January 2012 Archives

Tracking War Criminals: An Insider's View

Thumbnail image for scheffer.jpegKicking off the spring speaker series on February 8, David Scheffer spoke about his time as "the Ambassador to hell and back." Scheffer served as the first-ever United States Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues, coordinating United States relations with the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

Spring Speaker Series

The Human Rights Program is co-sponsoring a great speaker series this semester called "Human Rights for the 21st Century: History, Practice, Politics."

On February 8, David Scheffer, former Clinton administration's Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues and current Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law and Director, Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law, will speak about his new book, All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals.

On February 28, Aryeh Neier, former director of ACLU, founder and former director of Human Rights Watch and current president of the Open Society Foundations, will speak about his new book,The International Human Rights Movement: A History.

On April 3, Jacqueline Bhabha, the executive director of the Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies, the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, and a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School, will speak the recently released Children Without a State: A Global Human Rights Challenge and a forthcoming book, Moving Children: Child Migration in the 21st Century.

All presentations will take place at 7:00 pm in the McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis (East Bank). Each presentation will be followed by a small reception. The February 8th and 28th events will be in the Maroon & Gold room, and the April 3rd event will take place in the Heritage Gallery.

Sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Human Rights University, the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair in the College of Liberal Arts, the Human Rights Program in the Institute for Global Studies, and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.


Saturday, January 28, 2012, 1:00-4:30 pm, Conference: Water, War, and Conflict, at William Mitchell College of Law, Kelley Board Room, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul.

Dr. Charlie Clements, Executive Director at the Carr Center of Human Rights at Harvard; University of Minnesota graduate and Carver County attorney Thomas Haines; Grahame Russell, co-director of Rights Action; and local human rights advocates will talk about water scarcity as a human rights issue and the current crisis in Guatemala.

2.5 standard CLE credits available for lawyers, 3 CEUs for educators. General admission is $10, or $25 for CLE credit. Sponsored by World Without Genocide, co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Program in Human Rights and Health at the University of Minnesota. Register at www.worldwithoutgenocide.org/Jan28.

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