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Conferences, Calls for Papers, etc.... 2007

Conferences are listed by date of event;
CFPs, fellowships and the like are listed by submission deadline.

December 2007

November 2007

*November 14 - 17, 2007
Granville Island, Vancouver, B. C., Canada

First International Education for Peace Conference - 2007
Strategies for Building a Civilization of Peace

The central aim of the EFP Conference is to create a forum in which all stakeholders in peace and education will have an opportunity to learn from one another and consult together on how to create safe and healthy learning environments with three fundamental properties: a culture of peace, a culture of healing, and a culture of excellence.

Sponsored by: International Education for Peace Institute
website for details.

November 1, 2007

*Fellowship Application Deadline
The National Endowment for Democracy
2008-2009 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) invites applications to its Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program for fellowships in 2008–2009. Named in honor of the two principal founders of NED, former president Ronald Reagan and the late congressman Dante Fascell, the program enables democracy activists, practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change.

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows maintain full-time residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies (the Forum), the research arm of the Endowment, located in Washington, D.C. The Forum hosts 12 to 15 Reagan-Fascell fellows per year for periods ranging from three to ten months. The program offers two tracks, a practitioner track and a scholarly track.

For detailed information visit the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program Website

October 2007

*October 4 - 6, 2007
Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

HUMSEC Project Annual Conference

The second conference of the HUMSEC project focuses on the multiple interactions among transnational illegal organizations, state institutions, and the civil society in the Balkan region, and how these influence post-conflict capacity building. Contributions by regional experts, comparativists and theory-oriented social scientists, as well as governmental and non-governmental practitioners are particularly welcome.

Call for Papers Deadline: March 31, 2007

See website for details.

September 2007

August 2007

July 2007

*July 10 - 15, 2007
Adams Mark Hotel and Conference Center
400 North Olive Street
Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.

3rd International Women's Peace Conference

"Our mission is to provide a safe haven for women from countries all over the world to meet, confer and formulate an action plan for world peace,” said Carol Crabtree Donovan, Peacemakers president and conference chairwoman. “The purpose of the conference is to empower peacemakers by teaching peace skills, such as mediation, negotiation and communication.”

Information: Conference Website

June 2007

*June 27 - July 1, 2007
Atlanta, Georgia

United States Social Forum
Another World is Possible - Another U. S. is Necessary!

See USSF Website for details.

*June 25 - 27, 2007
Seattle Pacific University, Otto Miller Hall
Third Avenue W. and Nickerson, Seattle

United Nations Association - U.S.A. Mountain Pacific Regional Assembly
The United Nations and the United States - A New Era?

Come join us for our annual gathering of 20 chapters and divisions from Washington, Montana, Oregon, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Alaska. This is an opportunity to hear outstanding national and regional speakers, and panels from the chapters and divisions in the region. Topics for discussion will include global warming, Middle East peace initiatives, nuclear proliferation, and opportunities for international collaboration through WFUNA.

Registration is by mail, through the United Nations Association, Seattle Metropolitan Chapter, P.O. Box 85682, Seattle WA 98145-1682
Request a registration form:, $150-175
Information: or 206-568-1959,
U.N.A. Seattle Chapter Website

*June 14 - 17, 2007
University of Calgary, MacEwan Hall
2500 University Drive, N. W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Sharing the Truth About Residential Schools: Preparing for the Truth Commission
A Conference on Truth and Reconciliation as Restorative Justice

This is a national, interdisciplinary conference on the historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission which will start its work later this year. The conference is designed to engage and inform survivors, and the general non-Aboriginal public about the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and how they can participate. The Truth Commission will be a unique and unprecedented restorative justice remedy in Canada which participants at the conference will have the opportunity to shape and influence.

Co-sponsored by: Assembly of First Nations and The University of Calgary Faculty of Law

See conference website for details.

*June 13 - 15, 2007
Stockholm/Sigtuna, Sweden

Council of Europe Forum for the Future of Democracy 2007

"Power and empowerment - the interdependence of democracy and human rights" is the theme of the Forum 2007. The aim is to strengthen democracy, political freedoms and citizens' participation through the exchange of ideas, information and examples of best practices.

Sponsored by: the Council of Europe and the Swedish Government, the Riksdag (the Swedish Parliament) and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions

See conference website for details.

May 2007

**May 31, 2007
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

*Fellowship Application Deadline
2007 - 2008 Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Fellowship Program

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Fellows Programs bring together a diverse group of human rights practitioners, scholars and activists to conduct research on human rights policy, contribute to the Center's programs, and participate in broader dialogue with students, faculty and researchers in the Harvard community. In 2007-2008, the Carr Center will offer two separate fellowship types: The Carr Center Fellowships for Academics and Scholars (non-stipendiary) and the Carr Center Fellowships for Activists and Practitioners (stipendiary). The eligibility requirements and application procedures differ.

Visit the Carr Center Policy Fellows Program Website for detailed information.

*May 28 and 29, 2007
Courtyard by Marriott
Ottawa, Canada

Reconciling Trade and Human rights: The New Development Agenda

This international conference is a unique opportunity to explore ways in which the human rights framework can inform new strategies for trade, development and the eradication of poverty.

Presented by: Rights & Democracy and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation in collaboration with Amnesty International, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, The North-South Institute, and Social Watch

See website for details.

*May 17 - 19 , 2007
Duke University, Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy
Durham, NC, U.S.A.

Working-Class Activism in the South and the Nation

Join us for an innovative dialogue on current issues facing the working class and their allies. This conference will bring together scholars, students, social justice and union activists, policy makers and rank-and-file workers to explore the connections between contemporary challenges facing the working class and their historical context.

Sponsored by: Labor and Working Class History Association

Information: 919-613-7399 or email -
Conference Website

April 2007

*April 30 - May 6, 2007
Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.

GLBT Rights as Human Rights

Equality Forum 2007 will feature the United Nations. Equality Forum, a national and international gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender civil rights organization, presents annually the nation's largest GLBT civil rights forum. Equality Forum will include 60 programs, parties and special events in collaboration with approximately 65 regional, state, national and international organizations.

There is no registration fee, and all substantive programs are free. In recent years the annual Equality Forum has featured Germany, Canada, and China. A lead program will be "GLBT Rights as Human Rights," moderated by Jim Hormel, the first openly gay U.S. Ambassador, with panelists Congressman Barney Frank; Paula Ettelbrick, Executive Director, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission; and Scott Long, Director LGBT Rights, Human Rights Watch.

Equality Forum is a national and international nonprofit, GLBT civil rights organization with an educational focus.
Equality Forum 2007 Website

*April 22 - 26, 2007
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

World Wide Immigration Issues and the Rule of Law

This is a global conference on migration law, and immigration policies around the world. This Conference, originally scheduled for November 2006, was rescheduled to allow delegates sufficient time to obtain visas for travel to the U.S. If you registered for the November 2006 event, your registration has been applied for the April Conference.

Sponsored by: World Jurist Association
See conference website for details.

*April 19, 2007
Peninsula Hotel, Salisbury Room
Hong Kong, China

Public-Private Partnerships to End Human Trafficking and Forced Labor:
New Business Solutions to a Global Challenge

Sponsored by: Vital Voices Global Partnership with CSR-Asia, End Human Trafficking Now Campaign, Eileen Fisher, Manpower, Microsoft, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

See website for details.

*April 13 - 15, 2007
University of Illinois, College of Medicine
1853 West Polk Street
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Latin America Solidarity Conference
"Alternatives to Empire"

Speakers include:
Gloria Andino, a Nicaraguan campesina and community leader
Emilio Tojín, from the Guatemalan Association for Justice and Reconciliation
Jorge Edilson Arias, an indigenous councilman from Colombia
Bolivar Ramilus, a Haitian peasant leader and former Member of Parliament
Sonia Umanzor, a leader of the Washington D.C. Chapter of the FMLN

Sponsored by: Latin America Solidarity Coalition

See website for details.

*April 13 - 14, 2007
University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Scholars at Risk Network Biennial Congress - April 13 and
Symposium: Human Rights and Academic Repression - April 14

The symposium will explore intersections—existing and potential—between international human rights standards, strategies and methods and traditional understandings of academic freedom and institutional autonomy in the higher education sector. Recognizing historical and ongoing attacks on scholars and universities worldwide, the symposium is intended to explore ways in which developments over several decades in the human rights scholarship, advocacy and policy-making might be employed in responding to, mitigating or deterring such attacks.

Sponsored by: Scholars at Risk Network

Visit the SAR Conference Website for details.

*April 9, 2007
American University, Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, N. W.
Washington, D. C., U.S.a.

The New U.N. Disability Rights Convention:
Building Support in the United States for Ratification and Implementation

On March 30, 2007, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities opened for signature and ratification. Historically, the United States has been a world leader in the recognition of disability rights. On April 9, 2007, the disability, human rights, and international development communities will come together to examine the Convention, its guarantees, and its implications for U.S. law and foreign policy. We will consider strategies for encouraging U.S. government and public support for the Convention and examine how we can ensure continued U.S. leadership in the international protection of disability rights.

Conference Organizers:
The Human Rights Brief and the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law
Syracuse University College of Law Disability and Policy Program of the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies and the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce
Mental Disability Rights International
U.S. International Council on Disability

American Association of People with Disabilities
World Institute on Disability
World Committee on Disability of the National Organization on Disability

See website for details.

March 2007

*March 31, 2007, 9:00am - 5:30pm
California State University, Fullerton
2555 E. Nutwood Avenue
Fullerton, California, U.S.A.

The 6th Annual Amnesty International Southern California Mini-Conference

Meet other activists and those interested in human rights in Southern California. Learn about the work we all do to promote human rights!

Featured speakers:
• Lydia Cacho, Mexican investigative journalist and winner of the 2007 Ginetta Sagan Fund Award
• David Berger, co-author of Amnesty International's report on life in prison without parole for juveniles
• Ali Azizi, former AIUSA Board Member, who will report on his A.I. missions to Yemen
Plus a performance by Sara Petite, singer-songwriter and human rights activist

Free and open to the public. Advance registration not required.

Information: 310-815-0450 or visit conference website

*March 30 - 31, 2007
Gonzaga University
502 East Boone Avenue
Spokane, Washington, U. S. A.

Peace Conference: Causes of Conflict, Conditions for Peace

Terrific speakers - no cost to you - a chance to "talk peace" - at Gonzaga - open to the public. The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) recently facilitated the Iraq Study Group and several speakers are coming from Washington, D.C. to Spokane. The Keynote speaker is an accomplished peace negotiator from Uganda. The workshop presenters also include faculty of various disciplines from Gonzaga University, Whitworth College and the University of Washington.

Co-sponsored by: Gonzaga University, the USIP, Pax Christi Spokane and others

Information: Judy Butler - or 509-928-0216

*March 28, 2007, 2:00 - 4:00pm
Palais des Nations, Room 12
Geneva, Switzerland

Roundtable Discussion:
"Negotiating Culture: Intersections Between Culture and Women’s Human Rights"

This discussion addresses how the Special Procedures integrate culture and the human rights of women in their mandates.

Mr. Doudou Dične UN Special Rapporteur on racism
Ms. Hina Jilani Special Representative of the UNSG on human rights defenders
Ms. Madeline Rees Head of Women’s Rights and Gender Unit, OHCHR
And other mandate holders and OHCHR support staff (invited)
Madhu Mehra, APWLD
Mariana Duarte, Violence against Women Programme, OMCT
Cynthia Rothschild, CWGL
Magdalena Sepúlveda, International Council of Human Rights Policy
Arian Brunet, Women’s Rights Coordinator at Rights and Democracy, Co-founder of Urgent Action Fund

Sponsored by:
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)
Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL)

*March 23 - 25, 2007
The Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Milwaukee, WI

Amnesty International 2007 Annual General Meeting
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Change

Despite milestone victories last year, violence against women remains a world scourge. The United States government continues to condone torture in the war on terror. Individuals around the world are at risk of human rights abuses. Meeting these and other challenges takes extraordinary effort. And it's up to activists to make change.

The AGM is Amnesty International USA's annual national conference for ALL members and activists to join, meet, learn, discuss and create extraordinary change! With renowned speakers, inspirational programming, and opportunities to connect with others, you won't want to miss the 2007 AGM.

Detailed information: Meeting Website

*March 23, 2007, 8:30am - 5:00pm
City University of New York
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Gerald W. Lynch Theater
899 Tenth Avenue (Between West 58th and 59th)
New York, N. Y.

2007 Symposium
Guantanamo Bay: The Global Effects of Wrongful Detention, Torture and Unchecked Executive Power

Free and open to the public.
Offering 7 CLE Credits for $25 (payable at the symposium).

See Symposium Website for detailed information.

*March 15 - 17, 2007
Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Canada

International Conference on the Rights of the Child

The Convention on the Rights of the Child, which came into force on September 2, 1990, is considered to be one of the most important human rights landmarks today. This Convention regulates children's rights from a broad, interdisciplinary perspective, and has been ratified by most countries. At the same time that this legal document has been vastly welcomed, it has been highly criticized as well. Some of the critics highlight issues such as its western approach to human rights and the Convention's weak monitoring system.

The International Conference on the Rights of the Child is interested in leading an academic dialogue about the different issues regulated by this legal instrument. In addition, this conference attempts to become an 'open forum' to discuss the strengths and address the weaknesses of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Finally, this three day meeting is interested in exploring how Canada and other state-parties have implemented this legal text within their national legal systems, and whether those experiences have proven to be effective in promoting the best interests of the child.

The Academic Committee is inviting interested individuals to submit papers for the Conference in English or in French. Since the purpose of the conference is to gather an interdisciplinary discussion, submissions from different academic fields are highly encouraged. The submission deadline for proposals is December 1, 2006. The selected submissions will be presented at the conference, and their authors will be invited to submit their written texts for publication after the conference.

Information: Human Rights Research and Education Centre Conference Website

*March 14, 2007, 9:00am - 5:00pm
University of California, Berkeley, Human Rights Center
Barrows Hall
Lipman Room, 8th Floor

Stopping Mass Atrocities: An International Conference on the Responsibility to Protect

The conference on the newly emerging concept of the "Responsibility to Protect" (R2P) will feature a keynote address and panel discussions explaining how this concept has evolved, how it relates to national and international foreign policy, and what we can learn from previous successful social movements.

Participants include distinguished scholars and activists who have contributed to the emerging norm of the "Responsibility to Protect," such as Gareth Evans, President, International Crisis Group, Richard Cooper, R2P Coalition), and William Pace World Federalist Movement, among others.

Sponsored by University of California, Berkeley, Human Rights Center
See website for details.

*March 13, 2007, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
University of California, Berkeley
International House, Chevron Auditorium
2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Stopping Mass Atrocities: An International Conference on the Responsibility to Protect
Romeo Dallaire: "The Failure of Humanity in Preventing Genocides"

In his keynote speech that opens our conference "Stopping Mass Atrocities: An International Conference on the Responsibility to Protect," General Romeo Dallaire will discuss his experiences as the commanding general of the United Nations peacekeeping forces during the Rwandan genocide and the implications of that tragedy for today's global and human security.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: University of California, Berkeley, Human Rights Center
See website for details.

*March 8, 2007, 2:00
The Hague, The Netherlands

International Women's Day
Women Groundbreakers in International Courts

Public Forum - 2:00 - 4:30pm - Lecture Hall, Hague Academy Building (annexed to the Peace Palace)
Justice is a Woman

Remarks and Reception - 4:30 - 6:15pm - Grand Hall, Peace Palace

Celebrating the achievements of Women Groundbreakers in the first International Courts
International Court of Justice (ICJ), International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)

Sponsored by: Open Society Justice Initiative and the Network Women's Program

See website for details.

*March 5, 2007, 10:00am - 6:00pm
ECOSOC Chamber
United Nations, New York

Trafficking in Women and Girls: Meeting the Challenge Together

Sponsored by: Permanent Missions of Belarus and the Philippines to the United Nations
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and Vital Voices Global Partnership

In cooperation with: UNICEF, IOM, Interpol, the CONGO Committee on Children's Rights, the Working Group on Girls of the NGO Committee on UNICEF, the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences

Information and registration: conference website
or contact Mr. Andrei Metelitsa: 212-772 2354, e-mail:
Ms. Marie Yvette Banzon-Abalos: 212-764 1300, ext. 23, e-mail:
or Ms. Lucie Hrbkova 212-963 5634, e-mail:

February, 2007

*February 24, 2007
University of Washington, Seattle, Kane Hall

2007 ACLU Annual Membership Conference
Challenges in the 21st Century

See conference website for detailed information.

*February 2 - 4, 2007
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

STAND West Coast Regional Conference

Conference speakers will include experts, activists and artists who work to help the people of Darfur.

Conference Schedule Website
West Coast Regional Conference Website

Sponsored by: STAND: A student anti-genocide coaliton
STAND Website

January, 2007

January 1 - September 30, 2007
Washington, D. C.

Ralph J. Bunche Human Rights Fellowship Program

Amnesty International USA’s Ralph J. Bunche Human Rights Fellowship aims to develop human rights leaders in communities of color in the United States. The Fellowship provides training and experience in international human rights advocacy to activists who are interested in the field of international human rights.

See Fellowship Website for detailed information.

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