University Lecture featuring Professor Sarah H. Cleveland
President Lee C. Bollinger and Provost John H. Coatsworth host the
Sarah H. Cleveland
Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights;
Faculty Co-Director, Human Rights Institute
Columbia Law School
Columbia University in the City of New York
"Human Rights Connectivity and the Future of the Human Rights System"
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of two Covenants that form the backbone of the international human rights system, making it an opportune time to reflect on the current and future state of the global regime of human rights protection. The early post-World War II period marked the era of internationalization and universalization of human rights. This period was followed by the age of institutionalization, in which the critical architecture of modern human rights institutions was created. We now are entering the era of human rights connectivity, in which strengthening connections between distinct but related normative regimes, and building relations among human rights institutions and with governments, civil society and other actors, including through the use of modern technology, has become imperative to the future development of the human rights system. An expert member of the UN Human Rights Committee and the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, Professor Cleveland will explore this evolution, the implications for the current and future of human rights oversight, and the role that universities can play in enhancing the effectiveness of the modern human rights system.
The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.
President Lee C. Bollinger welcomes guests to the University Lecture, "Human Rights Connectivity and the Future of the Human Rights System."
Provost John Coatsworth introduces the featured Professor, Sarah H. Cleveland, Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights; Faculty Co-Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School.