This conference will address a number of the most pressing human rights challenges facing the global community today. Our goal is to gather leading scholars in the field, including those based here at UCLA, to contribute their expertise to a wide ranging set of discussions that address these challenges and suggest ways forward.
The focus of the conference is 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. With new threats against civil liberties emanating from state surveillance practices and non-state cyber-attacks, access to healthcare for vulnerable populations imperiled during conflict and its aftermath, and the International Criminal Court in crisis, the themes we will address capture some of the most urgent contemporary dangers to the protection of human rights.
The capstone of the Conference will be a keynote lecture by Geoffrey Robertson, Q.C. concerning the relationship between genocide denial and genocide accountability with particular reference to the Armenian Genocide.