Thursday, February 28, 2008

Drafting the Future of Human Rights

"2048: DRAFTING THE FUTURE OF HUMAN RIGHTS" will be held at Boalt Law School (U.C. Berkeley) tomorrow. Speakers include Mary Robinson, Past President of Ireland and a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Robert Haas, Chairman Emeritus of Levi's and Karima Bennoune, Professor, Rutgers University, Board Member, Amnesty International USA.

The historical context will be addressed at an afternoon panel: "Looking Back on the Future of Human Rights: 1948, Race, and the Cold War."


Jonathan Simon, Associate Dean for Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC Berkeley (moderator).

Carol Anderson, Professor of History, University of Missouri, author of "Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights."

Elizabeth Borgwardt, Professor of History, Washington University in St. Louis, author of "A New Deal for the World: America's Vision for Human Rights." (She is unable to attend, but her book is essential reading.)

Mary L. Dudziak, Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado, Professor of Law, History, and Political Science, University of Southern California, author of "Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy" and "Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall's African Journey."

The program and on-line resources on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are here.