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Apply Now for the LL.M. in International Human Rights Law

cchrrecruit2 The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) invites applications for its LL.M. degree program in international human rights law. The application deadline is January 15 for classes that begin in August 2014. Application information is available here. Read More

J.S.D. Dissertation Presentation: Evidence Obtained by Inhuman Treatment

niyazmatov J.S.D. candidate Mirakmal Niyazmatov will present and defend his dissertation, “Evidence Obtained By Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment: A New Interpretation in Light of the General Principles of Law,” on Monday, November 4 at Notre Dame Law School.

Mr. Niyazmatov earned his Bachelor of Laws from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in 2004 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) and his LL.M. from Notre Dame Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights in 2007. He interned at the International Committee of the Red Cross working on the ratification/implementation of the Rome Statute of the ICC Read More

CCHR Alumna Receives Africa Human Rights Defenders Award

yara2 Yara Sallam (LLM ’10), has been named one of 5 recipients of the inaugural Africa Human Rights Defenders Awards. She was nominated representing North Africa for her work at the Women Human Rights Defenders Program with Nazra for Feminist Studies, a Cairo based NGO.

The award was presented to Ms. Sallam and her fellow honorees during a reception held in Banjul, Gambia that coincided with the 54th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Read More

Notre Dame Magazine Reports on Alumni’s Work in Guatemala

sophia1 The Summer 2013 edition of Notre Dame Magazine reports on the efforts of Notre Dame alumni to help reform conditions for the mentally ill and disabled in Guatemala City’s notorious Federico Mora hospital. Sofía Galvan ’09LL.M. and William Bolainez ’08LL.M are two CCHR Read More

PLHD Alumnus Receives Shaffer Law Fellowship

mhagerty 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 Partners with Inter-American Court of Human Rights

pablo_alessandri_news 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

Fighting for Global Justice

What would you fight for? 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

CCHR Names Rita Bahr Scholars

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

Sean O’Brien Among ND Internationalists on Human Rights Panel

staff sean o'brien news 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

CCHR Funding for Summer Human Rights Internships

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 co-edits book of essays with Judge Narciso Leandro Xavier Baez

cassel_book_2011 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, LL.M. ’09, Awarded Mexico’s Highest Public Honor

sofia_galvan_puente_news 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

"Imagine A New Immigration Movement: It Starts with YOUth" His Eminence Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles

mahony_web Thursday, October 27, 2011
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall

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

What Should We Remember? Memorials, History, and Human Rights

memory_cchr 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

Prof. Moyn presents President Carter’s 1977 Notre Dame Commencement Address in the History of Human Rights

Samuel MoynPresident 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.

President Carter’s commencement address is available here Read More

President Carter's 1977 Notre Dame Commencement Address in the History of Human Rights

carter_1977_commencement_moyn 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

“Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today” Screening of film with Restoration Producer Sandra Schulberg

nuremberg_poster_web 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.

More information is available at the documentary film’s website. Read More

Lecture by Irwin Cotler, Member, Parliament of Canada and former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

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

Lecture by Osvaldo Hurtado, former President of Ecuador

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

Federal Courts cite Prof. Cassel on corporate human rights responsibilities

cassel news 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

CCHR Supports J.D. Internships in Bolivia, Pakistan and China

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