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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.

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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.

Governing Palestine: International Aid, Humanitarianism, and Human Rights| November 11, 2014 12:30 PM

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Speaker: Zinaida MillerSenior Fellow at the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School and author of 'Perils of Parity: Palestine’s Permanent Transition' (Cornell International Law Journal, forthcoming 2014) and 'Effects of Invisibility: In Search of the ‘Economic’ in Transitional Justice' (International Journal of Transitional Justice, 2008)Beit Hanoun Gaza

Last summer’s events in Gaza not only raised a host of human rights and humanitarian law issues but highlighted a question that has been fundamental since the 1993 Declaration of Principles between Israel and the Palestinians: who governs the West Bank and Gaza? What role do international actors and international law play in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? This talk will focus on the effects that international aid and expertise have had on the conflict and the dilemmas faced by human rights and humanitarian actors who work and litigate in Israel and the occupied territories.

Zinaida Miller is a Senior Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy and a doctoral candidate in International Affairs at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. Her work examines the law and policy of post-conflict reconstruction, focusing on the interplay between ideas and institutions in the fields of transitional justice, state- and peacebuilding, human rights, and humanitarian aid.  Her dissertation examines international intervention in Palestine and Rwanda after the Cold War, mapping the allocation of power and authority among national and international actors in the aftermath of conflict, the institutionalization of the international post-conflict agenda on the ground, and the effects of international discourses on resistance and political struggle. She is currently co-editing Anti-Impunity and the Human Rights Agenda (Cambridge University Press) with Judge Dennis Davis (High Court, Cape Town) and Professor Karen Engle (UT-Austin). Previous publications include “Perils of Parity: Palestine’s Permanent Transition” (Cornell International Law Journal, 2014) and “Effects of Invisibility: In Search of the ‘Economic’ in Transitional Justice” (International Journal of Transitional Justice, 2008). She holds a B.A. from Brown University, a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Kosher pizza will be served.

Photo credit: Muhammad Sabah/B’Tselem (Creative Commons)

Panel Discussion on LGBT Rights in South Asia | November 5, 2014 06:30 PM

For LGBT people, South Asia holds many contradictions. It has a rich history of non-normative genders and sexualities, yet several countries still criminalize homosexuality. High level courts have issued groundbreaking judgments but also upheld punitive laws. Even countries with progressive legal frameworks struggle to implement their protections on the ground. In a panel discussion, leading experts will discuss the current state of LGBT rights in the region, the principle challenges facing activists, and possibilities for future advocacy.


Rashima Kwatra, formerly of the UNDP’s Being LGBT in Asia program

Roshan Mahato, founder of Nepal’s Sexual and Gender Minorities Student Forum

Javid Syed, Director of Sexual Health and Rights, American Jewish World Service


Brian Tronic, Crowley Fellow in International Human Rights, Leitner Center


Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP to: Brian Tronic, btronic@fordham.edu


LGBT Rights in South Asia


A Conversation with Avi S. Garbow, General Counsel of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)| November 5, 2014 05:30 PM

The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, the Fordham Environmental Law Review, and the Fordham Environmental Law Advocates invite you to join us for a conversation with Avi S. Garbow, General Counsel of US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Avi S. Garbow was sworn in as General Counsel for the United States Environmental Protection Agency on August 7, 2013. He previously served as the Agency’s Deputy General Counsel for four years.  Garbow has two decades of environmental law experience – in the private and public sectors – and as Deputy General Counsel, was primarily engaged in the significant legal and related policy issues confronting the Agency in its media programs, including air, water, waste, and toxics.

From 1992 to 1996, he served in EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, and then served with distinction as a federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice Environmental Crimes Section.  In private practice, Garbow was a litigation partner and junior partner at two major international firms.  Garbow has served on the boards of directors, and in other capacities, for various environmental and international human rights organizations.  Previously, he held leadership positions in the American Bar Association’s International Human Rights Committee.

Representing Palestinian Rights in the Israeli Supreme Court: Client Loyalty, Social Change and Political Legitimacy| November 5, 2014 12:30 PM

The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice is pleased to co-sponsor a lunch-time discussion with Visiting Professor Neta Ziv from The Buchmann Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University in Israel.

NETA ZIV, Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University, Israel; Visiting Professor @ Fordham Law, Fall 2014

, Edward & Marilyn Bellet Chair in Legal Ethics, Morality and Religion @ Fordham Law

To register, please follow this link.

Pizza will be served.

The Stein Center for Law and Ethics
The Institute on Religion, Law and Lawyer’s Work

The 20132014 Crowley Scholars Report Back | November 4, 2014 12:30 PM

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Speakers: 2013-2014 Crowley Scholars

Unique among American law schools, the Crowley Program in International Human Rights allows students to participate in an overseas human rights investigation and prepares them for a career in international human rights. The program includes a rigorous academic seminar, two weeks of fieldwork abroad, and follow-up advocacy projects. The 2013–2014 Crowley Scholars will discuss their advocacy for the rights of LGBT people in Bangladesh and provide an in-depth review of the Crowley Program.

Kosher pizza will be served.

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