Does Legalized Prostitution Increase Human Trafficking?

Posted on June 12th, by Carol Tan in Uncategorized. No Comments

Human trafficking leaves no land untouched. In 2013 the U.S. State Department estimated that there are 27 million victims worldwide trafficked for forced labor or commercial sex exploitation. A 2011 report from the Department of Justice found that of more than 2,500 federal trafficking cases from 2008 to 2010, 82% concerned sex trafficking and nearly half of those involved victims under the age of 18. Scholars note that the phenomenon represents a serious health issue for women and girls worldwide. Beyond the human cost, trafficking may also compromise international security, weaken the rule of law and undermine health systems.

Since the United Nations adopted the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children in 2000, global efforts have been made by the international community to address the growing problem. Challenges remain significant, however, in particular because of its profitability: According to the International Labor Organization, human trafficking is a $32 billion industry, second only to illicit drugs. A 2011 paper in Human Rights Review found that sex slaves cost on average $1,895 each while generating $29,210 annually, leading to “stark predictions about the likely growth in commercial sex slavery in the future.”

A 2012 study published in World Development, “Does Legalized Prostitution Increase Human Trafficking?” investigates the effect of legalized prostitution on human trafficking … Read More »

Rethinking Kiobel: Is there room for human rights in anticorruption enforcement?

Posted on April 21st, by Maryum Jordan in LIDS LIVE. No Comments

April 21, 2014 – Maryum Jordan

This post was originally published in the Global Anticorruption Blog, an exciting new initiative by Harvard Law School professor, and LIDS mentor, Matthew Stephenson. Six current and former LIDS members–Rajarshi Banerjee, Daniel Holman, Maryum Jordan, Meng Lu, Philip Underwood, and Colette van der Ven–are contributors to the Blog. LIDS Live will post brief introductions to their posts, and direct you to the Blog to read the rest.

It is the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. In its decision, the Court narrowed the admissibility of Alien Tort Statute (ATS) claims related to extraterritorial human rights abuses, ruling that such claims are not actionable unless the claim has a sufficient nexus to U.S. territory. What kind of nexus is enough for an ATS case arising from exterritorial conduct? For cases involving foreign multinational companies, such as the defendant Royal Dutch Petroleum in Kiobel, a “mere corporate presence” in the U.S. is not enough.

A striking feature of this holding is the clear contrast between how a “mere corporate presence” in the U.S. is not enough for an ATS claim based on extraterritorial conduct, but is sufficient for a Foreign Corrupt Practices … Read More »


Harvard Law Students: Apply to the Global Anticorruption Lab seminar next year! (Deadline: April 25)

Posted on April 21st, by Matthew Stephenson in LIDS LIVE. No Comments

April 21, 2014 – Matthew Stephenson

Dear LIDS Members:

I’m writing to encourage those of you who are interested in applying to participate in the Global Anticorruption Lab that I will be running this coming academic year.  There is a description in the course catalogue, but I wanted to reach out to LIDS because this class might be of particular interest to students with interests in law & development, particularly anticorruption and good governance.

The Lab course is an opportunity to do independent research on a topic or topics of your choice, in a collaborative setting that provides opportunities for feedback not only from me, but from your classmates as well.  Through the Lab course, you will contribute to the Global Anticorruption Blog (www.globalanticorruptionblog.com), reaching an audience that includes leading figures at the World Bank, Transparency International, UNDP, and other leading anticorruption organizations.

This year’s Lab had great representation from LIDS members, and I would love to get more LIDS members involved if possible.  If you would like to learn more about this year’s Lab please feel free to email current Lab member and outgoing LIDS co-President Raj Banerjee at rxbanerjee@gmail.com. Raj would be delighted to chat about his experience!

Slots are limited, so if you’re … Read More »


Working on Human Rights at the Council of Europe

Posted on April 18th, by Dean Rosenberg in LIDS LIVE. No Comments

April 18, 2014 – Dean Rosenberg

Last summer, I interned with the Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee of the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, France.

The Council of Europe, which is distinct from the European Union, is composed of 47 member states, including the vast majority of European states (UK, France, Germany, Russia, Turkey etc.). The Parliamentary Assembly meets a number of times a year, and is composed of representatives from the national parliaments of each of the member states. The Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee is a Committee of the Parliament, and it deals with the proposal of resolutions that touch upon legal issues often relating to the administration of the European Court of Human Rights, which is within the organization’s purview. The staff of the committee’s primary role is to assist members with preparing resolutions to be proposed, as well as the accompanying research reports.

The internship was an amazing experience. I worked on three large projects. First, I helped create a report on the issue of the independence of the European Court of Human Rights. This involved researching the procedures for electing judges to the court, hiring and maintaining the court’s registry, and examining the post-retirement careers of … Read More »


LIDS Advisory Board Member to Teach HLS Course on Anti-Corruption

Posted on April 18th, by Daniel Holman in LIDS LIVE. No Comments

This fall, LIDS Advisory Board Member  El Cid Butuyan will be teaching a seminar on “Transnational Corruption” at Harvard Law School.  Mr. Butuyan’s work as a Senior Litigator for the Integrity Vice Presidency of the World Bank and background managing high level anti-corruption prosecutions in the Philippines allow him to draw upon a wealth of personal experience in teaching the course.  LIDS encourages members with an interest in the topics of anti-corruption regulation, enforcement, and policy issues to consider joining the course!  Non-HLS students may be eligible to cross-register according to applicable procedures.  The court catalog description follows.

Transnational Corruption – Fall 2014 Seminar

Mr. El Cid Butuyan | Th 3:00pm – 5:00pm | 2 classroom credits

“This course will explore the emergence of the global anti-corruption movement and will provide students with: a brief overview of the trends in the burgeoning field of anti-corruption enforcement including various global norms on the subject; the work of select regulatory and enforcement authorities and international and multilateral institutions; and the day-to-day lawyering skills required of practitioners. Through readings, lectures, case studies, class discussions, and potential guest speakers, the course aims to introduce students to significant substantive and practical issues in international anti-corruption work and the fundamentals required for … Read More »