(Anti)anti Impunity: Reflections on the History and Trajectory of the Human Rights Movement with Professor Karen Engle

Event date: 
26 Apr 2012 1:00pm
Staff Seminar Room, Level 2, Law Building, University of New South Wales

The International Law and Policy Group and the Australian Human Rights Centre invite you to join us for a seminar with Professor Karen Engle on (Anti)anti Impunity: Reflections on the History and Trajectory of the Human Rights Movement. The seminar will consider how today’s human rights movement places the fight against impunity at its center. Such a focus is the culmination of a governance project in which the movement has been engaged for close to two decades that puts an enormous amount of attention on and faith in criminal justice systems - international, transnational and domestic. Karen Engle situates the fight against impunity in the history and trajectory of the human rights movement from the 1970s until today, arguing that the movement’s early ideology of antipolitics has reemerged in recent years, functioning to defer - even suppress - substantive debates over visions of social justice, even while relying on criminal justice systems of which the movement has long been critical.

KAREN ENGLE is Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair of Law and Founder and Co-director of the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas. She publishes and lectures extensively on international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, and Latin American law on indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples. She is author of The Elusive Promise of Indigenous Development: Rights, Culture, Strategy (Duke University Press, 2010), which received the Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association Section on Human Rights. She is currently working on a book entitled “Feminisms, Social Movements and International Law.”
Lucas Lixinski, Convenor of the International Law and Policy Group, will be chairing the seminar.

The text upon which the seminar is based will be circulated in advance to all registered participants.