Prof. Ní Aoláin Among Those Featured in Big 10 Law School Zoom Speaker Series on Race, Law, and Equality

August 30, 2020

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin is among the prominent academics featured in the upcoming Big 10 Law School Speaker Series “Perspectives on Race, Law, and Equality.” Spanning a wide range of topics, including abolition of the police force and mass incarceration, the series brings together — virtually — the nation’s leading scholars in these timely and important areas of the law.

This series, which kicks off on Tuesday, Sept 1., is composed of 12 one-hour online programs, running weekly on Tuesdays through Nov. 17. The programs will be aired live on Zoom from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Central). Professor Ní Aoláin’s presentation, which will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 22, is entitled “Human Rights in a Time of Pandemic.”

Reservations are required to attend the online lectures. Please visit for more information or to register.

Perspectives on race, law, and equality: A speaker series offered by the Big 10 law schools


Speakers and Topics

September 1

Kevin Washburn and Matthew L.M. Fletcher

University of Iowa College of Law “Up Next: Erasure (Native Americans in the 21st Century)”
September 8 Barbara O’Brien and Catherine Grosso Michigan State University “Local History, Practice and Statistics: A Study on the Influence of Race on the Administration of Capital Punishment in Hamilton County, Ohio (1992-2017)”
September 15 Suja Thomas University of Illinois College of Law “The Customer Caste: Lawful Discrimination by Public Businesses”
September 22 Fionnuála Ní Aolain University of Minnesota School of Law “Human Rights in a Time of Pandemic”
September 29 Eleanor Brown Penn State Law in University Park “Some Thoughts on Demsetz, Property, and Differential Approaches to Feeding Slaves in the British West Indies and the Antebellum Southern United States”
October 6 Robin Walker Sterling Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law “Vestiges of US Chattel Slavery in Modern-Day Criminal Law and Procedure”
October 13 Taja-Nia Henderson Rutgers Law School “Origin Stories: American Slavery and the Race to Incarcerate”
October 20 Jessica Shoemaker University of Nebraska College of Law “Fee Simple Failures: Race and Rural Landscapes”
October 27 Jessica Eaglin Indiana University Maurer School of Law “Toward a Structural Conception of Race in Criminal Administration”
November 3 Tonya Brito University of Wisconsin Law School “Race and Inequality in Family Court”
November 10 Maneka Sinha University of Maryland School of Law “Criminalization as a Control Method: The Evolution of a Racialized System of Criminal Justice”
November 17 Amna Akbar Ohio State University Moritz College of Law “An Abolitionist Horizon for Police Reform”
Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin
Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism

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