Bartholet and Budnitz instruct students in “The Art of Social Change”

Inspiring the next generation of successful “agents of social change” is the mission of Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Bartholet ’65 and Lecturer on Law Jessica Budnitz ’01. Through their course, “The Art of Social Change,” the duo hopes to give students an opportunity to explore successful methods and policies that better protect children. Each […]

International Human Rights Clinic suit against former Bolivian president and minister of defense moves forward

Cavallaro, Becker, President Sánchez de Lozada and Sánchez Berzaín

The U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida has ruled that the claims for crimes against humanity and extrajudicial killings could move forward in two related U.S. cases against former Bolivian President Gonzalo Daniel Sánchez de Lozada Sánchez Bustamante (Sánchez de Lozada) and former Bolivian Defense Minister Jose Carlos Sánchez Berzaín (Sánchez Berzaín). The International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School is part of the legal team that filed the two complaints against Sánchez de Lozada and Sánchez Berzaín.

Bartholet testifies before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights regarding international adoption policies

The headquarters of the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. Bartholet testified in the OAS’s General Secretariat Building.

“Much of the world…focuses on the bad things that happen when kids get placed in international adoption. When you shut down international adoptions in order to address bad things which occasionally happen, what you do is commit monumental human rights violations.” That was the testimony of Harvard Law School Professor and Faculty Director of HLS’s Child Advocacy Program Elizabeth Bartholet ’65 before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on Nov. 6.

UN High Commissioner: Diplomacy key to securing human rights

Navanethem Pillay, LL.M. ’82 S.J.D. ’88

In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the UN’s Human Rights Program, the UN’s highest human rights official, Navanethem Pillay, LL.M. ’82 S.J.D. ’88, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, came to Harvard Law School to discuss her current position as a human rights diplomat and how it differs from her previous roles as a judge and an impassioned activist.

Bartholet to testify before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights regarding international adoption policies

Professor Elizabeth Bartholet ’65

Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Bartholet ’65 will testify before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on November 6 regarding the “Human Rights of Unparented Children and International Adoption Policies” in the Americas. The hearing comes after a request made by the HLS Child Advocacy Program (CAP) and the Center for Adoption Policy.

A Fresh Perspective on the Aid Industry in Africa, Justice, and the Gacaca Court System in Rwanda

Amaka Megwalu ’10

n an interview with Rahim Kanani, a research associate at Harvard University’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Amaka Megwalu ’10 discusses her insights on the aid industry in Africa and the Gacaca Court System in Rwanda. Megwalu has worked on development and post-conflict reconstruction in Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia.

Treaty fostered by HLS Project on Disability to be signed by the U.S.

Michael Stein ’88

On Friday July 24, President Barack Obama ’91 announced that the United States will sign the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, joining more than 100 other nations. The Harvard Law School Project on Disability played a prominent role in the negotiations leading up to the convention, which is the first global human rights treaty of the 21st century.