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Summer 2011 Curriculum Development “Violence Overload? Promoting Sensitivity to Human Suffering: The Case of Bosnia,” REEEC, UIUC

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois is pleased to announce its upcoming Summer 2011 Curriculum Development Workshop.

We would appreciate your assistance in spreading the news about this upcoming workshop to your K-12 email lists.  Attached is a flyer you can download, print, and post.  The workshop website may be found at this address:

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Moscow Summer School in Human Rights, Application Deadline May 20


The Russian Consortium on joint master’s programme in human rights is proud to present its first common Moscow Summer School in Human Rights which will take place in Moscow from 20 to 25 June 2011.

The Moscow Summer School is organized in partnership with the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia.

Being a key element of the implementation of the joint master’s programme in human rights the Moscow School aims to provide participants with a framework of understanding what are human rights and what is the human rights development in different regions around the world.

The Moscow Summer school’s aims include:

–          Raising Awareness on human rights issues;

–          Networking: brining graduate students, doctorates, practitioners, professors from all over the world;

–          Pitching: participants learn how to develop their ideas into projects and how to pitch them.

It is expected that Moscow summer school will bring together around 50 participants from all over the world. In addition to providing participants with new skills and knowledge this pilot project is a direct follow-up to the model of the EIUC Summer School in human rights. To achieve this goal such professors as Prof. Shane Darcy from the Irish Centre for Human Rights of the National University of Ireland, Prof. Mozetic, Vinícius Almada, President of the Latin America International University Center (Brazil), Prof. Felipe Gomez from the Institute of Human Rights of the University of Deusto, Prof. Brice Dickson, Director of the Human Rights Centre, School of Law, Queen’s University in Belfast and others have been invited to lecture during the Summer School. The opening lecture will be given by the Senior Human Rights Adviser UN Country Team – Russian Federation Dirk Hebecker and many other famous practitioners in human rights.

Within the framework of the Moscow summer school the Roundtable “Protection of reporters’ rights” will be organized. The event will be hold in the A.D. Sakharov’s Museum in Moscow. It is expected to involve the  practitioners into the disputes.

We invite everyone to attend the Moscow Summer School in Human Rights (participation is free of charge).

More detailed information you can find on the webs site of the first Russian joint master’s programme in human rights:

If you wish to participate in the School please fill out the registration form and send it back to the organizers at with your CV by 20 May, 2011, after that the availability is not guaranteed.


Moscow Summer School

20-25 June 2011

19 June (Sunday) – arrival

20 June (Monday)

10:00-10:30     Opening ceremony

10:30-11:00     coffee-break

11:00 –12:30   lecture of Dirk Hebecker (Senior Human Rights Adviser UN Country Team in the Russian Federation)

12:30-13:00     coffee-break

13:00-14:00     lecture of Dirk Hebecker (Senior Human Rights Adviser UN Country Team in the Russian Federation)

14:00 – 15:00 lunch

15:00 – 17:00 Extraterritorial Obligations in the Field of Economics, Social and Cultural Rights (1 lecture) and Business and Human Rights (1 lecture) (Prof. Felipe Gomez, Spain)

17:00 – 18:30 Reception at PFUR

21 June (Tuesday)

09:30-11:30     the Inter-American system for protecting rights, and the work of National Human Rights Institution (Prof. B. Dickson, UK) – 2 lectures

11:30-12:00     coffee-break

12:00-13:30     the role of human rights treaty bodies in encouragement of States to promote human rights (Prof. Aslan Abashidze)

13:30 – 14:30 lunch

14:30 – 15:45 Russian professor (Protection of children’s human rights)

15:45 – !6:00 break

16:00 – 17:00 seminar/workshop (Prof. Felipe Gomez)

17:00 – 17:30 coffee-break

22 June (Wednesday)

09:30-11:30     Prof. John J. Cleary (USA) – 2 lectures (short break included)

11:30-12:00     coffee-break

12:00-14:00     “International Criminal Justice” (Prof. Shane Darcy, Ireland)

14:00 – 15:00 lunch

15:00 – 16:00 seminar/workshop (Prof. B. Dickson)

16:45 – 16:30 coffee-break

Reception at OHCHR office in Russia

23 June (Thursday)

09:30-11:30     Introduction to HR in Latin America (Prof. Vinicius Almada, Brazil) – 2 lectures

11:30-12:00     coffee-break

12:00-14:00     Russian lecturer (Protection of women’s human rights)

13:30 – 14:30 lunch

14:30 – 15:30 seminar/workshop (Prof. Shane Darcy)

15:30 – 16:00 break

16:00 – 17:00 seminar/workshop (Prof. John J. Cleary)

17:00 – 17:30 coffee-break

24 June (Friday)

09:30-11:30     Russian lecturer

11:30-12:00     coffee-break

12:00-13:30     Russian lecturer

13:30 – 14:30 lunch

14:30 – 15:30 seminar/workshop (Prof. Vinicius Almada)

17:00-19:00  Roundtable in the D.A. Sakharov’s museum on the Protection of journalists’ human rights”

25 June (Saturday)

10:00 -11:00 Certificate ceremony award

11:00 – 13:00 Protocol event at PFUR



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Luncheon: President of Croatia on Reconciliation & Criminal Responsibility for War Crimes, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, May 2

Reconciliation and Criminal Responsibility for War Crimes

His Excellency Prof. Dr. Ivo Josipović, President, Republic of Croatia

His Excellency Ivo JosipovićIvo Josipović, President of the Republic of Croatia, won the Presidential elections on 10 January 2010 and took his oath of office as President of the Republic of Croatia on 18 February 2010.

As a legal expert he took part in the UN PrepCom for the establishment of the International Criminal Court as well as at the Rome Diplomatic Conference. He was an associate-expert of the Council of Europe for monitoring prison systems in a number of countries. As a legal expert he drafted or codrafted a number of Croatian legislative bills and he represented Croatia before the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He participated in a number of international projects, and as an expert of the Council of Europe participated in the evaluation of prisons in Ukraine, Mongolia and Azerbaijan. Prior to his election to the office of the President Josipović was a university professor, a member of the Croatian Parliament and a composer. He taught Criminal Procedure Law, International Penal Law and Misdemeanour Law. His special fields of interest include: penal law, criminal procedure, misdemeanour, international penal law, war crimes, international courts, human rights, fight against corruption and organised crime.

At the Zagreb Music Academy he taught Harmony. He has composed some 50 compositions for different ensembles (symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, soloists) that are performed by eminent Croatian and foreign artists, published as sheet music or some twenty sound storage media. He has received Croatian and international artistic prizes and awards, inter alia, the Grand Prix of the European Broadcasting Union and two Porin Croatian Record Awards.

MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011


The Chicago Club
81 East Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60605

12:00 p.m.
Registration and Networking Reception

12:15 p.m.
Luncheon, Formal Remarks, and Q&A

1:45 p.m.

$50 Members
$60 Nonmembers

Advance registration by 12:00 noon on Friday, April 29, is required. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

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Lecture: CSI in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Harold Washington Library Center, May 10

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Series on Human Trafficking at UChicago Law School

Monday, April 18, 2011
Human Trafficking: Global Problems, Global Solutions
Lunch (12:15 – 1:20 PM)
Room III, The Law School
Panelists: Prof. Mohamed Mattar (Georgetown Law Center, Johns Hopkins University SAIS), Prof. Tom Ginsburg (University of Chicago Law School)
Lunch generously funded by Student Government.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Directing Traffic: The Migration Patterns and Consequences of Human Trafficking
Lunch (12:15 – 1:20 PM)
Room V, The Law School
Prof. Charlotte Walker, head of the Human Rights Department, will lecture on the impact of migration and criminal laws on sex trafficking– and vice versa– using particularly data and information from the EU, Turkey, and the Near East.
Lunch generously funded by Student Government.

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Country Specialist Program, Amnesty International

Amnesty International works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. AIUSA investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. AIUSA have received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving efforts. AIUSA dare to envision a world in which every person – regardless of race, religion, gender, or ethnicity – enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And we ask you to join us – to take action and stop human rights abuses wherever they occur.

AIUSA is seeking a Country Specialist who will monitor the human rights situation, campaign for a positive change, and help coordinate action strategies to stop and prevent human rights abuses in their assigned countries.  Ideal candidates should have a combination of country/regional expertise, academic background in the region, relevant language abilities, and human rights activist experience.  You must be willing to donate at least 10 hours per week and make a minimum two year commitment to the program. This is a U.S. based position which is unpaid, but AI-related expenses will be compensated.

Currently, AIUSA are looking for volunteers with expertise on Belarus and Western SectorKosovo, Montenegro, Serbia or would be interested in joining the Balkans Action Network or Eurasia Action Network who can help us raise concerns about violations of the rights to freedom of religion, expression, association, and assembly. While we have a particular need to find experts for these countries, feel free to contact us if your expertise lies in some other area.  If you are interested in joining the Country Specialist Program please send a cover letter and resume to the address listed below.  If you would like more information, please contact the Country Specialist Program at the phone number or e-mail listed below

Amnesty International USA

Attn: Cogroup Program

600 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, 5th Floor

Washington, DC 20003

Phone: (202) 544-0200 ext 261

Fax: (202) 546-7142




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Workshop: “Hans Kelsen’s Contribution to the Debate on the Punishment of War Criminals at the End of World War II,” Erika Tschinkel, Human Rights Workshop, April 12

Tuesday, April 12: Erika Tschinkel, PhD Student in the Department of History,
“Hans Kelsen’s Contribution to the Debate on the Punishment of War Criminals at
the End of World War II,” JHF Room (SSR 224), Noon
Discussant: Tom Ginsburg, Professor of Law
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A Film Unfinished

Thursday, April 28–Saturday, April 30

A series of events relating to the award-winning documentary, A Film Unfinished

These programs are dedicated to the memory of Miriam Bratu Hansen.

Yael Hersonski, Director of A Film Unfinished, will be present at all events.

Thursday, April 28: Free Screening of A Film Unfinished

A Film Unfinished

When: Thu, April 28, 7:00pm – 8:28pm
Where: Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall (1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637) (map)
Special Event! Yael Hersonski’s award-winning documentary interrogates a body of archival footage shot in the Warsaw ghetto in May 1942 under the Nazi propaganda machine. The film incorporates interviews with the cinematographer of the original footage, survivors’ responses, and reflections on the Nazi construction of images of Jewish life in the Ghetto. The special screening, in presence of director Yael Hersonski, is dedicated to the memory of Miriam Bratu Hansen. Free and open to the public, co-sponsored by The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies and The Human Rights Program (A roundtable discussion will take place at the Film Studies Center, Sat. April 30, 8:30pm.) 35mm

Friday, April 29: Workshop with Yael Hersonski

Location TBA

12:00 pm


Saturday, April 30: “The Silence of the Archive: Roundtable Discussion on A Film Unfinished

Film Studies Center

Cobb Hall, Rm. 307

5811 S. Ellis

8 pm: reception; 8:30 pm: roundtable

Registration for the roundtable is requested.  Register at:

These events are made possible by the Harriet and Ulrich Meyer Fund of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, and are presented in collaboration with the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, doc films, and the Human Rights Program.

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Workshop: Soviet Diplomacy and Politics on Human Rights (1945-1977), Jennifer Amos, The Law, Culture, and Society Workshop, March 9

The Law, Culture, and Society Workshop is pleased to announce that we will be discussing a paper by Jennifer Amos The University of Chicago, Department of History

Soviet Diplomacy and Politics on Human Rights (1945-1977)

Wednesday 9 March
5:00 p.m.
John Hope Franklin Room
(Social Science 224)

The paper is attached to this e-mail and available on our website:

Anyone requiring assistance please contact the workshop coordinator John F. Acevedo (

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Funding: Human Rights Research Funding Proposals 2011-2012, UChicago, Deadline April 4

The University of Chicago Human Rights Program

Human Rights Research Funding Proposals 2011-2012

Deadline: Monday, April 4, 2011

The Human Rights Program announces the 2011-12 round of grants to support UChicago faculty and student research in Human Rights. The Human Rights Program seeks to support projects which will make a significant contribution to the field of human rights studies. Proposals are sought from faculty and graduate students from all the Divisions andprofessional schools.  Proposals should be for projects that can be carried out between Summer 2011 and Spring 2012.  As funds are available, a further round of proposals will be opened in Winter 2012.

Grants will be made in the following categories:

1)  Up to two fellowships of $5000 for research by a graduate student to support her or his thesis project. While priority will be given to PhD students, applications are invited from MA and professional students. Grants may be used to support travel or for other research expenses;

2) Up to two grants to faculty (including post-doctoral Lecturers with two year appointments) for support of small or medium size research symposia.  Grant proposals should be in the range of $3000 – $10,000 and have support from at least one other Department or Center;

3) One grant of up to $10,000 to support initiation of a major public conference involving a Human Rights theme to be presented in academic year 2011-12;

4) Insofar as funds allow, up to two grants of $5000 each – to faculty for support of interdisciplinary Human Rights research initiatives involving at least two Chicago faculty.

Proposals are due by email to the Human Rights Research Committee c/o Sarah Patton Moberg, Program Manager, at by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 4, 2011.  Proposals should contain a statement of not more than 1000 words setting forth the purpose of the research and its relevance to Human Rights studies. Please include the C.V.s of the principal proponents of the research or conference initiative. Please include a tentative budget with a listing of support committed or requested from other sources.

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