Center for Human Rights and Global Justice hosts eighth annual Emerging Human Rights Scholarship Conference

On April 22, the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice hosted its eighth annual Emerging Human Rights Scholarship Conference. The conference, organized by CHRGJ Research Director Jayne Huckerby, enabled selected students to present papers on cutting-edge topics of international law and to receive feedback from CHRGJ faculty, staff and fellows on how to enhance their human rights scholarship. This year’s paper topics reflected CHRGJ’s commitment to promoting rigorous and interdisciplinary engagement with international human rights law, spanning issues such as the significance of a human rights-based approach to development; the role of indicators in assessing U.N. operations; corporate liability and subjecthood under international law; the function of the U.N. treaty monitoring bodies in light of global administrative law; and the scope of a state’s legal obligations with respect to the prevention of genocide and war crimes. At the conclusion, Professors Ryan Goodman, Smita Narula and Margaret Satterthwaite, along with Huckerby and Hauser Visiting Doctoral Researcher Jason Pobjoy held an open discussion on the challenges and opportunities in producing human rights scholarship.  

The following student papers were presented:

 Valerie Brender '12, "Kiobel and Corporate Liability under the Alien Tort Statute —An Inquiry into Subjects of International Law"

 Kate Horner (MPA '12), "Women, Poverty, and Power: Assessing the Promise of the Human-Rights Based Approach"

 Emma Dunlop (LL.M '11), "Indications of Progress? Assessing the Reliance on Indicators in UNHCR Operations"

 Felix Lange (LL.M '11), "Legal Obligations on the Prevention of Genocide and War Crimes"

 Jeremy Shirm (LL.M '11), "Rhetorical Gridlock? U.N. Treaty Monitoring and Human Rights Protection"


Posted May 11, 2011