Sep 092014
 September 9, 2014

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Thursday, November 20, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm, 240 John Hope Franklin Center. Stay tuned for the full schedule.

Reasonable Accommodations and Minority Religious Freedom in the United States & Canada

Speakers include:
Jennette Wood Crowley | Duke University, History Department
Ernest Young | Duke University, Law School
Shauna Van Praaghe | McGill University, Faculty of Law
Charles Taylor | McGill University, Department of Philosophy
Kevin Christiano | University of Notre Dame, Sociology Department
Robert Bennett | Canadian Ambassador for Religious Freedom
Katrina Lantos Swett | Chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

This workshop is sponsored by the Council for North American Studies, the Council for European Studies, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, with funding provided by the Mellon Foundation and the Provost’s Office at Duke University.

Aug 102014
 August 10, 2014

RPL-mandala4-400On Tuesday, November 18th, KIE Senior Fellow Luke Bretherton will hold a public interview with the philosopher Charles Taylor. Taylor is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at McGill University, and his long academic career includes winning the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy and the Templeton Prize. Taylor has long objected to what many social scientists take for granted, namely that the rational movement that began in the Enlightenment has made notions like morality and spirituality into nothing more than quaint anachronisms. This event is sponsored by the Religions and Public Life Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Tuesday November 18th 
Goodson Chapel, Westbrook Building

Aug 092014
 August 9, 2014

Reg-RR-capThe winners of last year’s Rethinking Regulation Graduate Research Awards will workshop papers from their research over the past year together with Rethinking Regulation faculty.

Graduate Student Presenters:
Jack Zhou (Nicholas), Luz Rodriguez (Nicholas), Jonathon Free (History),  Louise Seamster (Sociology)

Monday, November 17
Location TBD

Jul 302014
 July 30, 2014

Reg-RR-capAs part of the Laws that Learn series, Gary Marchant (Arizona State University Law School) will lead a seminar entitled, “Pacing Law with Emerging Technologies: The Example of Nanotechnology.”

Professor Marchant’s research interests include the use of genetic information in environmental regulation, risk and the precautionary principle, legal aspects of personalized medicine, and regulation of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, neuroscience and biotechnology. He teaches courses in Environmental Law, Law, Science & Technology, Genetics and the Law, Biotechnology: Science, Law and Policy, and Nanotechnology Law & Policy. He was named a Regents’ Professor in 2011 and also is a professor in ASU’s School of Life Sciences.

This event is cosponsored by Rethinking Regulation @ KIE, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology.

Friday, October 31
West Campus (Exact location TBA)

Lunch will be provided with RSVP to Amber Díaz Pearson by Monday, October 27.

Jul 202014
 July 20, 2014
Jewish Tradition ThumbnailSusannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) discusses her father’s (Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel) legacy as a human rights activist and his archives, which have recently opened here at Duke in the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of biblical scholarship, and the history of anti-Semitism. Her numerous publications include Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus (University of Chicago Press), which won a National Jewish Book Award and Germany’s Geiger Prize, and The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany (Princeton University Press). She is the author of over seventy articles and has edited several books, including Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays of Abraham Joshua Heschel; Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust (with Robert P. Ericksen); Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism(with David Biale and Michael Galchinsky).
This series is hosted by the Duke Center for Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by Religions and Public Life at KIE, Jewish Life at Duke, and the DHRC at the Franklin Humanities Institute.
Monday, October 20, 5:30pm
Location TBA
Jul 192014
 July 19, 2014

Ann-GallagherThis year’s Visiting Fellow in Human Rights is Dr. Anne Gallagher AO (BA, LLB, M.Int.L, PhD).  Gallagher is a global authority on the international legal and policy aspects of human trafficking and related exploitation. She served as a career UN official from 1992 to 2003 working with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. In 1998 she was appointed Special Adviser on Human Trafficking to Mary Robinson, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. In that capacity she represented the High Commissioner in the negotiations for the UN Organized Crime Convention and its Protocols on Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling. More recently, She completed the definitive legal commentary to the United Nations Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking.

Her visit will include meeting with faculty and students, attending seminars, participating in a faculty workshop, and giving a keynote lecture.  She will be in residence October 20-21. Details on the lecture available soon.

Jul 192014
 July 19, 2014

051213_bennear_balleisen_krawiec_wiener016This conference will identify, evaluate, and discuss the relevance and effectiveness of regulatory instruments for improving risk governance, both as they result from responding to and learning from crises, and as deliberate innovations in how regulatory power is exercised and shared. The speakers and panelists hail from many international institutions, disciplines, and organizations around the world. Case studies to be highlighted during the conference include the regulation of oil spills, nuclear accidents, financial crashes, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals; the use of behavioral insights and non-government networks in regulation; and more.

Organizers: International Risk Governance CouncilOrganisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; Rethinking Regulation program at The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University

Venue: OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France

Schedule: The first day addresses how crisis events shape regulatory change and how regulatory institutions can learn from crises.  This is the theme of a research project we are leading at Duke University on “Recalibrating Risk: Crises, Perceptions and Regulatory Change” (book forthcoming in 2015). The second day addresses how regulatory systems can be designed to learn and improve over time, both exhibiting adaptive policy innovation and stimulating technological innovation. Full schedule available for download (pdf).

More information and registration at the IRGC website.

Jul 182014
 July 18, 2014

DNA-Human-TraffickingThe third and final workshop of the DNA Applications in Human Rights and Human Trafficking initiative will be held Friday, October 10. This workshop will develop feasability projects to explore the role of DNA in human trafficking victim identification and explore the ethical, privacy, political, and social implications of DNA collection of victims and family members.

For more information please email Sara Katsanis at

This initiative represents a partnership of the Duke Human Rights Center at KIE, the Franklin Humanities Institute, and Duke Science & Society, with funding from the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation.

Friday, October 10, 9am-1pm
Smith Warehouse
Garage C105 Bay 4
Lunch provided with RSVP

Jul 162014
 July 16, 2014


Bioethicist Jennifer Miller, PhD, inaugural George C. Lamb, Jr. Regulatory Fellow, will present a paper entitled “Ethics and Trustworthiness in the Pharmaceutical Industry: Could Rating Help?” Dr. Miller’s talk will debut preliminary results for the rating system she created and is piloting to address ethics and global health concerns about the pharmaceutical industry. The pilot index ranks the 20 largest drug companies on their transparency in disseminating clinical trial results for newly approved drugs — addressing the concern that there is missing and misleading information about new medicines and vaccines that can compromise medical evidence, patient care and public health. The rating system works on the premises that sunlight can be a good disinfectant and that naming good practices and shaming bad ones can incentivize trustworthy reform within the industry where needed.

Dr. Miller is a lab fellow in the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and has taught in Columbia University’s Bioethics and Cross Cultural Education Program and in Fordham University’s Schools of Business. She holds a PhD in Bioethics from Regina Apostolorum and a BS in physics from Fordham University.

Jennifer Miller will be speaking on October 6th as part of the Monday Seminar Series from 12:00-1:15 p.m. in 101 West Duke Building. For lunch, and to receive a copy of the paper draft we’ll be discussing, please email Bashar Alobaidi for RSVP information: