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THE STANFORD SUMMER HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAM: BRINGING HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS TO JUSTICE: THINKING STRATEGICALLY AND HISTORICALLY
"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed
with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in the spirit of brotherhood."
—Universal Declaration of Human Rights Adopted by the United Nations in 1948
The Stanford Summer Human Rights Program is an interdisciplinary collaboration that explores emerging issues in human rights through a series of courses, public lectures, and films. In 2014, the program will continue the discussion of international human rights in the 21st century, considering broad perspectives on what constitutes human rights in an increasingly diverse and global society.
The Human Rights Program is sponsored by Stanford Summer Session in collaboration with Stanford Continuing Studies, Stanford Master of Liberal Arts Program, and the United Nations Association Film Festival. For more information on the companion course, “International Human Rights: Strategies, Struggle, and the Quest for Human Dignity” with Anupma Kulkarni, please see the course page.
Bringing Human rights Violators to Justice: Thinking Strategically and Historically
The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights has thirty articles, all of which are globally recognized as fundamental to human dignity. Who could argue with Article 4, “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude. . .” or Article 9, “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention, or exile”? And yet we know that every day all around the globe these rights are abused, often violently and with callous disregard for human life. In this talk, Professor James Cavallaro will examine three decades of successful and failed efforts to hold perpetrators of human rights violations responsible. Cases considered will include the current civil war in Syria, popular uprisings and the military coup in Egypt, the deaths of civilian protestors in Ukraine, and US actions in Abu Ghraib. He will also explore the strategic considerations governments make when deciding whether or not to intervene in another country’s affairs on human rights grounds and how past actions might guide future engagement.
Professor of Law, Stanford; Founding Director of Stanford International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, and Director of Stanford Human Rights Center
James Cavallaro has dedicated his career to human rights—in both his scholarly research and his legal practice. In 2013, Cavallaro was elected to the Inter- American Commission on Human Rights at the 43rd General Assembly of the Organization of American States in Antigua, Guatemala.