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Spring 2011 Symposium

National Security, Human Rights, and the "Other"

Friday, May 20 - Saturday, May 21
University of Minnesota Law School
Courtroom 170


Co-Organizers: Claire Hill & Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

This symposium brings together leading scholars in several different fields to focus on how we define, understand and react to “the other.” We will examine how these definitions, understandings and reactions can inform our approaches to issues that arise in the context of national security and human rights. Our symposium will allow scholars working directly on human rights and national security issues to interact with scholars working directly on the issue of the “other” in various disciplines. The symposium provides the means to undertake a praxis by exploring how a more complex, differentiated and theoretically diverse understanding of the other might fundamentally change the way applications of human rights protections and national security paradigms work in a variety of contexts.

An important aim of this symposium is to bring together theoreticians and those whose work is more applied and ‘on the ground.’ Too often, communities of scholars become insular and constrained by their paradigms of analysis and narrower policy arenas. We hope to motivate those working on more abstract theory to consider how to address the complexities of real-world problems; we hope, too, to motivate those working on more concrete problems to consult more frequently with theoreticians from what may seem to be far-flung fields.

This symposium is made possible by the generous funding of the Robina Foundation.


Apostolos Georgopoulos, Regents Professor of Neuroscience, McKnight Presidential Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience, American Legion Brain Sciences Chair, Professor of Neuroscience, Neurology, and Psychiatry, and Director of the Center for Cognitive Sciences, University of Minnesota

Jennie Greene, Associate Professor of Clinical Instruction, University of Minnesota Law School

Ken Kishida, Postdoctoral Associate in the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory and Department of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine

Giovanni Mantilla, Ph.D Student in the Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota

Aisling Swaine, Ph.D Research Fellow in the Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster


Claire Hill, Professor of Law and 2009-11 Solly Robins Distinguished Reseach Fellow, University of Minnesota Law School

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Dorsey & Whitney Chair in Law, University of Minnesota Law School

Mary Anne Case, Arnold I. Shure Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

Daniel Bar-Tal, School of Education Professor, Tel Aviv University

Avner Ben-Ner, Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies Professor, University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management

Emile Bruneau, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Emanuele Castano, Associate Professor of Psychology, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts

Rob Cryer, Professor of International and Criminal Law, University of Birmingham Law School

Oren Gross, Irving Younger Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for International Legal & Security Studies, University of Minnesota Law School

Larry Wolff, Director of the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, and Professor of History, European and Mediterranean Studies, New York University

Marc Olivier Baruch, Director of Studies, EHESS (l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales)

Jonathan Marks, Associate Professor of Bioethics, Humanities and Law and Affiliate Law Faculty, Penn State University; Edmond J. Safra Faculty Fellow in Ethics, Harvard University

Aziz Huq, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

Susanna Blumenthal, Associate Professor of Law and History, University of Minnesota Law School

William Casebeer, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force; Program Manager in the Defense Sciences Office, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency)

Lasana Harris, Assistant Professor in the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Karima Bennoune, Professor of Law and Arthur L. Dickson Scholar, Rutgers School of Law–Newark

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