2019 Pace International Law Review Symposium

Friday, April 05, 2019
All day
Elisabeth Haub School of Law
Preston Hall

"Revisiting Human Rights:  The Universal Declaration at 70"

On April 5, 2019, the Pace International Law Review will host its triennial Symposium at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. The symposium affords our community the opportunity to learn and participate in discussion with legal scholars, practitioners, and activists in order to build a more robust understanding of legal issues affecting lives around the globe.

December 10, 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a foundational document of international human rights law that set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights that must be universally protected. Whereas this milestone document came about as a result of the lessons learned in the wake of World War II, the current global climate and domestic political discourse illustrate that we still have a lot more to learn and a lot more to do. 

The symposium will provide scholars, practitioners and activists as an opportunity to think critically and strategically about securing human rights in a time of multiple and intersecting crises. Participants will engage with issues at the forefront of domestic and global human rights concern, including but not limited to: the protection of refugee and immigrant rights; advancing racial and gender justice; ensuring social and economic rights such as the right to housing, education, food and healthcare; and addressing the human rights impacts of environmental degradation and climate change. The symposium will invite participants to engage in discussion around the following questions: How do we advance human rights in the face of rising authoritarianism and economic inequality? What strategies are proving mosst effective and why? Has the human rights endeavor focused too much on legal remedies and top-down interventions? And what is the role of lawyers, activists and academics in securing human rights? 

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