"Human Rights & the Trump Presidency"

March 3, 2017
1 p.m.- 4:30  p.m.
Pyle Center, Rooms 325 and 326

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.


1 p.m. Registration and refreshments

1:10-1:15 p.m. Welcome

1:15-2:45 p.m. Panel on Domestic Issues through the Lens of International Human Rights Moderator: James Delehanty (UW-IRIS)
Speakers: Ben Harville (UW Law), Dan Hausman (UW Philosophy), Asifa Quraishi-Landes (UW Law), Richard Monette (UW Law), Carolina Sarmiento (UW Human Ecology)

2:45-3 p.m. Break
3-4:15 p.m. Panel on Human Rights Law and Institutions
Moderator: Scott Straus (UW Political Science)
Speakers: Alexandra Huneeus (UW Law), Sumudu Atapattu (UW Law), Sara McKinnon (UW Communication Arts), Nancy Kendall (UW Education)

4:15-4:45 p.m. Informal reception


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