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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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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:

The Lecture Series and Symposia

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Is There Any Justice in A World Wracked by Mass Atrocities? If There Isn’t or Isn't Much, Can There Be?
Stephen J. Rapp, formerly, Ambassador-at-Large from U.S. Office of Global Criminal Justice; presently, Sonia and Harry Blumenthal Distinguished Fellow for the Prevention of Genocide, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
11:45 to 1:45 (lunch at 11:30)
MSU Law, Room 472

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
What You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask--About Talsky Center-Funded Externships
Michelle Oliel, Attorney for the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia; Advisor to the Talsky Center; Co-Founder of the Stahili Foundation
Namira Islam, Graduate of MSU Law, Attorney, and former Talsky Center extern; Co-Founder & Executive Director of Muslim ARC
12:10 to 1:25 (lunch at 11:55)
MSU Law, Room 346

Monday, February 20, 2017
A Former Child Soldier Speaks
Michel Chikwanine, former child soldier, Democratic Republic of Congo
11:45 to 1:45 (lunch at 11:30)
MSU Law, Castle Board Room

Monday, March 27, 2017
Symposium on Immigrants' Rights Under International Law
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Morten Kjaerum, Director of Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Sweden; Chair, Board of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles

PANEL #1: ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE MIGRANT POPULATIONS: CHILDREN, WOMEN, AND INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS: Sumudu Atapattu, Director, Research Centers & Coordinator, UW-Madison Human Rights Program, University of Wisconsin Law School; Michael Garcia Bochenek, Senior Counsel, Children’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch; Roberta Cohen, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Karen Musalo, Professor of Law and Director of Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, U.C. Hastings College of Law

PANEL #2: INTERNATIONAL LAW GOVERNING MIGRANT POPULATIONS: OVERARCHING PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS: Vincent Chetail, Professor of Public International Law and Director of Global Migration Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland; Juss Satvinder, Professor of Law, King’s College, London, England; E. Tendayi Achiume, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law; Colin Harvey, Professor of Human Rights Law, School of Law, Queen’s University, Belfast, Ireland

10:00 to 5:20
MSU Law, Castle Board Room