Global Justice Clinic Files Victim Statement Calling on International Criminal Court to Hold Perpetrators of CIA Torture Program Accountable
On the eve of celebrations of the International Criminal Court’s (ICC’s) 20th anniversary, the Global Justice Clinic filed a statement with the Court on behalf of Mr. Mohammed al-Asad calling for accountability for victims of CIA torture and secret detention. The submission, filed at the request of Mr. al-Asad’s widow, Ms. Zahra Mohamed, follows the ICC Prosecutor’s request for victims’ views on whether a formal investigation should be conducted into crimes committed in Afghanistan since 1 May 2003, as well as other crimes that have a nexus to the armed conflict in Afghanistan, including those committed by members of the U.S. armed forces and the CIA.
Meg Satterthwaite, CHRGJ Faculty Director and Co-Chair, and John Emerson, former CHRGJ Fellow, have authored and released a toolkit titled Introduction to Data Visualization for Human Rights: A Guidebook and Workshop Activity. Using data visualization can improve the effectiveness of human rights work that involves data. In particular, combining data and visuals in the promotion of human rights enables advocates to harness the power of both statistics and narrative. Visualizing data can facilitate audiences’ understanding of abuses and motivate people to take action. When used as a tool in human rights research, it can help investigators identify patterns and see the connections among individual rights violations. This toolkit introduces researchers to topics and principles of data visualization for human rights and can be used on its own or as a data visualization workshop activity. This project is the result of a collaboration with the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Philip Alston, announced that he will be conducting an official country visit to Ghana on April 9-18, 2018 to examine the situation relating to people living in extreme poverty and to assess the impact on the realization of their human rights.
He invites individuals who work on or experience poverty in Ghana, non-governmental organisations, activists, and scholars to provide input for the preparation of his visit. Submissions should be concise and may include additional supporting materials. The preferred length is not more than 1500 words.
Caption: Kumasi, Ghana. Image credit: Reuben Hayfron.
On Thursday, January 25, 2018, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers’ Guild and Margaret Satterthwaite, NYU School of Law professor and director of the Global Justice Clinic, filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to obtain records documenting the reasons behind the U.S. government’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. NYU School of Law’s Immigrant Rights Clinic provided legal counsel.
Caption: Haitian immigrants protesting Trump immigration policies in St. Paul, Minnesota. Image credit: Fibonacci Blue.
The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and Just Security are accepting applications for the Human Rights Scholars program. The program offers currently enrolled NYU School of Law students the opportunity to contribute to the Center’s activities as research assistants and to undertake independent writing projects under the guidance of CHRGJ faculty and staff. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until Wednesday, February 14, but students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The program will run through the end of the academic year. Only applications for Just Security will be considered.
Draft paper submission deadline: March 9, 2018
Conference dates: April 19-20, 2018
The Institute for International Law and Justice and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice are pleased to announce that submissions are now being accepted for the 15th Annual International Law and Human Rights Emerging Scholarship Conference, to be held at NYU School of Law on April 19-20, 2018.
The conference, open to currently enrolled NYU School of Law students, provides an opportunity for the presentation of papers and works-in-progress, discussion, and debate on a broad set of human rights and other international law issues. The purpose of the conference is to encourage the development of scholarship in a constructive and collaborative environment.