GLS events

Spring 2014


January 30, 2014: Coffee, Frogs, and Workers’ Rights: The Frontiers of Conservation in Southern India, Professor Paul Robbins, Director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison, Thursday, January 30, 2014, Noon - 1 pm, Room 206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Dr, Center for South Asia Spring Lecture Series & Human Rights Program Brown Bag Series. All are welcome


  • February 5, 2014: Follow up information session on Study Abroad, conducted by directors of exchange programs: Professors Heinz Klug, Steve Barkan, Jason Yackee, Shubha Ghosh and Alexandra Huneeus. Open to all interested law students, 12-1:00pm, Lubar Commons.

  • February 14, 2014: HRP Violence Cluster schmooze, speakers: Scott Straus, Alex Huneeus and Aili Tripp, 1-3pm Lubar Commons, a light lunch will be served on a first come, first served basis.

  • February 21, 2014: "Water Governance at the US-Mexico Border: Geopolitical Ecologies of Shared Water, Shared Scarcity," by Professor Margaret Wilder (University of Arizona), 10:30-12:00pm, Lubar Commons (7200 Law), sponsored by LACIS, Human Rights Program's land and water cluster and environment cluster.
  • February 21, 2014: "Performing participation: Mining, Power, and the limits of community consultation in Bolivia," Professor Tom Perreault, University of Syracuse, Noon-1:15pm, Lubar Commons, sponsored by the Human Rights Program's land and water cluster, a light lunch will be served on a first come, first served basis

Abstract: As with many Latin American states, Bolivia has implemented a variety of policies to allow for community-based consultation regarding the existing or potential impacts of extractive activities. Consultation mechanisms, particularly for Indigenous and campesino populations, have been promoted by international forums and incorporated into law in a number of Latin American states. In Bolivia, consultation has been codified in law since 1991, and has recently been fully integrated into the legal codes governing mining and hydrocarbons, as well as the 2009 Constitution. However, though required by law, consultation is practiced irregularly and is not legally binding. As a result, neither private companies nor the state are obligated to follow community recommendations, and communities have no right to halt projects to which they object. In this paper, I examine processes of community consultation in Bolivia’s mining sector. Drawing on ethnographic research conducted in Oruro department, I argue that consultation processes are tightly managed and circumscribe local input. Rather than fulfilling its promise of fostering the participation of affected populations in resource governance, consultation serves to circumscribe and depoliticize unequal and unjust social relations, in order to legitimize extractive activities. To this extent, consultation mechanisms may be thought of as everyday performances of state power that give the impression of democratic participation, while masking structurally uneven power relations.

  • February 27, 2014: Panel discussion on Relief from Pain and Suffering as a Human Right, Health Sciences Learning Center, Room 1325, 5-6pm, Speakers: “Palliative Care as a Human Right: the Legal Foundation,” Diederik Lohman, Senior Researcher, Human Rights Watch, Jim Cleary (moderator), and Asra Husain,  sponsored by the Health Cluster of the Human Rights Program, Pain and Policy Studies Group, UW-Madison

  • February 28, 2014: Brown Bag on Relief from Pain and Suffering as a Human Right, Diederik Lohman, Noon-1:00pm, 1010 Global Health Institute (1300 University Avenue), sponsored by the Health Cluster of the Human Rights Program, Pain and Policy Studies Group, UW-Madison


  • March 7, 2014: HRP Violence Cluster schmooze, speakers: Steve Stern and Francine Hirsch, 1-3pm 336, Ingraham Hall, a light lunch will be served on a first come, first served basis.
  • March 13, 2014: "Muslim Personal Law in South Africa: Panacea or Poison?" by Wesahl Domingo, Associate Professor, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and GLS visiting scholar, Noon-1:15pm, Lubar Commons, sponsored by GLS and co-sponsored by African Studies Program

Abstract: Dr Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected president of South Africa, said the following in a public address to Muslims: “We (ANC) regard it highly insensible and arrogant that the culture of other groups can be disregarded. The ANC has pledged itself to recognise Muslim personal law.” South Africa provides an ideal example of legal pluralism where there is a constitutional commitment by the state to provide recognition to both customary and religious law. The mosaic of South African history is richly interwoven with Islam since the arrival of Muslims coming from all parts of the world more than 360 years ago. Muslim personal law in South Africa is on the cusp of recognition and implementation. The Muslim community is divided on the issue of whether they should recognise the state’s having jurisdiction over Muslim personal law through the enactment of a Muslim Marriages Act. This paper critically discusses the opportunities and challenges South African Muslims are facing with the recognition of Muslim personal law, focussing specifically on whether the proposed Act will be the panacea or poison to the plight of vulnerable Muslim women.

  • March 25, 2014: "The World Bank's 'Doing Business Indicators' as a Tool to Promote Law and Development, by Melissa Johns, Adviser, Global Indicators and Analysis Department, World Bank, hosted by Professors John Ohnesorge and Jason Yackee, Noon-1pm, 2260 Law, sponsored by GLS and WILS, a light lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration required

  • March 31, 2014: "The Beginnings of American Law: A Comparative History" by Richard Ross, University of Illinois, formerly UW Law faculty.   Professor Ross will discuss a book project he is co-authoring (with Professor Steven Wilf, University of Connecticut), 12:00-1:00pm, Lubar Commons, sponsored by ILS and co-sponsored by GLS, lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis


  • April 3-4, 2014: Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the Military Coup in Brazil, Pyle Conference Center. The symposium will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 military coup that was followed by a 21-year-long authoritarian regime that relied on the suppression of civil and political rights, censorship, and torture and disappearances, among other tactics and practices that seriously infringed upon human rights in Brazil. Sponsored by the Brazil Initiative of the Division of International Studies, the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program (LACIS), and the Latin American History Program of the History Department, the Goldberg Fund (History) and Brazil's Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago, GLS and the Human Rights Program

  • April 4-5, 2014: WILJ annual Symposium: Creation of International Law: Exploring the International Law Components of Peace, seeks to consolidate the network of women lawyers in international law formed at University of Oslo, Norway in 2009.  The symposium is sponsored by WILJ, UW Law School, GLS, ILS, ASM, EALSC, EU Center of Excellence, Center for German and European Studies, Center for German Studies, Lectures Committee, and WI Experience
    Approved for 16.0 hours of CLE credit for WI Attorneys

    Keynote speakers: Professors Christine Chinkin and Penny Andrews with a video message from Professor Hilary Charlesworth.

        Concept note
        Visit the symposium webpage for details

  • April 7, 2014: "Climate Change and Sea Level Rise: Sovereignty, Statehood and Disappearing States" by Rosemary Rayfuse, Professor of International Law, University of New South Wales, Australia, Noon-1:15pm, a light lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

Abstract: Sea level rise, whether a result of natural processes of caused by anthropogenically induced or exacerbated climate change, will redefine the physical coastlines of states and alter the physical nature of the oceans. This redefinition may affect the legal constructs associated with coastlines, the maritime zones of States, potentially depriving States of sovereignty over ocean areas to which they were previously entitled. At its extreme, sea level rise may even lead to the disappearance of States, either physically or geopolitically. While reports of the emergence of the ’disappearing State’ phenomenon may be premature, the possibility poses challenging questions for international law, the answers to which are not entirely obvious. Both the questions and some potential answers will be explored in this lecture.

  • April 10, 2014: "Gender and Protected Areas in Nepal and Myanmar: What are we missing?" Terilyn Allendorf (Honorary Fellow, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison), Noon-1 pm, 206 Ingraham Hall, sponsors: Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Center for South Asia and Environment Cluster of the Human Rights Program, a light lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • April 10, 2014: "Human Rights in Russia: Challenges of 2014," Anna Sevortian, 4:00pm, 206 Ingraham Hall, sponsored by CREECA and co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program

  • April 18, 2014: HRP Violence Cluster schmooze, speakers: Michael Peterson, Noam Lupu and Laurie Beth Clark, 1-3pm Lubar Commons, a light lunch will be served on a first come, first served basis.

  • April 24, 2014: "The Keys are Right in Front of You: Women, Feminism, and Sustainable Peace-Building, " speakers: Araceli Alonso and Teresa Langle de Paz, 12:00-1:30pm, 1010 Global Health Institute, Medical Science Building. A light lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Allison Sambo
  • April 24, 2014: Q&A with Dr Anton Burkov moderated by Professor Kathie Hendley, noon-1:00pm, Lubar Commons, open to all graduate and law students. Pizza will be served.
  • April 24, 2014: "Strategic Litigation: Bringing the European Convention for Human Rights to Russia," Anton Burkov, 4:00pm, 206 Ingraham Hall, sponsored by CREECA and co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program
  • April 28, 2014: “Establishing a Minimum Wage for the European Union: The Potential of ‘New’ Normative Hybridity” by George Wilson, doctoral candidate and teaching assistant at the School of Law, University of Leeds, UK., and GLS visiting scholar, Noon – 1:15pm, Lubar Commons, sponsored by GLS, EUCE. This is part of the Comparative EU Law Lecture Series

Abstract: With the financial crisis of 2008 and the sovereign debt crisis of 2010, the idea of a minimum wage for the European Union (EU) has been brought to the fore of academic and political debate. Set against a background of real wage decline and regressive wage interventionism, this presentation will argue that not only does the EU need a minimum wage, but also that its establishment is possible. Although each member state has a form of minimum wage – whether creating a universal, sectoral, or occupational wage floor – the problem of low wages persists. Importantly, coordination between member states, not relative equivalence, is submitted as the basis for the operation of an EU minimum wage.

The possibility of an EU minimum wage is complicated by the Treaties, with the EU not having competence in the area of pay. As opposed to looking to express and implied powers, and ‘auxiliary’ arguments, the idea that an EU minimum wage may be established by using other processes and procedures in the EU’s institutional and policy framework will be investigated, specifically, the combination of governance processes and a social partner agreement. This suggestion is argued to give rise to a ‘new’ form of normative hybridity, which in turn leads to questions concerning the conceptualization, function and benefit of such a design. As a response, (tentative) answers to each will be outlined.


  • May 2-3, 2014: Workshop on Forced Migration, Health and Human Rights, organized by the HRP health cluster, speakers: Dr Gregg Greenough (Harvard Medical School), Allan Kiriga (UNHCR, Kenya), Professor A. Aneesh, UW-Milwaukee, Professor Jonathan Patz, UW-Madison, Professor Karen Solheim, UW-Madison, Professor Joe Elder, UW-Madison, Professor Steve Stern, UW-Madison, Lori DiPrete Brown, UW-Madison, Lalita Du Peron, UW-Madison and Allison Sambo, UW-Madison
    May 2, 2014: 4-6:30, University Club
    May 3, 2014: 8:30-3:00pm, Lubar Commons
    Program and sponsors

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