Apr 23 - 24, 2020
9:00am - 5:00pm    |    Virtual Event via Zoom

Each year, the IILJ hosts the International Law and Human Rights Emerging Scholarship Conference in partnership with the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. Begun in 2003, the conference aims to foster a culture of appreciation for high-quality, engaged scholarship among the law school’s international law and human rights communities. Students present original papers and receive expert feedback in a constructive, collaborative setting. Papers presented at this conference have gone on to be published in quality journals, including the Canadian Yearbook of International Law, the Journal of International Criminal Justice, and the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics.

This year, the 17th Annual International Law and Human Rights Emerging Scholarship Conference will be held (virtually) at NYU School of Law on April 23-24, 2020. Students whose papers or works-in-progress are selected will briefly present their work at the conference and will receive comments from an interdisciplinary group of faculty members and practitioners, who will lead discussion and debate following presentations.

One student will be awarded the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice’s Emerging Scholar Essay Prize for the best paper on human rights. Outstanding papers on any issue of international law may also be considered for inclusion in the IILJ Emerging Scholars Working Papers.

Please RSVP for Zoom access. Daft papers available upon request, but are not for circulation.

Schedule Day 1 – Thursday, April 23

9:30-10:00 a.m.

Ngozi Nwanta — “Creating Identities for Development: The Identification for Development Project of the World Bank”

  • Philip Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law, NYU School of Law
  • Thomas Strienz, Institute Fellow, IILJ; Associate Professor of Law, NYU School of Law

1:00-1:30 p.m.

Rachel Riegelhaupt — “Asylum as Reparation for Past Historical Wrongs: United States’ Involvement in Creating Today’s Central American Refugee Crisis”

  • Joseph Nevins, Professor of Geography and Director of Independent Program, Vassar College
  • Christy Thornton, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

1:30-2:15 p.m.

Beenish Riaz — “Immigration and the Access to Justice Crisis: Community Paralegals in the United States”

  • Alice Farmer, Legal Officer, UNHCR
  • Laura Goodwin, Director, Citizenship Program, Namati
  • Michelle Pistone, Director of Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES)  & Professor of Law, Villanova University

2:30-3:00 p.m.

Eden Lapidor — “The Influences of Modern-Day Asymmetric Warfare on the Interpretation of the Laws Regulating Warfare”

  • Ryan Goodman, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law, NYU School of Law
  • Karin Loevy, IILJ Visiting Scholar and JSD Program Manager, NYU School of Law

Schedule Day 2 – Friday, April 24

9:00-9:45 a.m.

Matthew Blainey — “Strategic Litigation in Hong Kong: the City of Protest”

10:45-11:30 a.m.

Emma Iannini —”Cultivating Civilization: The Confucian Principles Behind the CCP’s Mass Imprisonment of Uighurs and What Human Rights Advocates Can Do to Stop It”

  • Aaron Halegua, Research Scholar, US-Asia Law Institute
  • Sally Merry, CHRGJ Faculty Director and Silver Professor of Anthropology, New York University
  • Katherine Wilhelm, Executive Director, US-Asia Law Institute

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Tatiana August-Schmidt — “Defending Climate Change Policies in International Investment Law: The Necessity Defense and Essential Security Exceptions”

12:00-12:30 p.m.

Victoria Adelmant — “Climate Change and Strategic Human Rights Litigation: An Insurmountable Challenge or an Opportunity for Broader Change?”

  • César Rodríguez-Garavito, Visiting Professor of Clinical Law, NYU School of Law
  • Katrina Wyman, Sarah Herring Sorin Professor of Law and Director, Environmental and Energy Law LLM Program, NYU School of Law

12:30-1:00 p.m.

Jackson Gandour — “Labour and Globalization”

1:00-1:30 p.m.

Sasha Boutillier — “Statutory Analogy and Liability of American Corporations under the Alien Tort Statute”

  • Jane Rooney, Global Research Fellow, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice
  • Sara Robinson, Legal Fellow, Global Justice Clinic

1:30-2:00 p.m.

Julia Chen — “Modernizing Corporate Veil Piercing: A Critique of the Yaiguaje v. Chevron Decision”

  • Jane Rooney, Global Research Fellow, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice
  • Stobo Sniderman, Scholar in Residence, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice

2:00-2:30 p.m.

Kathryn Gundersen — “Private Regulation of Space”

  • Eytan Tepper, Post-Doctoral Global Fellow, NYU School of Law
  • Harlan Cohen, Gabriel M. Wilner/UGA Foundation Professor in International Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law

2:30-3:15 p.m.

Lucas Cuatrecasas — “Global Stablecoin as an International Investment”

  • José Alvarez, Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law
  • Drew Hinkes, Attorney at Carlton Fields, Adjunct Professor at NYU School of Law
  • Stratos Nikolaos Pahis, Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering, NYU School of Law

3:15-3:45 p.m.

Charlotte Verdon — “Improving the Present to Repair the Past: A Proposal to Redefine the Guiding Principle of Reparation for Gross Violations of Human Rights”

  • Pablo de Greiff, Transitional Justice Program Director, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice
  • Jackie Dugard, Scholar in Residence, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice; Associate Professor, School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand

3:45-4:15 p.m.

Daniela Pedraza Moreno — “Transformative Reparations As A Catalyzer Of Processes Where Women Advance From Victims To Citizens: Analysis Of The Colombian Land Restitution Program”

  • Pablo de Greiff, Transitional Justice Program Director, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice
  • Jackie Dugard, Scholar in Residence, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice; Associate Professor, School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand
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