In addition to the major events highlighted on our site, the Center on International Human Rights (CIHR) hosts many smaller events throughout the academic year, including screenings and guest speakers.
The Fate of the Alien Tort Statute as Supreme Court Rules on Kiobel - April 2013
Atrocity Crimes Litigation Year-in-Review Conference for 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
Early each year CIHR convenes the Atrocity Crimes Litigation Year-in-Review Conference to examine the practice and jurisprudence of the major war crimes tribunals during the immediately preceding calendar year. Moderated by Professor Scheffer, the conference is the only one of its kind in the United States and brings together prosecutors, judges, defense counsel, investigators, and administrators of the tribunals, as well as a distinguished academic commentator, to hold a day-long discussion about the preceding year’s developments in the dynamic field of international criminal law and where it is litigated. The Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights works closely with CIHR to publish a special edition each year of articles drawn from the conference. View video and transcripts of each conference.
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights - 2008
Six students from the Human Rights Advocacy clinic accompanied Associate Clinical Professor Sandra Babcock to a hearing at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C. On behalf of three Mexican nationals sentenced to death in Texas, the clinic filed petitions arguing that the United States had violated several provisions of the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man in each case. Lawyers from the Department of State argued on behalf of the U.S. Government. Clinic students were instrumental in drafting the petitions and preparing for the hearing. The commission may issue a final report as early as July 2008.
Video of conference (wmv) | Audio of conference | Pictures from conference
Transatlantic Symposium Focuses on Corporate Human Rights Responsibilities - 2007
This symposium will identified recommendations for major legal and policy measures to address the human rights abuses for which multinational corporations (MNC), under appropriate legal standards, are beginning to assume responsibility. Panel topics included conducting a factual inquiry into the specific human rights abuses for which MNCs are being scrutinized, determining where the responsibility lies to correct these abuses, examining relevant policy arguments, considering the role of so-called "soft" rules in addressing human rights violations, and offering conclusions concerning a recipe for the future regarding corporate human rights responsibility.