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Machik Weekend 2015| November 20, 2015 05:00 PM

The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice is pleased to co-host Machik Weekend 2015. The 9th Annual Machik Weekend will feature innovative approaches to global civic engagement, particularly in Tibet, by connecting its current challenges and possibilities to wider global issues.

This year's Machik Weekend will be held from November 20-22, 2015 at the Fordham Law School in NYC. The theme of this year’s weekend is Civic Engagement & Tibet and we are honored to host a diverse range of speakers and innovators who will discuss solutions-oriented approaches in Tibet and other places.

Our goal is to illuminate the value of resourceful and imaginative ideas and practices and their impact on communities at local and global levels. Through roundtables and informal discussions, participants share experiences and learn about key issues such as education and social entrepreneurship in the project of social engagement in Tibet.

More information about Machik Weekend 2015 can be found here.

Grassroots HIV/AIDS Education in Tibet| November 17, 2015 12:30 PM

Brown Bag Lunch Series Chusang Sangpo

Speaker: Chupal Sangpo (Chusang), HIV/AIDS awareness activist and 2015 Machik Global Innovation Fellow 

The Leitner Center is pleased to present this unique opportunity to understand the complexities of promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention in Tibet.

Chusang Sangpo is a pioneering HIV/AIDS awareness advocate from Tibet. Born in a nomadic family in Kardze, Kham (in Sichuan province), he has collaborated with Tibetan community leaders to form the first Tibetan AIDS Group. Based on a firm belief that public health message should be spread in a form and manner that locals could understand and adopt, Chusang has traveled across the vast expanse of the plateau - visiting schools, villages, towns - some of which are located in the most remote and underserved regions of Tibet. He has also published numerous bilingual health pamphlets, brochures, books, and videos on safe sex. He engages over 120,000 people daily through his WeChat platform and has so far trained over 230 volunteers to do HIV/AIDS education in Tibetan communities. Chusang is 2015 Machik Global Innovation Fellow and the keynote speaker at Machik Weekend, November 20-22.

Protecting Human Rights in Israel/Palestine| November 10, 2015 12:30 PM

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Hussein Abu Hussein
, lawyer and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Adalah
Rina Rosenberg (Jabareen), Esq.
, Co-Founder and International Advocacy Director, Adalah

As violence escalates in Israel/Palestine and the human rights situation continues to deteriorate, what legal avenues exist both for protecting the rights of Palestinians and for addressing the underlying causes of injustice? Leading Palestinian human rights lawyers who engage in strategic, impact litigation within Israeli legal channels, will share the latest updates from the ground, with a particular focus on tactics used to suppress dissent, and discuss the role of cause lawyering in advancing social and political transformation.

Hussein Abu Hussein, AdvocateHussien of Adalah

Hussein is a lawyer and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Adalah. He has worked on a range of human rights issues on behalf of Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), namely land confiscation and cases of political prisoners. Currently, he represents the Corrie family in their compensation case against the State of Israel for the 2003 killing of their daughter, American activist Rachel Corrie, in Gaza. He is also the author, with Fiona McKay, of the book “Access Denied: Palestinian Access to Land in Israel.”

Rina Rosenberg (Jabareen), Esq. Rina Rosenberg

Rina is a lawyer and a co-founder and the International Advocacy Director of Adalah. Her work with Adalah over the last 20 years includes research and advocacy before UN, EU and US bodies; outreach to the international media; writing and editing publications; and institutional development projects. Prior to working in Israel, she worked as a public defender in NYC and as a clinical supervisor with the Criminal Justice Clinic of Georgetown University Law Center. Rina was a Schell Fellow at Yale Law School in 2005-2006 and 2012-2014.

Kosher pizza will be served.

International Law Weekend 2015: Global Problems, Legal Solutions: Challenges for Contemporary International Lawyers| November 5, 2015 06:30 PM

The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice is pleased to once again sponsor International Law Weekend.

This exciting event brings together hundreds of practitioners, law professors, members of governmental and non-governmental organizations, and students. The theme of ILW 2015 is 'Global Problems, Legal Solutions: Challenges for Contemporary International Lawyers”. Expert panels will explore the many roles that international law plays in  addressing global challenges. The aim is to provide an opportunity for discussion and debate about the ways in which international law provides fundamental tools and mechanisms to address emerging global iss ues.

ILW 2015 will offer engaging panels on current problems and innovative solutions in both public and private international law. ILW begins Thursday evening, November 5, 2015, with a distinguished opening panel at the House of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (42 W. 44th Street). A reception sponsored by Shearman & Sterling LLP will follow and is open to all conference attendees. The conference continues Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Fordham University School of Law (150 West 62nd Street). Friday’s activities feature a keynote address at Fordham University School of Law. This event is open to all conference attendees.

More information in ILW 2015 can be found here.

A Conversation with Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court| November 5, 2015 04:30 PM

The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice is pleased to host a conversation with Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. More information about Ms. Bensouda can be found here.

Introduced by Martin Flaherty, Leitner Family Professor & Co-Director, Leitner Center for International Law and Justice

Moderated by Jennifer Trahan, Associate Clinical Professor, The Global Affairs Program, New York University - School of Professional Studies

A Convo with Fatou Bensouda

International Humanitarian Law in Practice| November 3, 2015 12:30 PM

Speaker: Lieutenant Colonel Steven Gariepy, Assistant Professor, U.S. Military Academy at West Point ISAF in Afghanistan

What role does law have in governing the use of military force? How has the U.S. sought to mitigate civilian casualties in combat environments? Lieutenant Colonel Steven Gariepy, Assistant Professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, will discuss these and other issues, drawing on his experiences in Afghanistan for a first-hand account of the way in which the U.S. and its NATO allies have sought to address the legal and humanitarian challenges associated with military action.

LTC Steven Gariepy

Lieutenant Colonel Steven Gariepy is an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he teaches constitutional and military law. He currently serves in the United States Army Judge Advocate Generals Corps, and was previously deployed in Afghanistan. He received his JD from Duquesne University School of Law and his LLM in International Law from Columbia.



Kosher pizza will be served.

Photo courtesy of Lieutenant Colonel Steven Gariepy.

Being LGBTQI in International Development| October 27, 2015 12:30 PM

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Speaker: Mala Kumar, international development professional and Author of The Paths of MarriageUN in Geneva

In the fields of international development, human rights, and humanitarian cooperation, LGBTQI employees in the United Nations system can face substantial risks in connection to their sexual orientation or gender identity. This can involve assignment to host countries where local conditions are hostile to LGBTQI staff and their families, which can involve threatened or actual physical, psychological, and/or emotional injury. In many such cases, LGBTQI employees face the difficult decision of having to either endure homophobic hostility in the workplace or forego professional advancement opportunities that would otherwise be available to non-LGBTQI employees. Mala Kumar, an international development professional, explores these challenges, as well as ideas for the development of possible solutions, based on her own personal and professional experiences. 

Mala Kumar is an international development professional who focuses on information communications technology, the Mala Kumarintersection of which is known as ICT4D. She is also an internationally recognized author of the novel, The Paths of Marriage. Mala has worked for several agencies of the United Nations, including the World Food Programme and UNICEF in New York and throughout Africa. Mala holds a B.S. in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech (2007) and an M.A. in International Affairs from The New School (2010).

Kosher pizza will be served.

Photo credit: Tom Page/Creative Commons

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