Bernstein Institute for Human Rights

Annual Conference 2015

The first annual Bernstein Institute conference brought together top practitioners and scholars in the human rights field to discuss inequality and discrimination. It was held April 21-22, 2015, in Vanderbilt Hall, located at 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012.

Documentary Film Screening of Nowhere To Call Home: A Tibetan in Beijing
A Tibetan widow defies her autocratic father-in-law so her young son can go to school. The documentary explores ethnic discrimination in Han Chinese cities and gender discrimination in a Tibetan village, and has won rare acclaim from both Tibetans and PRC Han Chinese.

Panel discussion of the film (1 hr, 9 min):

Moderator: Jerome Cohen, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the US Asia Law Institute (USALI)
Panelists:
Robert Barnett, Director of the Modern Tibet Studies Program, Columbia University
Jocelyn Ford, film's Director
Alexander Gardner, Executive Director at the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
Sang Mota, Domestic Violence Counselor
 

Panel discussion on Gender and Disability Discrimination in China (1 hr, 46 min):

Moderator: Jerome Cohen, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the US Asia Law Institute (USALI)
Panelists:
Ira Belkin '82, Executive Director of USALI
Zhou Dan, Chinese Lawyer, Scholar and Activist
Sharon Hom ’80, Executive Director of Human Rights in China


Panel on Emerging Voices: A Conversation with the Next Generation (45 min):

A conversation with Michael Posner, Co-director, Center for Business and Human Rights and Clinical Professor, Business and Society, Dean Trevor Morrison, NYU School of Law, and the newest generation of NYU School of Law Human Rights leaders:
Andrea Gittleman ’09, Program Manager of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Beatrice Lindstrom ’10, Staff Attorney at the Institute for Justice; and Democracy in Haiti
Tafadzwa Pasipanodya ’08, Associate at Foley Hoag LLP
 

Panel discussion on Global Inequalities of Wealth and Health (1 hr, 34 min):

Moderator: Margaret Satterthwaite ’99, Professor of Clinical Law, Faculty Director of the Bernstein Institute
Panelists:
Joseph Amon, Director, Health and Human Rights Program of Human Rights Watch
Paula Braveman, Director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health of the UCSF School of Medicine
Strive Masiyiwa, Founder & Chairman of Econet Wireless International
 

Panel discussion on Racial and Ethnic Inequalities in Global Perspective (1 hr, 21 min):

Moderator: Louis Bickford, Program Officer at the Ford Foundation
Panelists:
César Rodríguez Garavito, Director of Global Justice and Human Rights Program at Universidad de los Andes
Gay McDougall, Visiting Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law
Vincent Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights