American Bar Association
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!

The Committee​ ​serves​ ​as​ ​a​ ​forum​, information and resource ​hub​ ​for​ everyone​ ​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​ ​groups​ ​on​ ​projects,​ ​programs,​ ​and​ ​other​ ​activities​ ​of​ ​mutual​ ​interests​ ​in​ ​furtherance​ ​of​ ​the​ ​committee's​ ​goals​ ​missions​ ​and​ ​goals. Since​ ​August​ ​2015,​ ​the​ ​ABA​ ​IHRC​ ​has​ ​worked​ ​with​ ​the​ ​following​ ​entities​ ​and​ ​committees:​ ​ABA​ ​Center​​ ​for​ ​Human​ ​Rights,​ ​ABA​ ​Division​ ​&​ ​Section​ ​Chairs,​ ​International​ ​Antitrust​​​ ​Committee,​ ​International​ ​Environmental​ ​Law​ ​Committee,​ ​International​ ​Criminal​l Law​ ​Committee,​ ​International​ ​Refugee​ ​Law​ ​Committee,​ ​Middle​ ​East​ ​Committee,​ ​Middle​ ​East​ ​&​ ​North​ ​Africa​ ​Rule of Law​ ​Division​ ​(ROL​ ​MENA)​ ​Division,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Sexual​ Orientation​ ​and​ ​Gender​​​ ​Identity​ ​Issues​ ​Network.

The​ ​Committee​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Section's​ ​most​ ​active​ ​and​ ​diverse,​ ​with​ ​members​ ​representing​ ​almost​ ​every​ ​nation​ on ​​the​ ​planet!​ ​As​ ​Co​-​Chairs,​ we​ work ​tirelessly​ ​to​ ​recruit​ ​new​ ​members​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​motivate​ ​and​ inspire​ ​current​ ​members.

​We​ ​invite​ cordially ​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,​ ​committee​ ​newsletters,​ ​blog​ ​posts,​ ​etc.).

Please​ ​don't​ ​hesitate​ ​to​ ​contact​ us​ ​at​ ​​ ​if​ ​you​ ​have​ ​any​ ​questions,​ ​concerns,​ ​suggestions!

Stephanie​ ​Williams
Tammie​ ​Smith-Long​
Gre​​g​ ​MacKenzie

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

    The Use of Positive Deviance in Government Functionary Exortion Situations: Latest Results


    For the past 10 years, the ABA International Section has sponsored programs and workshops on the Positive Deviance Approach to ethically, successfully and safely secure from governments what rightfully belongs to our clients without submitting to government functionary extortion. More recently, the ABA ...

    India-United States Cross Border Investment 2.0.


    The event will be held on 02/18/2016 - 02/19/2016. The format is In-Person. The event sponsor(s) are Section of International Law. The event has 0.00 CLE Credits .

    Live from L: The Iran Nuclear Deal


    Cosponsored by the American Society of International Law and George Washington University Law School. In-person location: Jacob Burns Moot Courtroom of George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC Speakers:Mary McLeod Principal Deputy Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of StateNewell L. Highsmith ...

Follow Us Across the Web

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.

International Human Rights Job Listing

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.

Committee Leadership


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


Conde, Jimena
De La Pena Escobar, Viviana
Erhabor, Osas
Ferguson, Cleveland
Jacob, Joseph
Khan, Ayesha
Leddy, Nicholas
Mbaku, John
McClure, Ryan
Pons, William
Shay, Kathleen
Sukhija, Tanya
Taylor, David
Vernon, M

Committee Roster  

Modified by Stephanie Williams on February 8, 2016

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