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The 21st Annu­al Her­bert Rubin and Jus­tice Rose Lut­tan Rubin Inter­na­tion­al Law Sym­po­sium

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Thurs­day, Novem­ber 19th, 2015, 12–6pm

Green­berg Lounge, Van­der­bilt Hall, 40 Wash­ing­ton Sq. South

JILP POSTER FINAL 2Please join us for the 21st Annu­al Her­bert Rubin and Jus­tice Rose Lut­tan Rubin­In­ter­na­tion­al Law Sym­po­sium at NYU School of Law orga­nized by the NYU Jour­nal of Inter­na­tion­al Law and Pol­i­tics.  This year the sym­po­sium will be held on Novem­ber 19th, 2015 and is enti­tled Con­sti­tu­tion and Cus­tom: Women’s Rights and Women’s Access to Jus­tice in Plu­ral­is­tic Legal Soci­eties.  The sym­po­sium will bring togeth­er human rights activists, con­sti­tu­tion­al schol­ars, and legal anthro­pol­o­gists from Nige­ria, Mex­i­co, and India to look at three case stud­ies where con­sti­tu­tion­al law and indige­nous, cus­tom­ary, or reli­gious law col­lide in both con­sti­tu­tion­al struc­tures and women’s every­day lives. The day will con­clude with a keynote address by Vrin­da Grover LLM ’06, a human rights lawyer and activist based in New Del­hi, India.  Ms. Grover was includ­ed in the TIME 100: Most Influ­en­tial Peo­ple in the World in 2013.

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This event is approved for at least 3.5 New York State CLE cred­its in the Areas of Pro­fes­sion­al Prac­tice cat­e­go­ry and is appro­pri­ate for both expe­ri­enced and new­ly admit­ted attor­neys.

Sched­ule of Events

12:00–12:30 p.m.               Reg­is­tra­tion and Light Lunch

12:30–1:00 p.m.                 Wel­come and Open­ing Remarks

1:00–2:00 p.m.                   Pan­el #1: Nige­ria

  • Hauwa Ibrahim (J.D)
  • Muna Ndu­lo (J.D)
  • Mod­er­a­tor: Meg Sat­terth­waite ’99

2:00–2:15 p.m.                   Cof­fee break

2:15–3:15 p.m.                   Pan­el #2: Mex­i­co

  • Rachel Sieder
  • Ale­jan­dra Anchi­eta
  • Esmer­al­da Lopez (J.D.)
  • Mod­er­a­tor: Lisa Davis (J.D.)

3:15–3:30 p.m.                   Cof­fee break

3:30–4:30 p.m.                   Pan­el #3: India

  • Gopi­ka Solan­ki
  • Ran­gi­ta de Sil­va de Alwis (J.D.)
  • Mod­er­a­tor: Nik­ki Reisch ’12

4:30–4:40 p.m.                   Key Note Intro­duc­tion by NYU Fac­ul­ty

4:40–5:30 p.m.                   Key Note Address by Ms. Vrin­da Grover LLM ’06

5:30–6:00 p.m.                   Clos­ing Remarks by Dean Trevor Mor­ri­son

Speak­er Biogra­phies:

Keynote Speak­er:

Vrin­da Grover is a lawyer, researcher, human rights and women’s rights activist based in New Del­hi, India. As a lawyer she has appeared in land­mark human rights cas­es and rep­re­sent­ed women and child sur­vivors of domes­tic and sex­u­al vio­lence, vic­tims and sur­vivors of com­mu­nal mas­sacre, extra­ju­di­cial killings and cus­to­di­al tor­ture, sex­u­al minori­ties, trade unions and polit­i­cal activists. Focused on the impuni­ty of the state in rela­tion to human rights vio­la­tions, her research and writ­ing inquires into the role of law in the sub­or­di­na­tion of women; the fail­ure of the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem dur­ing com­mu­nal and tar­get­ed vio­lence; the effect of ‘secu­ri­ty’ laws on human rights; rights of undoc­u­ment­ed work­ers; chal­lenges con­fronting inter­nal­ly dis­placed per­sons; and exam­ines impuni­ty for enforced dis­ap­pear­ances and tor­ture in con­flict sit­u­a­tions. She has con­tributed to the draft­ing of laws in the coun­try includ­ing, the 2013 Crim­i­nal Law Amend­ment to the law against sex­u­al assault; The Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren from Sex­u­al Offences Act, 2012; the Pre­ven­tion of Tor­ture Bill, 2010; a law for pro­tec­tion from Com­mu­nal and Tar­get­ed Vio­lence.  A mem­ber of many gov­ern­ment com­mit­tees in India, a promi­nent com­men­ta­tor in the media and an expert on jurispru­den­tial issues relat­ing to account­abil­i­ty for vio­lence against women and oth­er mar­gin­al­ized groups, she is present­ly a Research Fel­low at the Nehru Memo­r­i­al Muse­um and Library, Del­hi. She has active­ly engaged with UN human rights mech­a­nisms includ­ing the Uni­ver­sal Peri­od­ic Review and UN Spe­cial Rap­por­teurs. Vrin­da Grover is a mem­ber of the UN Women India Civ­il Soci­ety Advi­so­ry Group; Bureau mem­ber of South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR); a founder mem­ber of the Work­ing Group on Human Rights in India and the UN (WGHR). She was also named one of the 100 most influ­en­tial peo­ple in the world by Time mag­a­zine in 2013.

Nige­ria Pan­el:

Hauwa Ibrahim: Cur­rent­ly teach­ing and con­duct­ing research at Har­vard, Hauwa Ibrahim is one of the top defend­ers of women’s rights in Nige­ria.  Pri­or to join­ing Har­vard Divin­i­ty School as a Vis­it­ing Lec­tur­er, Hauwa was a joint­ly appoint­ed Fel­low at the Rad­cliffe Insti­tute for Advanced Study and at Har­vard Law School Human Rights Pro­gram. A lawyer and author, she has been a vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor in sev­er­al coun­tries. In May 2014, Pres­i­dent Good-luck Jonathan of Nige­ria appoint­ed her a mem­ber of the fact-find­ing com­mis­sion regard­ing the 219 girls kid­napped by Boko Haram from Chi­bok. Hauwa’s pro­fes­sion­al accom­plish­ments also include elec­tion as the first female Nation­al Pub­lic­i­ty Sec­re­tary of the Niger­ian Bar Asso­ci­a­tion in 2000 and author­ship of the first draft of the con­sti­tu­tion for the Pan African Lawyers Union in 2002. Hauwa has served as a con­sul­tant to the Unit­ed Nations Devel­op­ment Pro­gram, the Euro­pean Union’s Com­mis­sion and Ambas­sadors in Nige­ria, and the NGO Lawyers with­out Bor­ders. Hauwa has been hon­ored with the Euro­pean Parliament’s 2005 Sakharov Prize for Free­dom of Thought. On May 9th 2015, she addressed the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment on the pur­suit of her life­time- edu­ca­tion.  

Muna Ndu­lo: Dr. Ndu­lo is a pro­fes­sor of law at Cor­nell Law School. He is also direc­tor of Cor­nell University’s Insti­tute for African Devel­op­ment. He is an hon­orary pro­fes­sor of law at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cape Town. He is an author­i­ty on African legal sys­tems, human rights, inter­na­tion­al crim­i­nal law, con­sti­tu­tion mak­ing, elec­tion mon­i­tor­ing and inter­na­tion­al law and for­eign direct invest­ments. After receiv­ing his LL.B. from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Zam­bia, LL.M. from Har­vard Law School, and a Ph.D. from Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty, Dr. Ndu­lo was a pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor for the Min­istry of Legal Affairs. He was dean of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Zam­bia School of Law. From 1986–1996, he served as legal offi­cer in the Inter­na­tion­al Trade Law Branch of the Unit­ed Nations Com­mis­sion on Inter­na­tion­al Trade Law. From 1992–1994, he served as Polit­i­cal Advis­er with the Unit­ed Nations Observ­er Mis­sion in South Africa and to the Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Unit­ed Nations Sec­re­tary Gen­er­al to South Africa. He also has served in a num­ber of U.N. peace­keep­ing mis­sions, includ­ing as legal advis­er to the U.N. Assis­tance Mis­sion to East Tim­or (1999), legal expert to the U.N. Mis­sion to Koso­vo (2000), and legal expert to the U.N. Mis­sion to Afghanistan (2003). He is a mem­ber of the Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee, Human Rights Watch (Africa), and chair­man of a South African non-gov­ern­ment orga­ni­za­tion, Gen­der Links. He has con­sult­ed with World Bank, Eco­nom­ic Com­mis­sion for Africa, Africa Devel­op­ment Bank, Inter­na­tion­al Foun­da­tion for Elec­toral Sys­tems, Insti­tute for Democ­ra­cy and Elec­toral Assis­tance. He has been involved in the con­sti­tu­tion­al mak­ing process­es in Kenya, Zim­bab­we, and Soma­lia. 

Meg Sat­terth­waite (J.D.)

Mar­garet Satterthwaite’s research inter­ests include eco­nom­ic and social rights, human rights and coun­tert­er­ror­ism, and method­olog­i­cal inno­va­tion in human rights. Sat­terth­waite grad­u­at­ed magna cum laude from NYU School of Law in 1999 and served as a law clerk to Judge Bet­ty B. Fletch­er of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Cir­cuit in 1999–00 and to the judges of the Inter­na­tion­al Court of Jus­tice in 2001-02. She has worked for a vari­ety of human rights orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing Amnesty Inter­na­tion­al, Human Rights First, and the Com­mis­sion Nationale de Ver­ité et de Jus­tice (Hait­ian Truth and Jus­tice Com­mis­sion), and has authored or co-authored more than a dozen human rights reports. She has engaged in human rights work in places such as Haiti, Nige­ria, North­ern Ire­land, the Unit­ed States, and Yemen. Sat­terth­waite has served as a human rights con­sul­tant and advis­ing expert to UN agen­cies and spe­cial rap­por­teurs and has been a mem­ber of the boards of direc­tors of sev­er­al human rights orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing Amnesty Inter­na­tion­al USA and the Glob­al Ini­tia­tive on Eco­nom­ic and Social Rights. She is a mem­ber of the Human Rights Ref­er­ence Group of the Glob­al Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuber­cu­lo­sis and Malar­ia.


Mex­i­co Pan­el

Rachel Sieder

Rachel Sieder has held the post of Senior Research Pro­fes­sor at the Cen­ter for Research and Grad­u­ate Stud­ies in Social Anthro­pol­o­gy (CIESAS) in Mex­i­co City since 2007. She is asso­ciate senior researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Insti­tute in Bergen, Nor­way, and asso­ciate fel­low at the Insti­tute for the Study of the Amer­i­c­as, Uni­ver­si­ty of Lon­don. She has an MA in Latin Amer­i­can Stud­ies and a PhD in Pol­i­tics from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Lon­don. Her research inter­ests include: human rights, indige­nous rights, social move­ments, indige­nous law, legal anthro­pol­o­gy, the state and vio­lence. She cur­rent­ly heads a col­lec­tive research project on “Indige­nous Women in Latin Amer­i­ca: Access to Jus­tice and Secu­ri­ty”, part of a research col­lab­o­ra­tion between CIESAS and the Chr.Michelsen Insti­tute. She is a mem­ber of the inter­na­tion­al edi­to­r­i­al boards of the Jour­nal of Latin Amer­i­can Stud­ies (JLAS) and Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean Eth­nic Stud­ies (LACES).

Ale­jan­dra Anchei­ta 

Ale­jan­dra Anchei­ta is the founder and Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Mex­i­co City-based ProDE­SC (The Project of Eco­nom­ic, Cul­tur­al, and Social Rights). She is a Mex­i­can lawyer and activist who leads the fight for the rights of migrants, work­ers, and indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties to raise their stan­dard of liv­ing. Since found­ing ProDE­SC in 2005, Ale­jan­dra and her team have run strate­gic cam­paigns aimed at pro­tect­ing the eco­nom­ic, social, and cul­tur­al rights of Mexico’s mar­gin­al­ized peo­ple. Ale­jan­dra stud­ied law at the Autonomous Met­ro­pol­i­tan Uni­ver­si­ty in Mex­i­co City and has a Mas­ters in Inter­na­tion­al Law and Glob­al Jus­tice from Ford­ham Law School in New York City, where she has also been a vis­it­ing researcher of the Louis Stein Cen­ter for Law and Ethics. In addi­tion, she is a pro­fes­sor in the Mas­ter of Human Rights Edu­ca­tion of the Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Human Rights and the Cen­tre for Region­al Coop­er­a­tion for Adults Edu­ca­tion in Latin Amer­i­ca and the Caribbean. She was rec­og­nized by the Inter­na­tion­al Human Rights Com­mu­ni­ty when she was named the 2014 Mar­tin Ennals Lau­re­ate, an award con­sid­ered “the Nobel of Human Rights” which is grant­ed to indi­vid­u­als who have demon­strat­ed a deep com­mit­ment to human rights and have faced great per­son­al risk. In March of 2015 the Sen­ate of the Mex­i­can Repub­lic con­grat­u­lat­ed Ale­jan­dra for this award, mark­ing the first time the Sen­ate has acknowl­edged a female human rights defend­er. The Span­ish news­pa­per El País named Ale­jan­dra one of the 25 most influ­en­tial Latin Amer­i­cans, and the Mex­i­can mag­a­zine Quien includ­ed her in the Quien 50 edi­tion for con­tribut­ing to the trans­for­ma­tion of Mex­i­co. In 2013, the Law School of Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty rec­og­nized her work by giv­ing her the Wasser­stein Pub­lic Inter­est Award.

Esmer­al­da Lopez (J.D.)

Esmer­al­da Lopez serves as an Advo­ca­cy Offi­cer at the U.S. Com­mit­tee for Refugees and Immi­grants (USCRI). In her posi­tion at USCRI, Ms. Lopez works exten­sive­ly with the U.S. gov­ern­ment, for­eign diplo­mats and inter­na­tion­al orga­ni­za­tions advo­cat­ing on behalf of refugees, unac­com­pa­nied immi­grant chil­dren, and traf­fick­ing sur­vivors. She spoke on the vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties of unac­com­pa­nied immi­grant girls in the Amer­i­c­as before the Unit­ed Nations High Com­mis­sion­er for Refugees in Gene­va, Switzer­land and has tes­ti­fied twice before the Inter-Amer­i­can Com­mis­sion of Human Rights con­cern­ing the pro­tec­tion of refugees in the Amer­i­c­as. In addi­tion to her work with USCRI, Ms. Lopez is a Mex­i­co Coun­try Spe­cial­ist with Amnesty Inter­na­tion­al USA where she helps devel­op strate­gies to call atten­tion to the human rights and polit­i­cal sit­u­a­tions in Mex­i­co. Ms. Lopez had two op-eds pub­lished by CNN and Fusion, and has been inter­viewed by a vari­ety of nation­al and inter­na­tion­al media out­lets such as Uni­vi­sion, Radio La Gente and La Pren­sa Grafi­ca. Ms. Lopez earned her JD at San­ta Clara Uni­ver­si­ty School of Law and clerked for the Inter-Amer­i­can Court of Human Rights, in San Jose, Cos­ta Rica.

Lisa Davis (J.D.)

Lisa Davis is the Clin­i­cal Pro­fes­sor of Law for the Inter­na­tion­al Women’s Human Rights (IWHR) Clin­ic and leads the Gen­der Law and Pol­i­cy Project (GLPP) at the Sorensen Cen­ter for Inter­na­tion­al Peace and Jus­tice. For over fif­teen years she has worked as an advo­cate for gen­der and human rights. She has writ­ten and report­ed exten­sive­ly on human rights and gen­der issues, with a focus on peace-build­ing and secu­ri­ty issues in con­flict and dis­as­ter set­tings. Lisa has led in-coun­try fact-find­ing inves­ti­ga­tions and train­ings on human rights vio­la­tions in the Mid­dle East and North Africa, Latin Amer­i­ca and South­east Asia and has advo­cat­ed before var­i­ous U.N. human rights bod­ies, the Inter-Amer­i­can Com­mis­sion for Human Rights (IACHR), the Inter-Amer­i­can Court of Human Rights, and in domes­tic court.

Pri­or to join­ing CUNY Law in 2010, she estab­lished the advo­ca­cy depart­ment at MADRE, an inter­na­tion­al women’s human rights orga­ni­za­tion, where she devel­oped the legal advo­ca­cy plat­form to advance women’s human rights in peace-build­ing and secu­ri­ty issues. Lisa con­tin­ues to direct the inter­na­tion­al advo­ca­cy and lit­i­ga­tion strate­gies for MADRE. Before work­ing at MADRE, Lisa worked as an inter­na­tion­al human rights legal con­sul­tant for var­i­ous U.N. experts and inter-gov­ern­men­tal insti­tu­tions on gen­der and human rights con­cerns through­out the world. Lisa served as the Coor­di­na­tor for the Lawyers’ Earth­quake Response Net­work (LERN) Gen­der Work­ing Group for two years and was a mem­ber of the New York City Bar Asso­ci­a­tion Inter­na­tion­al Human Rights Com­mit­tee.


India Pan­el

Gopi­ka Solan­ki

Gopi­ka Solan­ki is Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor of Polit­i­cal Sci­ence at Car­leton Uni­ver­si­ty, Cana­da. Her research strad­dles dis­ci­plines of Polit­i­cal Sci­ence, Legal Anthro­pol­o­gy, Women’s Stud­ies, and Law. Her inter­ests include gen­der and pol­i­tics, state-soci­ety rela­tions, cul­tur­al plu­ral­ism and cit­i­zen­ship, legal plu­ral­ism and judi­cial pol­i­tics, eth­nic­i­ty, reli­gion and pol­i­tics, crim­i­nal law and gov­er­nance, and South Asian pol­i­tics. She is the author of Adju­di­ca­tion in Reli­gious Fam­i­ly Laws: Cul­tur­al Accom­mo­da­tion, Legal Plu­ral­ism, and Gen­der Equal­i­ty in India (Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 2011) and the co-author of Jour­ney from Vio­lence to Crime: A Study of Domes­tic Vio­lence in the City of Mum­bai. She has con­tributed to var­i­ous jour­nals and books.

Ran­gi­ta de Sil­va de Alwis (J.D)

Ran­gi­ta de Sil­va de Alwis is the Asso­ciate Dean for Inter­na­tion­al Pro­grams at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia Law School. Ran­gi­ta is an esteemed women’s human rights schol­ar and prac­ti­tion­er with over 25 years of expe­ri­ence work­ing glob­al­ly in over 25 coun­tries with a vast net­work of aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tions, gov­ern­ment, and non­govern­ment enti­ties on women’s human rights law and pol­i­cy mak­ing and insti­tu­tion­al reform.  Pri­or to join­ing Penn Law, she was the inau­gur­al direc­tor of the Wil­son Center’s Glob­al Women’s Lead­er­ship Ini­tia­tive and the Women in Pub­lic Ser­vice Project launched by Sec­re­tary Hillary Clin­ton and the Sev­en Sis­ters Col­leges.  She has served as an advis­er to UNICEF, UN Women, UNFPA, and UNDP.  Ran­gi­ta has pub­lished wide­ly with the World Bank, Unit­ed Nations, and in var­i­ous lead­ing law jour­nals. Ran­gi­ta has a Doc­tor­ate in Law (S.J.D.) from Har­vard Law School and was a Teach­ing Fel­low with the Euro­pean Law Research Insti­tute at Har­vard Law School, a Research Fel­low with the Women and Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Pro­gram at the Kennedy School of Gov­ern­ment, Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty and a  Vis­it­ing Fel­low at Har­vard Law School’s Human Rights Pro­gram. She was a Ful­bright Spe­cial­ist with the Asian Uni­ver­si­ty of Women, a Dis­tin­guished Vis­it­ing Lec­tur­er at Welles­ley Col­lege, a Vis­it­ing Schol­ar at Welles­ley Cen­ters for Women, and an Hon­orary Pro­fes­sor of Chi­na Women’s Uni­ver­si­ty.

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