From May – July, 2020 the Academy on Human Rights hosted a special multi-lingual series as a part of the 2020 Human Rights Month, known as The Experts Speak Series: Addressing Human Rights in Times of Crisis.
This initiative, co-sponsored with the LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, offered over 20+ panels in English and Spanish and aimed to continue promoting human rights in both the academic and professional human rights community, by providing an overview of pertinent human rights topics in the world today. The series encouraged discussions regarding ways to prevent and denounce human rights violations in the ongoing crisis and its aftermath. This series is a part of the substantive discussions offered to LL.M. students, complementing in-class instruction.
The webinars focused on a variety of topics pertaining to international human rights law such as migrant rights and the rights of internally displaced people and refugees in humanitarian crisis, disability rights, the selection of the ICC Prosecutor, women’s rights and combating gender based violence, systematic racism and global demonstrations, treatment of unaccompanied migrant children, police violence and excessive use of force, among others.
The Series of over 20+ Webinars featured panelists from a variety of backgrounds and expertise ranging from AUWCL faculty, leaders within the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and Inter-American Court on Human Rights, non-profit Executive Directors and representatives, local activists, and chairs, rapporteurs and special advisors with the United Nations.
A number of the Webinars were hosted in collaboration with organizations including the OAS Department for Social Inclusion, Reconci.do, Due Process of Law Foundation, Disability Rights International, AUWCL International Legal Studies Program, Syrian Initiative, American Society of International Law’s Human Rights Interest Group, U.S. International Council on Disabilities, CEJIL, World Organization Against Torture, Race and Equality, and more.
All of the webinars were recorded and are available for the general public below.