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Pompeo’s “Commission on Unalienable Rights”: Shrinking U.S. Human Rights Policy

September 17, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This summer, the highly controversial State Department “Commission on Unalienable Rights,” chaired by HLS Professor Mary Ann Glendon, published its formal report. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had created this advisory commission in 2019 to revise the basis of U.S. human rights policy. The Trump administration plans to promote the report, which argues for a narrower and more selective approach to human rights, at the UN General Assembly in September.

Please join the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School on Thursday, September 17 at for a discussion of the report and what it means for U.S. human rights policy and the international human rights system.

Panelists will include:

  • Martha Minow, 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University
  • Gerald Neuman, J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law, and the Co-Director of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School
  • Mathias Risse, Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Administration and Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University
  • Katharine Young, Professor of Law at Boston College Law School
  • Moderated by Sushma Raman, Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Register via Zoom at the link provided or by emailing Dana Walters at


September 17, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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