Feb 15, 2013
1:00pm - 2:00pm    |     Furman 334, 245 Sullivan Street, NYU School of Law, New York, NY

About the Lecture:

Historically, inter-American supra-national bodies, such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, dealt with cases brought against countries in which authoritarian regimes were the norm, developing a robust body of case law on human rights with a top-down approach. Utilizing this top-down approach, international bodies prescribed what countries should do in order to comply with international human rights standards. Once democracy was restored in these previously authoritarian countries, individuals and groups were no longer consumed with the overarching goal of dismantling the respective authoritarian regimes and the human rights violations and atrocities that accompanied them. This opened up spaces for advocates to bring “new” rights claims before human rights agencies and courts. Regional human rights bodies, therefore, have had to adjust their policies and practices in light of these new cases.

Against this background, Professor Jorge Contesse will reflect on some of the challenges that both human rights advocates and scholars face in the context of greater transnational interaction and how international law may become an even more diffuse set of legal norms and principles.

 About Our Speaker:

Jorge Contesse is currently a Schell Center Visiting Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School and will join Rutgers Law School-Newark in the fall 2013.  Previously he was assistant professor of law at the Universidad Diego Portales, in Santiago, Chile, where he directed its Center for Human Rights. He sits on the board of Chile’s National Human Rights Institute. He has been Visiting Resource Professor at the University of Texas, Crowley Fellow in International Human Rights at Fordham Law School and Visiting Professor at the University of Miami School of Law. Jorge has also been a researcher and consultant to various international organizations, such as the International Council on Human Rights Policy, Human Rights Watch and the Ford Foundation. He has directed research projects focusing on indigenous peoples, including a project cosponsored by Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School and Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). He is one of the founding members of the Latin American Series at Yale Law School.

Jorge’s research interests lie on the intersection between international human rights law and constitutional law. His J.S.D. dissertation explores the particular case of indigenous peoples’ law in Chile and the Americas, discussing the way in which international human rights affects and influences domestic law and the challenges these interactions pose to traditional legal arrangements.

Read Jorge’s working paper here.

Lunch will be served. Valid ID and RSVP are required for entry. Please RSVP to watnea@exchange.law.nyu.edu

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