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.

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Subcommittees  (click [+] for listing)

 Sub Committees

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​ ​​ ​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

Section Events

    International Law Weekend 2016


    The event will be held on 10/27/2016. The format is In-Person. The event sponsor(s) are Section of International Law. The event has 0.00 CLE Credits .

    Recent Initiatives by the U.S. Government to Combat Forced Labor Practices


    In-Person event at: Sidley Austin 1500 K St NW Washington, DC Teleconference option available! According to the International Labor Organization, forced labor, including human trafficking, in the private economy accounts for $150 billion in illegal profits each year, and the Department of States ...

    2016 Americas Forum - Bogota

    Hilton Bogota

    Our Early Bird Registration Deadline has been extended until October 17th. Register today to lock in lower rates and don't forget to reserve your room. The hotel booking deadline is also October

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


Conde, Jimena
Wilson, Luke
Committee Receives 4 Awards, R&R Adopted


Appelman, Daniel
Blackwell, Sara
Buys, Cindy
Curtis, Michelle
De Gray, Lisa
Erhabor, Osas
Mbaku, John
Pons, William
Snow, Stephanie
Sukhija, Tanya
Taylor, David
Vernon, M

Committee Roster  

Modified by Luke Wilson on September 21, 2016

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