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International Law Conference Reflecting On the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Conference Schedule

October 23-25, 2008

International Law Conference Reflecting On the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

As a part of the conference, there are two events that are open to the public:

October 23, 5:30 pm –7:00 pm
Opening Lecture
Justice Arthur Chaskalson
Former Chief Justice of South Africa & President of the Constitutional Court
(RSVP online)

October 24, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Pearl, Lawrence I. & Lloyd M. Gerber Memorial Lecture and Keynote Address
Mary Robinson
President, Ethical Globalization Initiative; Chair, Council of Women World   Leaders; Former President of Ireland and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights
(RSVP online)

Program and Speakers

Thursday, October 23

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Opening Lecture

Introduction:
Clinton Bamberger
Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Maryland School of Law

Lecture:
Justice Arthur Chaskalson
Former Chief Justice of South Africa & President of the Constitutional Court

Response:
Peter E. Quint
Jacob A. France Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Maryland School of Law

Friday, October 24

8:45 am – 9:30 am
Continental Breakfast and Registration

9:30 am – 9:45 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Michael Van Alstine
Associate Dean and Professor of Law; Director of the International and Comparative Law Program, University of Maryland School of Law

Peter Danchin
Assistant Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law

9:45 am – 11:15 am
Panel I: Sixty Years On: The International Human Rights Movement Today
Moderator: Sherrilyn Ifill
Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law
Presenters:
Penelope Andrews
Professor of Law, Valparaiso University School of Law
Chair in Law, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia


Balakrishnan Rajagopal
Ford International Associate Professor of Law & Development, MIT

Alice Miller
Lecturer, Berkeley Law School and
Associate Clinical Professor, Columbia
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Panel II: The Influence of the Universal Declaration as Law
Moderator: Michael Van Alstine
Associate Dean and Professor of Law; Director of the International and Comparative Law Program, University of Maryland School of Law
Presenters:
Arthur Chaskalson
Former Chief Justice of South Africa & President of the Constitutional Court

John Dugard
Professor of Law, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria; Visiting Professor, Duke Law School

Liliana Obregón
Associate Professor of Law and Director, International Law Program, Universidad de los Andes Law School, Bogotá, Colombia

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Pearl, Lawrence I. & Lloyd M. Gerber Memorial Lecture and Keynote Address

Introduction:
Peter Danchin
Assistant Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law

Opening Remarks:
Karen Rothenberg
Dean and Marjorie Cook Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law

Lecture:
Mary Robinson
President, Ethical Globalization Initiative; Chair, Council of Women World Leaders; Former President of Ireland and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Panel III: The Claims of Culture and Religion
Moderator: Peter Danchin
Assistant Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law

Presenters:
Elsa Stamatopoulou
Chief, Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Karima Bennoune
Associate Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School; Visiting Professor, University of Michigan Law School

Vasuki Nesiah
Director of International Affairs, Brown University


4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Wine and Cheese Reception

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Panel IV: Dinner and Reflective Discussion: Gender, Power and the Presidency
Moderator: Paula Monopoli
Marbury Research Professor of Law and Founding Director, Women, Leadership & Equality Program, University of Maryland School of Law

Mary Robinson
President, Ethical Globalization Initiative; Chair, Council of Women World   Leaders; Former President of Ireland and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights

Dr.Eileen McDonagh
Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University, and Visiting Scholar, Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), Harvard University

Dr.Jennifer Lawless
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Brown University

Dr.Karen O'Connor
Jonathan N. Helfat Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Founder and Director, Women & Politics Institute, School of Public Affairs, American University

Saturday, October 25

9:00 am – 9:45 am
Continental Breakfast

9:45 am –11:15 am
Panel V: Economic and Social Rights
Moderator: Taunya Banks
Jacob A. France Professor of Equality Jurisprudence and Francis & Harriet Iglehart Research Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law

Presenters:
Jai Singh
National Director, Human Rights Law Network(HRLN)

Katharine Young
Graduate Fellow, Harvard Law School

Stephen Marks
Professor of Health & Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health

Steve Kahanovitz
Former National Director, Legal Resources Center
11:30 am–1:00 pm
Panel VI: Human Rights and the Global Economy
Moderator: Marley Weiss
Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law
Presenters:
Justice Bess Nkabinde
Constitutional Court of South Africa

Shareen Hertel
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Connecticut

Hope Lewis
Professor of Law, Northeastern University

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Panel VII: Lunch and Reflective Discussion
The Declaration in Retrospect: Influence and Critique
Moderator: Maxwell Chibundu
Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law

David Kennedy
University Professor & Vice President International Affairs, Brown University

Fionnuala Ni Aolain
Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School

Bert Lockwood
Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Sanjay Reddy
Assistant Professor of Economics, Barnard College

 

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