Nov 8, 2019
9:00am - 5:45pm    |    Lipton Hall, 108 West 3rd Street, New York, NY 10012

Join us at NYU School of Law for a discussion among leading experts on the far-reaching impact of Professor Sally Engle Merry’s defining contributions to law and anthropology.


Human Rights and Anthropology — 9:00–10:15 a.m.

Julie Billaud (Graduate Institute, Geneva) Strategizing for Relevance: NGO’s Submissions to the Universal Periodic Review

Jane Cowan (University of Sussex) Words, Numbers, Culture: Thinking with Sally Merry at the Universal Periodic Review

Mark Goodale (Lausanne) Vernacularization as Anthropological Ethics

Sam Martinez (U Conn) Beyond the Vanishing Point: Quantification in Today’s Anti-Slavery Rhetoric

Fred Myers (NYU Anthropology) Rites of Culture: Legal Frameworks, Indigenous Protocols, and the Circulation of Culture in Australia


Gender — 10:15–11:30 a.m.

Hilary Charlesworth (University of Melbourne) Visual Images of Women in International Organizations

Dorothy Hodgson (Brandeis University) ‘We are Not Birds’: Land Dispossession, Collective Protest, and Gender Justice in Tanzania

Miriam Ticktin (The New School University) Gendered Innocence


The Local Futures of Human Rights — 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Meg Davis (Graduate Institute, Geneva) The Noble Lie: Data on the Fast Track to the End of AIDS

Cesar Rodriguez-Garavíto (NYU) Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and the Climate Crisis

Jack Snyder (Columbia) Vernacularizing Rights: Necessary but Dangerous


Indicators — 2:00–3:15 p.m.

Meg Satterthwaite (NYU) The Seductions of Quantification Rebuffed? The Curious Failure of UN Treaty Bodies to Engage Human Rights Data

Beth Simmons (Penn) The Power of Ranking: The Ease of Doing Business Indicator and Global Regulatory Behavior

Benedict Kingsbury (NYU) Knowledge Infrastructures

Kevin Davis (NYU) Missing Legal Indicators


International Justice — 3:30–4:45 p.m.

Kamari Clarke (UCLA) Indicators, Treaties, and Regional Courts

Richard Wilson (U Conn) Towards an Ethnography of International Justice Institutions

Richard Abel (UCLA) The Fate of the Rule of Law in the US ‘War on Terror’: The Trump Years

Pablo de Greiff (NYU) The Future of the Past: the Current State and Prospects of Transitional Justice


Closing Session — 5:00–5:45 p.m.

Interview with Sally Engle Merry — Philip Alston


Reception to follow


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