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April 14, 2011

Successful Human Rights Summit Lays Foundation for Future Work

Participants of the ABA Center for Human Rights inaugural Human Rights Summit

Participants of the ABA Center for Human Rights inaugural Human Rights Summit

The _ Center for Human Rights convened its first Human Rights Summit in April in Washington, D.C.  Center Co-Chairs Michael S. Greco and Walter H. White Jr., led the discussion and listened to more than a dozen directors and chairs from human rights-related ABA entities and sections, as well as participants from the American Society of International Law; Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law; Peace Brigades International; World Justice Project; Human Rights First; and the National LGBT Bar Association.

The group exchanged ideas regarding the legal profession’s potential to advance human rights nationally and internationally.  The center will make immediate efforts to establish regular communication and coordination with ABA entities that address human rights issues, and with interested external organizations.

Steps will likely include: revamping the center’s website; establishing a method by which the ABA entities can better coordinate and support each other’s efforts; and facilitating regular communication about participating organizations’ activities with a listserv and a newsletter to  provide in-depth reports on cutting-edge human rights issues and the collective efforts of the ABA and its partners in the human rights community to address them.

Planning is already in the works for next year’s summit.

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