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This seminar addresses various human rights issues at monthly meetings, sometimes by designating a theme to be followed during the entire academic year. The topics cover international and domestic areas of concern and reflect problems of both conceptualization and application. Emphasis is also placed on dialogue between advocates of western and non-western ideas and practices. This year, the Columbia University Human Rights Seminar is focusing on Whither Human Rights? Navigating through evolving configurations of governance, territoriality and normativity.

Professor George J. Andreopoulos

Professor Yasmine Ergas


All seminars will meet over Zoom for the 2020 fall semester. Meeting links provided upon RSVP. Meeting dates and times are subject to change. 

Meeting Schedule

10/05/2020 Online Meeting
6:00 PM
Countering terrorism beyond national territory: challenges for human rights law and opportunities?
David McKeever, United Nations

11/09/2020 Online Meeting
7:30 PM
COVID-19 and the Ethics of Risk Imposition
Christian Barry, Australian National University (Australia)

12/07/2020 Online Meeting
7:30 PM
The COVID-19 Gender Gap: Implications for International Human Rights Law
Susan Harris Rimmer, Griffith University (Australia)

02/01/2021 Location TBD
7:30 PM


03/01/2021 Location TBD
7:30 PM


04/05/2021 Location TBD
7:30 PM