While there has been a recent intensified focus on issues of racial justice and systemic inequality, including in the arena of international law, the traditional ways in which we conceptualize and practice international law may be insufficient to address these pressing issues. This series will feature leading academics and practitioners who will engage in critical thinking across the core topics of public international law to conceptualize practical measures and mechanisms to convert and transform normative foundations of justice into procedural and substantive realities for today’s world.
In the first session, utilizing as a starting point Special Rapporteur Achiume’s recent report addressing the obligations of UN Member States to provide reparations in diverse forms for racial discrimination rooted in slavery and colonialism, the speakers will address how the status quo came to be, as well as how and why there is a need to reconceptualize international law to address matters of justice and inequality.
• Prof. Tendayi Achiume, United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance; UCLA School of Law (Moderator).
• Prof. Balakrishnan Rajagopal, United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context; MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
• Prof. Sundhya Pahuja, Director of Melbourne Law School’s Institute for International Law and the Humanities.
• Prof. Makane Moïse Mbengue, Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva.
This series is co-organized by Independent International Legal Advocates, International Arbitration Group of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and the TWAIL Seminar at UCLA Law.
Please contact Marryum Kahloon at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about this event or the series.