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The George Washington International Law Review Symposium 2016
Discussion on the Identity and Future of Human Rights Honoring Dinah Shelton

Join The George Washington University Law School as we honor the life work of Professor Dinah Shelton at the International Law Review Symposium on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 9:00am-4:15pm (EST).

The George Washington University Law School
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The modern human rights project began with the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the drafting of the two Covenants on Civil and Political and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Following this, special agreements started being drafted, applicable specifically to groups such as racial minorities, women, migrants, and others. Are these special agreements simply a reflection of special interest politics that undermine the notion of universal human rights or do they reinforce universal norms? How much do these specific treaties call for accommodation or exemptions from otherwise applicable laws? Are regional systems part of the subdivision of human rights to reflect regional identity or do they provide effective means to enforce global standards.

These and other questions will be discussed in a full-day event consisting of a keynote speech, three panels, and a lunch featuring a reflection by Professor Shelton, with a reception to follow.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.          REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.          WELCOME REMARKS

Blake Morant, Dean, The George Washington University Law School

9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.        SESSION I: HUMAN RIGHTS TREATIES & SYSTEMS BROADLY

Philip Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
Marc Bossuyt, Emeritus Professor, University of Antwerp; Emeritus President, Constitutional Court of Belgium
Paolo Carozza, Professor of Law, Concurrent Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame
Hurst Hannum, Professor of International Law, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Moderator:  Sean D. Murphy, Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.     LUNCH & REFLECTION BY DINAH SHELTON ON HER CAREER

Dinah Shelton, Manatt/Ahn Professor Emeritus of International Law, The George Washington University Law School
Moderator: Susan L. Karamanian, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies and Burnett Family Professorial Lecturer in International and Comparative Law and Policy, The George Washington University Law School

12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.        COFFEE BREAK

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.          SESSION II: HUMAN RIGHTS TREATIES & SYSTEMS SPECIFICALLY

James Anaya, James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Péter Kovács, Judge, International Criminal Court
Michael O’Boyle, Former Deputy Registrar, European Court of Human Rights
Therese O’Donnell, Reader in Law, University of Strathclyde
Moderator: Edward T. Swaine, Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.          TEA BREAK

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.          SESSION III: ROUNDTABLE Q&A

Christina Cerna, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center; former Principal Specialist, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (retired)
Kelly Fry, Associate Legal Advisor, Human Rights Law Section, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Carlos Vázquez, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Ruth Wedgwood, Edward Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy and Director of the International Law and Organizations Program, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Moderator: Laura A. Dickinson, Oswald Symister Colclough Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.          CONCLUDING REMARKS

Ralph G. Steinhardt, Professor of Law and International Affairs and Arthur Selwyn Miller Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School

4:30 p.m.         RECEPTION

 

 

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