Nov 2, 2015
8:30am - 1:00pm    |    West Wing of Golding Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall, Washington Square 40, New York City


Valid ID required.

Space may be limited, please RSVP here if you would like to attend.

Breakfast and refreshments will be served.

Visiting Scholars are at the heart of CHRGJ’s scholarly work and represent an integral part of the Center.

The Visiting Scholars Research Forum is an opportunity to learn more about the research and work of CHRGJ’s scholars in residence. During this half day forum, four researchers will present their current work to an audience of academics, practitioners and peers. After each presentation, there will be time for Q&A and for a substantive discussion about their work. Concept papers will be available one week prior to the date, and can be shared with people on the RSVP list upon request.

8:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 – 9:45 am Sen Raj

Snapping Discrimination: Accommodating Queer Cases

From activist mobilizations to public debates, anger has been a generative gesture in legal responses that address discrimination against sexual and gender minorities. Rather than provide “insider” critiques of anti-discrimination law, I take a specific reading of anger – as a gesture of snap – to capture the moments that snap both individual (queer minorities) and institutional (queer cases) tolerance. By offering an affective queer reading of what I call “pro –LGBTI” public accommodation cases from the US, the UK, and Australia, I map out how anger works as a gesture of snap that points to the specific forms of injury that will be remedied and identities or intimacies that will be recognized while covering over others.

9:50 – 10:35 am Meg Davis

Measuring the Impact of Human Rights on Health at the Global Fund

UNAIDS, WHO and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria have joined to promote rapid global scale-up of HIV, TB and malaria programs with the aim of ending the three diseases by 2030. These indicators, based on infectious disease modeling, can help to measure countries’ realization of the right to health and fulfillment of SDGs. However, what they do not measure is important, too: how laws that criminalize same-sex relationships, sex work, drug use and more may affect national health programs’ ability to meet global targets — or how investing in access to justice, community mobilization and law reform might help improve health status.

10:35 – 11:00 am Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:45 am Inga Winkler

New or neglected? The human right to sanitation

The human right to sanitation was recognized by the UN General Assembly and the Human Rights Council in 2010 and is starting to receive more attention. What does this recognition mean? Is the right to sanitation part of legally binding international human rights law? Is it a new human right? What is its status? Should it be understood as a distinct human right? – The presentation will address these questions and will situate the right to sanitation in the context of other human rights. It will also discuss different aspects of sanitation combining aspects of individual dignity and public health examining the role of the State in realizing human rights.

11:50 – 12:35 am Marcos Zunino

Revolutionary Tribunals: transitional justice against legalism?

In recent years, there has been an interest in non-legalistic and more participatory responses to human rights violations. Marcos Zunino looks into the revolutionary tribunals which were adopted following non-liberal transitions as instances of transitional justice. These courts featuring lay judges were set up in countries such as Ghana, Nicaragua, Burkina Faso and Cuba. They adjudicated on human rights violations, engaged with socioeconomic issues and sought to break away from existing legal traditions.  In so doing, they impinged on established legal principles. As such, they can offer useful lessons for current debates on transitional justice.

For more presentations by visiting scholars, please visit the website of the Hauser Global Fellows Forum organized on October 21, October 23 and Wednesday November 4, where several CHRGJ affiliated researchers will also present their work.






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