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The Alien Tort Statute: A Year After Kiobel

ATS event

A panel of distinguished human rights litigators convened Thursday, April 17th at Harvard Law School to discuss Alien Tort Statute litigation, one year after the Supreme Court’s decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum. The Alien Tort Statute (ATS), passed as part of the Judiciary Act of 1789, states that “The district courts shall have …

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The Uncertain Parameters of US Targeted Killing

Gabor Rona

It’s one thing to employ drones in a long-term campaign of targeted killing overseas. It’s another thing altogether to do so without transparency or citation of the legal authority for the attacks. This was the point that Gabor Rona, International Legal Director of Human Rights First and Lecturer at Columbia Law School, focused on in …

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ACS Presents: Race & Obama

Race and Obama Event

On Monday, March 31, senior political analyst for CNN and Harvard Kennedy School Professor David Gergen visited HLS for an ACS, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, and BLSA co-sponsored lunch talk about President Obama and race.  Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree moderated the event.  Mr. Gergen began by discussing what President Obama’s election meant to …

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The New Textualism: How to Use the Text and History of the Constitution to Make Progressive Arguments

Elizabeth Wydra

Elizabeth Wydra gave an ACS lunch talk on March 5, titled  “The New Textualism: How to Use the Text and History of the Constitution to Make Progressive Arguments”. Wydra is chief counsel for the Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC) in Washington, D.C. The organization seeks to use textualist constitutional interpretation to further progressive causes like same-sex …

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Local Progressive Policymaking with David Chiu

David Chiu

On February 21st David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, visited HLS for an ACS and APLSA co-sponsored lunch talk about progressive policymaking. Mr. Chiu was enthusiastic about bringing new ideas to San Francisco, and emphasized the power of local government to improve the lives of city residents. Mr. Chiu began his …

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