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Lunch Talk: Discussing Labor Rights with Duan Yi and Han Dongfang - RSVP Required| June 23, 2015 12:30 PM

The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice and the Committee to Support Chinese Lawyers is pleased to host a discussion with Duan Yi, a leading Chinese labor rights lawyer, and Han Dongfang, the founder and director of China Labor Bulletin. Join us over lunch for an update on the latest developments in labor rights and the changing situation on the ground in China. The speakers' bios are below. RSVP is required, as space will be limited.

RSVP to: leitnercenter@law.fordham.edu.
A light lunch will be served.


Duan Yi is a leading labor rights lawyer in China and a part-time professor at Renmin University of China Law School. He co-founded China’s first partnership law firm in 1988 and co-founded China's first migrant workers' rights law firm, Lao Wei, in 2005. Lao Wei law firm works to safeguard workers’ rights. Its lawyers have handled more than 2,000 cases involving migrant workers. In recent years, Duan Yi has advised a large numbers of workers involved in various forms of collective negotiations with employers, and has emerged as a key advocate of collective bargaining in China.

Han Dongfang is the founder and director of China Labor Bulletin (CLB). He has been an advocate for workers’ rights in China for more than two decades. He first came to international prominence during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 when, as a railway worker, he helped set up China’s first independent trade union, the Beijing Autonomous Workers’ Federation. In 1993, he was expelled to Hong Kong, where the following year he set up CLB in order to promote labor rights in mainland China. In addition to his work at CLB, Han is on the board of Human Rights in China. He also has his own radio talk show on Radio Free Asia, during which he conducts regular interviews with workers and farmers.

Boko Haram and Human Security in Nigeria | April 14, 2015 12:30 PM

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Speaker: Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome, Professor of Political Science and African & Women's Studies, Brooklyn College, CUNY

There's a pervasive tendency toward uni-dimensional analysis by many who have commented on the Boko Haram issue. Some see this as an issue concerning inequitable denial of girls' access to education.  Others see humantrafficking looming large. For yet others, this is a Muslim attack on Christians. Some consider it a case of humanitarian crisis. Many in Southern Nigeria see it as a Northern problem. Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome, Professor of Political Science and African & Women's Studies at Brooklyn College will argue in this talk that the problem is hydra-headed since it has elements of each dimension enumerated immediately above. And yet it's more. The problem is structural, historical, political and economic, and it has extraordinary and profound ramifications.

Kosher pizza will be served.

Film Screening: Inez: A Challenging Woman| April 13, 2015 05:30 PM

The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice is pleased to present a screening of the award-winning documentary, 'Inez: A Challenging Woman.' The film focuses on the life and work of Inez McCormack, a Northern Irish trade union leader and human rights campaigner, and is based on her last interview with her friend Susan McKay, in which she looks back on her journey and struggles for justice. Interviews also include former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, President Michael D. Higgins, former President Mary Robinson, former president of the ICTU, Patricia McKeown, and leading human rights lawyer Michael Farrell.

The film is a Fine Point Films production. It was directed by Trevor Birney and Eimhear O’Neill, and produced and narrated by Susan McKay. For more information on the film, please visit this website.

RSVP: LeitnerCenter@law.fordham.edu

Inez: A Challenging Woman Event

Iran's Human Rights Story Amidst Thawing Diplomatic Relations with the International Community | April 7, 2015 12:30 PM

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Speaker: Mani Mostofi, Director of Impact IranIran Woman Watching Wrestling

International attention on Iran primarily focuses on progress towards a nuclear deal, the Republican leadership's attempts to play spoiler, and the continued hope for President Rouhani as a political moderate. Sometimes overlooked is Iran's stark human rights record. Perceived dissidents are tortured in Evin Prison. Women are being threatened with an array of new laws discriminating against them in employment, health, ecucation and more. Mani Mostofi, Director of Impact Iran, will discuss current human rights trends, with a particular focus on women's rights, in the backdrop of the evolving Iranian-American diplomatic relationship.

Mani Mostofi is a Fordham Law alum (class of 2009) and is the Director of Impact Iran, a human rights advocacy coalition. Prior to Impact Iran, he was the Communications Director and Senior Researcher at City University of New York's Human Rights in Iran Unit. He was also a Researcher at Human Rights Watch and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, and co-supervisor of a project at Fordham Law School's Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic. As a researcher, Mostofi has investigated a range of issues in Iran, including Internet freedom, arbitrary detention, economic sanctions, LGBT rights, and freedom of religion. He has also worked on the abuse migrant workers in Bahrain, domestic violence in New Zealand and torture policies in Malawi. Mostofi also has a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas, Austin.

Photo credit: Chris Marchant/Creative Commons

JD Classes of 2016 and 2017: Start Your International Law Career with a Fulbright Fellowship| March 31, 2015 12:30 PM

Brown Bag Lunch SeriesBurma

US Citizens have the opportunity to start their career abroad performing research in the country of their choice on the topic of their choice.  Join us for a sandwich and conversation about how Fulbright might be right for you and how to best apply.  Please RSVP to achapin@law.fordham.edu


Andrew Chapin, FLS Director of Public Interest Scholars & Counseling

Rebecca Stark-Gendrano, Fordham's Office of Prestigious Fellowships

Jennifer Li, 2015-16 Fulbright Recipient


Leitner Center for International Law and Justice

Stein Scholars

The Fordham Office for Prestigious Fellowships

Photo courtesy of Matt Solomon.

From the Ground Up: Perspectives from Human Rights Defenders in Burma| March 30, 2015 06:00 PM
The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice invites you to a gathering of human rights advocates from Burma who will share their perspectives on supporting in-country activism given recent government backsliding on democratic reforms, crackdown on students and activists, and waves of communal violence. These seasoned activists will discuss the need for national governments and the UN to press for accountability from Burma’s government on human rights issues. This is a rare opportunity to hear first-hand from grassroots Burma rights defenders regarding their experiences and views on tackling human rights challenges from the ground up.   


U Tikha Nyana is a Buddhist monk who was severely injured when riot police used white phosphorus weapons to attack peaceful protesters at the Letpadaung copper mine. He has since led efforts to seek justice through an a groundbreaking lawsuit against local and national government authorities.

U Aung Thane is a Burma Supreme Court advocate who has represented more than 150 political prisoners, including leaders of the Saffron Revolution and Generation 88. He also established the Legal Performance Aid Center, which focuses on pro bono representation. 

U Thein Than Oo is a former student activist and political prisoner, as well as a renowned legal advocate involved in high profile cases across the country. He specializes in defending human rights activists and representing communities who have suffered land grabs and forcible eviction.


Global Justice Center
Justice Trust

From the Ground Up Event

Eliminating Solitary Confinement in New York| March 26, 2015 05:00 PM

The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice is pleased to co-sponsor a panel discussion on eliminating solitary confinement in New York. Sponsored by Fordham Law School's National Lawyers Guild chapter, panelists will present perspectives on (1) their experiences with solitary confinement; (2) grassroots organizing to eliminate its use in New York; and (3) the legal work being done to eliminate its use.


Five Mualimm-ak: Director of Incarcerated Nation Corp. and  Advocate to End the New Jim Crow. Five Mualimm-ak spent five years in solitary confinement. 

Johnny Perez: Mental Health Advocate for the Urban Justice Center. Johnny Perez was incarcerated for thirteen years and spent three years in solitary confinement. 

Scott Paltrowitz, Esq.: Attorney at the Correctional Association of New York (CANY) and  Associate Director of the Prison Visiting Project


National Lawyers Guild
Fordham-Prisoners' Rights Advocates


The Feerick Center for Social Justice and Dispute Resolution
Fordham Law Defenders
Fordham Urban Law Journal
Leitner Center for International Law and Justice
Stein Scholars
Universal Justice

Food will be served.

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