Tuesday, January 2, 2018

It's a Human Rights Sampler at the Law School Convention this Week

Are you among those attending the American Association of Law Schools meeting in San Diego this week?  Of course, the theme of the conference -- Access to Justice -- is a central human rights concern, but many of the conference  panels and plenary sessions address human rights even more explicitly.  

Here's a sampling:

On Wednesday, January 3, 1:30 pm – 3:15 pm, legal scholars address the question "What is the Role of the Academy When Human Rights and Globalization are Under Attack?" The program description explains, "[a]s teachers, we traditionally strive for political neutrality, aware that we should not take advantage of a captive audience or create unnecessary impediments to our students’ learning process. As scholars, we traditionally pride ourselves on our nonpartisan rigor in the face of normative controversies, and our intellectual objectivity in the face of alternative interpretations of legal texts. But these are not 'traditional' times." More info is available here.

Later on Wednesday, January 3, from 3:30 - 5:15 p.m., a panel of legal scholars will consider "The Relevance of Borders to International Law."  Check the program here for details.

On Thursday, January 4, from 1:30 - 3:15 p.m., the topic will be "Immigrant Rights Under the Trump Administration," featuring Jamil Dakwar of the ACLU, one of our guest bloggers, as a speaker.  The program here provides logistical details.

Throughout the conference, panels also address sexual harassment and women's rights in the academy and elsewhere, human-centered design thinking for lawyers, comparative examples of access to justice in the European Union, the implications of religious exemptions for fundamental rights, the federalism issues raised by sanctuary cities, the meaning of the reconstruction, and a range of other topics.  Take the time to look at the program and, if you're attending the conference this week, choose wisely!


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