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Upcoming Events
Intro to International Human Rights at Fordham Law School
September 2, 2014 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Room 3-01, Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd St. New York, NY 10023 | LeitnerCenter@law.fordham.edu
Machik Weekend 2014
November 21, 2014 4:00 PM - November 23, 2014 3:00PM
Costantino, Fordham Law School, 140 W. 62nd St. New York, NY 10023 | Elizabeth Gyori | egyori@law.fordham.edu

Past Events
Mexico's War on Drugs and Human Rights| April 22, 2014 12:30 PM

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Speaker: Nik Steinberg, Mexico and Cuba researcher in Human Rights Watch's Americas DivisionMexico

Mexican security forces have committed widespread human rights violations--including killings, disappearances, and torture--in efforts to combat powerful organized crime groups. Almost none of these abuses are adequately investigated, exacerbating a climate of violence and impunity in many parts of the country. Nik Steinberg, Senior Americas Researcher at Human Rights Watch, will discuss the human rights impact of Mexico's war on drugs and the lack of progress in addressing abuses by the security forces.

Pizza will be served.*

*Due to Passover, we will be serving non-Kosher pizza. Apologies for the inconvenience.


Possibilities and Challenges of Syrian Refugee Resettlement| April 15, 2014 12:30 PM

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Speaker: Stephen Poellot, Legal Director and Co-Founder, Iraqi Refugee Assistance ProjectA Syrian refugee girl in Zaatari Camp, Jordan, where  new arrivals are still living in tents in the cold in harsh  desert conditions.

The civil war in Syria has displaced millions of people within the country and forced many others—over 2.5 million—to flee. This has created what UN officials have described as the worst refugee crisis since the Rwandan genocide. Stephen Poellot, Legal Director of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), will discuss legal challenges presented by the Syrian refugee crisis, including obstacles to refugee resettlement in the United States.

Pizza will be served*

Photo credit: Karl Schembri/Oxfam

*Due to Passover, non-Kosher pizza will be served.

Before They Are Gone: A Conversation on Wildlife Conservation with the Kenya Wildlife Service| April 14, 2014 05:30 PM

Before They Are Gone: A Conversation on Wildlife Conservation with the Kenya Wildlife Service

Before They Are Gone: A Conversation on Wildlife Conservation with the Kenya Wildlife Service

The Leitner Center is pleased to co-sponsor a conversation with the Kenya Wildlife Service on the conservation and management of endangered wildlife, including elephants, lions and rhinoceros, in Kenya.

Participants (bios below):

Jacinta Nzioka-Mbihi, Kenya Tourism Board

Dr. Shadrack Ngene, Kenya Wildlife Service

Dr. Charles Musyoki, Kenya Wildlife Service

Samson Parashina, Cultural Conservation Ambassador

Josephine Ekiru, Cultural Conservation Ambassador


Bios of Speakers:

Jacinta Nzioka-MbithiJACINTA NZIOKA-MBITHI is Director of Marketing for the Kenya Tourism Board. With over 15 years experience in tourism destination marketing, she has represented Kenya tourism in many local and international forums, consults for DFiD and the EU, and is a Guest Lecturer at SOAS and the University of Addis Ababa. Ms. Nzioka-Mbithi’s passion is in rural tourism development and the involvement of women in sustainable tourism development.  She is a founding member of the Kenya Association of Women in Tourism (KAWT), a Board Member of Ecotourism Kenya, and has overseen two community-based tourism projects in Narok and Makueni, Kenya.



DR. SHADRACK NGENE is Assistant Director of Wildlife Industry Governance and External Linkages for the Shadrack NgeneKenya Wildlife Service (KWS). A wildlife spatial ecologist who has worked with KWS for the last 14 years, Dr. Ngene has extensive training and experience in wildlife management and conservation. Dr. Ngene earned his PhD in Natural Resources Management from the University of Twente, Netherlands, with a Thesis entitled, “Why Elephants Roam.”  Specialized in the ecology of wildlife movements, Dr. Ngene has a keen interest in using wildlife location data from tracking collars to model wildlife habitat suitability, space use, and poaching hotspots.


Charles Musyoki

DR. CHARLES MUSYOKI is Senior Scientist with the Kenya Wildlife Service. With over 20 years of service with KWS, Dr. Musyoki has extensive experience in endangered species research and conservation, including efforts to study and protect rhinoceros, elephants, bongo, lions, cheetahs, hirola, sitatunga, sea turtles,  primates, sable and roan antelopes, as well as coral reefs; and has published extensively in his field. The Head of State in 2011 awarded him an Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya commendation for his accomplishments and contribution to national efforts to conserve and manage wildlife.



SAMSON PARASHINA is of Chairman of the Board of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT), Samson Parashinaan organization headed by Edward Norton, which works to protect the ecosystems and biodiversity that directly benefit Maasai communities in Kenya. Samson was named a Champion of the Earth by the UN Environment Programme in 2012, and is a judge for the prestigious Tourism for Tomorrow Award. Earlier this year, Samson was invited by the Zoological Society of London to open, with Prince William, the launch of United for Wildlife, a partner initiative of seven major conservation organizations focused on wildlife crimes.


Josephine EkiruJOSEPHINE EKIRU is a Cultural Conservation Ambassador and celebrated performer from northern Kenya. As a singer and community leader, Ms. Ekiru works to promote peaceful relations between pastoralist communities and local wildlife. She has played a key role in building trust between local tribes in the region, and in the formation of a community-based conservation initiative, the Nakuprat-Gotu Conservancy, through which over 100,000 people have dedicated close to 3 million acres to wildlife conservation. In addition to chairing the Conservancy, Ms. Ekiru continues to urge peace and environmental conservation through song.

Defying Injustice: Lessons from Defeating Apartheid to the Arab Spring - An Interactive Dialogue Among Activists and Scholars| April 10, 2014 06:00 PM

Defying Injustice Lessons from Defeating Apartheid to the Arab Spring An Inter-Active Dialogue Among Activists and Scholars


This interactive dialogue, led by Leitner Center Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence Gay McDougall, brings together scholars, researchers and activists from diverse social movements to consider how the fight against apartheid can inform current social movements.

The profound transformations that were the goals of the movement against apartheid are still works in progress.  However, the successes to date of those struggles and equally their notable failures have generated lively debates among the architects of later social movements.

What are the linkages between the development of norms and the movement’s success “on the ground?” What organizational and advocacy tactics and strategies were crucial elements in the overall struggle? Does modern technology trump or simply build on organizing lessons from the past?

This event celebrates the acquisition of the Gay McDougall South Africa and Namibia Papers by Columbia Libraries' Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research.

Gay McDougall
, former Director, Southern Africa Project, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Former UN Independent Expert on Minorities, and Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, Leitner Center for International Law and Justice

Cecelie Counts
, former organizer, TransAfrica 

Jennifer Davis, former CEO, American Committee on Africa 

Ejim Dike, Executive Director, US Human Rights Network 

Michael Wahid Hanna, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation 

Jessica Stern, Executive Director, International Lesbian and Gay Human Rights Commission

Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research, CUL/IS
The Human Rights Institute of the Columbia Law School
The Institute for the Study of Human Rights
The Institute for African Studies
The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham University School of Law

Free and open to the public.

RSVP to chrdr@columbia.edu

More information:  http://library.columbia.edu/locations/chrdr/news_events/defyinginjustice.html  

The UN and the ICC: International Criminal Law after the Closure of the Ad Hoc Tribunals| April 8, 2014 12:30 PM

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Due to an emergency, this event has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to reschedule it soon.

Speaker: Tamara Cummings-John, Legal Officer in the Office of Legal Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs at the United Tamara Cummings-John Legal OfficerNations

With many of the ad hoc tribunals set to finish their work in the near future, the landscape of international criminal law is set for dramatic change. Tamara Cummings-John, Legal Officer in the Office of Legal Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs at the UN, will discuss how the UN, following the closure of the ad hoc tribunals, can support the International Criminal Court in ensuring accountability for victims of serious crimes. She will also discuss her experiences working for the Special Court of Sierra Leone and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, with a particular focus on the prosecution of crimes of sexual violence.

Kosher pizza will be served.

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