Defending Dissent: National Litigation

Defending Dissent: Civil Society and Human Rights in the Global Crackdown
April 13, 2017
Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights

“National Litigation”

Lawyers and activists have turned to the national courts to challenge laws and restrictions limiting civil society space and pushing for expanded human rights protections. This panel examines the success of litigation efforts in democratic countries like India, Kenya, and Botswana. The session also explores strategies undertaken by advocates in China to secure human rights victories in the courts

Panelists:
Ira Belkin ’82, Executive Director, U.S.-Asia Law Institute, NYU School of Law
Suba Churchill, Convener of Civil Society Reference Group
Tashwill Esterhuizen, Lawyer, LGBTI and Sex Workers Programme, Southern African Legal Centre
Mathew Jacob, Director of Programs, People’s Watch; National Coordinator, Human Rights Defenders Alert

Moderator:
Nikki Reisch ’12, Legal Director, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, NYU School of Law

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