The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law

Beginning in the 2017-18 academic year, the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law will develop a range of programs and initiatives to engage scholars at UCLA and from around the world.  These will include:

Inaugural Symposium

In the 2017-18 academic year, the Promise Institute will convene a symposium designed to promote creative and critical thought and discourse on human rights. The symposium will feature presentations by leading scholars and practitioners who will explore cutting-edge issues and the challenges of research and practice in defense of human rights.

Lecture Series, Workshops and Colloquia

Throughout the year, the Promise Institute will host public lectures, academic and practitioner panels, interdisciplinary working groups, careers events and other programs to foster and disseminate knowledge on a variety of human rights challenges and foster interdisciplinary collaboration across the university on human rights-related topics.

Contemporary Challenges in Human Rights Conference

Held in April 2017, Contemporary Challenges in Human Rights Conference focused on three critical areas of human rights challenges: National Security and Civil Liberties; Ensuring the Protection of Health as a Human Right during Conflict and Humanitarian Settings; and Accountability for Genocide and Other Mass Atrocities.. Leading scholars in the field, including those based at UCLA, contributed their expertise to a wide ranging set of discussions that focused on these challenges and suggested ways forward.

The conference keynote speaker was Geoffrey Robertson, Q.C., Founder and Joint Head of Doughty Street Chambers, with discussant Aslı Bâli, Professor of Law; Director, UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA.

The conference was sponsored by UCLA Law's International and Comparative Law Program.

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