Wisconsin International Law Journal Annual Symposium
Friday, March 31, 2017

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Regional Human Rights Systems in Crisis

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8:30AM — Breakfast and Registration

9:00AM — Welcome
Emmeline Lee and Claire Dennis
WILJ Symposium Editors, UW Law School

9:05AM — Welcome Remarks
Alexandra Huneeus
Associate Professor of Law, and Director, Global Legal Studies Center and Human Rights Program, UW-Madison

9:10AM — Welcome Remarks and Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Dean Margaret Raymond
UW Law School

9:15AM-10:15AM — Keynote Address
“The Inter-American System in Crisis: Danger and Opportunity for Human Rights Oversight in the Western Hemisphere”
James L. Cavallaro
Professor of Law, Stanford Law School, USA
Commissioner & Chair, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

10:15AM-12:15PM — Panel 1: Surveying the Landscape: Current Challenges
Chair/Commentator: Scott Straus
Professor of Political Science & International Studies, UW-Madison

“Double or Nothing? The Inter-American Court of Human Rights in An Increasingly Adverse Context”
René Urueña
Associate Professor, Universidad de Los Andes Law School, Bogota, Colombia

“A Necessary Check Point or Immovable Roadblock? Accessing the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights”
Oliver Windridge
Human Rights Attorney, United Kingdom

“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Crisis Management Strategies of the European Court of Human Rights”
Başak Çalı
Professor of International Law, Hertie School of Governance, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey

12:15PM-1:30PM — Lunch (served in Lubar Commons, 7200 Law)
Sponsored by Wisconsin Experience and Multicultural Student Center

“Counter-Terrorism in Saudi Arabia: Trapped in An Endless Vicious Circle”
Video message by Ali Adubisi
Director, European Saudi Organization for Human Rights, Berlin, Germany                        

1:30PM-3:30PM — Panel 2: Emerging Trends and Novel institutions
Chair/Commentator: Alexandra Huneeus
Associate Professor of Law, and Director, Global Legal Studies Center and Human Rights Program

“Human Rights Treaty Review 2.0: The Taiwan Experience”
Yu-Jie Chen
Taiwan Attorney and Visiting Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia
University, USA

“An International Bill of Rights for the States of the Arabian Peninsula? Revisiting the GCC States’ Commitment to the Universal Human Rights Project”
Adamantia (Mando) Rachovitsa
Assistant Professor of Public International Law, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

“The Inter-American Human Rights System: Of Crises and Opportunities for Anti-Gender Violence Activists in Mexico and Canada”
Paulina García-Del Moral
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology & Center for Research on Gender and Women, UW-Madison, USA

“Criminalization of Trafficking in Hazardous Waste in Africa”
Matiangai Sirleaf
Assistant Professor of Law, University Pittsburgh Law School, USA

3:30PM-3:45PM — Break

3:45PM-5:30PM — Panel 3:  Looking to the Future
Chair/Commentator: Rachel Ellet
Associate Professor of Political Science, Beloit College, Wisconsin

“The Brexit Ambiguity as a Human Rights Problem”
Jure Vidmar
Chair of Public International Law, Maastricht University, the Netherlands

“Deglobalization and Human Rights Protection”
Alexandra Huneeus
Associate Professor and Director, Global Legal Studies Center and Human Rights Program

“Regional Human Rights Systems in Crisis: The Future of the African System”
Basil Ugochukwu
Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canada

6:00PM — Dinner for speakers, chairs, WILJ members and other invited guests
University Club, 803 State Street, Madison