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Each year the Levin Center hosts at least one symposium on a substantive topic that brings together academics, practitioners, and law students to reflect on a public interest issue. 

In October 2012, we launched our biennial international symposium to bring together lawyers litigating human rights cases in international tribunals, lawyers deploying international human rights frameworks to advance legal reform goals in their respective countries and public policy advocates pressing for legal reforms that are more protective of individual rights.

Keynotes included Christopher Stone, the President of Open Society Foundation and The Honorable Judge Patricia Wald.  Our panelists were Executive Directors or Presidents of innovative human rights and international justice organizations and public interest attorneys from leading public interest legal organizations in Nigeria, China, South Africa, Malaysia, Palestinian Territories, China and Chile.

Co-sponsors included the Stanford Law School Center on the Legal Profession, Stanford Program in International and Comparative Law, Stanford Center on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law’s (CDDRL) Program on Human Rights, CDDRL’s Program on Social Entrepreneurship, and The Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford.

We would also like to recognize Stanford Law School student organizations for their support: Women of Stanford Law, International Law Society, International Law Journal, Stanford International Human Rights Association, American Constitution Society, China Law and Policy Association, and the Stanford Association for Law in the Middle East.

The schedule is available here

Speakers included: 

  • Zainah Anwar, Founding Member, Sisters in Islam (Kuala Lumpur, Malysia) and Director, Musawah, the global movement for equality adn justice in the Muslim family 
  • Liu Xiaonan, Chair, Anti-Discrimination Network (Beijing, China)
  • Hossam Bahgat, Executive Director, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (Cairo, Egypt)  
  • Antoine Bernard, Executive Director, International Federation for Human Rights (Paris, France)  
  • Gaston Chillier, Executive Director, Centro de Estudios Legales y Socialies (Buenos Aires, Argentina)  
  • Innocent Chukwuma, Executive Director, CLEEN Foundation (Lagos, Nigeria)  
  • Janet Love, National Director, Legal Resources Center (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • Sawsan Zaher, Staff attorney, Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel  (Tel Aviv, Israel)  
  • David Tolbert, Executive Director International Center for Transitional Justice   (New York, NY)
  • James Goldston, Executive Director, Open Society Justice Initiative  (New York, NY)
  • Nancy Northup, President, Center for Reproductive Rights   (New York, NY)
  • Johanna Krellick, Domain Manager, Human Rights Program, Hauser Center, Harvard University  (Cambridge, MA) 
  • Viviana Krsticevic, Executive Director, Center for Justice & International Law (Washington, DC) (Covers Latin America)  
  • Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director of Women’s Leadership Initiatives, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington DC)

Review their full biographies here.

For the Levin Center's twitter page, with recorded live tweets, see here:

Follow the links below to view videos of the symposium panels and the Honorable Judge Patricia Wald's keynote:

Panel 1:

Panel 2:

Panel 3:

Panel 4:

Judge Wald's Keynote: