Northeastern University Law Review Symposium

INTERNATIONAL LAW, LOCAL JUSTICE:

Human Rights Transformed

Friday, November 17, 2017

 In Honor of Professor Hope Lewis and to Commemorate the Launch of the Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration.

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Hope LewisWhile the discourse of human rights shaped our understandings of the relationship between states and their communities for well over half a century, new thinking about how best to protect lives and livelihoods has emerged from the dynamism and border-disregarding character of our contemporary global economic order. Before her untimely death in December 2016, Professor Hope Lewis was at the forefront of initiatives to theorize the relationship between human rights and the new global economy, to identify best practices for her colleagues in government and the advocacy community, to address racial inequality and to further develop the now flourishing socio-economic rights dimension of human rights discourse. This symposium explores the impact of Professor Lewis’ work and illuminates the role human rights principles can play in protecting people from the volatility and extractive excess of inadequately regulated global markets.

For Professor Lewis, who was both a leading academic and an activist, research and scholarship were meant to inform the work of activists and the struggling communities for whom they speak. She mentored and supported generations of students whose work as lawyers and advocates today gives life to her vision of human rights, racial equality, social justice and engaged practice.

With one eye on the topics that Professor Lewis pursued and the other on today’s social justice challenges, the presenters will consider immigrant rights, inequality and human rights; global feminisms and human rights; and international rights protection for disabled persons as we celebrate her legacy and launch the law school’s Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration.

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Keynote Speakers

Harold Koh
Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School

Cheryl Harris
Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Professor in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, UCLA School of Law

Ibrahim Gassama
Frank Nash Professor of Law, University of Oregon School of Law
(private session, by invitation only)

Draft Agenda

Friday, November 17, 2017

8:45 - 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction of Keynote

Lucy Williams
Professor of Law and Director, Center for Public Interest Collaboration and Advocacy, Northeastern University School of Law

Margaret Burnham
Director, Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, Northeastern University School of Law   

9:00 - 10:20 a.m. 

Keynote Speaker

Harold Koh
Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School

10:20 - 10:45 a.m.

Break

10:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. 

PANEL ONE
Human Rights, Economic Inequality and Global Markets

Moderator:
Aziza Ahmed  
Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

Panelists:
Berta Esperanza Hernández-Truyol 

Levin, Mabie & Levin Professor of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law

Henry Steiner Jeremiah Smith, Jr.
Professor of Law, Emeritus, Harvard Law School

Karl Klare
Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

12:15 - 2:00 p.m. 

LUNCH AND KEYNOTE

Cheryl Harris
Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Professor in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, UCLA School of Law

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. 

PANEL 2
Human Rights: Contemporary Topics

Moderator: 
Rachel Rosenbloom 
Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law 

Panelists:
Adrien Wing
Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law Programs and Bessie Dutton Murray Professor, University of Iowa College of Law

Michael Ashley Stein
Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Zina Miller
Assistant Professor, International Law and Human Rights, Seton Hall University School of Diplomacy and International Relations

Tendayi Achiume
Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

3:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Break

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

PANEL 3
Reflecting on Hope Lewis: Teacher and Scholar

Moderator: 
Wendy Parmet 
Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University School of Law; Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Margaret Kwoka
Associate Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Amy Senier
Trial Attorney, US Department of Justice

Jaribu Hill
Founder and Executive Director, Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights