Strengthening Criminal Justice Advocacy:

How to Use the International Human Rights System

April 30, 2004

American University Washington College of Law

Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

4910 Massachusetts Avenue

Washington, D.C. 20016

| Press Release |

On April 30, 2004, the Center for Human Rights co-sponsored a conference on using international human rights standards to strengthen criminal justice advocacy in the United States. The conference was designed to train advocates in the fundamentals of strategically applying international human rights standards and mechanisms to U.S. domestic criminal justice policy, and included an overview of international human rights standards and norms, specific case studies and strategies, and a panel exploring methods to build constituencies for incorporating international human rights in the US criminal justice system. In addition, there were interactive lunch-time discussions on a range of applied issues and themes including the death penalty, juvenile justice, reforming prison conditions and more .



8:30am - 9:00am
Registration and Breakfast
9:00am - 9:20am Welcome


  • Dean Claudio Grossman, American University Washington College of Law (AU WCL)
  • Stephen Rickard, Open Society Institute
9:20am - 10:45am Why International Human Rights?
  • Gay McDougall, Global Rights
  • Laura Murphy, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Prof. Herman Schwartz, AU WCL
  • Moderator: Alvin Bronstein, Penal Reform International

10:45am - 11:00am

11:00am - 12:30pm A Road Map Through the International System:
What Does the Human Rights Framework Have to Offer?
  • Jenni Gainsborough, Penal Reform International
  • Hadar Harris, AU WCL Center for Human Rights
  • Margaret Huang, Global Rights
  • Moderator:  Deborah Robinson, International Possibilities Unlimited
12:30pm - 2:00pm Working Lunch - Expert-Moderated Thematic Lunch Tables
  • Death Penalty
                                               Richard Dieter, Death Penalty Info. Center
                                               Rachel King, ACLU
  • Prison Conditions
                                               Pat Allard, Brennan Center for Justice
                                               Prof. Brenda Smith, AU WCL
  • Juvenile Justice
                                               Jenni Gainsborough, PRI
                                               Bonnie Kerness, AFSC
  • Racial Profiling/Discrimination
                                               LaShawn Warren, ACLU
                                               Prof. Muneer Ahmed, AU WCL
  • Immigration/Detention
                                               Timothy Edgar, ACLU
                                               Steven Watt, CCR
  • Criminal Defense & Sentencing
                                               Cait Clarke, NLADA
                                               Nkechi Taifa, OSI
  • Collateral Consequences of Incarceration
                                               Marc Mauer, The Sentencing Project
                                               Charlie Sullivan, CURE
  • Trafficking in Human Beings
                                               Ann Jordan, Global Rights
                                               Martina Vadenberg, Jenner & Block
2:00pm - 3:30pm Specific Strategies and Case Studies
  • Jotaka Eaddy, National Coalition Against the Death Penalty
  • Deborah LaBelle, Attorney
  • Elisa Massimino, Human Rights First
  • Prof. Richard J. Wilson, AU WCL
  • Moderator:  Nkechi Taifa, Open Society Institute
3:30pm - 3:45pm Break
3:45pm - 5:30pm Building a Constituency for Human Rights in Criminal Justice
  • Using the Media: Ben Jealous, Amnesty International
  • Finding Funding and Outreach: Dorothy Thomas, Consultant, JEHT Foundation
  • Creating Campaigns: Wendy Patten, Human Rights Watch
  • Training Lawyers and Judges: Ann Beeson, ACLU
  • Moderator: Tonya McClary, AFSC
5:30pm - 6:00pm Wrap Up and Next Steps
| Contact Information for Conference Organizers |

Sponsored by:

American Civil Liberties Union

American University Washington College of Law

Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Global Rights

Open Society Institute

Penal Reform International

US Human Rights Network