Counter-Forces in the Business and Human Rights Due Diligence Legislation Space in Europe
Oct
29
12:10 PM12:10

Counter-Forces in the Business and Human Rights Due Diligence Legislation Space in Europe

CSIL is proud to co-host this event with the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, the Columbia Center of Sustainable Investment, and Rightslink.

In the wake of the 2017 French Law on the Duty of Vigilance, several European countries, including Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands, have discussed legislative proposals on mandatory human rights due diligence in the supply chains of their multinational corporations. This talk will discuss opportunities, challenges, and innovative human rights accountability tools that may find room in due diligence legislation, as well as the content of these innovative initiatives and their uncertain future.

Antonella Angelini’s recent research focuses on community-driven grievance mechanisms and her residency at the Human Rights Institute is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Prior to joining the Institute, Angelini was involved as co-lead in a research project on Corporate Social Responsibly at the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva. Her areas of research are general international law, legal theory, and business and human rights. She holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Angelini has acted as a legal expert for the International Commission of Jurists and has been involved in the preparation of cases litigated before the International Court of Justice.

Lunch will be provided

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Cultural Rights and Human Rights: Questioning Protection
Oct
22
12:10 PM12:10

Cultural Rights and Human Rights: Questioning Protection

CSIL is proud to co-host this event with the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, the Columbia University Institute for the Study of Human Rights, and Rightslink.

Elsa Stamatopoulou is a former Chief of the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and is currently the Director of the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Program at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Her book Cultural Rights in International Law explores international protections of cultural rights. Mrs. Stamatopoulou is an advocate of the protection of cultural rights and of putting concerned communities in the driving seat on this issue. In this talk, she will discuss historical shifts and current developments in the protection of cultural rights internationally, while reflecting on the scope and contemporary reasons behind the existence, or lack thereof, of international protections of cultural rights.

Lunch will be provided.

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ABILA International Law Weekend
Oct
10
to Oct 12

ABILA International Law Weekend

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International Law Weekend (ILW) is organized by the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA). ILW 2019 will address the resilience of international law. The conference will explore international law’s capacity to preserve the rule of law, promote both peace and justice, and maintain stability in the face of growing fault lines.

This year’s keynote speakers include William Burke-White, Director of Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania Law School;  Judge Kimberly Prost, International Criminal Court; Ambassador Stephen Rapp, Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues; Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, U.N. Undersecretary-General for Legal Affairs; and Dr. Christopher Ward, SC, ILA President.

The opening session on October 10 will be held at the New York Bar Association. Programming on October 11 and 12 will be held at Fordham Law School. Registration is FREE for students. Click here for more information.

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Surveillance, Privacy, and Human Rights: Looking Ahead to 2020
Oct
10
4:30 PM16:30

Surveillance, Privacy, and Human Rights: Looking Ahead to 2020

CSIL is proud to co-host the following panel discussion with the Society for Law, Science, and Technology and the Human Rights Institute.

Privacy law will be on center stage in 2020. Implementation of the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be in full swing, EU courts may decide the fate of the Privacy Shield agreement, which regulates commercial data transfer between U.S. and EU companies, and the first executive agreement under the CLOUD Act is likely to be signed. In a roundtable format, panelists will discuss these key issues, and examine the implications of the ever-evolving surveillanceregimes and privacy protections on international human rights law.


Moderator:

Peter Margulies, Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law (CLS '81)

Panelists:

Brian Egan, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP; former Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State

Margaret Hu, Associate Professor, Washington & Lee University School of Law

Faiza Patel, Co-Director, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law

Becky Richards, Civil Liberties and Privacy Officer, U.S. National Security Agency

Teresa Rodriguez de las Heras Ballel, Associate Professor, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Patrick Toomey, Senior Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union

This event is sponsored in part by the Student Senate with funds from the Student Activity Fee.

Dinner will be served.

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United Nations Fact-Finding and Commissions of Inquiry: Where We Are Today
Oct
10
12:10 PM12:10

United Nations Fact-Finding and Commissions of Inquiry: Where We Are Today

CSIL is proud to co-host this event with the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School.

The UN increasingly mandates fact-finding commissions to respond to serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law. Why does the UN use such commissions? What is the role of fact-finding in advancing rights? What are the current challenges to UN inquiries? Join us for a discussion with Justice Michael Kirby (Justice of the High Court of Australia) moderated by Professor Sarah Knuckey (Director of the CLS Human Rights Clinic). Justice Kirby will share lessons learned from his work as Chairman of the UN Commission of Inquiry on DPRK (North Korea). In that role, Justice Kirby published an unprecedented report documenting crimes against humanity in North Korea.

The Honorable Justice Kirby is an international jurist, educator and former judge. He served as Justice of the High Court of Australia; was President of the International Commission of Jurists; Commissioner of the UNDP Global Commission on HIV and the Law; Chairman of the UN Commission of Inquiry on DPRK (North Korea); and Member of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Access to Essential Healthcare. He was awarded the Australian Human Rights Medal, and named Laurette of the UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education.

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