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Global Issues in Human Rights Track

Conference Attendees are Welcome to Attend Any Panel on Any Track


THURSDAY, April 28, 2011, 11:15AM - 12:45 PM
Room: Washington College of Law 402

The panel will consider the Obama administration's international engagement on climate change and will focus on the potential of a human rights framework for addressing global warming.


- Edward Cameron, Director of the International Climate Initiative, World Resources Initiative
- David Hunter, Professor and Director of the Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law, Washington College of Law
- Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Democracy Fellow, USAID
- Marcos Orellana, Senior Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law
- (MODERATOR) Evan Berry, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, American University College of Arts and Sciences

Human Rights in a Changing Middle East

THURSDAY, April 28, 2011, 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Room: Washington College of Law 402

This panel will explore how the Obama administration has responded to the recent developments in the Middle East and North Africa and what that means for human rights in the region. 


- Jessica Lieberman, Acting Office Director of the Near East Office in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor, US Department of State
- Shadhi Mokhtari, Assistant Professor, American University School of International Service
- Joe Stork, Deputy Director, Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch
- (MODERATOR) Hadar Harris, Executive Director, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law


FRIDAY, April 29, 2011, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Room: School of International Service Founders Room

This panel will examine whether the United States’ role in the UN Human Rights Council and its renewed engagement with the International Criminal Court signals a shift in the U.S. commitment to international human rights bodies and the implementation of international standards at home.


- Claudio Grossman, Dean, American University Washington College of Law, and Chair, United Nations Committee Against Torture
- Suzanne Nossel, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organizations, United States Department of State
- Diane Orentlicher, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
- Ted Piccone, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director for Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution