Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity: A Colloquium Series

Jacqueline Bhabha

Thu, 04/02/2009
Teaching Workshop 12:00 PM, Dickinson Hall, Room 210; Public Lecture 4:30 PM, Dickinson Hall, Room 211
Event Category: 
Co-sponsored Event

"Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity" provides a forum for discussion and debate on the most pressing issues of modern times: the establishment of human rights standards and, at the same time, their persistent violation. The series features a broad understanding of human rights, one that encompasses democratic citizenship as well as concerns for social, economic, and environmental justice. Its understanding of crimes against humanity is similarly broad, ranging from large-scale atrocities like ethnic cleansings, genocides, war crimes, and various forms of human trafficking to lynchings, sexual violence, and torture. The series presents prominent scholars from a broad range of disciplines and major figures in the human rights movement.  

"Humanitarianism and Ambivalence: The Obligations 
  toward ex-Child Soldiers"

Teaching Workshop: 12:00-1:15, Dickinson Hall, Room 210 - please RSVP to Barbara Leavey at or (609) 258-5893

Public Lecture:  4:30 p.m., Dickinson Hall, Room 211

Jacqueline Bhabha is the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, the Director of the Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies, and a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School. From 1997 to 2001 she directed the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago. Prior to 1997, she was a practicing human rights lawyer in London and at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. She received a first class honors degree and an MSc from Oxford University and a JD from the College of Law in London. She has recently authored three reports entitled Seeking Asylum Alone about unaccompanied child asylum seekers. Her writings on issues of migration and asylum in Europe and the United States include a coauthored book, Women's Movement: Women Under Immigration, Nationality and Refugee Law, an edited volume, Asylum Law And Practice in Europe and North America,and many articles, including Internationalist Gatekeepers? The Tension Between Asylum Advocacy and Human Rights and The Citizenship Deficit: On Being a Citizen Child. She is currently working on issues of child migration, smuggling and trafficking, and citizenship.

This series is organized by Eric Weitz, Stanley Kelley Jr. Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching, Department of History.

Cosponsored with the Department of History, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies and the University Center for Human Values.