Feb 282017
 
 February 28, 2017  Tagged with:

Join the Kenan Institute for Ethics for its annual celebration kicking off the new academic year. Enjoy food and reconnect with friends after a summer away from campus. The event will be held on the lawn outside the West Duke Building on East Campus.

Students, faculty, staff and their families are welcome.

Dec 222016
 
 December 22, 2016

2016Reg-GraphicConcerns about access to medicines, especially due to higher prices, has never been greater. The United Nations High Commission’s Special Panel on Access to Medicines issued its final report in September 2016. Since that time there have been many conflicting responses and discussions on next steps.

Governments in developing economies often grapple with the absence of mature insurance markets, so patients often pay for medication out of pocket. Expensive, novel medicines are then out of reach for the majority of the population. Can these governments develop a regulatory regime that facilitates payment for these prescriptions?

What impact will the Report and other recommendations have on global health policy and outcomes, and on industry?  Experts in the fields of international intellectual property, access to medicines, health policy, public-private global health partnerships, economics, ethics, human rights and regulation will gather and discuss potential outcomes and next steps.

The event is hosted by the Rethinking Regulation Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, spearheaded by 2016-17 Lamb Regulatory Fellow Vishy Pingali and Julia Barnes-Weise, Executive Director of Global Healthcare Innovation Alliance Accelerator.

Monday, May 22
101 West Duke Building,
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room
Those in need of a parking pass for the symposium can email amber.diaz@duke.edu

Symposium Agenda

8:30 – 9:00 Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and introduction

9:15 – 10:45 Access to Medicines Debate
Speakers:

  • TRIPS Flexibilities and Access to Medicines Debate: Peter Yu (Texas A&M University)
  • The Role of Governments in Promoting Access: Kevin Schulman (Duke University)
  • TRIPS Flexibilities – Special Case of Section 3D in India: Rosa Castro (Duke University)

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:30 Intellectual Property, Innovation and Access
Speakers:

The Role of Innovation in Access: Tyler Merkeley (Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority)

The Effects of Intellectual Property on Access – a Discussion:

  • Tahir Amin (Initiatives for Medicines, Access and Knowledge)
  • Thomas Nicholson (Advance Access & Delivery)
  • Rosa Castro (Duke University)

12:30 – 1:45 Lunch

Preventive Care and Access: Rahul Pagidipati (Nano Health)

1:45 – 3:15 Improving Access
Speakers:

  • Role of Pharma in Increasing Access: Ranjana Smetachek (Fulcrum Advocacy, LLC)
  • Role of Government Regulation in Increasing Access: Vishy Pingali (Duke University and Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad)
  • Policy to Provisions – Implementing the new Initiatives: Julie Barnes-Weise (Global Health Innovation Alliance Accelerator and Duke University)

3:15 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 5:00 Solutions to Come

  • Interrelationship between International Goals and Access: Gavin Yamey (Duke University)
  • Alternative Regimes for Access: Deborah Drew (Drew Quality Group)
  • Current and Future Solutions, a Discussion:  Julie Barnes-Weise, Gavin Yamey and Deborah Drew

5:00 Adjourn

Speaker Profiles

Tahir Amin

Tahir Amin is the Co-Founder and Director of Intellectual Property at Initiatives for Medicines, Access and Knowledge (I-MAK). Tahir practiced as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales with two of the leading IP firms in the UK and also served as an in-house global IP manager for a multinational company. Tahir has over 15 years experience in prosecuting, licensing, opposing and litigating trademarks, patents, and designs. Prior to founding I-MAK, he spent two years in India researching public interest IP issues and working on pharmaceutical patent oppositions. He has served as legal advisor/consultant to many groups, including the World Health Organization (WHO), GAVI, UNITAID, the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative, Doctors without Borders, Oxfam, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, United Nations Environment Programme, the European Patent Office and governments seeking to improve the patent system. Tahir has published and presented in many prominent fora including Health Affairs, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Vaccine, Nature Biotech and Science, The International AIDS Conference (2012), The World Trade Organization, World Intellectual Property And WHO Joint Technical Symposium On Access To Medicines And Patent Information (2011) and Mayo Clinic’s Transform Symposium (2010). Tahir was a Fellow at the Harvard Medical School in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine (2007-2012), a 2008 Echoing Green Fellow, a 2009 TED Fellow, a 2010 delegate for the Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit and an adjunct faculty member at the St.Luke Foundation/Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy. In 2012, Tahir was a recipient of the South Asian Bar Association Of New York’s Legal Trailblazer Award.

Julie Barnes-Weise

Julia (Julie) Barnes-Weise is the Founder and Executive Director of the Global Healthcare Innovation Alliance Accelerator. She has been a Visiting Associate Professor of the Practice at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and Director of the Innovation, Technology and Policy project as well as a consultant and lecturer for the Duke Law School Access to Medicines course.  Julie is also a consultant to the WHO, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovation, and a frequent presenter at LES, LESI, AUTM and other organizations.

She is a lawyer, entrepreneur and Certified Licensing Professional.  Julie was formerly a Director of Business Development at Glaxo Wellcome (now GSK), attorney at SAS Institute, and has consulted for BioMatch, LLC for many years. She over three decades of experience negotiating IP licenses, alliance agreements and advising companies and institutions on partnering strategies.

She received a BA in Economics and Literature from Ohio Wesleyan University, a JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law, completed a year-long program in international trade from Notre Dame’s London Law Centre and attended a program in International Marketing at the Duke University / London Business School.

Rosa Castro

Rosa Castro is a Postdoctoral associate at Duke Science and Society and Managing Editor of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences. Her research interests lie at the intersection of law, policy and bioethics. She has an LL.M. and a Ph.D. in Law and Economics (Bologna and Erasmus Rotterdam University) and was awarded a Jean Monnet Fellowship at the European University Institute. She has teaching and research experience in Intellectual Property Law and International Health Law. Rosa is also Assistant Director of the Global Healthcare Innovation Alliance Accelerator (GHIAA), a non-profit entity providing independent resources for best and alternative tools, practices and agreement provisions for global health alliance formation.

Deborah Drew

Deborah Drew is the President and CEO of Drew Quality Group, Inc. (www.DrewQG.org) a 501(c)(3) drug manufacturer whose mission is to address drug shortages and pricing issues by producing high quality generic drugs in the United States. Deborah has over 28 years of manufacturing experience where she has successfully set up three manufacturing facilities and multiple production lines around the world. She is a respected leader in policy development and long-range strategic planning, consulting to key decision-makers on issues concerning how best to respond to demand fluctuations in the market and changes in regulatory requirements. She has sat on numerous committees and participated in industry work groups tasked with developing guidance documents and commenting on regulatory agency policies. Deborah has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. She teaches and lectures on engineering topics for industry organizations, colleges, and universities. She is a Commissioner of Massachusetts on the Board of Registration in Nursing appointed by Governor Charlie Baker. As a veteran of the US Army, she also participates veteran’s activities.

Tyler Merkely

Tyler Merkeley MS, MBA, PMP, is the co-founder of CARB-X and serves as the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority’s (BARDA) CARB-X Program Manager. He joined BARDA in 2009 as a Health Scientist to accelerate the advanced research and development, procurement, stockpile and sustainment of medical countermeasures (MCM) against biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) agents under Project BioShield. During his tenure at BARDA he has led the smallpox antiviral procurement, BARDA’s Total Life Cycle Costs containment initiative, designed and launched HHS’s Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (CARB) Accelerator [CARB-X], managed BARDA’s 1st agreement using Other Transaction Authority (OTA) and served as the Acting Chief of Staff for BARDA.

Thomas Nicholson

Tom Nicholson holds an appointment as Associate in Research at DCID, and is Head of Program Development for a research partnership between DCID and Harvard Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, with a focus on innovation in the global response to drug-resistant tuberculosis. In this capacity he has founded the Advance Access and Delivery (AA&D) initiative for global TB treatment, aligned with Partners In Health (PIH), the Harvard Partnership, and DCID.

Before joining DCID, he was a Project Director for a 5-year population health grant from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s African Health Initiative (AHI) to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Partners In Health, Harvard Medical School, the National University of Rwanda – School of Public Health, and the Rwandan Ministry of Health. Prior to this, he managed and coordinated international multidrug-resistant tuberculosis projects in the Russian Federation and the former Soviet Union with Partners In Health, and has been involved in global TB policy discussions since 2005.

He holds a Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and a BA in Political Science from Indiana University – Bloomington.

Viswanath (Vishy) Pingali

Viswanath (Vishy) Pingali is the 2016-17 George C. Lamb, Jr. Regulatory Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. He is also an associate professor at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Ahmedabad, India. His primary research interests include empirical industrial organization and behavioral economics. Major sectors he works on include – pharmaceuticals and energy. He is currently working on the welfare effects of regulation on pharmaceutical prices in India.

Vishy obtained his MS degree in quantitative economics from Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata and MA and PhD in economics from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Kevin Schulman

Kevin A. Schulman, MD, MBA serves as a professor of medicine at Duke University.

At Duke, he is a faculty associate director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute at the School of Medicine, at 1200 people the country’s largest academic clinical research organization. His other university affiliations include the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine; the Duke Translational Research Institute; and served on the Executive Committee of the Duke Global Health Institute.

At Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, Dr. Schulman oversaw the growth of what has become the country’s largest health sector management program at any top business school. He served as the Gregory Mario and Jeremy Mario Professor of Business Administration, director of the Health Sector Management Program (HSM), and the Center for the Study of Health Management for over a dozen years. During this time, he graduated almost 1500 students with a Certificate in Health Sector Management.

He is the Founding Director of the unique Master of Management in Clinical Informatics program (MMCi), originally offered through the Fuqua School of Business and now housed in the Duke University School of Medicine.

He has served as a Visiting Professor in General Management at Harvard Business School from 2013-2016, and is currently a Visiting School at the School. This appointment serves as a part of the HBS Health Care Initiative. At HBS, he has co-taught Innovating in Health Care with professor Regina Herzlinger 2013-2015, and wrote and taught Innovating in Biomedical Technology in 2014.

Dr. Schulman is a distinguished researcher who has published over 400 papers, book chapter, and business case studies. His work includes major papers on clinical economics, health disparities, and health policy and innovation. His peer-reviewed articles have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and Annals of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the editorial/advisory boards of the American Heart Journal, Health Policy, Management and Innovation (www.HMPI.Org), and Senior Associate Editor of Health Services Research.

Ranjana Smetacek

Ranjana Smetacek draws on more than two decades of experience with global and Indian companies to assist clients in the health and life science sector.

Previously, Ms. Smetacek was the Director General of the Organization of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI). In this role, she helped establish a strong relationship between OPPI and key government stakeholders, increased OPPI’s voice in the press, and helped align its objectives with those of the global health and life industry. Earlier, Ms. Smetacek served as the Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications for Fortis Healthcare in New Delhi, where she managed the communications challenges of a rapidly growing hospital network.

Ms. Smetacek led Monsanto’s government and public affairs efforts in South Asia, where she was based primarily out of India, for a decade before being promoted to support Monsanto’s growth in Australia, China, and across Asia. Ms. Smetacek also worked in Monsanto’s St. Louis headquarters as Director of Global Biotech Acceptance. In this role, she supported projects in Africa, Europe, and South America.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Smetacek developed public relations strategies for various organizations in the life sciences, professional services, and tourism sectors.  She is now based in Washington, DC and runs her own consultancy to support clients with needs in India and other world areas.

Gavin Yamey

Gavin Yamey, MD, MPH, trained in clinical medicine at Oxford University and University College London, medical journalism and editing at the BMJ and public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He was Deputy Editor of the Western Journal of Medicine, Assistant Editor at the BMJ, a founding Senior Editor of PLOS Medicine, and the Principal Investigator on a $1.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the launch of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. In 2009, he was awarded a Kaiser Family Mini-Media Fellowship in Global Health Reporting to examine the barriers to scaling up low cost, low tech health tools in Sudan, Uganda and Kenya.

Dr. Yamey serves on two international health commissions, the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health and the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. He has been an External Advisor to the WHO and to TDR, the Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. Dr. Yamey has published extensively on global health, neglected diseases, health policy, and disparities in health and has been a frequent commentator on National Public Radio.

Before joining Duke, Dr. Yamey led the Evidence-to-Policy Initiative in the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and was an Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the UCSF School of Medicine.

Peter Yu

Peter K. Yu is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University School of Law.  Before joining Texas A&M University, he held the Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law and was the founding director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School.  He served as Wenlan Scholar Chair Professor at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, China and a visiting professor of law at Hanken School of Economics, the University of Haifa, the University of Helsinki, the University of Hong Kong, the University of Strasbourg and Washington and Lee University.  He also founded the nationally renowned Intellectual Property & Communications Law Program at Michigan State University, at which he held faculty appointments in law, communication arts and sciences, and Asian studies.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Professor Yu is a leading expert in international intellectual property and communications law.  He also writes and lectures extensively on international trade, international and comparative law, and the transition of the legal systems in China and Hong Kong.  A prolific scholar and an award-winning teacher, he is the author or editor of six books and more than 100 law review articles and book chapters.  He serves as the general editor of The WIPO Journal published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and chairs the Committee on International Intellectual Property of the American Branch of the International Law Association.

Professor Yu has spoken at events organized by WIPO, the International Telecommunication Union, the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Chinese, EU and U.S. governments and at leading research institutions from around the world.  His lectures and presentations have spanned over 30 countries on six continents.  He is a frequent commentator in the national and international media.  His publications have appeared in Chinese and English and have been translated into Arabic, French, Hausa, Japanese, Persian, Portuguese, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Nov 272016
 
 November 27, 2016

Vasileios Syros, a Maurice Amado Fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and a Senior Research Fellow at the Academy of Finland, will  introduce a new perspective on Islamic debates on violence by focusing on Islamic political advice literature on good government and the origins and effects of oppressive or arbitrary rule.

Syros will explore how the distinction between ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ power can serve as a heuristic device for the examination of a set of medieval Islamic writings on the successful conduct of government. In addition, the paper will relate these ideas to European political thought, such as Machiavelli’s The Prince. The ultimate objective of the talk will be to identify and analyze broader affinities and points of intersection between Western and non-Western modes of political theorizing on statecraft and styles of leadership.

Noon to 2 p.m.
April 27
West Duke 08C
Lunch is provided

Nov 242016
 
 November 24, 2016

Internationally proclaimed safe areas are often viewed as a relatively low-cost means of civilian protection in civil war situations involving the threat of mass atrocities, but are safe areas established over sizable territories, without the consent of the conflicting parties, problematic from a human rights perspective?

Join Stefano Recchia, University Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Cambridge, at 1:30 p.m. April 24 in Gross Hall 270 as he presents “The Trouble with Internationally Proclaimed Safe Areas” as part of the Security, Peace, and Conflict Workshop.

The event is cosponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke American Grand Strategy Program, Duke Asian Security Program and the Trinity College Signature Course Program.

Recchia has authored articles in Political Science QuarterlyReview of International Studies, and Security Studies. He is the author of “Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors:  U.S. Civil Military Relations and Multilateral Intervention” (Cornell 2015).

Nov 082016
 
 November 8, 2016

Scholars-Symposium

The Duke Human Rights Center at The Kenan Institute for Ethics will be holding its third annual Scholars Research Symposium on Saturday, April 8. The symposium, which is sponsored by the Kenan Institute’s Global Human Rights Scholars, provides an opportunity for a select group of seniors at Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill to publicly present honors or capstone projects that broadly relate to the themes of human rights, ethics, or international politics. This event is open to the public, and particularly for faculty, students and alumni of both Duke and UNC .

Saturday, April 8
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (West Duke 101)

Introduction and Welcome – Daniela Flamini

Panel 1 | 1 to 2:15 p.m. | Migrant Workers, Sex Workers and Refugees: Work, Space and Place

  • Chair: Liz White
  • Panelists: Diana Dai, Jessica Van Meier, Olivia Johnson
  • Discussants: Jessica So and Rym Khadraoui

Living on the Outside: Unraveling the Paradoxes Surrounding Migrant Domestic Work in Jordan  – Diana Dai
Sex Work and the Politics of Space: Case Studies of Sex Workers in Argentina and Ecuador – Jessica Van Meir
Examining Mobility and Stasis Along the Balkan Route  – Olivia Johnson

Panel 2 | 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. | Strategies for Promoting Rights in the U.S.: Social Movements and State Policies 

  • Chair: Celia Garrett
  • Panelists: Kendra Schultz, Samantha Night, Kate Townsend
  • Discussants: Menaka Nayar and Sarah Sibley

Social Media as a Tool for Social Mobilization: A Case Study of Black Lives Matter – Kendra Schultz
Measuring the Right to Food: A U.S. Policy Perspective – Samantha Night
The U Visa, Domestic Violence, and Law Enforcement Reporting – Kate Townsend

Selected Presenters

  • Diana Dai, International Comparative Studies and Public Policy, Duke, May 2017
  • Olivia Johnson, International Comparative Studies and Political Science, Duke, May 2017
  • Samantha Night, Public Policy, UNC, December 2016
  • Kendra Schultz, Public Policy, Duke, May 2017
  • Kate Townsend, Public Policy and Women’s and Gender Studies, UNC Chapel Hill, December 2017.
  • Jessica Van Meir, Public Policy, Duke, May 2017

Global Scholars

  • Sanjeev Dasgupta, Political Science, Duke 2017
  • Daniela Flamini, International and Comparative Studies and English, Duke 2019
  • Celia Garret, Public Policy, Duke 2019
  • Rym Khadhraoui, Duke Law School, 2017
  • Sarah Sibley, Political Science, Computer Science and Statistics, Duke 2019
  • Liz White, Public Policy and French, Duke 2017

Alumni Discussants

  • Menaka Nayar, Trinity ’11 and Law ’14
  • Jessica So, Trinity ’10
Panel 1 | Migrant Workers, Sex Workers and Refugees: Work, Space and Place

Living on the Outside: Unraveling the Paradoxes Surrounding Migrant Domestic Work in Jordan – Diana Dai

This research project will examine the institutional and ideological factors that influence the experiences of migrant domestic workers in Jordan. For a decade now, human rights groups have been invested in the increase in and subsequent exploitation of migrant domestic workers. My project will critically analyze how the institutions and discourses that make up global capitalism have made possible these incidences of violence that many believe are unrelated to ideological and/or structural factors. Using a range of methods from Marxist feminism, structural analysis, and ethnography, and focusing intimately on the context of transnational domestic work, my thesis argues that the “abuse of human rights” could be best understand as an integral and necessary reality of late global capitalism. Furthermore, structural actors (the state, the household, the supranational organization), along with migrant domestics themselves, are all embroiled in the circulation of (oppressive) discourses surrounding gender, race, and nationality which make possible the specific forms of labor exploitation we see today.

Sex Work and the Politics of Space: Case Studies of Sex Workers in Argentina and Ecuador – Jessica Van Meir

While many studies examine how different legal approaches to prostitution affect sex workers’ living and working conditions, few studies analyze how sex workers’ physical workspaces and the policies regulating these spaces influence sex work conditions. Based on interviews with 109 current or former sex workers, 13 civil society representatives, 12 government officials, and 5 other actors in Ecuador and Argentina, this study describes sex workers’ uses of urban space in the two countries and compares how they experience and respond to government regulation of locations of prostitution. Argentina and Ecuador took different approaches to regulating sex work space, which appear to reflect different political ideologies towards prostitution. Sex workers expressed different individual preferences for spaces, and government limitation of these spaces represented one of their major concerns. The results illuminate how sex workers’ workspaces influence their working conditions and suggest that governments should consider sex worker preferences in establishing policies that affect their workspaces.

Examining Mobility and Stasis Along the Balkan Route  – Olivia Johnson

How do state border policies impact refugees’ mobility and wellbeing while travelling through the Western Balkans to Germany? How do these governmental policies and organizational responses to the ‘refugee crisis’ affect the individual agency of refugees travelling this route? In summer 2016 my research partner and I traveled along the Balkan route conducting semi-structured interviews with local organizations (n=24) and refugees (n=16) to explore the consequences of stasis within mobility. We heard about the personal impacts of closed borders, marginalization and deportations. While I imagined countries like Hungary were acting independently from overarching legislation like the Dublin Accords (III), I realized instead it was these very policies that permitted Hungary’s extreme admittance procedures and detention facilities. Although asylum policy is rooted in humanitarian ideals, I argue that EU asylum policies reinforce systems of incarceration through heightened surveillance, detention, and physical barriers to accessing asylum. The EU’s multi-state “shared” asylum policy exacerbates this situation through increased categorization and shifting border policies.

Panel 2 | Strategies for Promoting Rights in the U.S.: Social Movements and State Policies 

Social Media as a Tool for Social Mobilization: A Case Study of Black Lives Matter, Kendra Schultz

Presently, many social movements occur by way of social media. The integration of social media into social movements is changing the methods by which movement organizations mobilize and communicate. This project seeks to understand how social movement organizations are using social media platforms to mobilize, and how social media strategies contribute to engagement with a social movement. Using a singular in-depth case study, this paper explores Black Lives Matter’s social media output on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr. This study provides insight into the output of Black Lives Matter, as well as the greater landscape of social movements through a breakdown of the effects on the Political Process Model (PPM). Ultimately, Black Lives Matter uses social media to initiate discourse and disseminate information rather than mobilize. Furthermore, a deeper analysis of the social media activity shows ambiguous implications for the Political Process Model. These findings can further guide our understanding of the future of social movements.

Measuring the Right to Food: A U.S. Policy Perspective – Samantha Night

The right to food is recognized by international law as a fundamental human right of all people. Three conditions must be met for the right to food to be realized; food must be available, accessible, and adequate. While food policy research in the United States has focused on specific elements of these conditions, the right to food has not been measured in a substantive and comprehensive way. This paper discusses the normative implications of the right to food in the United States and proposes a framework for operationalizing and measuring it domestically. Incorporating right to food principles into the development of U.S. food policy, particularly at the state and local levels, may address both structural and direct determinants of food insecurity and the prevalence of overweight and obesity. This paper takes the first step in a substantive right to food assessment of U.S. food policy by introducing an evaluation framework for use in future policy research and analysis.

The U Visa, Domestic Violence, and Law Enforcement Reporting – Kate Townsend

The U Visa allows undocumented survivors of certain violent crimes, one of which is domestic violence, a pathway to legal residence, and even citizenship, with certification that the survivor has cooperated with law enforcement. This research seeks to determine the degree to which the U Visa has had an impact on Latina survivors’ decision to report their domestic violence victimization to law enforcement, and for whom the effect was most relevant. I used difference-in-differences models to find that, with the establishment of the U Visa in 2000, there was only a statistically significant increase when controlling for the relationship with the abuser. With the implementation in 2007, there was actually a statistically significant decrease in the likelihood that a Latina survivor would report victimization from domestic violence to law enforcement.

Alumni Discussants

Menaka Nayar, Trinity11 and Law ’14, is an associate at Linklaters LLP in New York, where she is a member of the International Governance and Development and Dispute Resolution practices. Her practice focuses on advancing good governance across the private and public (development and humanitarian) sectors. Prior to joining Linklaters LLP, Menaka attended Duke University School of Law, where she graduated with a JD/LLM in International and Comparative Law; and Duke University, where she obtained a BA in Political Science. A classically trained dancer, Menaka was a member of Defining Movement – a multicultural dance group – throughout her Duke career.

Jessica So, Trinity ’10, is a human rights lawyer who has been living and working in Myanmar since 2014. At Yale Law School, she participated in the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, co-authoring a report with Human Rights Watch on anti-corruption efforts in Uganda, representing individuals incarcerated in administrative segregation, and carrying out research on the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women’s protections for gender-based violence. Upon graduation in 2014, she was awarded a Robina Human Rights fellowship to do legal research with UNDP Myanmar. In her second year with UNDP, Jessica carried out a research study across three states in Myanmar that sought to better understand the ways people seek access to justice, including through informal pathways outside the formal legal system. Her research focused particularly on women’s experiences and the unique challenges they face in accessing justice. Jessica recently finished a short consultancy with the International Senior Lawyers Project and will begin several new projects, also based in Myanmar.

Jessica graduated from Duke with an A.B. in Political Science and a Certificate in the Study of Ethics. She also studied abroad in South Africa and China, traveled to Brazil to make a documentary film with Students of the World, and participated in Kenan’s first Alternative Spring Break trip to Molokai. After graduation, Jessica volunteered with an NGO that worked with refugees and asylum-seekers in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

Nov 052016
 
 November 5, 2016

What is the cost of learning for refugee youth? On April 5, scholar Gül İnanç will give context to the question as part of a talk hosted by the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 5, İnanç will present “Against All Odds: Access of Refugee Youth to Higher Education” in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101. The talk will focus on the current situation of refugees and their access to education in the Southeast Asia, where primary and secondary school attendance levels among transit migrants is very low and even lower for vocational and higher education attendance.

This creates a particular challenge, İnanç said, as those wishing to continue their formal education can neither afford it, nor be accepted as students into many higher education institutions due to their legal status.

As the founder of Open Universities for Refugees, Inanc works to support access of forcibly displaced people into higher education in the region and is working with the refugees in West Java and Kuala Lumpur partnering with the United Nations Refugee Agency. Additional efforts are being considered to Introduce new criteria for university ranking systems on the basis of ethics of global higher education and of humanitarian interference.

İnanç is a lecturer at Nanyang Technological University ‘s School of Art, Design and Media in Singapore. Her areas of interest and expertise include: modern diplomatic history of West Asia, history and intercultural education for peace. In 2004 she headed a team which re-wrote the history text book for high school education in North Cyprus. In 2007, she was the first Turkish scholar to teach simultaneously at the University of Cyprus and Eastern Mediterranean University.

Her current projects include creating student activity books, animated film and story books promoting global cultural heritage, deciphering the codes of contemporary religious art in the interfaith contexts, and working with UNESCO on writing teacher’s source books for ASEAN countries. She received the Koh Boon Hwee Scholar Award in 2016.

Oct 282016
 
 October 28, 2016

Please join Olivia Martin, a Digital Security Fellow at the Freedom of the Press Foundation, for a training session on privacy and security tools for mobile phones, computers, and internet usage, including basics on encryption and data security and tools for safer communication.

Co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, International Human Rights Clinic, the Center for International & Comparative Law, Human Rights Law Society, International Law Society, Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute.  Lunch will be served.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Ali Prince.

March 28, 12:30 pm
Duke Law School Room 4045

Oct 222016
 
 October 22, 2016

In the aftermath of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the international community brought a new focus and urgency to countering terrorism financing through criminalization, sanctions and freezing of assets, and de-risking. To date, the gender and human rights implications of these countering terrorism financing policies have escaped scrutiny.

Through research, interviews, surveys, and statistical analysis, the International Human Rights Clinic at Duke University School of Law and the Women Peacemakers Program seeks to better understand how responses to terrorism and violent extremism may in practice squeeze women’s rights and their defenders between terror and counter-terror.

Panelists for this discussion include:

  • Isabelle Geuskens, Executive Director of Women Peacemakers Program
  • Jayne Huckerby, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic
  • Sarah Adamczyk, Supervising Attorney and Clinical Fellow of the International Human Rights Clinic

The event is co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, International Human Rights Clinic, and the Center for International and Comparative Law. Lunch will be served. To RSVP, or for more information, contact Ali Prince.

Oct 212016
 
 October 21, 2016

The Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics is co-sponsoring a lecture by Dr. Adam Brown titled “Identifying and Managing Trauma, Loss and Resilience.”

Brown is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Sarah Lawrence College and adjunct assistant professor in the Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. The event will focus on stress, trauma, vicarious trauma, and resilience among individuals working in the human rights context and the impact of human rights work on mental health.

Lunch will be provided. For more information or to RSVP contact Ali Prince at ali.prince@law.duke.edu.

The event is co-sponsored by the International Human Rights Clinic, Center for International and Comparative Law, International Law Society, Human Rights Law Society, and the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute.

 

Oct 012016
 
 October 1, 2016

As a parallel event with the Second Annual Global Health Film Festival scheduled for February 27 through March 4, Debora Diniz, law professor at the University of Brasilia and co-founder of Anis: Institute of Bioethics, Human Rights and Gender, will discuss the Zika virus and its impact on reproductive rights for women in Brazil based on her work before the Brazilian Supreme Court on cases involving abortion, marriage equality, and stem cell research.

Diniz is also vice-chair on the board of the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), an advisory committee member of Global Doctors for Choice, and co-editor of the Developing World Bioethics journal. As a documentarian, her films have received more than 50 prizes. Her most recent film is “Zika,” which tells the story of five Brazilian women surviving the epidemic. Her research interests include reproductive and sexual rights, human rights, penal systems, and research ethics.

Co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, International Human Rights Clinic, the Center for International and Comparative Law, the Duke Global Health Film Festival, Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, International Law Society, and the Human Rights Law Society. Lunch will be served.

To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Ali Prince.

12:30 pm Wednesday, March 1
Duke Law School Room 4047