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Never Again — Fulfilling a Promise By Anna Duke

The International Human Rights Law Clinic’s blog series The Matter of Human Rights continues with this third installment by third-year-law-student Anna Duke. In her piece “Never Again – Fulfilling a Promise,” Duke discusses the crime of genocide, established at the Genocide Convention in 1945, as an example of how the history of international law has manifested as a struggle between aspiration and political will. Duke references past instances of genocide and analyzes the language of the Convention to argue that public pressure can generate political will and overcome limitations of legal definitions.

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Publications and Students

The Foundation of Human Rights: Is “Enough” Really Enough? by Joseph Nunn

Yesterday marked the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. With it, the International Human Rights Clinic brings the second installment of its blog series The Matter of Human Rights: “The Foundation of Human Rights: Is “Enough” Really Enough?” Joseph Nunn, a third year student at the law school, critically examines the promises of the Universal Declaration as they have been realized in practice.

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Faculty

In the News: Mark Bradley on the 70th Anniversary of the UDHR

“When an American president believes in torture, in banning Muslims, and in putting the children of immigrants in cages, it is a dark moment to observe the 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the United States. Do Americans still remember the aspirations embedded in that revolutionary document? Can the values and transformative political projects that drove the human rights moment of the 1940s be recovered and repurposed 70 years on?”

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Announcements and Events

Pozen Center to Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

December 10, 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—the landmark document that for the first time enumerated the fundamental human rights to be universally honored and protected. On January 17, 2019, the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights will honor and commemorate this milestone anniversary with a Festival of Human Rights. Students, faculty, and community members will select one of the UDHR’s thirty articles and interpret it through a contemporary lens. Over an eight-hour period, attendees will be invited to immerse themselves in the theory and practice of human rights through art making, literature, historical reflection, and more.

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Human Rights Internship Alums Mentor & Support Incoming Cohort

Our Human Rights interns are a thoughtful and talented group of students—for years now, the Pozen Center has drawn upon internship alumni to serve as Peer Leaders, coaching prospective interns through the application process and mentoring new cohorts as they secure and plan for their summer internships. This year, in partnership with Career Advancement, we were thrilled to expand alumni involvement in a meaningful way. More than 30 former interns—at various stages in their careers—signed up to review internship applications and interview students on campus. In this reflection, Peer Leader Salma Elkhaoudi shares her experience participating in the internship program from a new perspective.

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Announcements, Faculty, and Publications

The Long Term: Resisting Life Sentences, Working Toward Freedom, a new anthology coedited by Alice Kim

Director of Human Rights Practice Alice Kim is coeditor of and contributor to a new book illustrating the devastation caused by an unjust prison system. Kim is the inaugural director of the new Human Rights Lab, a project of the Pozen Center, that is engaging students and community in human rights work addressing mass incarceration and racialized policing.

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