April 17, 2017

Yara Salam, “The Challenge of Being a Woman Human Rights Defender in Egypt"

Yara Salam is the Criminal Justice Unit director at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR). Prior to her work on that portfolio, Yara worked at EIPR as a researcher on transitional justice, and as researcher on freedom of religion and belief, as the Women Human Rights Defenders Program manager at Nazra for Feminist Studies (Egypt), a professional legal assistant at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) in The Gambia, and as a research assistant at the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) focusing on women’s rights in Egypt. 

 

April 11, 2017

Eric Biel ’85, "Worker Rights and Responsible Business Conduct: Challenges and Opportunities in a Changed Washington"

Eric Biel joined the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) at the U.S. Department of Labor in January 2012 as part of ILAB’s leadership team, working on a diverse set of projects, including on supply chain issues and engagement with foreign governments and other stakeholders on a range of labor law and policy matters. From 2000-11, Biel held a variety of positions outside of government, including Managing Director for Corporate Responsibility at Burson-Marsteller and Deputy Washington Director and Senior Counsel of Human Rights First.

 

April 4, 2017

Renovation: A Presentation and Book Talk with Artist Nancy Davenport

In 2008, the United Nations embarked on a massive renovation of its New York complex. For six years, Nancy Davenport documented that project, taking photographs and interviewing construction workers and UN employees. Davenport will discuss her new book, which, through an array of photographs, interview transcripts, and archival images, offers, in the words of historian Perry Anderson, “a glimpse of the history of possibility.”

 

March 30, 2017

Human Rights Workshop: Pardiss Kebriaei, "Rights in a Post-Post-9/11 America"

Pardiss Kebriaei is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she works on challenging U.S. government abuses in the national security context. She advocates on behalf of other cases as part of the No Separate Justice Campaign, a grassroots initiative formed to shed light on unjust domestic terrorism prosecutions. Prior to coming to the Center for Constitutional Rights she worked at the Center for Reproductive Rights. She has also taught courses at Hunter and Brooklyn Colleges of the City University of New York. She graduated from Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. 

 

March 9, 2017

Human Rights Workshop: Nick Robinson ’06, “India and the Global Rise of Illiberal Democracy”

Nick Robinson is a Lecturer in Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches a course on human rights, and a Schell Visiting Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School, where he has taught on the legal profession. After graduating from Yale Law School in 2006, Nick spent seven years in South Asia, clerking for Chief Justice Sabharwal of the Indian Supreme Court, working at Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) in New Delhi on rights litigation involving water and health, and teaching law at National Law School-Bangalore, Lahore University Management Sciences, and Jindal Global Law School.

 

March 2, 2017

Human Rights Workshop: Amanda Alexander ’13, “Movement Lawyering in the Era of Black Lives Matter”

Amanda Alexander ’13, is an assistant professor and postdoctoral scholar in Afro-American studies and law at the University of Michigan, and a member of the Michigan Society of Fellows. As a lawyer, legal scholar, and advocate, she works to reduce the impact of mass incarceration on families and build thriving communities.

 

February 23, 2017

Human Rights Workshop: Avram Finkelstein, Artist & Activist, “Fire with Fire: Resistance in an Image Culture”

Avram Finkelstein is an artist, writer and founding member of the collective responsible for Silence=Death and AIDSGATE, which was recently included in Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years at The Metropolitan Museum in New York. He is also a founding member of the art collective, Gran Fury, with whom he collaborated on public art projects for international institutions including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Venice Biennale, ArtForum, MOCA LA, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Creative Time, and The Public Art Fund. The collective had its first retrospective at 80 WSE in 2012, and has work in the permanent collections of The Whitney, MoMA, The New Museum and The New York Public Library.

 

February 16, 2017

Human Rights Workshop: Melissa Hooper, "Lessons from Russia, Hungary and Poland"

Melissa Hooper is Director of the International Law Scholarship Project/Pillar Project, which aims to foster U.S. compliance with international human rights and humanitarian law. Melissa’s work examines U.S. human rights implementation from an international perspective, educating U.S. courts on international standards applicable in domestic cases on issues such as Guantanamo detentions, prison conditions including solitary confinement, refugee protection, and other issues where the United States may be out of line with international practice. 

 

February 10, 2017

Human Rights Workshop: Keramet Reiter, “23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement”

Keramet Reiter, an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and at the School of Law at the University of California, Irvine, has worked as an associate at Human Rights Watch and has testified about the impacts of solitary confinement before state and federal legislators. She studies prisons, prisoners’ rights, and the impact of prison and punishment policy on individuals, communities, and legal systems.

This event was part of Inside the Box.