In the United States, African American people and other racial minorities are treated unequally and inequitably. National awareness of this long-pervasive problem grew exponentially in 2020 following organized Black Lives Matter marches across the country protesting excessive force used by the police on people of color. Answering this call can take many forms, but the result must be the same: dismantle systemic oppression through the abolishment of institutionalized racism. The international and comparative approach of this Symposium seeks to, through the discussion of varying histories and conflicts rooted in the marginalization of human rights, educate on the extent of the problem and to propose possible solutions ranging from individual reparations to national covenants and international treaties.

The United Nations celebrated its 75th anniversary last fall. Reflecting on its triumphs and its commitments, we remember that in 1966, the United Nations adopted the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in recognition of the “inherent dignity and the inalienable rights of all members of the human family” as the foundation for international peace. Joining the above discussion, the objective of this Symposium is to discuss the ways in which this Covenant has been abused and disregarded in regard to racial minorities, domestically and around the world, and to consider how a nation finally pays such overwhelming debt.

Event Details

Approved for 8.0 hours of CLE Credit for WI attorneys

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