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California Western -- 2008-2009 Joint Speaker Series

2008-2009 California Western/UCSD Speaker Series
After Outrage: Human Rights Abuses and the Search for Accountability

The International Legal Studies Program at California Western School of Law and the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies at the University of California, San Diego are pleased to present their sixth annual Joint Speaker Series: After Outrage: Human Rights Abuses and the Search for Accountability.

Countries emerging from situations of war, civil conflict, genocide, or ethnic cleansing face a daunting task in rebuilding their societies and returning to order. There have been a number of responses to mass atrocities and human rights violations. Most legal responses, however, have been slow to form and limited in scope. Since it has often been impossible to exert the full force of the law to punish the guilty in the aftermath of atrocities, alternative responses have been attempted that include reparations, memorialization, and truth and reconciliation commissions.

These alternative responses to the scourge of war, political repression, and ethnic cleansing have left us with many vexing moral and political dilemmas.


The 2008–2009 Joint Speaker Series will explore the many options for transnational justice - from restitution and reparations to international tribunals and truth and reconciliation commissions. Private actions including civil suits for human rights violations as well as non-legal responses will also be explored. 

Events at UCSD will take place in the Social Sciences Building and those at California Western will be held in Lecture Hall 1. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information please call (619) 525-1436.


View a PDF version of the 2008-2009 Joint Speaker Series brochure



October 30, 2008
Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza

University of California, Hastings College of Law
"International Justice from Outside Pushing in: Using Transnational Prosecutions to Create Domestic Change"
12:10 p.m., California Western Lecture Hall 1

Naomi Roht-Arriaza is a professor at University of California, Hastings College of Law.  For nearly a decade, she worked as an organizer, journalist, and paralegal in immigration law.  Professor Roht-Arriaza was the first Riesenfeld Fellow in International Law and Organizations at Boalt Hall. In 1995, she was a European Community Fulbright Scholar in Spain. She received research grants from the United States Institute of Peace and the MacArthur Foundation. Professor Roht-Arriaza is the author of The Pinochet Effect: Transnational Justice in the Age of Human Rights and Impunity and Human Rights in International Law and Practice. She is an associate editor of the Yearbook on International Environmental Law, and serves on the boards of human rights and environmental groups.


November 6, 2008
Professor Michael Bazyler

Chapman University School of Law
"Civil Accountability in the Aftermath of a Genocide and Other Mass Atrocities: Lessons from the Holocaust Restitution Litigation"
12:10 p.m., California Western Lecture Hall 1

Michael Bazyler is a professor of law and The 1939 Club Law Scholar in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California. Professor Bazyler is a leading authority on the use of American and European courts to redress genocide and other historical wrongs. His book, Holocaust Justice: The Battle for Restitution in America's Courts was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and reviewed in the Harvard Law Review, among other notable publications. He is presently working on two books including a textbook based upon his Holocaust law course entitled Comparative Law: Global Legal Traditions in the 21st Century, to be published by LexisNexis. Professor Bazyler is a research fellow at the Holocaust Education Trust in London, and the holder of previous fellowships at Harvard Law School and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.


January 29, 2009
Professor Elazar Barkan

Columbia University
"Redress and Human Rights"
4:00 p.m., UCSD Social Sciences Building Room 107

Elazar Barkan is a professor of International and Public Affairs and the co-director of the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University and the Human Rights Concentration at SIPA, Columbia University. Professor Barkan's research focuses on human rights, the role of history in contemporary society, and politics and the response to gross historical crimes and injustices. His books include The Guilt of Nations: Restitution and Negotiating Historical Injustices; Claiming the Stones/Naming the Bones: Cultural Property and the Negotiation of National and Ethnic Identity; Taking Wrongs Seriously: Apologies and Reconciliation; and Jews and Others in Soviet Occupied Poland, 1939-1941. Professor Barkan is also the director of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation, which promotes reconciliation in societies divided by historical conflicts and human rights abuses.


February 26, 2009
Professor John Torpey
City University of New York Graduate School
"Reparations Politics: Coming to Terms with the Past"
4:00 p.m., UCSD Social Sciences Building Room 107

John Torpey is a professor of sociology at the City University New York Graduate Center. He has worked extensively on modern German society and history, and his book Intellectuals, Socialism and Dissent: The East German Opposition and its Legacy discusses civil rights movements and intellectual activism under communist regimes. Professor Torpey is the author of a social history of passports, The Invention of the Passport: Surveillance, Citizenship, and the State, which provides insight into the role of identity documents in the rise of modern states and their control over the movements of citizens and outsiders. His most recent work, Making Whole What Has Been Smashed: On Reparations Politics, discusses the concept of reparations and use of the past in contemporary politics. Professor Torpey previously taught at UC Irvine, and he taught and served as interim director of the Institute for European Studies at the University of British Columbia.


March 12, 2009
Professor Mark A. Drumbl
Washington & Lee University Law School
"Atrocity, Punishment, and International Law"
4:00 p.m., UCSD Social Sciences Building Room 107

Mark A. Drumbl is the Class of 1975 Alumni Professor at Washington & Lee University School of Law. He serves as the director of the Transnational Law Institute. Professor Drumbl's research and teaching interests include public international law, international criminal law, and transitional justice. His book, Atrocity, Punishment, and International Law, rethinks how individuals who perpetrate genocide and crimes against humanity should be punished. The book won the 2007 Book of the Year Award by the International Association of Criminal Law (U.S. national section). Professor Drumbl previously worked as a defense lawyer in Rwanda. He has consulted, taught, and lectured world-wide; and has served as an expert in U.S. federal and immigration court. He has held visiting appointments on the law faculties of Oxford University (University College), Universite de Paris II (Pantheon-Assas), University of Illinois, Vanderbilt University, University of Ottowa, University of Western Ontario, and Trinity College-Dublin.


Speaker Series Sponsors

The International Legal Studies Program at California Western offers an enriched J.D. curriculum in international and comparative law. The classroom emphasis on theory and practice is complemented with curricular programs that highlight the role of international law in today’s global economy. The program also promotes scholarly work in international and comparative law through faculty development, research support, and scholarly exchange.

The Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS) promotes research on international, comparative, and cross-regional topics at the University of California, San Diego. IICAS coordinates and supports faculty research in departments, area studies programs, and the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS). It is closely associated with undergraduate and graduate education in international studies, including Eleanor Roosevelt College, the undergraduate international studies major, and IR/PS.