The University of Notre Dame has taken a significant step toward realizing the ambitious vision of Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., for The Center for Civil and Human Rights as a university-wide, interdisciplinary Center of research and teaching on human rights. Read More
“This appointment is a recognition of Advocate Madlanga’s experience and talents as a jurist,” said Professor Paolo Carozza, director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. “It is also an indication of the impact that our human rights degree programs continue to have around the world.” Read More
Michael Hagerty (J.D. ’13), whose work for the Program on Law and Human Development took him to the Arizona-Mexico border to study firsthand the challenges facing undocumented migrants, has been named a recipient of the Thomas L. Shaffer Public Interest Fellowship by the Notre Dame Law School. Read More
Center for Civil and Human Rights Director Paolo Carozza, who also directs the Kellogg Institute for International Studies (kellogg.nd.edu), received the Order of Merit of Bernardo O’Higgins, Chile’s highest state honor awarded to foreign citizens, at a private ceremony on the Notre Dame campus on December 17. Read More
For nearly two decades, the Center for Civil and Human Rights has trained human rights lawyers who go on to serve in a wide range of positions in international bodies. For Pablo Saavedra Alessandri, LL.M.’96, the training he received at CCHR led to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, headquartered in San Jose, Costa Rica, where he now serves as Executive Secretary. Read More
With her country at a crossroads, Reyam El-Molla is using the legal training she received through Notre Dame Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights and its LL.M. program in international human rights law to make a real difference at home. Read More
The Center for Civil and Human Rights at The Notre Dame Law School has recently announced its Rita Bahr Scholars for 2012-13. Each of the three civil rights lawyers is an international student in the Center’s LL.M. program in International Human Rights. Read More
The Law School’s Sean O’Brien joined a panel discussion February 23 on the Snite Museum of Art Exhibit DIGNITY and its implications for international human rights. Three other panelists representing a cross-section of Notre Dame’s international institutes and centers also shared their perspectives on the University’s current and potential role in supporting international human rights. Read More
Dean Nell Jessup Newton has appointed Professor Paolo Carozza as the new Director of the Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights. He had been serving as the Interim Director of the CCHR in his capacity as Associate Dean for International and Graduate Programs. Read More
For the fourth year, the Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) will provide internship funding for up to three J.D. students who seek unpaid international internships in the field of human rights law.
Past recipients of CCHR funding have worked with domestic and international human rights NGOs, regional tribunals, legal aid clinics and academic centers in countries including China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Uganda, Bolivia, and Costa Rica. Read More
Prof. Doug Cassel has co-edited a book of essays with Judge Narciso Leandro Xavier Baez titled “A REALIZAÇÃO E A PROTEÇÃO INTERNACIONAL DOS DIREITOS HUMANOS FUNDAMENTAIS.” The book includes chapters by Center Interim Director Paolo Carozza, Prof. Cassel, and a co-authored article by Prof. Sean O’Brien and CCHR Research Associate, Stefan Hayek (J.D. ’10)
Judge Baez is a federal judge in Santa Catarina, Brazil and a Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of the West of Santa Catarina. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Law and Social Evolution, and is pursuing doctoral studies in Fundamental and New Rights. In spring 2011, Judge Baez was a Visiting Scholar with the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame Law School. Read More
Sofía Galván Puente, a 2009 graduate of Notre Dame Law School’s LL.M. degree program in international human rights law, will receive the National Youth Award of 2011 for Human Rights. The award recognizes Mexican youth “whose career trajectory, commitment, or study brings honor to their generation and inspires individual or community progress.” Mexican President Felipe Calderon will personally present Ms. Galván with the award, a gold medal, in December 2011. Read More
This conversation with students will take a brief look backwards at our various waves of immigration since the 1700s, situate us in our 2011 reality, and help us chart a clear direction for the future. Emphasis will be upon how college and university students can play a key role. Social to follow in Geddes Hall Coffeehouse. Sponsored by The Institute for Latino Studies, Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Center for Social Concerns. This talk is free and open to the public. Read More
Sean O’Brien, assistant director of the NDLS Center for Civil and Human Rights, moderated a panel discussion on the history and significance of civil rights memorials October 11 at Indiana University South Bend’s Civil Rights Heritage Center, 1040 W. Washington St.
On the panel were NDLS Professor Douglass Cassel; the chair of Notre Dame’s Department of American Studies, Prof. Erika Doss; Notre Dame Professor of Spanish Carlos Jerez-Farrán; and the director of the Civil Rights Heritage Center at the Natatorium, IUSB Assistant Professor of Sociology Kevin Lamarr James. Read More
President Carter’s 1977 Notre Dame Commencement Address in the History of Human Rights
September 27, 2011
On May 22, 1977, President Jimmy Carter delivered a commencement address at Notre Dame that became a defining moment for the international human rights movement.
Samuel Moyn, professor of history at Columbia University, historian and the author of The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History, will place the speech against the background of human rights history as a whole, asking what its place was and what difference it made. He will focus in particular on the place of Catholicism and the University of Notre Dame in the origins of the idea of human rights.
The event will include viewing of video of President Carter’s address, reception, and book signing at Notre Dame.
Co-Sponsors: Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Center for Social Concerns, Center for Civil and Human Rights, Department of Political Science, Department of History, Ford Program in Human Development Studies & Solidarity, Jacques Maritain Center
Prof. Kommers’ introductory remarks are available here
Prof. Moyn’s presentation is available here.
On September 27th at 4:30 p.m. in the Geddes Hall Auditorium, the CCHR is co-sponsoring the event “President Carter’s 1977 Notre Dame Commencement Address in the History of Human Rights.” Samuel Moyn, professor of history at Columbia University, historian and the author of The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History, will place Carter’s speech against the background of human rights history as a whole. He will focus in particular on the place of Catholicism and the University of Notre Dame in the origins of the idea of human rights. The event will include viewing of video of President Carter’s address, reception, and book signing at Notre Dame. Free and open to the public. Read More
The 1948 documentary film “NUREMBERG: Its Lesson for Today” (The Schulberg/Waletzky Restoration) will be screened at 7:30 p.m. in the Browning Cinema at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center September 13. The film, which shows how international prosecutors built their case against top Nazi war criminals using the Nazis’ own films and records, will be followed by a panel discussion featuring NDLS Professors Doug Cassel and Robert Blakey and ND History Professor Lauren Faulkner.
The program is being co-sponsored by the NDLS Center for Civil & Human Rights, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, the Notre Dame Holocaust Project, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Department of History, and the Department of German & Russian Languages & Literatures.
Osvaldo Hurtado, former President of Ecuador, will speak at NDLS September 8 on “Independence of the Judiciary, Freedom of the Press and other Constitutional Developments in Ecuador.” Read More
In particular Cotler, who is a member of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Human Rights that drafted the report – and appeared as well as an expert witness before the committee – said that the report contained 6 principal Findings and Recommendations that “can serve as a model not only for Canada, but for other governments as well.” Read More
Osvaldo Hurtado has been one of the most influential politicians in the last 30 years of Ecuadorian history. He earned both his BA in Political and Social Sciences (‘63) and JD (‘66) from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE). In his early career he joined the Ecuadorian Institute for Social Development and taught Political Sociology at both PUCE and the University of New Mexico. He also participated in the formation of the Christian Democrat Party of Ecuador (which has since changed its name to Popular Democracy). In 1968, Hurtado served as Vice-Minister of Social Welfare and Labor. Read More
Notre Dame Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights and the British Human Rights Lawyers Association are co-sponsoring a seminar from 6 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. July 20 at the University of Notre Dame London Center, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG. Read More
In its July 2011 ruling in Flomo v. Firestone Natural Rubber Company, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit cites a law review article by Notre Dame Law Professor Doug Cassel, Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, arguing that corporations involved in human rights violations overseas can be sued for money damages under the Alien Tort Claims Act (“ATCA”). Read More
For the third year, the Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) has awarded internship funding to three J.D. students, thanks to the generosity of the CCHR Advisory Committee. The internship program makes it financially possible for J.D. students to seek unpaid human rights related summer internships. Read More
Alpha Fall, LL.M., ‘02, died April 21, 2011 in Brussels. Mr. Fall was a gentle soul, a generous friend, and a true giant in the protection of human rights in Africa. He founded the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) – a first of its kind regional human rights organization focusing on advocacy before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Read More
Professor Sean O’Brien is participating in the training of North African human rights lawyers this week in Tunis, Tunisia. Read More
“Libya and the ICC: Peace, Prevention and Justice”
Amid the bombs and bloodshed in Libya, it would be easy to overlook the historic action taken ten days ago by the United Nations Security Council. The Council not only condemned human rights violations, ordered a freeze on Libyan assets overseas, imposed an arms embargo and banned travel by Muammar Qadhafi and his cronies, but it also – unanimously – referred the Libyan situation to the International Criminal Court. Read More
The Center for Civil and Human Rights welcomes Professor Jayme Benvenuto and Judge Narciso Baez as visiting scholars for the semester. Read More
As part of the CCHR’s continuing efforts to promote human rights locally, two CCHR attorneys participated in a strategic convening on ending cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by U.S. officials. Read More
Professor Douglass Cassel, a consultant to the legal team that filed the Red Shirt Petition before the International Criminal Court, along with counsel for the Red Shirts, Robert Amsterdam, recently published an opinion piece on Brazil’s responsibility to denounce Thailand for its gross violations of human rights. Read More
Center for Civil and Human Rights Research Associate Pier Paolo Pigozzi (NDLS LL.M. ’10) has initiated a campaign to ask the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to address a serious threat to the independence of the judiciary and to the freedom of press in Ecuador. Read More