Center for Global Legal Challenges’ Newman Lecture Series
Onur Burçak Belli (tentatively October 23)
Location TBD- 12:10 p.m.
Lunch will be served
On October 23, 2019, Onur Burçak Belli, a Greenberg World Fellow at Yale and Syrian-Turkish journalist, will speak at Yale Law School as part of the Center for Global Legal Challenges’ Newman Lecture Series. Ms. Burçak will speak about her work covering the war in Syria and the ensuing refugee crisis.
For much of her career, Burçak has covered conflicts in Turkey for Die Zeit, a German weekly newspaper. With 13 years of experience writing for international media outlets, her reporting is often through a lense of comprehensive rights and freedoms, writing in feature, long-form, or non-fiction storytelling styles. In 2010, Burçak was based in Damascus covering Syria’s reform plans and the Sunni-Alawite divergences amongst the ruling elite. She then moved London, working for the BBC as a broadcast journalist, before returning to Turkey in late 2013. Her current work reports on a variety of issues including the Kurdish conflict, war in Syria, ethnic and sectarian conflicts, refugees, migration, Turkish foreign policy, EU, civil movements, sexual and bodily rights of women in Muslim societies, nature conservation and water policies, trans-boundary water conflicts, and environmental policies in conflict zones in the Middle East. Burçak is also the co-founder of the Press Research Centre (BAM), an independent civil society organisation, dedicated to strengthening and promoting freedom of the press. As part of her work at BAM, she has been running a database called Press In Arrest, a documentation and collective memory work concerning journalists prosecuted in Turkey.
Olena Sotnyk (November 5)
SLB 128 - 12:10 p.m.
Lunch will be served
On November 5, 2019, Olena Sotnyk, a Greenberg World Fellow at Yale and Ukrainian politician, will speak at Yale Law School as part of the Center for Global Legal Challenges’ Newman Lecture Series. Ms. Sotnyk will speak about her experiences as a member of the Ukrainian Parliament.
Olena Sotnyk is a Ukrainian politician, lawyer, and human rights defender. As a member of the Ukrainian Parliament, she is a well-known legislator and public policy maker in areas such as rule of law, judicial system reform, anticorruption, and youth policy. She also represents Ukraine in the international arena—she is one of the leading the voices of Ukrainians against Russian aggression. She holds prominent positions in the working bodies of several international organizations, including the Council of Europe, and focuses on issues including Euro-integration of Ukraine and female empowerment. Prior to her political career, she was a lawyer and served on the board of The Ukrainian Bar Association and Aspen Ukraine Alumni.
Cristina Vélez Valencia (November 13)
Location TBD - 12:10 p.m.
Lunch will be served
On November 13, 2019, Cristina Vélez Valencia, a Greenberg World Fellow at Yale and the Secretary for Social Integration for the mayoralty of Bogotá, Colombia, will speak at Yale Law School as part of the Center for Global Legal Challenges’ Newman Lecture Series. Ms. Vélez Valencia will speak about her work in Bogotá, particularly recent efforts to implement programs for the large number of Venezuelan refugees that have arrived in Colombia.
In her role as Secretary for Social Integration, Ms. Vélez Valencia oversees a department that defines and implements social policy in a city of over 7 million residents and is responsible for comprehensive programs for early childhood, aging populations, homelessness, youth, people with disabilities, and LGBT communities. Most recently, the department has been defining and implementing programs for the Venezuelan migration crisis, as the city of Bogotá has received 30% of the almost 1 million migrants that have reached Colombia. Cristina previously worked as the Secretary of Women’s Affairs in the city of Bogota and participated in the design of a teenage pregnancy reduction program that reduced teenage pregnancy by 31% in three years. Cristina has worked in both academia and the national public sector with a few stints in consulting. She has been adjunct professor at Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica, a regional public university, and in the Department of Management at both Universidad de los Andes and CESA, two of the most important business schools in Latin America. Cristina is a historian and holds a MSc in History and a PhD in Management, both from Universidad de los Andes.