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Comparing European and North American Approaches to Human Rights


Spring 2014 Colloquium


Organized in collaboration with European Studies and funded by a grant from the European Union



Fionnuala Ní Aoláin
Dorsey & Whitney Chair in Law, University of Minnesota Law School, and Professor of Law, Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster

Aziz Rana
Associate Professor of Law, Cornell University Law School

Approaches to Counter-terrorism

Ní Aoláin: "The Special Court as Risk and Opportunity"

Rana: "Constitutional Nationalism and the Rise of the Security State" 

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Date: February 3, 2014

Time: 3:45-5:45pm

Location: Sheffield Room (TNH 2.111)

Co-sponsored by the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law

Liz Fekete
Executive Director, Institute of Race Relations

Leti Volpp
Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor of Law in Access to Justice, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Approaches to Race, Citizenship and Immigration

Fekete: "Europe against the Roma"

Volpp: "The Indigenous as Alien"

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Date: February 17, 2014

Time: 3:45-5:45pm

Location: Sheffield Room (TNH 2.111)

Co-sponsored by Ethnic and Third World Literatures

Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun
Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences, University Paris Diderot-Paris 7

Hilal Elver
Research Professor in Global Studies and Co-director of the Project on Climate Change, Human Security and Democracy, University of California, Santa Barbara

Richard Falk
Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice, Emeritus, Princeton University, and Research Professor, Global and International Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Approaches to Religious Freedom and Secularism

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Date: March 3, 2014

Time: 3:45-5:45pm

Location: Eidman Courtroom (CCJ 2.306)

Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Institute for Historical Studies, and the South Asia Institute

Laura Carlson
Associate Professor of Law, Stockholm University School of Law

Samuel Bagenstos
Professor, University of Michigan School of Law

Approaches to Employment Discrimination

Carlson: "The Delicate Balance Needed When Addressing Unlawful Discrimination: The Swedish Journey"

Bagenstos: "Remedies and Antidiscrimination Law: The Americans with Disabilities Act Experience"

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Date: March 24, 2014

Time: 3:45-5:45pm

Location: Sheffield Room (TNH 2.111)

Juan Garcés
Spanish Attorney, Lead Counsel in criminal case against Augusto Pinochet in Spain

Michael Tigar
Emeritus Professor of the Practice of Law, Duke Law School, and Professor Emeritus of Law, Washington College of Law, American University

Approaches to Universal Jurisdiction

Garcés: "The Struggle Against Impunity of International Crimes in Spain and for Universal Jurisdiction"

Tigar: "The Substance, Procedure, and Limited Utility of Universal Jurisdiction"

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Date: April 7, 2014

Time: 3:45-5:45pm

Location: Sheffield Room (TNH 2.111)

Mitchel Lasser
Jack G. Clarke Professor of Law and Director of Graduate Studies, Cornell Law School

Kerry Rittich
Professor, Faculty of Law and the Women's and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto

Approaches to Labor Rights

Lasser: "Fundamentally Flawed: The CJEU's Jurisprudence on Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Freedoms"

Rittich: "Fragmented Work and Multi-level Labor Market Governance: Labor Law in Crisis"

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Date: April 21, 2014

Time: 3:45-5:45pm

Location: Sheffield Room (TNH 2.111)