Human Rights Program - Events

Spring 2018

  • February 9-10, 2018Workshop on Cultures in Conflict: Navigating Cultural Differences in Human Rights Reporting, Institutes of Discovery, sponsored by School of Journalism and Mass Communication and IRIS and co-sponsored by HRP

  • February 19, 2018:  "Detaining Families: A Study of Asylum Adjudication in Family Detention," by Human Rights Program Speaker Professor Ingrid Eagly, UCLA Law School. Hosted by Alexandra Huneeus. 12pm-1pm in Lubar Commons (Room 7200).

  • February 26, 2018: “Punishing the ‘Others:’ Citizenship and State Social Control in the United States and Germany,” by Professor Michael Light, Sociology Department, UW-Madison, co-sponsored by Center for European Studies. Hosted by Alexandra Huneeus.12pm-1pm in Lubar Commons (Room 7200)

  • March 16-17, 2018: Coming Together of Peoples’ Conference, panel on Rights of Nature, Mendota Room, DeJope Residence Hall (640 Elm Drive, Madison), sponsored by the Indigenous Law Students Association and co-sponsored by HRP. Full program available here.

  • April 6, 2018: Room 2260. "Sustainable Development Goals and International Law: Intersections of Environmental Law, Human Rights and Environmental Justice," Wisconsin International Law Journal Annual Symposium, details available here.
  • April 7, 2018: 9am-3pm in Lubar Commons (Room 7200). Workshop on "Sustainable Development Goals and International Law: Intersections of Environmental Law, Human Rights and Environmental Justice." Details pending.

  • April 12, 2018: 4pm-6:15pm Chazen Museum of Art. Annual Soffa Lecture "Gender Inclusion for Lasting Peace" by May Sabe Phyu. This serves as the keynote of the annual 4W Summit on Women, Gender and Well-being. Details pending. (GLS/HRP)

  • April 20, 2018: Symposium on "The Many Faces and Facets of Immigration Activism," confirmed speakers: Chhaya Choum, Montha Chu, and Gabrielle Jackson, Sarjo Barrow, and Lee VanderLiden 12:00-4:00pm, Room 3250. Please see program for more details. 

Past Events

Fall 2017:

  • September 21, 2017: “Beyond the Muslim Ban: Coalition Politics and Feminist Futures” by Professor Nadine Suleiman Naber, University of Illinois Chicago, 7PM, L160 Conrad A. Elvehjem Building (800 University Avenue), sponsored by Comparative US Studies, HRP, Anonymous Fund, Haven Center and Freedom Inc. (GLS/HRP)

  • September 25, 2017: "Settling for Justice? Rana Plaza and After" GLS Speaker Sara Hossain, Supreme Court of Bangladesh, co-sponsored by Center for South Asia

  • October 12, 2017: “When Victims Aren’t Blameless: Police Killings and Reasonable Doubt,” by Professor Lisa Marie Cacho, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, 7pm, Elvhejem Building (800 University Avenue), with funding from Anonymous Fund and HRP, hosted by Professor Sara McKinnon (GLS/HRP)

  • October 17, 2017: "Upholding America's Promise for All," Mildred Fish Harnack Lecture by Farhana Khera. 4:00pm, 2260 Law Building. Reception to follow.

  • November 16, 2017: "The 'De-Globalization' of International Criminal Justice: What's the Future of War Crimes Tribunals?" Law and De-Globalization Series Speaker Thierry Cruvellier, hosted by Alexandra Huneeus at 12:00pm, Lubar Commons. This lecture is part of the International Education Week.

    Overview: Twenty-five years into the historic development of international war crimes tribunals, international criminal justice is in crisis. It is questioned because of its own lack of efficiency and credibility, and its legitimacy is growingly challenged or dismissed by states, including among some of its long-standing supporters. How can we understand this crisis? Can it lead to creative initiatives or alternatives?

  • November 16, 2017: Celebrating International Education Week, Screening of movie Uncondemned, followed by comments by Thierry Cruvellier and Jean Geran, 5:15pm Lubar Commons, sponsors: Human Rights Program, International Division, Global Legal Studies Center, 4W Initiative, 4W STREETS program.

Spring 2017

  • February 1, 2017: Showing of "The Future of International Agreements" a webcast series on international law and the Trump Administration. 10:30am-11:30am in Lubar, all are welcome.
  • February 7, 2017: Public forum on Legality of Trump's Executive Order on Immigration, hosted by Professor Alexandra Huneeus. Speakers include: Professor Sara McKinnon (Communication Arts), Prof. Asifa Quraishi-Landes (UW Law), and Prof. Benjamin Harville (UW Law). 4:00pm in Room 2260 Law

  • February 27, 2017: "Active Memory: Militancy and Survival in Argentina and Chile," Professor Bernardita Llanos, Professor of Latin American literature and women studies, Brooklyn College, CUNY, 5:45pm, 260 Bascom Hall, Sponsored by The Department of Spanish and Portuguese, The Jay & Ruth Halls Visiting  Scholar Fund, Anonymous Fund and co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program.

  • March 3, 2017: Academic Panel on "Human Rights and the Trump Presidency," 1:00pm - 4:30pm, Room 325/26, Pyle Center, Panel 1 on Domestic Issues through the Lens of International Human Rights and Panel 2 on International Human Rights Law and Institution, speakers include: Ben Harville, Dan Hausman, Alexandra Huneeus, Sumudu Atapattu and other speakers pending

    From the right to vote to the right to food and water, international human rights law encompasses many different areas of social and political life. The human rights commitments undertaken by states range from traditional civil and political rights to emerging rights such as the right to a healthy environment. This forum will be comprised of two panels that explore what the Trump presidency means for the law and institutions of human rights. The first panel turns to domestic law and policy but takes the unusual (for the US) step of viewing the domestic through the lens of international human rights law. Panelists will discuss the rights to voting, indigenous rights, women’s rights, rights to labor and education, as well as the failure of rights law and rights talk to capture the concerns and the imagination of a disaffected working class. The second panel will focus on international law and institutions, asking how the emergence of a more inwardly focused United States will affect the United Nations, the universal and regional human rights systems, and specific areas of international law such as the Refugee Convention and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

  • March 31, 2017: "Regional Human Rights Systems in Crisis," Wisconsin International Law Journal Annual symposium (full day event), visit here for details
  • April 18, 2017: "Workshop on Migration in Wisconsin," Pyle Center, Room 226, at 2:00pm. For more details, please click here. Please register here
  • April 19, 2017: Human Rights in Focus, "The Role of Women in Developing Africa," Jolly Okot, CEO of Women Empowerment Network Design and "The Dichotomy of Human Rights in Zimbabwe," Jestina Mukoko, National Director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project. See flyer here. Co-Sponsored by the African Studies Program, the Human Rights Program, and the Global Health Institute. 4:00pm, Pyle Center, Room 325. 
  • April 21-22, 2017: “Critical, Historical, and Comparative Perspectives on International Humanitarian Law” conference hosted by Professor Helen Kinsella (Political Science). Sponsored by the UW-Madison Political Science Department and co-sponsored by GLS. Pyle Center, details pending.
  • April 27, 2017: "Women Lead the Way: From Violence to Non-Violence, from Greed to Sharing, from Hate to Love" Soffa lecture presented by Dr. Vandana Shiva, for more details please click here.

Fall 2016
  • September 28, 2016: “Judging and Gender Equity in the International Realm,” Mildred Fish Harnack Lecture by Viviana Krsticevic, Executive Director, Center for Justice and International Law, Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Human Rights Program, GLS, and the International Division. 4:00pm, Pyle Center Alumni Lounge, followed by an informal reception.
  • November 29, 2016: "The Global Anti-Xenophobia Regime, " Professor Tendayi Achiume, GLS speaker on Global and Comparative Law, cosponsored by the International Relations colloquium of Political Science Department, 12:00pm, Lubar Commons (7200 Law).

Spring 2016

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Fall 2015

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Spring 2015

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Spring 2014

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Workshop on Forced Migration, Health and Human Rights, May 2-3, 2014

Fall 2013

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