2022 Symposium

On February 26, 2022, UCLA Law’s Promise Institute for Human RightsJournal of International Law and Foreign AffairsCenter for Immigration Law and Policy, and the Williams Institute will host “Borders, the Pandemic & Human Rights,” with keynotes from E. Tendayi Achiume, UCLA Law and United Nations Special Rapporteur on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, and Soledad García Muñoz, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Special Rapporteur on Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights.

Register now for the 2022 Symposium.

UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. Each panel is approved for 1.25 hours of general MCLE credit. An individual can receive a maximum of 3.75 hours of general MCLE credit.

Symposium Schedule

February 26, 2022

8:30 – 9:15 AM
Coffee and Reception


9:15 – 9:30 AM
Opening Remarks and Welcome from the Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs and the Promise Institute for Human Rights

9:30 – 10:00 AM
Keynote Speech I
Soledad García Muñoz


10:00 – 11:25 AM
Race and Ethnicity Panel

This panel will address how race and ethnicity serve as social barriers to those attempting to access and utilize domestic power structures and institutions.

This panel will thus use multiple lenses, including a Critical Race Theory and Third World Approaches to International Law, to explore how various racial identity markers become borders that mediate access to rights, and it will consider how these borders undermine the realization of international human rights for BIPOC individuals in the domestic sphere, particularly in the context of global pandemics.

Speakers:

Moderator: Asli Bali


11:25 – 11:45 AM
Break


11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Panel

This panel will address the way sexual orientation and gender identity (“SOGI”) serve as borders that undermine the realization of international human rights for LGBTQ+ individuals in the domestic sphere.

While SOGI discrimination may cause migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers to flee their country of origin, socially derived SOGI borders continue to exist even inside territorial borders and impact immigration practices. This panel will address how international and domestic law contributes to the reinforcement of SOGI borders
and SOGI-based discrimination.


Speakers:

Moderator: Ari Shaw


2:40 – 3:55 PM
Disability Panel

This panel will seek to address how the social conception of disability status serves as a social barrier to those attempting to access and utilize domestic power structures and institutions.

While this panel will explore how these disability borders undermine the realization of international human rights in the domestic sphere, it will also consider how the challenges faced by persons with physical and mental disabilities are exacerbated in the context of global pandemics.

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Speakers:

Moderator: Brad Sears


3:55 – 4:15 PM
Break


4:15 – 4:55 PM
Keynote Speech II
E. Tendayi Achiume

4:45 – 4:50 PM
Thank You from JILFA

4:50 PM
Reception

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