The Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project Speaker Series

The Project is committed to attracting leaders in the field of human rights to present and engage with our students and the public on cutting edge human rights issues.

Sanela Diana Jenkins Health and Human Rights Colloquium Series 2014


The Health and Human Rights Colloquium focused on the relationship between global health and international human rights law. Health and human rights are interrelated in multiple ways: human rights abuses have negative health consequences; health policies and programs can enhance or hinder human rights; and health outcomes are improved by fulfilling the full range of human rights. During the Colloquium, prominent speakers from around the globe examined the conceptual linkages between health and human rights and explored both the promise of the field and the challenges inherent in implementing its norms on the ground.  Speakers and topics included:

  • ‘Tobacco Control and Human Rights’, Harold Hongiu Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School
  • ‘Palliative Care and the Right to Health: Research, Advocacy and Impact’, Joseph Amon, Director of the Health & Human Rights Division at Human Rights Watch
  • ‘Gender Equality and Health: Realizing the Promise of Adolescence’, Geeta Rao Gupta, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF
  • ‘Health and Human Rights in Burma/Myanmar’, Chris Bryer, Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health & Human Rights
  • ‘Imagining Global Health with Justice’, Lawrence O. Gostin, O’Neil Professor in Global Health Law, Georgetown University
  • ‘Sexual Violence in Conflict’, Zainab Bangura, United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict
  • ‘Human Rights and Health to Advance Development: The Case of Rwanda’, Agnes Binagwaho, Rwanda Minister of Health
  • ‘The Impact of Armed Conflict on Health and Human Rights’, Barry S. Levy, Co-author of War and Public Health and former president of the American Public Health Association
  • ‘LGBT Rights and Public Health: Tensions in Potential Collaboration’, Jessica Stern, Executive Director, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

The Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Colloquium Series has hosted Mr. Hasan Nuhanović (Sarajevo), Professor Jenny Martinez (Stanford Law School), Professor Larry Diamond (Stanford), and other distinguished speakers.

Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Heroes Speaker Series 2012

During this Speakers Series, UCLA Law welcomed human rights activists, policy makers and practitioners from around the world to speak on a variety of pressing human rights concerns.  Speakers included:

  • Jenni Williams, National Coordinator of Women and Men of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), Zimbabwe
  • William Burke-White, Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania and former member of Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff, 2009-2011, USA
  • Madeleine Rees, Secretary General, Women’s International League for Peace and former Office for the High Commission for Human Rights gender expert and Head of Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland
  • Sunitha Krishnan, Human Trafficking Victim and CO-Founder of Prajwala, India
  • Film Screening of Darfur Now and discussion with Director Ted Braun
  • Jean Enriquez, Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking of Women Asia-Pacific (CATW-AP), Philippines
  • Raul Rice, President and CEO, Fair Trade USA, USA
  • Richard Dicker, Director, International Justice Program, Human Rights Watch, USA
  • Sister Consuelo Morales Elizondo, Director, Citizens in Support of Human Rights, Mexico
  • Mohammad Mattar, Executive Director, The Protection Project, Johns Hopkins University, USA