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Lady Justice holding a sword and scale. On one side of the scale is the flag for the Third Reich.

Legally Blind: Law, Ethics, and the Third Reich

Tuesday, March 10–Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
Boston College

Co-sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and International Justice.

This conference will focus on Nazi Law as it impacts upon civil law, race, medicine, and religion. This event is free and open to the public. Register online by March 6, 2015.

View schedule and register for Legally Blind »

 

 
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Human Rights Accountability through Treaty Bodies: Examining Human Rights Treaty Monitoring for Water and Sanitation

SPRING COLLOQUIUM SERIES

Wednesday, March 11
3:00 p.m.
Boston College Newton campus

With Prof. Benjamin Mason Meier, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

*Space is limited. Please RSVP to bonnie.waldron@bc.edu (Room location will be provided).

 
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Book discussion: Immigration Outside the Law

Thursday, March 26
7:00 p.m.
Fulton 511

With Professor of Law Hiroshi Motomura of UCLA.

Prof. Motomura joins us to discuss his latest book, Immigration Outside the Law.

About the book:

In 1975, Texas adopted a law allowing school districts to bar children from public schools if they were in the United States unlawfully. The US Supreme Court responded in 1982 with a landmark decision, Plyler v. Doe, that kept open the schoolhouse doors, allowing these children to get the education that state law would have denied. The Court established a child's constitutional right to attend public elementary and secondary schools, regardless of immigration status. With Plyler, three questions emerged that have remained central to the national conversation about immigration outside the law: What does it mean to be in the country unlawfully? What is the role of state and local governments in dealing with unauthorized migration? Are unauthorized migrants "Americans in waiting?"

Today, as the United States weighs immigration reform, debates over "illegal" or "undocumented" immigrants have become more polarized than ever. In Immigration Outside the Law, acclaimed immigration law expert Hiroshi Motomura, author of the award-winning Americans in Waiting, offers a framework for understanding why these debates are so contentious. In a reasoned, lucid, and careful discussion, he explains the history of unauthorized migration, the sources of current disagreements, and points the way toward durable answers. In his refreshingly fair-minded analysis, Motomura explains the complexities of immigration outside the law for students and scholars, policy-makers looking for constructive solutions, and anyone who cares about this contentious issue.

 

 
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The Human Right to Water in the U.S.

SPRING COLLOQUIUM SERIES

Wednesday, March 25
3:00 p.m.
Boston College Newton campus

With Prof. Sharmila Murthy, Suffolk U. Law School

*Space is limited. Please RSVP to bonnie.waldron@bc.edu (Room location will be provided)

 
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Human Rights and Women

SPRING COLLOQUIUM SERIES

Wednesday, April 1
3:00 p.m.
Boston College Newton campus

With Prof. Jayne Huckerby, Duke U. Law School

*Space is limited. Please RSVP to bonnie.waldron@bc.edu (Room location will be provided)

 
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Religion, Peacebuilding and U.S. Foreign Policy

Thursday, April 9
5:30-7:00PM
Fulton 511

With Shaun Casey, State Department Office of Faith-based Community Initiatives

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life event co-sponsored by the Center.
  

 
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Human Rights and the Social Sciences

SPRING COLLOQUIUM SERIES

Friday, April 10
3:00 p.m.
Boston College Newton campus

With Prof. Sally Engle Merry, New York University Law School

*Space is limited. Please RSVP to bonnie.waldron@bc.edu (Room location will be provided)

 

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