Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Welcome to the International Human Rights Committee (IHRC) webpage.
The IHRC of the ABA Section of International Law (ABA/SIL) is led by ABA Members of the SIL who are interested in monitoring and reporting on human rights issues throughout the world. The Committee monitors, examines and reports on the oppression of civil and political rights and the efforts to create and foster legal, business, and cultural systems and institutions that protect human rights.
- Monitors the drafting and adoption of international covenants;
- Advocates for foreign human rights lawyers;
- Investigates alleged human rights abuses; and
- Educates the bar, policy makers, and the public about human rights issues.
We cordially invite you to participate in the activities below and to propose initiatives that are consistent with our Mission Statement.
Policy and R+R:
The Committee periodically submits proposals to the ABA President for the issuance of "Rule of Law" letters to governments accused of harassing human rights lawyers and advocates globally. For more information on the ABA Section's policy procedure and usage guideline, please click Human Rights Policy or contact IHRC Co-Chairs, Elizabeth Turchi or Joe Federici, with questions and suggestions.
CLE Programs; Teleconferences; Programs:
The Committee organizes CLEs and Teleconferences at little or no cost to educate participants on human rights issues globally. It also organizes seminars on human rights for annual and mid-year ABA meetings to familiarize attendees with current global human rights trends. Please contact Committee Vice-Chairs Hong Tang or Joseph F Jacob with suggested programs.
The Committee collects submissions from members on important legal developments for a "Year-in-Review" article which is customarily submitted for publication to "The International Lawyer" - a publication of the ABA. In addition, the Committee proposes themes for books published by the ABA on international human rights issues. Please contact Vice-Chair Cleveland Ferguson III regarding proposed submissions or any suggestion. The ABA-SIL/Center for Human Rights publishes a weekly eBrief Newsletter. Please contact the Editor, Russell Kerr for any suggestion or submission.
Special Projects; Outreach; Diversity:
The Committee is involved in numerous ventures, including the weekly publication of "International Human Rights eBrief", a "Books for Africa" drive for the donation of law books to faculty in Zimbabwe and other countries of the Continent; the "Haiti Whistle Campaign" on violence against women in Haitian camps; Rule of Law letters; Standalone programs; Human Rights Lobby Day, organized by IHRC Member Gregory Mackenzie; etc… Please contact Committee Vice-Chairs Natalie R Williams or Osas Justy Erhabor with any suggestion.
Webpage; Communications; Blog; Social Media Outreach:
The Committee strives to keep its members informed of internal operations. We accordingly circulate minutes of our Steering Group and Committee leadership conference calls, post audio files of teleconferences on this site and maintain a blog. The International Human Rights Committee's IHRC Blog is available to Committee members to post and discuss timely human rights issues. Please contact Vice-Chair for Communications Stephanie Williams or Joseph F Jacob if you have information that you would like to share with the Committee.
We appreciate your participation and look forward to working with you on significant international human rights concerns - with a view to impacting our world positively.
Elizabeth Turchi or Joe Federici, Co-Chairs,
International Human Rights Committee,
Section of International Law, American Bar Association