Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin speaks to rapt audience.

Community Programming

The Human Rights Center is pleased to share highlights of community programming that includes discussion series, public events, webinars, debates, film screenings, and more dedicated to emerging and pressing human rights cases and concerns.

Visit the links below to learn more about local, national, and regional human rights community programming:

April 2021 Talk re: COVID-19 and Environmental Rights
Resource Grabbing & COVID-19: How the Pandemic has Contributed to Weakening Protections for Environmental Rights

April 2021 -The Human Rights Center and the Environmental and Energy Law Society host Carlos Lozano Acosta and Juliana Nnoko-Mewanu to discuss how some actors have used the COVID-19 pandemic as a justification or opportunity to dismantle or weaken environmental protections.

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Minnesota Leadership at the United Nations

April 2021 - In honor of 2021 Virtual Spring Alumni Week, Faculty Director of Minnesota Law’s Human Rights Center, Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, discussed her work as a UN Special Rapporteur and how the Human Rights Center involves students in support of the mandate and human rights protections globally.

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Breaking Barriers: An International Women’s Day Celebration

March 2021 - The Human Rights Center and The Women’s Law Student Association were honored to host the distinguished Judge LaJune Thomas Lange and Judge Martha Mills for a special discussion in honor of International Women’s Day. Watch the previously recorded webinar.

Human Rights in Practice: International Student Perspectives Ivania Galeano and Landing Dahaba
Human Rights In Practice: International Student Perspectives

February 2021 - Learn more about the University of Minnesota’s exceptional LL.M. students and hear firsthand about their human rights work in this previously recorded webinar.

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February 2021 - Technology, Counter-Terrorism, and Human Rights Fellow & Advisor to the Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights

Speakers at HRC Book Talk International Law and Armed Conflict Nov 2020
International Law and Armed Conflict Book Talk

November 2020 - The Human Rights Center hosted a conversation and virtual launch recognizing two new groundbreaking books on international humanitarian law and armed conflict: The Grip of Sexual Violence in Conflict by Karen Engle and The Laws of War in International Thought by Pablo Kalmanovitz.

Professor Jennie Green
U.N. Series: International Human Rights Advocacy

November 2020 - University of Minnesota human rights faculty, students, and partners traveled to the United Nations in Geneva to advance their work on a variety of human rights projects related to issues as diverse as counter-terrorism, LGBTQ+ rights, new technologies, rights of rural communities, and gun violence.

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin at the United Nations
U.N. Anniversary Series

November 2020 - The Human Rights Center commemorates the United Nations Anniversary with a special series.

In recognition of this anniversary and global commemoration, we share a series of stories past and present, celebrating the Human Rights Center’s engagement with the United Nations to advance human rights.

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Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Human Rights in Kenya

September 2020 - In late September 2020, the Human Rights Center hosted Eric Mawira Gitari who discussed how laws that discriminate against LGBTQ+ communities impact social realities and human rights advocacy within Kenya and other African countries. Kenya is one of more than 70+ countries in the world where homosexuality is criminalized.