Archive for the ‘Human Rights’ category

This week the British government introduced a bill into Parliament that would allow same-sex couples to marry.   While the bill may signal progress on the issue of marriage equality in Britain, some details about the bill and the circumstances surrounding it are worth noting: – Britain now has a civil status called “Civil Partnerships” which […]

What new politics and ethical imperatives emerge when the rights of lesbian and gay people begin to gain traction, and when the state becomes a partner in defending those newly-won rights? In Dating the State: The Moral Hazards of Winning Gay Rights, just published by the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, I offer a critical […]

Prior to coming to Columbia Law School as an Associate-in-Law, Michael Kavey worked at Lambda Legal, where he served as the lead attorney on a series of amici curiae briefs filed on behalf of a broad coalition of civil rights groups in cases involving the New York Human Rights Law. The briefs argued that the […]

Couldn’t make our our event with Professor Katherine Franke, who returned from a week of working with women lawyers in the West Bank, helping them build a Women’s Committee within the Palestinian Bar Association? Listen to her talk below about what women in Palestine feel are the most pressing Gender Justice issues, how they plan […]

VLOG: Update from Ramallah


March 12th, 2012

Check out Katherine Franke’s VLOG, discussing what a gender-rights lawyer in Palestine would work on if asked: If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it’s missing. Get Flash Player from Adobe.

Professor Katherine Franke is working for two weeks in Ramallah with women lawyers as part of a project to help build the Palestinian Bar Association’s Women’s Committee.  Here is her International Women’s Day greeting from downtown Ramallah: If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install […]

Just published on GSL Online, the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law’s e-journal, Female Genital Cutting: The Pressures of Culture, International Attention, and Domestic Law on the Role of African Women, by Aisha Nicole Davis (JD 2012) Here’s the abstract: This essay examines the international scrutiny of female genital cutting (FGC) often referred to as female […]

Tanya L. Domi is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University who teaches about human rights in Eurasia and is a Harriman Institute affiliated faculty member. Prior to teaching at Columbia, Domi worked internationally for more than a decade on issues related to democratic transitional development, including political and media […]

Tanya L. Domi is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University who teaches about human rights in Eurasia and is a Harriman Institute affiliated faculty member. Prior to teaching at Columbia, Domi worked internationally for more than a decade on issues related to democratic transitional development, including political and media […]

The Health of Haitian Women


October 31st, 2011

Elizabeth Sepper is the 2010-2012 Center for Reproductive Rights fellow at Columbia Law School.  Her research focuses on health, medical ethics, and human rights.  Her current paper Whose Conscience Counts?, critiques the conventional account of morality in medicine, which limits conscience to doctors and nurses who refuse to deliver controversial treatments, such as end-of-life care, […]

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