McGeorge School of Law

Human Rights Confab Attracts Global Attention

Professor Linda Carter speaking at human rights symposium

Professor Linda Carter speaking at human rights symposium.

McGeorge's human rights symposium, held on March 11 and 12, 2011, played to a packed house at the law school's international building, Northwest Hall. The conference, which addressed the impact and implementation of human rights norms in substantive areas of law, featured prominent legal experts in the field from around the globe.

"Without a doubt, this symposium was the finest we have yet presented - an imaginative look at the intersection of human rights law and other areas of international law that brought an impressive group of scholars together with our faculty," said Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker. "Professor Linda Carter's work in developing the theme of this event then working with Professor Frank Gevurtz and other colleagues to organize the panels showcased the law school's strengths and provided a stimulating two days for all attendees."

Opening-day panel discussions in the conference, "The Global Impact and Implementation of Human Rights Norms" focused on the relationships between human rights norms and corporate governance, labor law, environmental law and intellectual property. Justice Richard Goldstone and Fausto Pocar, former prosecutor and appellate judge, respectively, at the International Criminal Tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda, headlined a distinguished jurist panel that examined the growing impact of human rights norms.

Distinguished international guests included V.K. Unni, a well-known intellectual property law professor from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, and Winfried van den Muijsenbergh, senior partner at Loyens & Loeff, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

McGeorge panelists included international law faculty members John Sprankling, Steve McCaffrey, John Sims and Sabine Schlemmer-Schulte. Moderators included Raquel Aldana, Rachael Salcido, Michael Mireles, Julie Davis, John Sims, Omar Dajani, Gevurtz and Carter,

Other panelists include law professors from Pennsylvania State University, Washington & Lee University, University of Arkansas, University of Oregon, Howard University, University of Richmond, University of Alabama, Emory University, UCLA, University of Utah, University of Georgia and Seton Hall University.

The symposium was sponsored by the Global Center for Business & Development. Papers presented at the event will be published in a future edition of the McGeorge Global Business & Development Law Journal.