Fall 2008 – Spring 2009


The purpose of this year’s seminar is to examine how international human rights norms and standards operate in practice. In particular, the seminar will focus on how groups and organizations use the international human rights discourse as a mobilizational tool in a variety of issue areas to achieve human rights-sensitive outcomes in local settings. All sessions will be held from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, unless otherwise noted.  

FALL 2008

Tuesday, October 7:

Sally Engle Merry, Professorof Anthropology and Director of the law and Society Program, New York University, “The Vernacularization of Human Rights: A Comparative Perspective from India, China, Peru, and the USA”Room: 9204

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Thursday, November 6:

Daniel Goldstein, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers University, “Toward a Critical Anthropology of Security and Rights,” (DRAFT) Room: 5200.07 (Political Science Thesis Room)


Tuesday, December 2:

Victoria Sanford, Chair of the Committee for Human Right, American Anthropological Association and Associate Professor of Anthropology, Lehman College & The Graduate Center, CUNY,
“The Land of Pale Hands: Feminicide, Social Cleansing and Impunity in Guatemala,” (ARTICLE) Room 9207

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Monday, February 23:

Letitia Anderson, Advocacy and Women’s Rights Specialist, UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict, “When is Sexual Violence a Threat to Peace and Security?” (POWERPOINT)

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Monday, March 23:

M. Victoria Pérez-Ríos, Assistant Professor (substitute line), Government, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, “Universal Jurisdiction in Spanish Courts and Its Transnational Implications.” (DRAFT)

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Monday, April 27:

Roundtable on “UN Counterterrorist Policies and Human rights: A Reassessment.”

George Andreopoulos, Professor of Political Science, John Jay College of Criminal Justice & the Graduate Center, CUNY

Edward Flynn, Senior Human Rights Officer, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate

Yvonne Terlingen, Head, Amnesty International Office at the United Nations

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