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Upcoming Events
The Health Effects of Structural Racism: Using Social Science Data in Human Rights Advocacy
January 27, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Room 3-09, Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd St. New York, NY 10023 | Zach Hudson | zhudson1@law.fordham.edu
Public Service Faculty Profiles: Imprisoned at Guantanamo: Defending Clients without Charges or Trial with Professor Martha Rayner
February 10, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Room 2-01A, Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd St. New York, NY 10023 | LeitnerCenter@law.fordham.edu

Past Events
Ferguson Is Everywhere: Policing and the Criminalization of Communities of Color| January 20, 2015 12:30 PM

Speakers: Alex S. Vitale and Linda Sarsour

The non-indictments in the Ferguson and Staten Island cases have sparked a long-overdue national movement regarding the larger issue of institutional racism within the criminal justice system, manifested in systemic issues such as racially-biased 'Broken Windows' policing, the school-to-prison pipeline, and the Drug War, all of which contribute toFerguson Protest mass incarceration. This talk will explore the underlying policies that have led to excessive use of police force and the hyper-criminalization of communities of color, concrete suggestions for police and criminal justice reform, and the power and potential of the national #BlackLivesMatter movement.  

Alex S. Vitale, Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College and contributor to The Nation, focuses on urban politics, policing, and social movements. 

Linda Sarsour is a racial justice and civil rights activist, Co-Founder of Muslims for Ferguson, Executive Director of the Arab American Association of NY, and a member of Justice League NYC.

Fordham Black Law Students Association
Fordham National Lawyers Guild

Kosher pizza will be served.

Special Report on China: The Politburo’s Predicament| January 15, 2015 06:00 PM

This Leitner Center for International Law and Justice is pleased to co-host a discussion of Freedom House's special report The Politburo's Predicament: Confronting the Limitations of Chinese Communist Party Repression with Freedom House.

The Politburo’s Predicament tracks the evolution of the Communist Party’s censorship and internal security apparatus since Xi Jinping became general secretary in November 2012, addressing critical questions such as: Is the regime becoming more or less repressive? How effective are its tactics of political control? What do these dynamics indicate about the resilience of the world’s largest authoritarian regime? The study suggests that despite heightened repression, the party's grip on power may be less secure than it seems. 

Join us for a presentation of the findings and a discussion of their implications by a panel of experts. 


Sarah Cook, Senior Research Analyst for East Asia, Freedom House 

Andrew Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Columbia University 

Martin Flaherty, Co-Director of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, Fordham Law School

Liu Wei, Chinese lawyer punished for taking human rights cases

RSVP here.


Freedom House
Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School
The India China Institute at the New School

Info-session: Summer Internships in International Human Rights| January 13, 2015 12:30 PM

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Speakers: 2014 Leitner Summer FellowsStella Gilliland in Nepal

How can you get a head start in the field of human rights? The Leitner Center Summer Fellows program provides students the opportunity to gain practical work experience in domestic and international human rights. Past fellows have worked in government offices, NGOs, and nonprofits in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America, Europe, and the United States. Select 2014 Summer Fellows will discuss their experiences in Nepal, Russia, Israel/Palestine, and the U.S., and the 2015 Summer Fellows Program will be presented.

Kosher pizza will be served.




Machik Weekend 2014| November 21, 2014 04:00 PM

The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice is pleased to co-sponsor the eighth annual Machik Weekend in partnership with Machik. The 3-day long conference is a unique forum for conversation, exploration and action for people who share a passion both for the ideals of service and civic engagement in Tibet. The event will bring together a diverse group of inspired people from across North America and around the world who have a common concern for our collective global future. Under the theme Social Innovation & Tibet, Machik Weekend 2014 will explore innovative and sustainable approaches to the project of social engagement in Tibet and speakers will provide their reflections on challenges facing Tibet in a wider global context.

Schedule of Events

Tibet Engagement Fair - Friday, November 21, 2014, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
A unique opportunity to learn about and network with different projects and groups working for engagement in Tibet.

Machik Weekend Forum - Saturday, November 22, 2014, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
A day-long conference with panel discussions featuring a diverse range of speakers on social innovation and Tibet.

Spirit Night - Saturday, November 22, 2014, 7 p.m. onwards
An evening of live entertainment featuring artists of various genres from different parts of the globe.

Conversation Commons - Sunday, November 23m 2014, 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
An informal opportunity to continue the conversation in small groups.

For more information, click here.

Registration required. To register, please click here.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity at the United Nations: Getting to Yes| November 18, 2014 12:30 PM

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Speaker: Marianne Mollmann, Director of Programs at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

Human rights are for everyone, regardless of our sexual orientation or gender identity. Or at least that is the theory. Over the past 20 years, United Nations treaty-monitoring bodies have consistently recommended the repeal of laws that discriminate against persons because of real or perceived sexual orientation of gender identity, and most UN agencies integrate--at least to some extend--concern for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) persons into their work. Progress has been slower in the political spaces of the United Nations: the General Assembly, the Human Rights Council, the Commission on the Status of Women, and others. Marianne Mollmann, Director of Programs at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, will highlight some recent examples of what happens when issues related to sexual orientation or gender identity are brought up in these spaces: how to talk about these issues so more people can 'hear' them, and the trade-offs some states are willing to make to exclude LGBT persons from universal protections.

Kosher pizza will be served.

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