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Human Rights Implications of SCOTUS Decisions in the 2012 Term

On Wednesday, July 18, 2012, the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Center) and the American Society of International Law (ASIL) held a briefing to examine the human rights implications of key decisions from the US Supreme Court's 2012 Term. The session focused on how SCOTUS decisions on immigration, health care and juvenile life without parole impact U.S. adherence to its human rights obligations.

This event was joined by a large online audience with over 100 remote locations participating in the discussion via live webinar and was moderated by Lauren E. Bartlett, Director of the Center's Local Human Rights Lawyering Project.

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Program Agenda

HEALTH CARE:
Nat’l Fed’n of Indep. Bus. et al., v. Sebelius, Sec’y of Health and Human Services et al. with Martha Davis

Martha Davis is Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law. She is also a faculty director for the law school’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy. Professor Davis has written widely on women’s rights, poverty and human rights and has filed many amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court including, mostly recently, an amicus brief focusing on international human rights law filed in the State of Florida v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Supreme Court case.

JUVENILE LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE:
Miller v. Alabama with Connie de la Vega

Connie de la Vega is Professor and Academic Director of International Programs at the University of San Francisco School of Law. She established the Frank C. Newman International Human Rights Law Clinic at USF and is a founding member of Human Rights Advocates. She writes extensively on international human rights law and participates in United Nations human rights meetings. She has submitted amicus briefs detailing international law standards to U.S. courts for juvenile death penalty and affirmative action cases, including Roper v. Simmons and Graham and Sullivan v. Florida, and most recently Miller v. Alabama.

IMMIGRATION:
Arizona et al., v. United States with Anita Sinha

Anita Sinha recently joined the faculty of American University Washington College of Law after over a decade of litigation and policy work in the fields of immigrant rights and civil rights. Professor Sinha co-teaches the Immigrant Justice Clinic at WCL.