2012 Events

Conduct of Hostilities and Law Enforcement: A Contradiction in Terms? (December 3-4)

The 7th annual conference on international humanitarian law, hosted by the Minerva Center in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, addressed the complex and increasingly significant issue of the interplay between two distinct legal regimes: conduct of hostilities, derived from international humanitarian law, and law enforcement, derived mainly from human rights law.

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Prof. Peter K. Yu on Intellectual Property and Human Rights (November 21)

The Minerva Center hosted a lecture and discussion with Prof. Peter K. Yu, Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law and Director, Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School.

For the event invitation click here


Making Good Again: Cultural Approaches to Past Human Rights Abuses (November 18-19)

The conference included academic presentations from experts in the field such as Regev Nathansohn from the University of Michigan, Cornelia Siebeck from Ruhr University Bochum, Amos Goldberg, Ruth Fine, Yifat Gutman, Daphna Golan and Louise Bethlehem from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, as well as relevant visual presentations of theater, film, photography, dance and multimedia works by the Etcetera Collective from Argentina/Chile, Yochai Avrahami and Miki Kratsman from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem and Sinai Peter, a theater director in Israel.

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Judge Theodor Meron on Customary International Law in International Criminal Tribunals (November 13)

As part of the Guest Lecture Series on International Humanitarian Law, the Minerva Center hosted a lecture and discussion with Judge Theodor Meron, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and President of International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals.

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Transitions in/to Democracy Contemporary Changes and Challenges (28-30 October)

The Minerva Center, in cooperation with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster, held the 2nd Annual Minerva Jerusalem International Conference on Transitional Justice, which examined recent transitions both into democracy and within existing democracies. Renowned Chilean human rights activist Prof. Jose Zalaquett, Member of the Chilean National Commission on Truth and Reconciliation and Professor of Law at University of Chile, gave the conference keynote address.

(All photos by Douglas Guthrie)


The UN Human Rights Committee: A Critical Analysis (12-13 September)

The two-day international conference of experts, hosted by the Minerva Center and chaired by Prof. David Kretzmer of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Prof. Eckart Klein of the University of Potsdam, focused on the UN Human Rights Committee – as part of a broader project on treaty bodies and international accountability for state human rights obligations.

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Prof. Alison Dundes Renteln on the Right to Culture as a Human Right: Law in a Multicultural World (May 22)

The Minerva Center hosted a lecture and discussion with Prof. Alison Dundes Renteln, Chair at the Department of Political Science, University of Southern California and holder of joint appointments in Law, Public Policy and Anthropology.

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Implementation of recommendations of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (May 2)

The Minerva Center held a government / civil society / academia symposium discussing a number of recent recommendations of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) regarding Israel – in particular, legislation of a Basic Law: Social Rights, and the establishment of a National Human Rights Institution in Israel.

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Transitional Justice and Political Apologies (March 28)

The Minerva Center hosted a symposium on the role of political apologies in transitional justice contexts, with Prof. Avraham Sela, Dr. Nava Lowenheim, Dr. Zohar Kampf, Adv. Hassan Jabareen and Adv. Sigall Horovitz.  



From Ratification to Implementation: The U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Israel (March 13-14)

In anticipation of Israel's impending ratification of the CRPD, the Minerva Center hosted a comprehensive two-day international conference to discuss the ramifications of this unique treaty and its implementation in practice in Israel. Among the issues addressed – challenges of implementation; community living; education; employment; accessibility; legal capacity; access to justice; and implementation experience in other countries. Conference speakers included some 50 distinguished experts and practitioners in disability rights issues – government officials, civil society leaders and academics from Israel and abroad. The conference was fully accessible, and discussions were accompanied by real-time captioning.


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Precursors to International Constitutionalism (Göttingen, March 9-10)

This cooperation between the Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Institute of International and European Law at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and the Göttingen Journal of International Law (GoJIL) investigated the historical development and gradual crystallization of a "German" constitutional approach in both theoretical and practical aspects. The project also discussed the current debate on modern international law regarding constitutionalization and fragmentation trends. The project was led by Minerva Center Academic Director Dr. Tomer Broude and by Prof. Andreas Paulus of Göttingen University and Judge of the German Constitutional Court.


The Use of "Area Weapons" in Populated Areas (January 24)

In recognition of Dr. Eitan Barak's new book, "Deadly Metal Rain: The Legality of Flechette Weapons in International Law”, the Minerva Center held a symposium on the use of "area weapons" in populated areas.

For the event invitation click here