GLS Events

Fall 2014


  • September 11, 2014: “The Longview of a Tragedy: Examining the Aftereffects of the 2002 Gujarat Riots” by Zahir Janmohamed, Freelance writer, Center for South Asia Fall 2014 speaker series, sponsored by the Center for South Asia, Lectures Committee and Human Rights Program, Noon-1:00pm, 206 Ingraham Hall, all are welcome.
  • September 22, 2014:  "How the World Trade Community Operates" by Professor Sungjoon Cho, Chicago-Kent College of Law, noon-1:15pm, Lubar Commons, hosted by Professor Jason Yackee, pizza will be served.
  • September 25, 2014: "The Politics of Rights and the Sexual Minority Rights Movements in Singapore and Myanmar" by Professor Lynette Chua, National University of Singapore and GLS visiting scholar, 12-1:15pm, Lubar Commons, hosted by Professor Gwendolyn Leachman and sponsored by Human Rights Program, GLS and Center for Southeast Asian Studies, a light lunch will be served in a first come, first served basis


  • October 1, 2014: “Estado de los Derechos de las Mujeres Nicaragüenses y la Violencia de Género" (State of the Rights of Nicaraguan Women and Gender Violence) by Juanita Jimenez, Human rights lawyer and activist from Nicaragua, 336 Ingraham Hall, multiple sponsors including LACIS and HRP (lecture will be translated into English)
  • October 1, 2014: Workshop on Teaching Human Rights, sponsored by the violence cluster of the HRP, 12:00-1:00pm, Room 3253 Law**

Description: The workshop seeks to stimulate discussion on teaching human rights on campus. Scott Straus will discuss the plans to create an undergraduate certificate in human rights within the International Studies major. And Alex Huneeus will present her Human Rights in Law and Society course, taught within the Legal Studies major. We will ask questions like, how should one represent human rights atrocities? Should we be concerned with being too depressing? And, inevitably, what is human rights anyway? And why is it important for students to learn about human rights?

  • October 2, 2014: "Long Shadows of the Soviet Past" by Ekaterina Mishina, Visiting Professor of Law, University of Michigan, Thursday, October 2, 4:00pm, 206 Ingraham Hall, sponsored by CREECA, First-Year Interest Groups, the Russian Flagship Program, and the Global Legal Studies Center. Professor Mishina will address the characteristics of the Soviet past and how it affects the process of Russia's transformation, especially in the realm of criminal justice and legal reform. 

    October 7, 2014: Climate Change and Displacement in the Autonomous Region of Gunayala, Panama," by Carlos Arenas, Consultant, Displacement Solutions, Noon-1:00pm, 206 Ingraham Hall, sponsored by LACIS and HRP.

  • October 15, 2014: “The Other Problem with State Religions: Buddhism, Constitutional Law and Why Monks Don't Drive Cars in Sri Lanka” by Professor Benjamin Schonthal, University of Otago, New Zealand, 4:00-5:00pm, Lubar Commons (7200 Law), sponsored by GLS and South Asia Legal Studies Working Group, Religious Studies Department and Center for South Asia.

Abstract: This presentation—based on chapter five of Professor Schonthal’s current book project—looks at an unexpected effect of constitutional protections for Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Critics of and apologists for the island’s constitution see constitutional statements giving Buddhism “the foremost place” as securing and supporting the island’s largest religious community and its institutions. By looking in detail at one intriguing case of constitutional litigation — involving a Buddhist monk who sought a Driver’s License — the speaker challenges this assumption and argue for an alternative interpretation of what ‘religious supremacy’ clauses in constitutions really do.

Professor Schonthal's book outline (NetID required)

  • October 16, 2014: “The Promised Law: An Analysis of the Rise and Fall of Pakistan’s Illegal Dispossession Act, 2005” by Professor Martin Lau, SOAS, University of London, 9:30-10:30am, Lubar Commons (7200 Law), sponsored by GLS, South Asia Legal Studies Working Group and Center for South Asia.

Abstract: This paper examines the attempts by Pakistan's lawmakers to protect rights to land in the face of a high incidence of "illegal dispossessions", i.e. the theft of land by organized criminal gangs, often referred as the "land mafia". In 2005, Pakistan enacted the Illegal Dispossession Act 2005 which created a new criminal offense of "land grabbing". Enthusiastically embraced by litigants, police and judges alike, the statute appeared to be the promised law, finally giving ordinary citizens the legal means to stand up against the land mafia. Ten years on, a more sober picture emerges with the promised law itself having become a source of injustice and oppression.

  • October 16, 2014: Eighth annual South Asia Legal Studies Pre-conference workshop, keynote address by Professor Marc Galanter on the 30th anniversary of Bhopal.
    Call for panel proposals


  • October 16, 2014: "Three Tales of a Faculty: East German Law Professors under Socialism" by Professor Inga Markovits, "Friends of Jamail" Regents Chair in Law at University of Texas-Austin, funding courtesy of the Knapp Fund, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall, sponsored by CREECA, GLS and University Lectures Committee and hosted by Professor Kathie Hendley, UW-Madison.

  • October 16-18, 2014: Meeting of the Association For Political Theory, multiple sponsors including the Department of Political Science, GLS and Anonymous Fund.


  • November 3, 2014: Information Session on Study Abroad, 12-1pm, Lubar Commons, conducted by directors of study abroad programs -Professors Heinz Klug, Steve Barkan, Jason Yackee and Alex Huneeus. Pizza will be served. Open to all interested law students.
  • November 7-8, 2014: Workshop on Land, Water and the Environment: The Politics of Rights, Lubar Commons (7200 Law), sponsored by the Land and Water Cluster and the Environment Cluster of the Human Rights Program
    Workshop program
    Call for papers
  • November 7, 2014: "Dams, Rivers and Rights: Winners and Losers in the New Political Economy of Hydropower in Southeast Asia" by Professor Carl Middleton (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand) 12:00pm, 206 Ingraham Hall, sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and Human Rights Program

  • November 7, 2014: “Big Data and Death” mini-conference organized by Professors John Ahlquist and Jon Pevehouse, UW-Madison, Education Building, UW Madison, multiple sponsors including Human Rights Program and GLS

  • November 7, 2014: Singing the Cheerful Rebellion: An Update on the Political and Social Situation in Honduras: 5 years After the Coup, the Popular Resistance Continues, by Karla Lara** -Canceled -

Description: On June 28, 2009, a military coup ousted the democratically elected President of Honduras and gave a re-birth to the popular resistance struggle. Since this day, numerous sectors of society have joined forces to resist the increased militarization of their traditional homelands. Despite the politically motivated attacks against journalists, lawyers, human rights defenders, LGBTQ activists, and organized field workers, the people of Honduras continue to fight for justice and equality. The presentation of the Feminist singer and activist, Karla Lara, will provide an update on the current human rights crisis which has led to the recent exodus of thousands of children seeking refuge from the structural violence of extreme poverty. She will also provide us with the healing powers of music as she performs with members of her band, Híbridos Jazz.

  • November 13, 2014: "The Politics of Criminal Justice in Russia" by Peter Solomon, Professor of Political Science, Law, and Criminology, University of Toronto, Thursday, November 13, 4:00pm, 206 Ingraham Hall, sponsors: CREECA, the Department of Political Science, the Global Legal Studies Center, funding courtesy of the University Lectures Committee
  • November 18, 2014: "Right to Identity: Child Abandonment, Trafficking, Migration and Protection” by Jean Geran, Soffa lecture, 4pm at AT&T Lounge, Pyle Center followed by an informal reception, sponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Division of International Studies.

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