Talsky Center Lecture Series and Symposia
The Lori E. Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women and Children is dedicated to bringing to the MSU Law campus a range of speakers who are experts in international human rights or humanitarian law, or who are particularly knowledgeable about one of the ongoing crises engendered by violations of such law.
2012-2013 Calendar of Lectures and Symposia
Externship Information Session about
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
Monday, September 10, 2012
MSU Law, Castle Board Room, 5 to 5:30 p.m.
MSU Law 3Ls Sana Abid and Namira Islam will speak about their summer 2012 externship experiences at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
Assistant Dean for Career Development Elliot Spoon will moderate the discussion and provide information about available externships and the application process.
Presentation by Dr. Karen Mock, Canadian Psychologist and Human Rights Activist, on
“Multiculturalism and Human Rights: The Increasing Challenge of Competing Rights Domestically and Abroad”
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Noon, MSU Law, Castle Board Room
Dr. Mock's address will be based on the premise that our increasingly diverse society brings challenges when rights and freedoms compete or collide—freedom of speech versus freedom from harassment and hate, freedom of religion versus gender equality or freedom for traditional cultural practices. She will probe how far we should go to accommodate differences, while at the same time staying committed to human rights, fairness, and equality for all.
Debate Co-Sponsored by the Talsky Center & The Federalist Society
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Noon, MSU Law, Room 473
Professor Jernej Letnar Cernic, Faculty of Law, European University Institute, Slovenia, and James P. Kelly, III, The Federalist Society's expert jurist on international affairs, will debate whether transnational corporations should be or are already subject to international human rights law.
Presentation by Jordan J. Paust, the Mike and Teresa Baker Professor of International Law at University of Houston Law Center, on Some Seventy Years After Nuremberg: Laws of War and Human Rights Violations During the Bush-Cheney Era
Professor Paust will discuss the Nuremberg Tribunal's contribution to the laws of war and international human rights law; he will also address the applicability of that contribution to certain of the Bush-Cheney administration's activities.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Noon, MSU Law, Room 473
Symposium on Whether the U.S. Should Become a Party to the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child
April 4-5, 2013 (Evening of Apr. 4th at the East Lansing Marriott; all day on Apr. 5th at MSU Law College's Castle Board Room)
Thursday evening will consist of a dinner and keynote speaker, Howard Davidson, director of the American Bar Association's Center on Children and the Law.
Friday will consist of three panels—on the child soldier, on those Convention rights enhancing the child's quality of life, and on the experiences of states parties in living under the Convention.
Legal experts from around the world will speak as panelists, including:
- Professor Francoise Hampson, University of Essex School of Law
- Professor Mark Hecht, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
- Professor Jeff Vandenhole, University of Antwerp Faculty of Law
- Professor Jonathan Todres, Georgia State University College of Law
- Professor Bernadine Dohrn, Northwestern University School of Law
- Norwegian Ombudsman for Children
- Professor Tamar Morag, The Haim Striks School of Law, Israel
- Professor Matthew Happold, The Faculty of Law, Economics, and Finance, University of Luxembourg
- Ms. Jo Becker, Advocacy Director of the Children's Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, and Chairperson, International Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers
- Mr. Adem Arkadas-Thibert, Human Rights and Child Rights Advocacy Officer, International Children's Center, Turkey
Past Lecture Series and Symposia
2012: Judge Bakone J. Moloto
Judge, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
“From Apartheid to War Crimes: Protecting Human Rights”
Press release: http://law.msu.edu/news/2012/protecting-human-rights.html
2012: Michele Oliel
Fellow, Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
“Ending Impunity for Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes, And Genocide Perpetrated On Civilians”
Press release: http://law.msu.edu/news/2012/talsky-lecture.html