Racial Justice, Restoration, and Inclusion: Human Rights Principles and Local Practice


The Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers’ Network
Annual Human Rights in the U.S. Symposium/CLE

May 1, 2020 |  9:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.


The Center for Constitutional Rights | Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute | The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights | New York City Commission on Human Rights | Northeastern Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy |  CUNY International Human Rights & Gender Justice Clinic | Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) | US Human Rights Network | Columbia Law School Human Rights Law Review


9:30 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. – Opening & Keynote Remarks   (WATCH THIS SESSION HERE)

  • Welcome: JoAnn Kamuf Ward, Director, Human Rights in the US Project, Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute
  • Keynote Remarks: Margaret Burnham, University Distinguished Professor of Law and Director, Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, Northeastern School of Law​​ 

10:10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Break

10:20 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. – Session I:  Foundational Concepts of Remedies and Reparations For Racial Injustice from Global and National Practice (WATCH THIS SESSION HERE)

This foundational discussion will distill key concepts related to restorative justice, and components of reparations, and their role in advancing the rights to equality and non-discrimination.  Speakers will highlight the role that government institutions can and are playing in advancing racial justice, drawing from the United States, as well as global principles and practice.  Panelists will introduce key human rights principles and highlight how current national and transnational advocacy aims to redress past wrongs and eliminate laws and practices that perpetuate racism and inequity. 


Moderator:  Nadia Ben Yousef, Center for Constitutional Rights

11:35 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Break

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m – Session II:  Restorative Justice in Practice: Pathways to Racial Justice at the Local Level (WATCH THIS SESSION HERE)

This session will explore how core human rights principles are currently being operationalized in restorative justice initiatives that strengthen the enjoyment of economic and social rights, including housing, health, and education.  Panelists will discuss the role of partnerships between community organizations and government, approaches that center the perspective of communities most impacted by rights violations, and explore the transformative potential of participatory justice.


  • Brett Taylor, Center for Court Innovation
  • Carmelyn P. Malalis, New York City Commission on Human Rights 
  • Ivelyse Andino, Radical Health/Gender Equity Commission
  • Erin Miles Cloud, Movement for Family Power Child 
  • Erika Sasson, Center for Court Innovation                                                                                         

INFORMATION REGARDING NY CLE CREDITS:  Columbia Law School has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs. Under New York State CLE regulations, this live simultaneous transmission non-transitional CLE Program will provide 3.0 credit hours that can be applied toward the Areas of Professional Practice Requirement. This CLE credit is awarded only to New York attorneys for full attendance of the Program in its entirety. Attorneys attending only part of the program are not eligible for partial credit. Attendance is determined by an attorney's submission of their attendance verification with appropriate course codes noted. On submission of the attendance verification, attorneys should also submit their completed Evaluation Form, provided at the Conference. Please note the NYS Certificates of Attendance will be sent to the email address as it appears in the register unless otherwise noted there.