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Peter Rosenblum and Karen Engle spoke at
Harvard Law School on March 5, 2013, in
a discussion organized by Janet Halley.

The Human Rights Program and the Institute for Global Law and Policy co-sponsored a discussion on The Turn to Criminal Law in Human Rights at Harvard Law School on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 7:00-9:00 PM.

The discussion featured IGLP Advisory Council member Karen Engle and Faculty Co-Director of the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School Peter Rosenblum. They looked critically at the rise of prosecution and anti-impunity “zealotry” in human rights.

Their discussion built from a draft article by Karen Engle, “Anti-Anti Impunity: Some Thoughts on the Criminalization of Human Rights,” which critically explores the anti-impunity phenomenon in international law and the human rights movement, with particular focus on Latin America.   Participants were given Engle’s article to read in advance of the discussion, as well as an excerpt from an article by Alice Miller entitled “Sexuality, Violence against Women, and Human Rights: Women Make Demands and Ladies Get Protection,” which provides an insiders’ account of how violence against women (VAW) came to dominate women’s human rights activism.   After Engle discussed her anti-anti-impunity arguments, Rosenblum used Miller’s discussion as an entry for discussing internal and external forces that have led other parts of the human rights movement into a criminal law paradigm for their work.


The discussions took place in the Human Rights Program Henry Steiner Lounge.

The event was part of a series of soirées on critical thinking in human rights, organized by IGLP Advisory Council member and HLS Professor Janet Halley and the Human Rights Program.   It followed a  discussion on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 entitled Critique in Context, featuring special guests IGLP-affiliated scholar Aziza Ahmed (Associate Professor, Northeastern University School of Law), IGLP Fellow Zinaida Miller (Ph.D. Candidate, The Fletcher School, Tufts University) and Naz Modirzadeh (Senior Fellow, Harvard Law School).  Their discussion reflected on the role of critique in their work on human rights in sex work and HIV, Israel/Palestine, and the law governing armed conduct, respectively.



Aziza Ahmed, Zinaida Miller and Naz Modirzadeh spoke on February 5, 2013, with Janet Halley.