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Events at HLS

How to Save the Rule of Law?  The European Union and the Crisis of Values
A discussion with Dimitry Kochenov, professor, Central European University and Head of the Rule of Law Research Group, CEU Democracy Institute, and Michał Wawrykiewicz, Polish attorney and activist, and co-founder, Free Courts Initiative
Friday, February 3 at 12:30 p.m. | WCC, Room 3007
Sponsored by the Harvard European Law Association

Litigating Palestinian Rights in the Israeli Supreme Court:  Legitimation or Resistance?
A talk by Rabea Eghbaria, S.J.D. candidate
Tuesday February 7 at 12:15 p.m. | Hauser Hall, Room  101
Sponsored by the Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law and the International Human Rights Clinic

Using an International Human Rights Framework for Climate Justice Advocacy in the United States
A discussion with Wasserstein Fellow Maryum Jordan ’14, Climate Justice Attorney, Earthrights International
Tuesday, February 7 at 12:30 p.m. | WCC, Room 2009 (RSVP requested)
Sponsored by the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA)

Protecting the Interests of Capital Market Investors in a Multicultural Society
A discussion with Nitzan Wulkan
Wednesday, February 8 at 12:15 p.m. | Hauser Hall, Room 101
Sponsored by the Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law

Byse Workshop: Reinventing Money: Central Banks, Cryptocurrency, and the Power of Finance
A workshop with Dan Rohde, S.J.D. Candidate
Wednesdays, February 8-March 29 (every two weeks) at 1:30 p.m. | WCC, Room 3008 (syllabus and registration link available here)
Sponsored by the Graduate Program

The Global Contest Between Democracy and Autocracy: Less Dire Than It Seems
A discussion with Kenneth Roth, former executive director, Human Rights Watch
Thursday, February 9 at 12:30 p.m. | WCC, Milstein West B (open to Harvard ID holders only)
Sponsored by the Program on Law & Society in the Muslim World, the International Human Rights Clinic, the Program on International Law and Armed Conflict, the Harvard Human Rights Journal, East Asian Legal Studies, and HLS Advocates for Human Rights

Activist Survivor Movement After the Bhopal Gas Tragedy
A discussion with Harvard Law School student Apoorva Dixit
Thursday. February 9 at 12:30 p.m. | WCC 1019

Climate Change and Health: A Health Policy and Bioethics Consortium
A discussion with Carmel Shachar, Executive Director, Petrie-Flom Center; Aaron Bernstein, Interim Director, The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; pediatrician, Boston Children’s Hospital; and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Anand Bhopal, Takemi Fellow, Takemi Program in International Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Ph.D. Candidate, University of Bergen; and Alicia Ely Yamin, Lecturer on Law and Senior Fellow in Global Health and Rights, Petrie-Flom Center, and  Adjunct Senior Lecturer on Health Policy and Management at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Friday, February 10 at 12:30 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics and the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, and Law (PORTAL) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in collaboration with the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School

Around the University

Book Talk — They Eat Our Sweat: Transport Labor, Corruption and Survival in Urban Nigeria
A discussion with Daniel E. Agbiboa, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Monday, February 6 at 12 p.m. | In-person, L-p-9 Malkin Penthouse, Harvard Kennedy School or online; register here for either venue
In-person attendance is limited to Harvard ID-holders and seating availability is based on a first-come, first-served basis
Sponsored by the Center for International Development, Harvard Kennedy School

Prosperity and Human Security:  Japan and Asia’s 21st Century Governance Challenge
A conference with Joseph Wong, Vice-President, International Roz and Ralph Halbert Professor of Innovation, Munk School; Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto; Kathryn Ibata-Arens, Vincent de Paul Professor of Political Science, DePaul University; Yanzhong Huang, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations; Yves Tiberghien, Professor of Political Science and Konwakai Chair in Japanese Research; Director Emeritus, Institute of Asian Research; Director, Center for Japanese Research, University of British Columbia; Nicholas A.R. Fraser, Policy Innovations Fellow, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University; Joanna Lewis, Provost Distinguished Associate Professor and Director, Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA), Georgetown University; and Christina L. Davis, Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics, Department of Government; and Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Monday, February 6 at 12:30 p.m. | Bowie-Vernon Conference Room, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, or online (register here)
Sponsored by the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

U.S. Foreign Policy and the Muslim Word
A talk by Edward P. Djerejian, former U.S. ambassador to Syria and Israel
Monday, February 6 at 4:30 p.m. | T-520 Nye, A/B/C, Harvard Kennedy School
Sponsored by the Belfer Center for International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Book talk – From Development to Democracy: The Transformations of Modern Asia
A discussion with Dan Slater, Weiser Professor of Emerging Democracies, Department of Political Science, and director of the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, University of Michigan, and Gautam Nair, Ash Center faculty affiliate and assistant professor of public policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Tuesday, February 7 at 4 p.m. | Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor, Taubman Building, 15 Eliot Street
Sponsored by the Initiative on Democracy in Hard Places, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School; the Harvard Asia Center; and the Center for International Development

Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program Conference: Rebuilding Ukraine, Rebuilding the World
Keynote Address by Oleksandra Matviichuk, human rights lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist; conference schedule and more information available here
Thursday, February 9 and Friday, February 10 | In person, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street (register here) or online (register here)
Sponsored by the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute

Xi Jinping’s About Face: Implications for China’s economy, politics, and relations with the West
A discussion with Scott Kennedy, Senior Adviser and Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics, Center for Strategic & International Studies
Thursday, February 9 at 12 p.m. | In person, ellword Democracy Lab (Rubenstein 414ab), or online (register here for either venue)
Sponsored by the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia

The Party School: The Kuomintang’s Central Political Institute and the Transformation of Chinese Foreign Policy
A discussion with Anatol Klass, Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy, International Security Program
Thursday, February 9 at 12:15 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Book Talk:  Popular Politics and the Path to Durable Democracy
A  discussion with Mohammad Ali Kadivar, Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies, Boston College, and Dr. Rima Majed, MEI Research Fellow Assistant Professor of Sociology, American University of Beirut
Thursday, February 9 at 4:30 p.m. | Taubman Building, Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor (RSVP required)
Sponsored by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Climate change in Africa: Exploring citizen experiences and perspectives
A talk by Joseph Asunka, CEO. Afrobarometer
Friday, February 10 at 12 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Center for International Development. Harvard Kennedy School

Deadlines & Announcements

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2023 is the deadline to apply for to spend a semester abroad in fall 2023, at one of HLS’ ten exchange partner schools or by designing an independent semester abroad.

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