About the Center
The Lori E. Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women and Children was founded in 2012 due to the funding and inspiration of Lori E. Talsky, ’96, and her husband, Alan S. Zekelman.
The Talsky Center’s mission is to educate MSU College of Law students, as well as the broader community, about international human rights law and international humanitarian law. The Center aims to promote an understanding of the important civilizing role that this body of law so often plays in a world fraught with transgressions against human dignity and well-being. The Center promotes human rights for all people, with a focus on women and children—generally the most vulnerable and, therefore, most easily victimized members of society.
The Talsky Center offers a diverse program of activities to serve MSU Law students and contribute to strengthening advocacy for human rights. For example, the Center funds externships for MSU Law students at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which is located at The Hague in The Netherlands, and at other courts and institutions devoted to upholding these rights.
Each academic year, the Talsky Center sponsors a variety of speakers at the Law College to share their expertise in international human rights or humanitarian law, or their knowledge of one of the ongoing crises engendered by violations of such law. The Center also organizes annual symposia on a wide range of important human rights law issues.