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The United States' Retreat from the Human Rights System

  • Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall 104 (map)

Join CSIL for a lunch with Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Keith Harper, the former U.S. Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Human Rights Council.

In June 2018, the United States announced its withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council, the primary UN state body established for the protection of human rights. The action accompanied threats or actions to distance the United States from various regional and international human rights institutions. This conversation will consider the United States’ retreat from human rights mechanisms and the implications for the global protection of human rights.

Moderated by Sarah Cleveland, Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights, Columbia Law School and Vice Chair, United Nations Human Rights Committee.