Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights
The Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights is named for former Law Center professor Sam Dash. Our largest annual event, the conference brings together leading figures in the human rights field to discuss and debate a current human rights issue.
The Dash Conference was established by Samuel Dash's family and friends, Georgetown Law alumni and the law firm of Cozen O'Connor to honor Dash's contributions to international human rights and domestic civil rights. Dash, who joined the Georgetown Law faculty in 1965, and was on the board of the International League of Human Rights, traversed the globe in pursuit of justice. He led a human rights mission to Northern Ireland to investigate the 1972 "Bloody Sunday" incident, and traveled to the Soviet Union and Chile. In 1985, he was the first American to visit Nelson Mandela in prison and became involved in mediation efforts that eventually led to Mandela's release. Dash also served as Chief Counsel of the Senate Watergate Committee's investigation into the Nixon administration's involvement in the Democratic National Committee break-in, which ultimately led to President Nixon's resignation. Professor Dash passed away in 2004.
The 2015 Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights will consider the theme:
Migration, Border Externalization and Access to Humanitarian Protection.
The conference will feature a keynote address by Professor Francois Crepeau, McGill University Hans and Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law and United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants. It will take place on April 13, 2015 at Georgetown Law. The agenda and expert panelists will be posted here in advance of the conference. An invitation is available here.
RSVP to attend the all-day 2015 Samuel Dash Conference here.
Past Samuel Dash Conferences
- 2013: Jurisdiction for Mass Atrocities
- 2012: Maternal Health and Human Rights
- 2011: The Role of Accountability in Protecting Human Rights and National Security
- 2010: The Challenge of Balancing Peace and Justice
- 2009: Rule of Law in the Context of Military Interventions
- 2008: The Future of Human Rights
- 2007: Constitutional Checks and Balances in the Post-9/11 Era: Revitalizing Congress's Role
- 2006: War, Terror, and Human Rights: Setting the Agenda