Wednesday, December 3, 2008

New Voices in International Human Rights

Aalslogo When I was chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on International Human Rights Law, our section hosted a program called "New Voices in Human Rights" to highlight the work of new scholars and others who had not previously had an opportunity to speak at an AALS Annual Meeting.  The program was a great success and was very well attended. I am tremendously pleased that the section is continuing this program at the upcoming AALS meeting in San Diego.  This is an important opportunity to encourage and promote new scholars and their work.  I hope that the program is continued in future years.

The International Human Rights Law Section received a number of submissions for presentation.  I have just received the list of the twelve individuals who will present their work at the AALS Annual Meeting.  The program will be on Wednesday, January 7, 2009, from 2:00 to 5:15 p.m.

Here is a list of the presenters, their institutional affiliations, and their paper topics:

  • Angela Banks (William & Mary School of Law) Rights without Remedies: Protecting Substantive Rights in Deportation Proceedings
  • Sarah Paoletti (University of Pennsylvania Law School) International Human Rights and Law and Organizing: A New Social Justice Movement for Migrant Workers
  • Johanna Bond (Washington and Lee) Gender, Agency, and Voice: The Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa
  • Maureen T. Duffy (Doctoral Candidate, Faculty of Law, McGill University) Childhood Lost: Building a Better Future for Captured Child Combatants
  • Maria Grahn-Farley (Albany Law School) A Post-Colonial Analysis of the U.N. Convention On the Rights of the Child
  • Jarrod Wong (University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law) Misconstruing the Responsibility to Protect in the Wake of Cyclones and Separatism
  • Brian Ray (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law) Extending the Shadow of the Law: Using Hybrid Mechanisms to Develop Constitutional Meaning in Socioeconomic Rights Cases
  • Brian Knox (University of Idaho College of Law) The Right to Eat and the Duty to Feed: A Customary Quagmire
  • Shahram Dana (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago) The Perverse Effects of Reconciliation Ideology on International Justice
  • Peter Jan Honigsberg (University of San Francisco) Establishing a Truth Commission for Guantanamo
  • Yvonne McDermott (Irish Center for Human Rights, National University of Ireland) The Judicial Development of Human Rights Law as a Loophole to the State-Centricity of International Law
  • Chimène Keitner (UC Hastings College of Law) Rights Beyond Borders

Congratulations to all of those whose papers were selected for presentation.   

Huge hat tips to Robert C. Blitt of the University of Tennessee College of Law (who will also serve as moderator of the panel) and Christine Ochoa of Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington (who will serve as a commentator for the panel).   For information on the AALS and the AALS Annual Meeting, click here.  For more information on the AALS Section on International Human Rights (including links to past issues of the section newsletter), click here.


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