2021 Human Rights Symposium | Black Lives Matter as a Global Human Rights Movement
Presented by Gonzaga in Florence and Gonzaga School of Law Center for Civil and Human Rights
June 21, 2021
Basilica di Santa Croce—Florence, Italy
Gonzaga University School of Law, the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Gonzaga Law, and Gonzaga in Florence are proud to be holding our 2021 Human Rights Symposium, Black Lives Matter as a Global Human Rights Movement, live in Florence, Italy on June 21, 2021. This symposium will seek to recognize and amplify the Black Lives Matter movement as a critical influence on, and also response to, global movements for social, political, economic, and cultural equality, solidarity, and justice.
We are thrilled that circumstances in Italy are permitting us to host this symposium as a hybrid event in Florence at the historic Basilica di Santa Croce, with numerous in-person speakers and guests attending from Italy, the United States, Spain, Croatia, and other countries. We also are welcoming remote speakers from South Africa, India, Lebanon, and the United States. We expect that these uniquely insightful speakers from around the world, including our very special keynote presenter, will examine and enhance the profound global impact and importance of the statement, Black Lives Matter. As part of this program, Gonzaga is incorporating interdisciplinary dance and music performances from the original Gonzaga Dance Department work, Pay the Price
Subject to change. All times for Florence, Italy (GMT +2).
Morning Session | 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
8:00-8:45 AM Registration and Coffee
Professor Brooks Holland, J. Donald and Va Lena Scarpelli Curran Professor of Legal Ethics and Professionalism, Gonzaga University School of Law
Ragini Gupta, U.S. Consul General to Florence
Panel 1: Global Perspectives on Black Lives Matter as a Human Rights Movement
Chair: Professor Upendra Acharya, Professor of Law, Gonzaga Law in Florence Distinguished Scholar of International Law Norman & Rita Roberts Scholar, Gonzaga University School of Law
Professor Angelica Pesarini, Lecturer in Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University, Florence, Italy
Anti-racist without Race. The Case of Italy.
Professor Sahar Aziz, Professor, Chancellor's Social Justice Scholar, and Middle East Legal Studies Scholar at Rutgers University Law School. Founding Director of the Center for Security, Race and Rights
Deconstructing Racio-Religious Hierarchies: Black Lives Matter and The Racial Muslim
Professor Iñigo Navarro Mendizabal, Professor of Private Law, Comillas Pontifical University, Spain
Discrimination in an Artificial Intelligence World
Professor Avitus Agbor, Research Professor, North-West University, South Africa
Arguing for a Paradigm Shift from “Some Lives Matter” and “Black Lives Matter” to “All Lives Matter”: a Philosophical Introspection
Professor Paul Butler, Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown University Law Center and a legal analyst on MSNBC
Professor Butler is one of the nation’s most frequently consulted scholars on issues of race and criminal justice. His work has been profiled on 60 Minutes, Nightline, and The ABC, CBS and NBC Evening News. His book “Chokehold: Policing Black Men” was published in July 2017. The Washington Post named it one of the 50 best non-fiction books of 2017. Professor Butler served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where his specialty was public corruption. His prosecutions included a United States Senator, three FBI agents, and several other law enforcement officials. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.
Luncheon & Guided Tour of Santa Croce
Afternoon Session | 2:30 AM - 5:45 PM
Panel 2: Black Lives Matter: Global Legal Issues and Systems
Chair: Professor Brooks Holland, J. Donald and Va Lena Scarpelli Curran Professor of Legal Ethics and Professionalism, Gonzaga University School of Law
Professor Neha Jain, Professor of Public International Law, European University Institute, Italy
Black Lives Matter and the Imperfect Perfections of CERD
Professor Maja Munivrana Vajda, Associate Professor of Criminal Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Racial and Ethnic Violence, Discrimination and Profiling—European Policies and Judicial Responses
Professor Isabel Maravall Buckwalter, Professor of Public International Law, Loyola University, Spain
Racist Rhetoric Against Unaccompanied Children in Spain
Professor Wendy Greene, Professor of Law, Drexel University
Black Lives Matter, Black Hair Matters: A Transnational Lens
Panel 3: Black Lives Matter: Intersections and Activism
Chair: Professor Inga Laurent, Associate Professor of Law, Gonzaga University School of Law
Director Valentina Paglai, Human Rights Education and Advocacy Manager, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Italia
Black Lives Matter as a Model for Anti-Racist Human Rights Education in Italian Schools
Professor Balaji Venugopal Raju, Registrar and Director, Tamil Nadu Law University, India
Traces of Discriminatory patterns in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - A Tacit Human Rights Violation
Adjunct Professor Ghadir El Alayli, Attorney-at-law, University Lecturer, Consultant and Researcher, St. Joseph University, Lebanon
Revolutionary Protests, Blast, Pandemic and Police in Lebanon: The State of Emergency Legislation and its Impact on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law
Professor Upendra Acharya, Professor of Law, Gonzaga Law in Florence Distinguished Scholar of International Law Norman & Rita Roberts Scholar, Gonzaga University School of Law
Pay the Price | Evening Event
This symposium will include a unique interdisciplinary collaboration between the Law School and the Dance and Music Departments at Gonzaga to capture the full range of human expression that is essential to human rights. Pay the Price is a physical exploration through dance of Historic Racism, Privilege, and Power. This is a collaboration between Professor Suzanne Ostermith, M.F.A., the Director of Dance at Gonzaga, Noelle Price of PRICEarts in Seattle, Kevin Hekmatpanah, cellist and Professor Music Department at Gonzaga, and undergraduate dance students. Our hope is that this performance brings new ways at looking at these difficult issues and encourages reflection and conversation.
Segments of the June 20 performance will precede panels during the full symposium program on June 21 at Basilica di Santa Croce.