Tuesday, November 17, 2009

IHRC to Host Free Teleconference: How to Litigate Human Rights Cases Using UN Treaties

The International Human Rights Committee is hosting a free teleconference on Monday, November 30, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. EST, addressing how to litigate human rights cases using UN treaties. Noted civil liberties attorney, activist, and theorist Ann Fagan Ginger will provide the presentation for this teleconference.

Professor Ginger is founder and director of the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute in Berkeley, California, which seeks to promote social change by increasing the recognition and use of existing human rights and peace law at the local and national levels. She has been a visiting professor of law at a number of schools in California and Washington. Her work in human rights law includes rigorous analysis of the relationship between U.S. law and international human rights standards.

This teleconference will address the following topics:

  • U.N. human rights treaties ratified by the United States;
  • how to use these treaties in litigation;
  • how these treaties relate to articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
  • treaty reporting requirements; and 
  • how to use reporting requirements on local issues before city and state bodies.

To participate in the teleconference, please use the following call-in information:

Dial-in Number: 1-219-509-8111
Participant Access Code: 153417

Participants who join the call are muted but may unmute themselves during the question and answer portion of the teleconference. It is important to remain on mute while not speaking to avoid complications with feedback. The teleconference is limited to 150 participants, so please join us early to ensure your participation. Participation in the teleconference is on a first come, first served basis.

Please visit the Committee's Blog, Global Rights Forum (http://inthumrights.blogspot.com/), for additional information. If you are interested in contributing to the blog or have suggestions for additional teleconferences, please contact Committee Vice-Chair Erin Louise Palmer at erinlouisepalmer@hotmail.com.

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