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Human Rights Speaker Series: Enforced Disappearances and International Law
July 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
STANFORD SUMMER HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAM
The Stanford Summer Human Rights Program is an interdisciplinary collaboration that explores emerging issues in human rights through a series of courses, public lectures, and films. In 2016, the program will continue the discussion of international human rights in the 21st century, considering broad perspectives on what constitutes human rights in an increasingly diverse and global society.
The Human Rights Program is sponsored by Stanford Summer Session in collaboration with Stanford Continuing Studies, the Stanford Master of Liberal Arts program, and the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF). For more information on the Continuing Studies companion course, “International Human Rights: Strategies, Struggles, and the Quest for Dignity” with Anupma Kulkarni, please visit the POL 180 course page. (fulfills Human Rights intensive requirement)
Enforced Disappearances and International Law
Bernard Duhaime has been involved with the defense and promotion of human rights for two decades. In this talk, Professor Duhaime will focus on the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID), of which he is vice chair. He will address how international human rights law tackles the phenomenon of enforced or involuntary disappearances both in the Americas and around the world, and analyze the WGEID’s processes and working methods, along with its major accomplishments in both legal interpretation and impact on the ground. He will also discuss the legal and political challenges that WGEID currently faces, illustrating the discussion with examples from the case law of the Inter-American human rights system as well as the issue of enforced disappearances in the following contexts: women’s rights; economic, social, and cultural rights; private actors; and migrations.
Bernard Duhaime, Professor of Law and Political Science, University of Quebec, at Montreal
Bernard Duhaime was the founding director of UQAM’s International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights and was appointed as the 2011 Canada-US Fulbright Visiting Chair in Public Diplomacy at USC. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program. He has been involved in the promotion of human rights since 1996, both in national and international human rights agencies, including as a staff attorney of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. He has represented or assisted victims and human rights defenders before the Inter-American and the European human rights systems as well as UN-specialized agencies.