October 2015

2015 Civil Courage Award

Honoring Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz and Judge Yassmin Barrios  for their longtime pursuit of justice and human rights in Guatemala.

When: October 14th, 2015

Where: New York City Bar Association

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Please click here for Biographies of Honorees

Click here for Introductory Video

November 2014

Forum Announcement: The Havana Peace Negotiations: What will Colombians Be Approving and How?

On November 13, 2014 Colombia's Universidad del Rosario, El Tiempo, and the Hanns Seidel Foundation, with the support of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, will hold a forum to discuss progress made and challenges remaining in the Colombian government's peace negotiations with the FARC currently taking place in Havana, Cuba. Speakers from the negotiation team, experts on the Colombian conflict and peace process, and political parties' representatives will discuss the issues on the agenda for the negotiations, namely land reform, political participation, the drug trade, and victims' participation. Participants will also share their views on the end of the conflict, disarmament, and a potential referendum for approval of the peace accord and it's subsequent implementation. We will be providing a link to the livestreaming of the forum.

Foro: "Processo de Paz en La Habana: ¿Qué Van a Aprobar los Colombianos y Cómo? - Forum: The Havana Peace Negotiations: What will Colombians Be Approving and How?

Noviembre 13 de 2014/ 8:00 AM a 5:00 PM/Aula Mutis, Universidad del Rosario - November 13, 2014 / 8:00 AM to 5 PM Colombian time

September 2014

Challenging the Conventional: Can Truth Commissions Effectively Contribute to Peace, September 9 (click here for more).

Preventing and Responding to Atrocities: The Responsibility to Protect, International Law, and the Case of the Central African Republic, September 10

On September 10th, 2014, the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice and the Council on International Affairs of the New York City Bar Association held an event at the New York City Bar Association on the Responsibility to Protect. Featuring experts from civil society and the United Nations, the event examined the relationship between the Responsibility to Protect and existing international legal doctrine, as well as the practical application of RtoP in conflict situations, such as the ongoing crisis in the Central African Republic (click here for more).

U.N. Committee on Enforced Disappearances, 7th Session, September 15-26

At its forthcoming 7th session in September 2014, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances will examine the efforts of Belgium and Paraguay to implement the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (click here for more).

U.N. World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, September 22-23

The high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly, to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), assembles on Monday, September 22 and Tuesday, September 23, 2014, in New York.(click here for more).

May 2014

International Law and Crisis in Ukraine: A Roundtable Discussion

A panel of experts explored the legal and policy implications of recent events in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine especially pertaining to self-determination, secession, international intervention, and annexation. (click here for more).

April 2014

The Vance Center has participated in several events outside of New York City:

A training program for pro bono clearinghouse representatives and others in pro bono representation of petitioners before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, taking place on April 7-9 in Washington, D.C.;

Roundtable discussions of the Vance Center Committee with la Barra Mexicana and la Fundacion Barra Mexicana, in Mexico City on April 8;

A Women in the Profession planning session in Mexico City on April 8;

A workshop on using international law to strengthen strategic impact litigation in domestic courts in Latin America, organized along with Professor Macarena Saez of American University Washington College of Law, taking place in Washington, D.C. on April 10.

March 2014

Wednesday, March 12

A Women in the Profession Conference in Montevideo, Uruguay. (click here for more).

February 2014

Friday, February 7

Susan Kath, the Director of the Vance Center's Environment Program, spoke at the "Climate Change, Global Health, and Human Rights" conference at Princeton University. (click here for more).

Friday, February 14

Alejandro Eder, director of the Colombian Agency for Reintegration (ACR) discussed Colombia's peacebuilding and reintegration process in 2013 and the opportunities and cooperation in these areas throughout the region. (click here for more).

Monday, February 24

"Human Rights and International Sporting Events: Russian Anti-Gay Legislation, the Sochi Winter Olympics, and Next Steps"

This program, immediately following the conclusion of the Winter Olympics, focused on the deterioration of LGBT rights in Russia. (click here for more).

January 2014

Wednesday, January 29

The Vance Center and the Committees on African Affairs and International Human Rights co-sponsored a tribute to Nelson Mandela on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at the New York City Bar Association. (click here more).