Tuesday, September 26, 2017
The St. Louis University School of Law will hold its 2017 Richard J. Childress Lecture and accompanying Symposium on Friday, October 13, 2017, titled Human Rights in the American Criminal Justice System. More information is available here.
The keynote address for the Symposium, The Death Penalty, Public Opinion, and Politics in the United States, will be presented by Samuel R. Gross, Professor of Law at the University of Michigan. Several contributors to this blog -- Margaret Drew, Lauren Bartlett and Martha Davis, will speak on a panel about integrating human rights into domestic legal practice.
As described by the organizers, "[t]his symposium will examine the role, rhetoric, and practices of the United States’ criminal justice system using international human rights norms as perspective. The symposium will bring together practitioners and academics focused both domestically and internationally. Our panelists will speak about how the modern criminal justice system in the United States – whether it is pretrial detention, treatment of gender violence or juvenile populations, or the continued use of the death penalty - conform to or violate international human rights standards, and what can be done to change that. We want our students to connect with members of the wider legal community advocating for the use of human rights standards, and look forward to the conversation."
The free event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the Pruellage Courtroom of Scott Hall at the St. Louis University School of Law.