a round table discussion on the topic of police torture in Tunisia. We’re honored to have three distinguished guest speakers; M. Tamara Alrifai, Advocacy and Communications Director, Middle East/North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch, Mr. Bassam Bouguerra co-founder of the NGO “Tunisian Institutional reform” and Mr. Sami Ben Gharbia, Co-founder of Nawat and Tunileaks. Our guests are expected to share their respective experiences with cases of torture practices and human rights violations in today’s Tunisia and will provide us with concrete proposals to reform the police system.
This event should be of interest to people from all nationalities and transcends the borders of Tunisia as it examines Tunisia as a case study for police reform and looks at ways and means to make torture a thing of the past.
DATE:December 1st, 2012
LOCATION: JG 101
Tamara Alrifai is MENA’s Advocacy and Communications Director at Human Rights Watch. Tamara has worked for over a decade with the International Committee of the Red Cross in various positions, most recently as their Delegate and Spokesperson for the United Nations, in New York, and prior to that as Head of Media and Communications in Sudan, Head of Regional Communications in Cairo, and Spokesperson in Geneva, Kuwait, and Nepal. Tamara received her BA in Political Science from the American University in Beirut and her MA in International Studies from the University of Birmingham.
Sami Ben Gharbia is a Tunisian blogger, writer and freedom of expression advocate. He was a political refugee living in the Netherlands between 1998 and 2011. Author of the first Tunisian e-book (in French) Borj Erroumi XL. Founding Director of Global Voices Advocacy; Founder of Threatened Voices Project; Co-Founder Of The Arab Techies Collective; Co-Founder Of The Tunisian Award-Winning Collective Blog Nawaat; Co- Organizer Of The Arab Bloggers
Bassem Bouguerra is a Human Rights activist, blogger, founder and executive director of the NGO (non- governmental organization): “Tunisian Institutional Reform”(TIR). The overall goal of TIR is to push for institutional transparency and accountability while encouraging civil society to take a proactive role in political decision making and reform through constructively engaging in dialogue with official bodies. Tunisian Institutional Reform aims to bridge the gap between society and government and to promote dialogue between the two as a basis for reform.
Please join us Wednesday for a discussion about Human Rights in Complex Emergencies with Dr Richard Alderslade, Senior Adviser in Health Policy at the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe. Dr Alderslade is also an Adjunct Professor of Public and Health Administration at the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU and a lecturer in Global Health Governance at Mailman School of Public Health.
Dr Alderslade has worked for thirty-five years in public health, national and local health administration, research and higher education in the United Kingdom, and for ten years in humanitarian and development international health. Internationally he has worked for eight years in humanitarian public health work with the WHO Regional Office for Europe, including five years managing all the Office’s humanitarian programs. He then served for four years as the Senior External Relations Officer at the WHO’s Office at the United Nations in New York. He participated in United Nations assessment missions to the former Yugoslavia and Chechnya, acted as Special Representative of WHO to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and acted as a Special Representative to the former Yugoslavia in Zagreb.
DATE: Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
LOCATION: JG 107
Event co-sponsored by Rightslink and CSIL.
A non-pizza lunch will be served.
Join Professor Milhaupt for a lunch time presentation where he will discuss his recent trip to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, with pictures, and share his impressions of life under the Kim dynasty and prospects for reform of the regime.
Non-pizza lunch will be served!
Date: November 20, 2012
Time: 12:10PM – 1:10PM
Location: JG 101
Presented by NHK, APALSA, and CSIL.
The Columbia Society of International Law Faculty Speaker Series Presents:
Dioayu/Senkaku: The Dispute and its Implications
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Non-pizza lunch will be served!
Please join us to hear Professor Roy Lee discuss the on-going dispute between China and Japan over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands through an objective analysis of the relevant legal issues. Professor Lee will focus specifically on these islands rather than on tensions in the East China Sea more broadly, and will also address the implications of the dispute for U.S. policy in the region.
Professor Lee is currently Director of the Codification Division in the Office of Legal Affairs of the UN and also acts as Secretary of the International Law Commission and of the Sixth (Legal) Committee of the General Assembly and of three other law-making bodies. He has published some 30 articles on law of the sea, human rights, nuclear energy, settlement of disputes, ocean management, humanitarian law, terrorism and the question of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Columbia Society for International Law and
National Security and Law Society:
War Powers and Libya: Perspectives from the State Department
Professor David Pozen
Date: November 14th, 2012
Time: 12:10 – 1:00
Location: JG 101
Non-Pizza Lunch will be Served!
Join the National Security and Law Society the Columbia Society for International Law for a discussion on war powers with Professor David Pozen. Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia this year, Professor Pozen served as special advisor to the U.S. Department of State’s Legal Adviser, Harold Hongju Koh. He will be discussing his experiences working on war powers issues at the Department of State, as well as current challenges that the government faces in confronting these issues. A question and answer session will be held following the presentation.
Students may find the following materials helpful as background to the discussion:
1. The transcript of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s June 28, 2011 hearing on Libya and war powers: http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2011_hr/libya.pdf.
2. Legal Adviser Koh’s written responses to questions for the record following that hearing:
3. Legal Adviser Koh’s brief written testimony for the hearing, which is at pp. 11-17 of
the first PDF and is also separately available at http://www.foreign.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Koh_Testimony.pdf.
Columbia Society of International Law
in collaboration with CU Middle Eastern Law Students Association, National Security and Law Society, Amnesty, and RightsLink
The Road To Guantanamo
Part drama, part documentary, The Road to Guantánamo focuses on the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge.
Tuesday, November 13
Peter Rosenblum, holder of the Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein Clinical Professorship of Human Rights Law, will be speaking on mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Professor Rosenblum specializes in the intersection of trade and investment with human rights and has served as a human rights officer with the Geneva-based precursor to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, a program director of the International Human Rights Law Group, and a researcher for Human Rights Watch and the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights. With over two decades of field experience around the world, Professor Rosenblum currently heads the Human Rights Clinic. He has taken Clinic students around the world, including to the DR Congo, in his efforts to promote financial transparency in developing countries.
Date: Monday, November 12th, 2012
Location: JG 646
Come learn about Professor Rosenblum’s work in the DR Congo in an informal, small-group setting! Non-pizza lunch will be served.
As an experienced practitioner in Asia, Capital Markets Partner Alan Seem will discuss the evolving Chinese legal market and the increasingly global nature of the legal profession. Mr. Seem has been recognized as one of the leading individuals for China Capital markets work by both Chambers Asia and Asia Pacific Legal 500 for consecutive years since 2003. Mr. Seem divides his time between Shearman & Sterling’s Shanghai and Beijing offices. He is noted for his work with leading technology clients and private equity investments both into and out of China.
Date: Monday, November 12, 2012
Time: 12:10 – 1:10pm
Room: JGH Room 102
Speaker: Alan Seem, Shearman & Sterling partner
Shanghai and Beijing Offices
Dino BBQ will be served
Columbia Society of Chinese Law
Columbia Society of International Law
Columbia Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
Shearman & Sterling
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