MSU College of Law

Lori E. Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women and Children

Educating students and the broader community about international human rights and humanitarian law.

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News

Professor Bitensky interviewed on The Steve Gruber Show. (MP3)

On June 14, 2016 Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed into law the Talsky Center’s bill, requiring public high schools to provide anti-genocide instruction to students.  You can access new law’s contents at: www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2015-2016/billenrolled/House/pdf/2015-HNB-4493.pdf.


The Lecture Series

Monday, September 11, 2017
The Bystander’s Crime:  Lessons from the Holocaust
Amos N. Guiora, Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, and Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.), Israel Defense Forces
11:45 to 1:45 (lunch at 11:30)
MSU Law, Castle Board Room

Monday, October 16, 2017 (two speakers)
A Survivor of the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Bears Witness
Setsuko Thurlow
and
Is It Legal to Use or Threaten to Use Nuclear Weapons?
Elliott Lee Meyrowitz, Ph.D., J.D., Professor of History, Macomb Community College, and author of PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS: THE RELEVANCE OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (cited in dissent to opinion of the International Court of Justice)
11:45 to 1:45 (lunch at 11:30)
MSU Law, Castle Board Room

Monday, October 30, 2017
Would a Monument to Hitler Violate Human Rights Law? And What About a Monument to Robert E. Lee?
Dr. Lucas Lixinski, Senior Lecturer, Co-Director of Postgraduate Studies, UNSW Law, Sydney, Australia
11:45 to 1:45 (lunch at 11:30)
MSU Law, Castle Board Room

Monday, November 13, 2017
(Co-sponsored with the MSU Law Triangle Bar)
Do Members of the LBGTQ Community Have Human Rights?
Graeme Reid, Director, Human Rights Watch’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program
11:45 to 1:45 (lunch at 11:30)
MSU Law, Castle Board Room 

Monday, December 4, 2017
Child Trafficking: Can Good Intentions Cause Harm?
Michelle Oliel, LL.M., J.D., Attorney, Trial Chamber, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia;  Co-founder and Executive Director, Stahili Foundation; Human Rights Adviser, Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women and Children, MSU Law
11:45 to 1:45 (lunch at 11:30)
MSU Law, Castle Board Room

Monday, January 22, 2018
In Litigation: Do Detroit Schoolchildren Have a Fundamental Right to Literacy Under the U.S. Constitution and, If So, Has Michigan Violated It?
Mark Rosenbaum, Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in Pending Litigation; Director, Public Counsel Opportunity Under Law, Public Counsel Law Firm;  formerly Chief Counsel, ACLU of Southern California; formerly Professor of Law, The University of Michigan Law School
11:45 to 1:45 (lunch at 11:30)
MSU Law, Castle Board Room

Monday, February 12, 2018
Do Human Rights Matter and Why Should We Care?
Beth Simmons, Professor in Law and Political Science, University of Pennsylvania Law School
11:45 to 1:45 (lunch at 11:30)
MSU Law, Castle Board Room

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Would the World Be Better Without the U.N.?
Thomas G. Weiss, Presidential Professor of Political Science, The Graduate Center, CUNY
11:45 to 1:45 (lunch at 11:30)
MSU Law, Castle Board Room 

Monday, April 2, 2018
HATE SPEECH: Illegal Under International Human Rights Law?
Stephanie Farrior, Professor of Law And Director of the Center for Applied Human Rights, Vermont Law School
11:45 to 1:45 (lunch at 11:30)
MSU Law, Castle Board Room