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Prof. Deena Hurwitz R.

Director, International Human Rights Law Clinic

University of Virginia

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University of Virginia

580 Massie Road

Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

United States

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Robert M. Cover and Allard K. Lowenstein Fellow
Orville H. Schell


Northeastern University

University of California , Santa Cruz

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Human Rights Law, part 2 with ...

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Human Rights Law, part 2 with Professor Deena Hurwitz Human Rights Law, part 2 | Politics Matters

Deena Hurwitz is director of the Human Rights Program and the International Human Rights Law Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law. From 2000-03, she was the Robert M. Cover/Allard K. Lowenstein Fellow in International Human Rights with the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School. While at Yale she co-supervised the law school's human rights clinic, coordinated events sponsored by the Schell Center, and taught International Human Rights at Yale College.
Before entering academia, Hurwitz served as a legal counselor with the Washington Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. She spent 1997-99 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she was director of the International Human Rights Law Group's Bosnia program for 14 months. Before joining the Law Group, Hurwitz served as an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) liaison officer to the Human Rights Coordination Centre of the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In 1997, Hurwitz worked in Ramallah (Israeli-occupied Palestinian Territory) with the Centre for International Human Rights Enforcement, as executive administrator for a project involving human rights enforcement under a European Union-Israel trade agreement. She has also been a consultant with the Women's Division of Human Rights Watch, investigating violations of women's rights under Morocco's Family Code.
Before attending law school at Northeastern University, she worked more than 10 years for the California-based Resource Center for Nonviolence, where she was involved in capacity building and training with nongovernmental organizations in the United States and the Middle East. Between 1981 and 1993, she led regular delegations of U.S. citizens on study tours of the Middle East, and spent a sabbatical year (1989-90) in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.
Hurwitz has edited Walking the Red Line, Israelis in Search of Justice for Palestine, and authored "Lawyering for Justice and the Inevitability of International Human Rights Clinics" (Yale J. Int'l L. , 2003). More recently, she has served as a consultant with Global Rights in Afghanistan, and with the Center for Justice and Accountability in Lebanon.
Today we are continuing with part two of our conversation with Deena Hurwitz, Professor of Law at the University of Virginia. Welcome back, Deena.
Deena Hurwitz: Thank you.
Jan Paynter: Deena, let's talk about a term that's used often but perhaps not well understood and that is the doctrine of exceptionalism.
Deena Hurwitz: Well, generally the doctrine-the term exceptionalism is used to refer to a state's right to opt out of a particular international or-a particular law or treaty or provision and it actually does come from international law because most treaties allow states to enter reservations or declarations-They're called reservations, declarations or understandings and they're three different things.
Deena Hurwitz: I think it's important for us to acknowledge that all states practice some form of exceptionalism so we focus on the United States and on Israel because we're American and because the United States has a very vocal policy of exceptionalism.
Deena Hurwitz: Very powerful countries and I think the same thing is true for Israel.
Deena Hurwitz: The United States always raises our Constitution as being our statement of human rights, of civil liberties and that's a form of exceptionalism but we don't see it-the government doesn't see it that way.
Deena Hurwitz: International law has a very specific definition of a state.
Deena Hurwitz: So there's two things.
Deena Hurwitz: Well, yes, towards…yeah.
Deena Hurwitz: What you're pointing to is just so important because the-when we teach human rights lawyering, we're teaching students to be-we're teaching students about a process and we're teaching students to be cognizant of the dynamics when you're lawyering.
Deena Hurwitz: They supersede-That's exactly right.
Deena Hurwitz: And with Belgium there was a lot of prosecution of Congolese war lords and Rwanda and Burundi because there were Belgian citizens in the Congo, in Wanda who were-some were killed, some were attacked so they were able to do this kind of-obtain this kind of jurisdiction but of course they were African leaders.
Deena Hurwitz: In Belgium what happened with the case of course is that-one of the issues was whether Ariel Sharon could come to Belgium to conduct diplomatic-to be diplomatically present.
Deena Hurwitz: And cancelled his trip.
Deena Hurwitz: I think it's just really, really important for students-for students of law particularly-to have some knowledge and experience of other cultures and other peoples so that we understand that ours is not the only legal system or the best legal system.
Deena Hurwitz: I think that's absolutely right and I like to mention-paraphrase a quote by Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis who said, the most important office in a democracy is the office of citizen and that…
Deena Hurwitz: That our commitment to the rule of law and to the reason-the foundational dimension of the rule of law which is our ability to reason and to think through the context means being-taking on that role of citizen and questioning governments and rulers and not allowing the use of power for arbitrary or unreasonable, unjust purposes.
Deena Hurwitz: Well, the law has professional responsibility or the rules for lawyering set by bar associations require that-all bar associations-require that lawyers serve their client not some cause and that makes that issue of cause lawyering difficult because if you're working with a client who at some point in the cause lawyering process disagrees with the strategy or becomes concerned about their role in this cause and impact litigation, you might have to withdraw from the case because you can't represent the cause and not the client.
Jan Paynter: Deena, thank you so much for doing this two part conversation.
Deena Hurwitz: Thank you for your knowledge.
Deena Hurwitz: Thank you.

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Also, please tune in at 4:30pm on December 1st, our regular hour of public affairs broadcast, which will feature testimony on the fight against AIDS in rural South Africa as witnessed by a team from the UVa Nursing School, and a discussion with UVa Law Professor Deena Hurwitz about her published reports on the crisis of violence against women and American law.

Deena Hurwitz, University of Virginia Law Professor, one of the authors of the report, spoke to WTJU about violence against women. UVa HIV/AIDS Clinic.

Anti-Communitarian League - UN Agenda 21 | UN Agenda 21

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Moderator: Deena R. Hurwitz, University of Virginia School of Law

CHRGJ at NYU Law: Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

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Deena R. Hurwitz

Human Rights Litigation and International Advocacy Clinic, University of Minnesota Law School

CHRGJ at NYU Law: Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

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Deena R. Hurwitz

Human Rights Litigation and International Advocacy Clinic, University of Minnesota Law School

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