Realizing the Promise of Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
Examining the First 60 Years and Beyond

Tuesday, December 2, 2008
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20016

 

Room 603


Sponsored by the American University Washington College of Law and the American Society of International Law

 

As part of the global celebration of the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), American University Washington College of Law and the American Society of International Law sponsored a day-long conference examining the past, present, and future of this landmark document. 

9:00 – 9:30:  Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dean Claudio Grossman, American University Washington College of Law (pictured above, left-left)
Elizabeth Andersen, Executive Director, American Society of International Law (pictured above, middle-right)
Hadar Harris, Executive Director, WCL Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (pictured above, middle-left)

9:30 – 11am:  Incorporating the UDHR into the Domestic Realm

  • Overview: Professor Herman Schwartz, American University Washington College of Law
  • Regional Systems: Antti Korkeakivi, Council of Europe (on leave)
  • Remedies and Implementation: Professor Dinah Shelton, George Washington University Law School

       Moderator: Professor Diane Orentlicher, American University Washington College of Law

11:00 – 11:15:  Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:30:  Challenges to Promoting the UDHR: International Supervision and Enforcement

       Moderator: Hadar Harris, American University Washington College of Law

12:30 – 2:00:  Lunch and Keynote Address: The Politics of Implementation: The Role of Human Rights in  
                      Foreign Policy

Dean Harold Koh, Yale Law School (pictured above, left-right and right)

2:00 – 3:30:  New Frontiers for Universal Rights: The Next Sixty Years

  • Climate Change and the Environment: Marcos Orellana Cruz, Center for International Environmental Law  
  • Science and Technology: Rick Weiss, Center for American Progress
  • Poverty, Economic and Social Rights: Maria Foscarinis, National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty
  • The Future of Human Rights Advocacy: Sarah Mendelson, Center for Strategic and International Studies   

Moderator: Elizabeth Andersen, American Society of International Law