For Latin American legal scholar returning to teach at HLS, ‘academia is activism’

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Helena Alviar first came to Harvard Law School from Bogotá, Colombia on a Fulbright Scholarship in 1996, and developed a particular interest in understanding the historical, economic, and sociological circumstances in which law develops. When she returned five years later with her S.J.D. degree, it was with a renewed sense of responsibility.

Diversity and U.S. Legal History

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During the fall 2016 semester, a group of leading scholars came together at Harvard Law School for the lecture series, “Diversity and US Legal History,” which was sponsored by Dean Martha Minow and organized by Professor Mark Tushnet, who also designed a reading group to complement the lectures.

Human Rights Clinic releases report on Syrian refugees and documentation of legal status

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Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic has released a new report, “Securing Status: Syrian refugees and the documentation of legal status, identity, and family relationships in Jordan,” that details the challenges Syrian refugees living outside refugee camps encounter obtaining official documents from the Government of Jordan.

Another ‘Angry Granny’ on Climate Justice

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In a recent conversation at HLS with Dean Martha Minow, Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and U.N. special envoy on El Niño and climate change, told the story of how she came to be an “Angry Granny” on the topic of climate change, starting with her discussions with people in the most deeply affected communities.

Devils in the details

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In 1949, four years after the Nuremberg war crime trials began, the Harvard Law Library received the most complete set of documents from the Nazi prosecutions outside that of the National Archives; now, a small team is working on analyzing and digitizing the documents–often, a difficult and haunting task–for the HLS Nuremberg Trials Project.

Major gift from Ada Tse ’91 and James Yang will support the Negotiation Workshop

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Harvard Law School is pleased to announce that a $1 million gift from Ada Tse ’91 and James Yang through their family’s YangTse Foundation will expand and enhance the Law School’s signature Negotiation Workshop, an intensive course that combines theory and practice to improve students’ understanding of negotiation and their effectiveness as negotiators.