The University of Minnesota Law School Human Rights Center and the College of Liberal Arts celebrated the inauguration of the UMN - Antioquia Human Rights Law Partnership on September 10 at a reception at the Law School. The event welcomed nine visiting faculty, staff and students from four partnering academic institutions in the Antioquia region of Colombia.
With receipt of almost $9 million from the Robina Foundation, the University of Minnesota Law School received one of the largest gifts in its history. The gift was divided evenly to support two Law School programs: the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice and a new University of Minnesota Law School Center for New Americans, focused on immigration law. Together, these gifts support work that will impact millions of people.
Applications are now being accepted for the LL.M. Program for Foreign Lawyers Class of 2015. The application is due April 1, 2014. Click here to learn how to apply.
The 2013 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows' Cultural Presentations are an ongoing series in which each fellow gives a brief presentation on aspects of life, culture and contemporary issues of importance in his/her home country. The presentations are followed by questions and conversation with the fellows. Click here to see a list of the presentations.
Professor Oren Gross will deliver his Irving Younger Professorship in Law reappointment lecture on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. His lecture is entitled "The New Way of War: Is There a Duty to Use Drones?" One CLE credit has been requested.
On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, International Human Rights Day, the Law School's Human Rights Center will mark its 25th anniversary with entertainment and food at Grace Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St., Minneapolis. The free public event runs from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Human Rights Center was founded by Professor David Weissbrodt on December 10, 1988, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Kristi Rudelius-Palmer has served as co-director since 1989. The International Women's Rights Action Watch joined the Human Rights Center in 2006. Today the center conducts human rights research and policy analysis, develops educational programs, administers fellowships, and maintains a library that is renowned for its extensive collection of human rights documents and reference materials.
The Law School held a symposium entitled "The Nuremberg Trials and the World's Response to Genocide" on November 15, 2013. The symposium addressed the importance of the Nuremberg trials for the rule or law and honored Minnesotans who played a critical role at the Nuremberg trials. The event featured a screening of a documentary on the Nuremberg trials, as well as a panel of top scholars who discussed the role of an international criminal court and the challenges of an international response to genocide. The symposium was part of a traveling international exhibit, "Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich," hosted by Chief Judge Michael J. Davis (’72) on behalf of the Federal District Court for the District of Minnesota. The exhibit explored Hitler's systematic and calculated strategy to disable the legal system and the constitutional framework of the Weimar Republic, setting the stage for the commission of unthinkable crimes against humanity.
International Education Week is an annual celebration during which University of Minnesota colleges, campuses and student groups plan events and activities to highlight the University's support of international education. This year's events were held November 11-15, 2013. For more information, visit http://global.umn.edu/global-u/iew/.
The University of Minnesota Law School and the University of Ulster Transitional Justice Institute co-hosted a second "International Gender and Conflict Conference" in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on November 9-10, 2013. The conference brought together leading policymakers and scholars from around the world to address contemporary issues affecting women and men in conflict situations. Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin served as associate director of the conference, which was co-sponsored by the Robina Foundation. The first conference,"Gendering Conflict and Post-Conflict Terrains: New Challenges and Opportunities," took place at the Law School on May 18-19, 2012.
On November 2-3, 2013, "Law and War: An International Humanitarian Law Workshop" was held at the Law School. The workshop featured lectures and hands-on exercises that guided participants through an intensive examination of international humanitarian law with a focus on its application to combatants and civilians. Sessions were conducted by legal professionals from the American Red Cross and law professors.