The Human Rights Institute regularly hosts conferences, panel discussions, expert roundtables, and lectures at which prominent human rights practitioners meet with Georgetown Law's students and faculty to discuss their work. These events serve to foster discussion, debate, and collaboration among leading human rights experts, while also providing opportunities for our students and faculty to learn from and engage with those working in this field. All of our events are open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Our largest annual event, the Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights, is held each spring. This year's conference will focus on the work of multilateral development banks and human rights. Information about this event, including past conference agendas and webcasts, can be viewed on the Dash Conference page. Each year HRI also hosts remarks by the Robert F. Drinan Chair in Human Rights, a visiting position held each year by a different human rights expert.
Select Past Events
Event on the Future of Human Rights (With the New York Review of Books and the Bingham Center for the Rule of Law)
Remarks by Visiting Professor of Law Richard Goldstone on Social & Economic Rights in South Africa
International Women's Day Symposium (With the HRA/AI and the LAWA and WLPFP Programs)
Launch Event -- Access to Justice Reports (With Amnesty International, EarthRights International and the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable)
The Future of Human Rights Litigation Post-Kiobel (with the Supreme Court Institute)
Torture is a Weapon Against Democracy
Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Shell: Human Rights Law at a Crossroads
The Alien Tort Statute: Corporate Accountability & Kiobel
Reaffirming Protection: Strengthening Asylum in the United States: Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg moderates "Courts at Risk, Rights in Peril: Where Have All the Courageous Gone?" with recipients of the Gruber Justice Prize
Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Majority Whip, U.S. Senate; Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law; and Georgetown Law Class of 1969 speaks on "Human Rights and the Law"
Judge Thomas Buergenthal of the International Court of Justice, Georgetown University Law Center's first Robert F. Drinan S.J. Chair in Human Rights, on "One Hundred Years of Human Rights."
Conversation with former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg and Gitanjali Gutierrez, attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights