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ABA SIL International Human Rights Committee

ABA SIL International Human Rights Committee

About the Committee

The ABA SIL International Human Rights Committee (ABA IHRC) is concerned with all matters involving the response to and amelioration of instances of assaults on human dignity through the oppression of civil and political rights, as well as efforts to create and foster legal, business, and cultural systems and institutions that give meaningful protection to human rights.

More specifically, the ABA IHRC

  • Monitors the drafting and adoption of international covenants;
  • Advocates for foreign human rights lawyers persecuted for their work;
  • Investigates cases of alleged human rights abuses throughout the world;
  • Educates the bar, policy makers, and the public at large about human rights issues.

Message from the Co-Chairs

Welcome to the Award-Winning ABA Section of International Law, International Human​ ​Rights!

This Committee​ ​serves​ ​as​ ​a​ premier ​forum​ and resource hub ​for​ anyone ​interested​ ​in​ ​the​ ​field​ ​of​ ​international​ ​human​ ​rights.​ ​It​ ​also​ ​serves​ ​as​ ​a​ ​resource​ ​for​ ​the​ ​exploration​ ​of​ ​developments in​ ​international​ ​human​ ​rights​ ​laws​ ​and​ ​the​ir implications​ ​for​ ​the​ ​practice​ ​of​​ law,​ ​diplomacy, scholarship, and​ ​legal​ ​education.

We​ ​collaborate​ ​wit​h and​ ​co​-​sponsor​ ​other​ ​ABA​ ​entities, ​SIL​ ​committee​s, ​and third-party ​groups and organization​ ​on​ ​projects,​ ​programs,​ ​and​ ​other​ ​activities​ ​of​ ​mutual​ ​interests​ ​in​ ​furtherance​ ​of​ ​the​ ​committee's​ ​annual objectives as set forth in the FY2015-16 Committee Business Plan.

The​ IHRC​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Section's​ ​most​ ​active​ ​and​ ​diverse committees. We have​ over 2500 ​members​ ​and over 7000 social media followers, representing​ ​almost​ ​every​ ​nation​ on ​​the​ ​planet!​ ​As​ ​Co​-​Chairs,​ we​ work ​tirelessly​ ​to​ ​recruit​ ​new​ ​members​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​motivate​ ​and​ inspire​ ​current​ ​ones.

​We​ cordially invite ​you​ ​to​ ​join​ ​our​ ​dynamic​ ​committee;​ ​to​ ​share​ ​your​ ​skills,​ ​experience​ ​and​ ​expertise;​ ​and​ ​to​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​its​ ​numerous​ ​activities,​ ​including​ ​seasonal​ ​and​ ​regional​ ​conference​ ​programs,​ ​teleconferences,​ ​rule​ ​of​ ​law​ ​and​ ​policy​ ​initiatives,​ ​and​ ​publication​ ​opportunities​ ​(e.g.,The​ ​Year-in-Review,​ ​International​ ​Law​ ​News,​ ​International​ ​Lawyers,​ Clarion: The IHRC Journal of Human Rights, ​committee​ ​newsletters,​ ​blog​ ​posts,​ ​etc.).

Please​ ​don't​ ​hesitate​ ​to​ ​contact​ us​ ​at​ ​inthumrights@gmail.com​ ​if​ ​you​ ​have​ ​any​ ​questions,​ ​concerns,​ ​suggestions!

Stephanie​ ​Williams
Tammie​ ​Smith-Long​
Gre​​g​ ​MacKenzie
International Human Rights Committee Co-Chairs

Upcoming Section and Committee Events

Committee Events

UNPRECEDENT - The Global Refugee Crisis, Part 2: Rights, Rule of Law, & Reasonable Remedies

February 24, 2016
The Global Refugee Crisis, Part 2 goes beyond the intimate Syrian refugee accounts shared during the first teleconference to explore this unprecedented humanitarian crisis from a larger, global context.

 
Section Events

    Counterintelligence and Economic Espionage: What U.S. Business Needs to Know.

    05/02/2016-05/02/2016

    Economic Espionage - where American trade secrets (e.g., intellectual property and data are stolen for the benefit of a foreign government, foreign instrumentality, or foreign agent - is an ongoing and increasing problem. To educate businesses about this issue the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ...

    Negotiating DPAs and NPAs: Tips and Best Practices

    05/09/2016-05/09/2016

    1.25 hours of CA general CLE credit is pending; NY and VA CLE is also pending, courtesy of Arnold & Porter LLP. CLE is only provided for in-person participants. No CLE will be provided for teleconference participants. In-Person Event at: Arnold & Porter LLP 601 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington, DC ...

    International Petroleum Summit

    05/09/2016-05/12/2016

    The event will be held on 05/09/2016 - 05/12/2016. The format is In-Person. The event sponsor(s) are Section of International Law. The event has 0.00 CLE Credits .

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Join the Committee across to web to stay current on breaking international human rights new stories, follow committee events and activities, comment on ongoing discussions, and support or network with other human rights lawyers and advocates around the world.
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Steering Committee Members

Steering Committee Members are recommended by the Co-Chairs and appointed by the Section prior to the Annual ABA Conference. Steering Committee members are then assigned to subcommittee (aka "Portfolios") and work closely with their respective Vice Chairs to ensure that the Committee's annual objectives are achieved.
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Committee Leadership

Co-Chairs:

Long, Tammie
MacKenzie, Gregory
Williams, Stephanie
Committee Receives 4 Awards, R&R Adopted

Vice-Chairs:

Conde, Jimena
De La Pena Escobar, Viviana
Erhabor, Osas
Khan, Ayesha
Leddy, Nicholas
Mbaku, John
Sukhija, Tanya
Taylor, David
Vernon, M

Committee Roster  

Modified by Stephanie Williams on March 5, 2016

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