2009 News Archive





November 2009

International Criminal Justice: Developments and Reflections on the Future – Hassan Bubacar Jallow, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (11/30/09)
Justice Hassan Bubacar Jallow, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, delivered the inaugural Distinguished Lecture in International Justice and Human Rights during a visit to Brandeis. Part of the Social Justice Leadership Series.

The Challenge of the UN Gaza Report: Justice Richard Goldstone and former Israeli ambassador Dore Gold discuss the report at Brandeis forum (11/5/09)
Justice Richard Goldstone, head of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, and chair of the Ethics Center's Advisory Board, and Dore Gold, former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, exchanged views on the findings in the Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, and answered questions for a packed house of Brandeis community members and members of the public.

South American Judicial Colloquium: El Valor del Derecho Internacional respecto de los Sistemas Legales Nacionales (The Value of International Law for National Legal Systems) (11/4-7/09)
The Ethics Center, in collaboration with the International Judicial Academy, recently concluded the fourth in its ongoing series of judicial colloquia, organized since 2006 in different regions of the world. The most recent session took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

October 2009

"Pray the Devil Back to Hell" film screening (10/21/09)
Coexistence International screened this documentary about an interfaith women’s movement in Liberia which was instrumental in bringing peace to that country after decades of civil war. There was a Q&A with one of the film's protagonists, Liberian journalist Janet Johnson Bryant, after the film. Visit the event page for details. Part of the Social Justice Leadership Series.

September 2009

Chair of Ethics Center International Advisory Board Justice Richard Goldstone Headed UN Mission on December '08 - January '09 Fighting in Gaza (09/24/09)
The long-awaited Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict was released September 15 to widespread international attention, and has stirred substantial controversy.

Ethics Center Director Dan Terris writes about the Brandeis and Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings (09/09)
In the Fall '09 issue of the Brandeis University Magazine Dan Terris discusses the similarities between the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Louis Brandeis and Sonia Sotomayor, and the value of these hearings. Read "Confirmation and Controversy: Do you hear an echo in the halls of justice?"

"TMI: Social Justice in the Age of Facebook" conference (09/10-11/09)
Do YouTube, Twitter, and texting mean greater access, or greater division? Does technology foster democracy or empower dictatorships? Should online content be free to all? Leading thinkers in technology explored these and other challenging questions. Visit the conference webpage for details.

August 2009

"Ethics Central" – Summer/Fall 2009 (08/25/09)
The Summer/Fall 2009 issue of "Ethics Central," the Center's newsletter, is now available in print and online.

Social Justice Leadership Speaker Series launches September 2, 2009 with Dr. Kevin Bales, a leading expert on modern slavery and human trafficking. (8/17/09)
The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and The Ethics Center are jointly hosting the 2009-10 Social Justice Leadership Series, bringing to campus inspiring, informed speakers whose work is driven by a commitment to social justice and human rights. More info.


June 2009

Sorensen Fellow Reports from Peru (06/18/2009)
Kathleen Rees '10, a 2009 Sorensen Fellow, writes for Global Brandeis about her current internship with ProPeru, which focuses on public health initiatives.

Marci McPhee Featured on BrandeisNow (06/16/2009)
The Center's associate director is soon to teach in the Marshall Islands for a year. Click above for the story and details on her "micro teach-in" farewell celebration tomorrow.

Coexistence and Conflict Master’s alumna Gazala Paul featured in Women’s Feature Service article (06/15/2009)
Gazala Paul, MA ’06 Alan B. Slifka Master’s Program in Coexistence and Conflict, is Managing Trustee and a founder of Samerth, an India-based NGO. The article discusses Samerth’s efforts to bring about reconciliation, peace, and economic security in Gujarat, which is still grappling with the aftermath of communal riots in 2002. More about Gazala Paul.

Center Adds Web Page Focused on West Africa Work (06/10/2009)
Click above to learn more about the work in the region done by the Center's Programs in International Justice and Society and by Coexistence International.

Features Introduced on Ethics and International Justice (06/01/2009)
The Center has launched a new monthly feature called "Ethical Inquiry," which examines different ethical issues. In addition, the Center reports the latest developments in international justice with a new monthly update called "International Justice in the News."

May 2009

Supreme Court Nominee Wrote on International Justice in Book by Center Authors (05/26/2009)
Judge Sonia Sotomayor called on U.S. judges to learn from their peers on international courts and tribunals in The International Judge.

Center Board Member Wins MacArthur Award (05/25/2009)
Richard Goldstone, who served as the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, receives the MacArthur Award for International Justice.

Religious Leaders Screen Film on Peacebuilding Partnership (05/21/2009)
Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye speak about their work with the Interfaith Mediation Center in Kaduna, Nigeria.

Brandeis Fellowship Director Honored by Dalai Lama (05/19/2009)
Paula Green has been named an “Unsung Hero of Compassion."

CI Publishes New Paper on West Africa (05/08/2009)
Coexistence International has published Focus on Coexistence and Democracy-building in West Africa.

Slifka Director Speaks at UN on Arts and Reconciliation (05/07/2009)
Cynthia Cohen offered a presentation on “Creative Approaches to Coexistence and Reconciliation.”

Center Staff Participate in Conference at Al-Quds University (05/04/2009)
Daniel Terris and Mari Fitzduff took part in a conference on “Women, Leadership, State, and Society."

April 2009

New Report Issued on North American Judicial Colloquium (04/29/2009)
The Colloquium brought together national judges with their international counterparts to weigh the influence of international law on domestic courts.

Participant Lauds BIIJ Experience (04/28/2009)
In the latest issue of the International Judicial Monitor, Jennifer Hillman, member of the World Trade Organization's Appellate Body, reflects on her experience at the 2009 Brandeis Institute for International Judges. Click above to read her article.

Event Examines Obama's First 100 Days (04/21/2009)
In a forum cosponsored by the Center, participants discussed the new administration's policies on the economy, international relations, and health care reform. Click above to read an account in the Daily News Tribune.

Slifka Director Writes Chapter in New Peacebuilding Book (04/16/2009)
Cynthia Cohen has contributed to the book Building Peace: Practical Reflections from the Field.

Goldstone to Investigate Conflict in Gaza (04/03/2009)
Ethics Center board member Richard Goldstone, former UN chief prosecutor for war crimes in Yugoslavia and Rwanda, has been named to lead an inquiry into alleged war crimes.

Center Board Member Publishes New Book (04/01/2009)
James Carroll has written Practicing Catholic, which explores why the author, a former priest, remains a practicing Catholic and examines the history of the Catholic Church.

March 2009

International Judge Details Stint on War Crimes Court (03/26/2009)
Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Fahey speaks to students about her yearlong service on the bench of the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

CI Article Cited in Journal (03/25/2009)
An article co-authored by Jessica Berns, Coexistence International program director, was cited in the current issue of the International Journal of Transitional Justice, a journal of the Oxford University Press.

Student Wins Grant to Aid Displaced Women in Uganda (03/17/2009)
Benjamin Bechtolsheim ’09 has received a $10,000 grant from the Davis Projects for Peace.

Student Fellowship Renamed to Honor Ted Sorensen (03/12/2009)
The Center's flagship student program, which sends Brandeis University undergraduates all over the globe to work for social justice, will henceforth be called the Sorensen Fellowship.

February 2009

Founder of Philippines NGO Links Housing to Peace (02/27/2009)
Antonio Meloto details efforts to obtain donated land and build housing for the poor by the organization he founded, Gawad Kaling.

Mari Fitzduff Interviewed on National Public Radio (02/26/2009)
The director of the Master of Arts Program in Coexistence and Conflict was featured today in a BBC report on conflict resolution. Click above for the audio.

Master's Program Graduate Honored for Peace Promotion (02/23/2009)
Madhumita Datta was recognized by Rotary International for "promotion of peace and conflict resolution."

Epidemiologist Examines Approaches to AIDS Fight (02/17/2009)
In residence as the Center's third annual Distinguished Visiting Practitioner, Brian Williams of the World Health Organization gives a keynote address titled “Fighting AIDS in Africa: Public Health vs. Human Rights.”

Expert on Africa Highlights Peace-Building Process (02/09/2009)
Former Congressman Howard Wolpe, director of the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, speaks on “Democracy and Peace-Building: Rethinking the Conventional Wisdom."

Attorney Speaks on Fight Against Detainment, Torture (02/03/2009)
Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, gives a talk called "Beyond the Shadows of Guantanamo: Restoring the Rule of Law in the Post-Bush Era."

January 2009

2009 Sorensen Fellows Named (01/30/2009)
Six students have been selected to participate in summer internships abroad, addressing issues of peacebuilding and social justice.

Sorensen Reflects on JFK, Inaugurals (01/14/09)
The speechwriter and counselor to John F. Kennedy discusses his career and inaugural speeches.

Center Hosts Sixth Brandeis Institute for International Judges (01/13/09)
The Institute, held in Trinidad from January 4-8, was organized around the theme of “International Justice: Past, Present, and Future.”

"Ethics Central" – Winter/Spring 2009 (01/12/09)
The Winter/Spring 2009 issue of "Ethics Central," the Center's newsletter, is now available in print and online.