Guild’s Strong International Focus Remains: 70th Anniversary Convention Will Highlight Issues from Around the World

Since its inception the National Lawyers Guild has maintained a focus on human rights issues around the world and international law. This commitment will be honored at the Guild’s 70th Anniversary Convention, which will feature workshops and panels with an international focus during every time slot. Please read on for a schedule.

Convention 2007: International Workshops, Panels and Events

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 8am-5pm MCLI CLE – Using International Law & US Ratified Treaties to Fight for Justice

Thursday, November 1, 2007 9:00am-5:00pm International committee meeting (location to be announced)

2:00-3:00pm International Labor Justice Working Group meeting (location to be announced)

Friday, November 2, 2007

8:30-9:45am Workshops:
Ending the Occupation in Iraq
Darfur: Understanding Genocide

10-11:30am Major Panel:
The Intersection of Sexism and Militarism: Speakers will examine the implications of war and military occupation on women’s lives in Iraq, the Philippines, West Africa, and Eastern Europe.

In addition, the panel will examine common patterns of violence and the underlying issues of sexism, sexual violence and homophobia that motivate military training and discipline in the U.S. army and armies abroad. Action that activists can take to fight militarism and sexism, and to support the women affected, will also be discussed.

1:30-2:45pm Workshops:
International Law in North Carolina
Palestinian Right of Return

6:00-7:30pm International Committee Reception at Hotel

Saturday, November 3, 2007 1 – 2:15pm Workshops
Constitutional Reform in Latin America
Binational Labor Strategies

2:30 – 4pm Major Panel
Got to Have Habeas: Challenging Guantánamo and the Military Commissions Act:
In early 2002, people around the world watched with dismay as the United States built a major prison camp at its naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Today, more than five years later, hundreds of prisoners continue to be held there without the formal protections provided by the U.S. Constitution and the UN Convention Against Torture, not to mention the “quaint” Geneva Conventions.

Speakers include: Gitanjali Gutierrez – Attorney, Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative, Center for Constitutional Rights, New York; Emi MacLean- Legal Fellow, Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative; Marc Falkoff, author of Poems From Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak; Cuban Ambassador Dagoberto Rodriguez, Washington, D.C. (invited); Marjorie Cohn, President, NLG Sunday, November 4, 2007 10:45-noon: Workshops
Antiwar Organizing
Cuba-What’s Next?
Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions

For a listing of all 2007 Convention workshops, panels, and events please click here.

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