American University Hosts Event on Obama Administration and Human Rights
WASHINGTON, DC, April 20, 2011 - American University will host a high-level two-day conference, featuring key players in government, NGOs and academia who will examine the Obama Administration's human rights policies in his first two years of presidency. Spearheaded by American University Washington College of Law's Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, the conference will take place throughout American University's campus in Washington, DC, on April 28 and 29.
The conference will have three concurrent tracks: security and human rights, global issues and human rights, and U.S. human rights. Participants in this landmark conference will bring all viewpoints and will include government officials, lawmakers, leading scholars and heads of some of the most influential NGOs and nonprofits in the United States and abroad.
Speakers include Maria Otero, Under-Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Aryeh Neier, the president of the Open Society Foundations, and Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union.
More than 20 panels throughout two days will address key issues in the Obama presidency through a human rights lens, including "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the revolutions in the Middle East, the economic crisis, ratification of human rights treaties and more. In addition to plenary panels, breakout sessions will address different human rights themes, including global issues, security and a domestic critique of human rights.
When: April 28, 8:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. (American University Washington College of Law)
April 29, 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. (American University Main Campus)
Where: American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20016
American University (various locations -- see full agenda for buildings/rooms)
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20016
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Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
As part of American University Washington College of Law's long-standing commitment to international human rights and to the rule of law, the law school established the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in 1990 to work with students, faculty and the international legal community to provide scholarship and support for human rights initiatives around the world. The Center is dedicated to creating opportunities for students, practitioners and activists through training, complementary education, outreach, workshops and conferences, and research and publications.
American University Washington College of Law
In 1896, American University Washington College of Law became the first law school in the country founded by women. More than 100 years since its founding, this law school community is grounded in the values of equality, diversity, and intellectual rigor. The law school's nationally and internationally recognized programs (in clinical legal education, trial advocacy, international law, and intellectual property to name a few) and dedicated faculty provide its 1700 JD, LL.M., and SJD students with the critical skills and values to have an immediate impact as students and as graduates, in Washington, DC and around the world. For more information, visit wcl.american.edu