Valerie Gordon Human Rights Lecture
The annual Valerie Gordon Human Rights Lecture, established in 1993, honors outstanding lawyers, judges, scholars and advocates who work to advance human rights and social justice. The lecture is named in honor of the late Valerie Gordon '93, a lawyer and advocate for human rights in the US and internationally. Her commitment to human rights and social justice is shared and celebrated by the Northeastern University School of Law community.
Each year, in conjunction with the Valerie Gordon Lecture, the law school's chapter of the Black Law Students Association sponsors a human rights essay contest for first-year law students. The essay topic is announced annually by BLSA, and "The Spirit of Valerie Gordon Award" is presented at the Gordon Lecture each spring. The 2014 essay winner was Quinn Kareem Rallins for his essay entitled "An Emerging Reparations Movement: African American Women in Leadership and Litigation."
Save the Date!
March 18, 2015 | 12:00 to 1:30 PM
The 22nd Annual Valerie Gordon Lecture:
"Guantánamo and the Legacy of Torture"
Keynote Speaker: Jameel Jaffer, Deputy Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union
Jameel Jaffer, (@JameelJaffer) is a deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and director of its Center for Democracy, which houses the organization's work on human rights, national security, free speech, privacy, and technology. Jaffer has for years been at the center of the national and international debate around the detainment center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. In this 22nd Valerie Gordon Memorial Lecture, Jaffer will discuss the ways in which the treatment of Guantánamo prisoners is contributing to a legacy that will influence the global image of the US for decades to come. "This year's lecture will take place in the context of the installation, at Northeastern University, of a traveling multimedia exhibition hosted by the Guantánamo Public Memory Project. " The exhibit is entitled, "Confronting Guántanamo: A Contested Place, A Controversial Past, A Questionable Future.
Valerie Gordon Human Rights Lecturers
Jameel Jaffer, Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU and Director of its Human Rights Program
Penelope "Penny" Andrews, Dean and President, Albany Law School (view photos)
Philp Alston, John Norton Pomerory Professor of Law, New York University School of Law (watch video)
Terry McGovern, Senior Program Officer, Human Right Division, Ford Foundation (view photos)
Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Associate Professor of Law and Development and Director of the Program on Human Rights and Justice at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (watch now)
The Honorable Manuel Cepeda, Constitutional Court of Colombia (watch now)
Hauwa Ibrahim, Nigerian Human Rights Lawyer (watch now)
Gay McDougall, Independent Expert on Minority Issues, United Nations
Dean Harold Koh, Yale Law Schoo
Professor Carol Anderson, University of Missouri-Columbia
Jaribu Hill (photo, left)
Professor, Gerard Quinn, National Univerity of Ireland, Ireland
Professor Abdullahi An-Na'im, Emory University School of Law
Professor Charles Ogletree Jr, Harvard Law School
Dean Makau Mutua, SUNY-Buffalo School of Law
Professor Adrien Wing, University of Iowa College of Law
Loretta Ross, Executive Director, Center for Human Rights Education
The Honorable Albert Louis Sachs, Constitutional Court of South Africa
Franic Mading Deng, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
The Honorable Nathaniel Jones, US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
The Honorable Dessima Williams, UN Ambassador, Grenada
Randall Robinson, Executive Director, TransAfrica
BLSA Human Rights Essay Contest
Each year, in conjunction with the Valerie Gordon Lecture, the law school's chapter of the Black Law Students Association sponsors a human rights essay contest for first-year law students. The essay topic is announced annually by BLSA, and "The Spirit of Valerie Gordon Award" is presented at the Gordon Lecture each spring.