Lori E. Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women and Children

Educating students and the broader community about international human rights and humanitarian law.

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Recent International Human Rights & Humanitarian Law Scholarship

Susan H. Bitensky, The Plot to Overthrow Genocide: State Laws Mandating Education About the Foulest Crime of All (forthcoming in MARQUETT LAW REVIEW Dec. 2018)

Susan H. Bitensky, For Recognition of a Peoples’ Right to U.N. Authorized Armed Intervention to Stop Mass Atrocities, 16 WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY GLOBAL STUDIES LAW REVIEW 245 (2017) (lead article)

Upcoming Events

Human Rights Art Exhibits

Guernica—A Study in War as the Ultimate Rampage on Humanity and Human Rights
MSU Law, 4th Floor (Immediately after you exit the elevators); beginning September 3, 2018

The Lecture Series

Monday, September 17, 2018
The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today
Jelani Cobb, Ira A. Lipman Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; staff writer at The New Yorker where he has penned many articles including “The Anger in Ferguson” and “Murders in Charleston”; recipient of the Writer’s Guild of America award for his TV series “Policing the Police” airing on PBS Frontline
TIME: 11:45 TO 1:45 (LUNCH AVAILABLE AT 11:30)
PLACE: MSU LAW, CASTLE BOARD ROOM

Monday, October 8, 2018
The Status of the Death Penalty under International Human Right Law
William Schabas, Professor of International Law, Middlesex University, London, UK, & Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Leiden University, The Netherlands; Officer of the Order of Canada, gold medalist of the Royal Irish Academy & recipient of the Vespasian V. Pella Medal for International Criminal Justice from the Association Internationale de Droit Penal
TIME: 11:45 TO 1:45 (LUNCH AVAILABLE AT 11:30)
PLACE: MSU LAW, CASTLE BOARD ROOM

Monday, November 12, 2018
The Rights of People with Disabilities under International Human Rights Law: What the Future Holds in the U.S. and Beyond
Arlene Kanter, Professor of Law & Director of the Disability Law and Policy Program as well as of International Programs, Syracuse University College of Law; recipient of Lady Davis Fellowship from Hebrew University Faculty of Law, and named 2010-2011 Distinguished Switzer Fellow by the U.S. Dep’t of Education’s National Disability Rehabilitation Research Institute
TIME: 11:45 TO 1:45 (LUNCH AVAILABLE AT 11:30)
PLACE: MSU LAW, CASTLE BOARD ROOM

Monday, December 3, 2018
America’s Opioid Epidemic and the Right to Health
Juliet S. Sorenson, Director & Associate Dean, Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
TIME: 11:45 TO 1:45 (LUNCH AVAILABLE AT 11:30)
PLACE: MSU LAW, CASTLE BOARD ROOM

Monday, January 14, 2019
#MeToo Movement: A Response to Human Rights Violations (Mostly) Against Women
Lesley Wexler, Professor of Law, Illinois College of Law
TIME: 11:45 TO 1:45 (LUNCH AVAILABLE AT 11:30)
PLACE: MSU LAW, CASTLE BOARD ROOM

Monday. February 11, 2019
The Interrelationship of Human Rights and the Environment, Including Climate Change, under International Law
John Knox, Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law, Wake Forest School of Law; U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Issue of Human Rights and the Environment; recipient of the Francis Deak Prize from the American Society of International Law
TIME: 11:45 TO 1:45 (LUNCH AVAILABLE AT 11:30)
PLACE: MSU LAW, CASTLE BOARD ROOM

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Combatting the Business of Modern Slavery in Global Supply Chains
Genevieve LeBaron, Professor of Politics & Co-Director of SPERI (Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute), The University of Sheffield, UK; in 2017, ranked the 1st academic on the global Top 100 Human Trafficking & Slavery Influence Leaders List
TIME: 11:45 TO 1:45 (LUNCH AVAILABLE AT 11:30)
PLACE: MSU LAW, CASTLE BOARD ROOM

Monday, March 11, 2019
Does the Ongoing Persecution of the Rohingya Constitute Genocide under International Law?
Gregory Stanton, Research Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention, George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution; founder of Genocide Watch; previously, Foreign Service Officer in U.S. State Dep’t, member of U.N. War Crimes Working Group; recipient of the W. Averell Harriman Award from the American Foreign Service Association
TIME: 11:45 TO 1:45 (LUNCH AVAILABLE AT 11:30)
PLACE: MSU LAW, CASTLE BOARD ROOM

Monday, April 1, 2019
Are Threats to Undermine Democracy in the U.S., Including State Restrictions on Minority Persons Voting, Violations of International Human Rights Law?
Alfred de Zayas, Professor of Law, Geneva School of Diplomacy, Switzerland; previously, Consultant to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the issue of mercenaries, signatory of the Declaracion de Bilbao and the Declaracion de Santiago de Compostela, member of the U.N. workshop reporting on the human right to peace
TIME: 11:45 TO 1:45 (LUNCH AVAILABLE AT 11:30)
PLACE: MSU LAW, CASTLE BOARD ROOM