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December 1: Global Monday Lecture by Professor Alejandra Gonza on International Human Rights and the Inter-American System

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Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM
William Gates Hall, RM 117

The states of the American continents have created a regional institution, the Organization of American States (OAS), which includes several structures for protecting human rights. The OAS Charter created substantive human rights norms and established two main institutions designed specifically for human rights protection and promotion: the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Ms. Gonza will provide an overview of the Inter-American human rights system and share from her experience working with its main bodies including successfully petitioning on behalf of clients who have been tortured.

Alejandra Gonza is a Commissioner with the Seattle Human Rights Commission and a legal adviser to the Due Process of Law Foundation in Washington, DC. She will teach the International Human Rights Clinic at UW Law starting winter. Ms. Gonza has been representing victims of human rights violations before the Inter-American human rights system. She also served as a senior staff attorney at the Special Rapporteurship for Freedom of Expression at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (both of the Organization of American States). Ms. Gonza received her law degree from the National University of Tucumán in her native Argentina and her Masters in European Studies and Human Rights from the Pontific University of Salamanca, Spain.

December 2: A Celebration of Asian and Comparative Law Scholarship at UW Law, Presenting the Asian Law Center 50th Anniversary Publication and Honoring Our Distinguished Visiting Scholars

Asian Law Center

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
3:30 – 5:30 PM
William H. Gates Hall, RM 115

The University of Washington School of Law is distinguished by a long standing tradition of research and scholarship on Asian and comparative law and by a vibrant Visiting Scholars Program. We are honored to host many senior legal career professionals, policy makers and eminent academics from around the world and to serve as a leading research center contributing to exciting scholarship on Asia. Please join President Young, Dean Testy, faculty and friends for A Celebration of Asian and Comparative Law Scholarship at UW Law:

  • Introduction by Dean Testy and Welcome by President Young
  • Presenting the ALC 50th Anniversary Publication, Legal Innovations in Asia: Judicial Lawmaking and the Influence of Comparative Law
  • Honoring our distinguished Visiting Scholars, click here.

Please RSVP to asianlaw@uw.edu.

December 4: Transpacific Conversation on Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia

Asian Law Center

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
3:30 – 5:20 PM
William H. Gates Hall, RM 119

School of Law and the Asian Law Center are pleased to announce two special panels on Thursday, December 4th. These panels are presented by some of the leading scholars in Asian comparative law.

3:30 – 4:20: Constitutionalism in Hong Kong and Taiwan
Chaired by John O. Haley (Vanderbilt, UW Law)
Panelists:

  • Swati Jhaveri (National University of Singapore): Constitutional Implications of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central
  • Jimmy Chia-Shin Hsu (Academica Sinica, Taiwan): The Sunflower Student Movement and Democracy in Taiwan

4:30 – 5:20: Constitutional Law in Japan and Korea
Chaired by Daniel H. Foote (University of Tokyo, UW Law)
Panelists:

  • Jonathan Kang (Yonsei University, Seoul): Good for the Gander: The Appropriation of Law Rhetoric by Korean Conservatives
  • Larry Repeta (Meiji University, Tokyo): Freedom of Thought and Conscience: Compulsory Flag-and-Anthem Rituals, and the Supreme Court of Japan
  • Shigenori Matsui (University of British Columbia): Criminalization of Revenge Porn in Japan

RSVP by December 1st.  Register online here.

January 7: Register for the Washington Policy Center’s Statewide Policy Conference – 2015 Solutions Summit

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Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014
7:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Western Washington Location: Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Eastern Washington Location: 3 Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick, WA 99336

The conference will be attended by policy makers, elected officials, and business leaders and consist of a breakfast speaker, then breakout sessions in the morning, featuring local and national experts, on the following policy topics:

  • Education Reform
  • Environment
  • Balancing the Budget without Raising Taxes
  • Health Care Reform
  • Improving the Small Business Climate
  • Transportation
More than 20 national and regional policy experts will be on hand for the conference. They include:
Congressman Doc Hastings
State Senator Michael Baumgartner, (R) – Spokane
State Senator Andy Hill, (R)-  Woodinville and chair of Senate Ways and Means Committee
State Senator Curtis King , (R) – Yakima and chair of the Senate Transportation Committee
State Representative Ross Hunter, (D) – Medina and chair of the House Appropriations Committee
State Representative Reuven Carlyle, (D) – Seattle and chair of the House Finance Committee
Rob McKenna, former Attorney General
Avik Roy, Forbes Columnist
Howard Behar, former COO of Starbucks
Emily Goff , Transportation Policy Analyst at the Heritage Foundation

Register online here.

Columbia Law School Releases New Practice Guide Addressing Gender-Based Violence

New Resource on Human Rights Approach to Gender-Based Violence in the United States

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By: JoAnn Kamuf, Bringing Human Rights Home

A new resource developed by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, the ACLU Women’s Rights Project and the University of Miami International Human Rights Clinic is now available.

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault in the U.S.:  A Human Rights Based Approach & Practice Guide includes core human rights principles related to gender-based violence, as well as relevant treaties, case-law, related reports and organizational resources.   It also discusses recent developments in U.S. policy and the value added of human rights in the U.S. domestic context.  It can be accessed through this link or on our publications page.

This resource is an outgrowth of a DOJ-DOS sponsored roundtable held in April of this year and reflects the input of a number of network members and U.S. government representatives.  Building on conversations that took place at the roundtable, the Practice Guide offers concrete ideas for incorporating human rights into federal policy and practice.

What’s at Stake for Hong Kong?

Hong Kong Protests

By: Scott Neuman, National Public Radio (NRP)

Masses of pro-democracy protesters continue to pack the streets in Hong Kong, defying police who have responded with tear gas. The demonstrators are angry that Beijing has insisted on vetting all candidates for the territory’s next chief executive.

Here’s a closer look at the issue and what’s at stake:

What Was In The Handover Agreement?

Hong Kong was designated a “special administrative region” within China and promised a “high degree of autonomy,” including the eventual election of its chief executive. Hong Kong people retained their own passports, making it easier for them to travel abroad than it was for their mainland counterparts. The territory has also retained the Hong Kong dollar as its currency and issues its own postage stamps, though Queen Elizabeth’s image no longer appears on either.

“The central government will not interfere,” Lu told People’s Daily, according to The Wall Street Journal. China touted its relationship with Hong Kong as “one country, two systems.”

Although Hong Kong’s first several chief executives were selected by a committee appointed by Beijing, China promised that the election of the territory’s leader would eventually be democratic.

Continue reading here.  Photo credit Carlos Barria (Reuters/Landov).

UN Climate Summit 2014 Yields Mass Public Mobilization, Political Commitments as Participants Hope to Lay Groundwork for Global Climate Change Treaty

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By: International Justice Resource Center

The much anticipated one-day Climate Summit 2014 took place this Tuesday, September 23 at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York, marking the international community’s latest effort to address climate change. Hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Climate Summit 2014 aimed to engage world leaders and encourage international action to slow climate change. Governments at the Summit were expected to produce “concrete initiatives” and discuss ways to lower industrial emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, and other gases that contribute to the heating of the planet.  The primary purpose of Climate Summit 2014 is to generate momentum for a global agreement on climate change in 2015.

Continue reading here.  Photo credit: Mark Garten/UN Photo

Update: Public & Private Solutions to Providing Legal Aid for Unaccompanied Minors

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By: ABA Access to Justice Blog

In early August “U.S. Vice President Joe Biden made an impassioned plea to U.S. law firms…to free up attorneys to help deal with the surge of Central American children who have entered the country illegally by providing more pro bono representation…  Biden urged lawyers to step up and help deal with a backlog of court cases.”

Since then, government (on all levels), law firms, and other private-sector actors are reacting to the glut of unaccompanied minors who are being processed through the U.S.’s byzantine immigration system without legal counsel.  Here’s the underlying problem as reported by the Press Democrat:

Border patrol agents picked up more than 66,000 unaccompanied children, most of them from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, along the southern U.S. border between Oct. 1, 2013, and the end of last month. They were turned over to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, then underwent medical checks and were given immunizations before being placed in shelters or with relatives and sponsors.

Those shelters and other living accommodations are scattered throughout the U.S. So the question has arisen about how to ensure that unaccompanied minors have access too legal services.

Continue reading here.

Glenn Greenwald in Seattle & Northwest Justice Forum in Ellensburg!

June 17: Glenn Greenwald Speaking in Seattle

Glenn Greenwald

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
7:00 PM
Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

TICKETS only $6!

In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet a source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security and information privacy. As the arguments rage on and the government considers various proposals for reform, it is clear that we have yet to see the full impact of Snowden’s disclosures.

In April 2014, Greenwald and his colleagues at The Guardian received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Don’t miss Greenwald speak in-person as he fits all the pieces together, recounting his high-intensity eleven-day trip to Hong Kong, examining the broader implications of the surveillance detailed in his reporting for The Guardian, and revealing fresh information on the NSA’s unprecedented abuse of power with never-before-seen documents entrusted to him by Snowden himself.

Glenn Greenwald will be signing his new book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State (available from Elliott Bay Book Company). Coming at a landmark moment in American history, No Place to Hide is a fearless, incisive, and essential contribution to our understanding of the U.S. surveillance state.

Click here to reserve a spot.

June 18-19: Tenth Annual Northwest Justice Forum in Ellensburg, WA

NW Justice Forum

Wednesday-Thursday, June 18-19, 2014
Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

Bridging the Divide
Schools, Juvenile Justice, and Community

Featuring:

Keynote Speaker: Judge Steven C. Teske

Pre-Forum Trainers:

Christina Albo, Resolutions Northwest

Kellie Henderson, Clark County Juvenile Court

Click here for the forum brochure. Click here to register.

September 10-13: Hispanic National Bar Association’s Career Fair

Hispanic National Bar Association

Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 HNBA Career Fair
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday-Saturday, Sept. 10-13, 2014 HNBA Convention
Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC

Students and alumni are invited to participate in the HNBA Career Fair, the nation’s largest career fair for Hispanic law students and legal professionals, at the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Annual Convention on Friday, September 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The 2014 HNBA Convention will be held September 10-13, 2014 at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC.  The event will give you access to government agencies, law firms, and leaders of industry, as well as allow you to make contacts that may lead to employment or other post-graduation professional opportunities.

To register, click here.