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University of Virginia School of Law

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University of Virginia School of Law

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Associate Professor

New Jewish Agenda

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

Education

Northeastern University

University of California , Santa Cruz

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Prof. Deena Hurwitz Associate Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and the director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic, her interests include the rights of women; economic, social and cultural rights; and the rights of indigenous peoples. From 2000-2003, Deena was a teaching fellow with the Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Clinic at Yale Law School. She has worked as a legal counselor with the Washington Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees; with the Center for International Human Rights Enforcement in Ramallah, Palestine and with the OSCE and Global Rights in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Before attending law school at Northeastern University, she worked more than a decade at the California-based Resource Center for Nonviolence, where she was involved in capacity building and training with NGOs in the United States and the Middle East. ( continue)


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Deena R. Hurwitz
Associate Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and the director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic, her interests include the rights of women; economic, social and cultural rights; and the rights of indigenous peoples. From 2000-2003, Deena was a teaching fellow with the Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Clinic at Yale Law School. She has worked as a legal counselor with the Washington Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees; with the Center for International Human Rights Enforcement in Ramallah, Palestine, and with the OSCE and Global Rights in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Before attending law school at Northeastern University, she worked more than a decade at the California-based Resource Center for Nonviolence, where she was involved in capacity building and training with NGOs in the United States and the Middle East. Professor Hurwitz co-edited International Human Rights Advocacy Law Stories (Foundation Press, 2009). She contributed a chapter on "Universal Jurisdiction and the Dilemmas of International Criminal Justice: The Sabra and Shatila Case in Belgium," after she and a team of Yale students worked closely with Chibli Mallat and his legal team on the case. She is the editor of Walking the Red Line, Israelis in Search of Justice for Palestine (New Society Press, 1992), a collection of essays by Israeli activists.


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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Deena Hurwitz: Very powerful countries and I think the same thing is true for Israel.
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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.
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Deena Hurwitz: International law has a very specific definition of a state.
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Deena Hurwitz: So there's two things.
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Deena Hurwitz: Well, yes, towards…yeah.
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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.
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Deena Hurwitz: They supersede-That's exactly right.
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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.
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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.
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Deena Hurwitz: And cancelled his trip.
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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.
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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…
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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.
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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.
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Jan Paynter: Deena, thank you so much for doing this two part conversation.
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Deena Hurwitz: Thank you for your knowledge.
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Deena Hurwitz: Thank you.


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Human Rights Law, part 1 with Professor Deena Hurwitz Human Rights Law, part 1 | Politics Matters

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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.
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We are so pleased to welcome as our guest today Professor Deena Hurwitz from the University of Virginia School of Law to discuss the vital importance of human rights advocacy. Welcome, Professor Hurwitz.
Deena Hurwitz: Thank you.
Jan Paynter: Deena Hurwitz is Professor General Faculty at the University of Virginia Law School and Founding Director of the Human Rights Program and International Human Rights Law Clinic.
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In the years from 1980 to 1993 Professor Hurwitz was on staff of the California based Resource Center for Non-Violence where she was involved in capacity building and training and grassroots public education with NGO organizations in both the United States and in the Middle East. During that time she led almost yearly study delegations to the Middle East which focused on the Israeli Occupation and on politics in the region. She worked with New Jewish Agenda, one of the forerunners of J Street and Jewish Voice for Peace and served as National Co-Chair of the Middle East Task Force for a four year period. She also represented the International Jewish Peace Union at the UN NGO Symposium focused on the question of Palestine. Professor Hurwitz spent two extended periods in Palestine. The first was during the first Gulf War in 1989 to 1990 where she resided in East Jerusalem serving as Director of Middle East Witness. The second occasion was in 1997 when she served and worked in Ramallah for six months with the Center for International Human Rights Enforcement which monitors and promotes compliance with human rights provisions involving regional trade agreements with Europe. Professor Hurwitz's Human Rights Clinic has partnered with various organizations over the years including Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Human Rights Watch and the Solidarity Center. Deena Hurwitz has published numerous articles and edited two books, Walking the Red Line: Israelis in Search of Justice for Palestine which is a collection of essays by Israeli Peace and Justice activists. She co-edited International Human Rights Advocacy Law Stories together with Margaret L. Satterthwaite and her husband Doug Ford and contributed there a chapter entitled "Universal Jurisdiction and the Dilemma of International Criminal Justice: The Sabra and Shatila Case in Belgium". She is currently on leave from UVA researching Islamic Family Law and Jurisprudence, Women's Rights and Inheritance in an interdisciplinary project with a colleague in the Politics Department at UVA which is supported with grants from UVA's International Programs. For two weeks in February they conducted interviews and focus groups in Hebron and Ramallah. Thank you so much, Deena, for being with us today.
Deena Hurwitz: Thank you for the invitation and for your interest. And please call me Deena.
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Deena, before we begin looking at human rights law, how it is taught, its vision, goals and objectives as well as the inherent challenges in the world at large, share with us if you would a little about your background and how you came to your strong interest and commitment to this specific area of the law.
Deena Hurwitz: Well, I'll tell you that when I was in college and just after college I became involved with the Resource Center for Non-Violence and became interested in the place where theory and practice meet and we would do a lot of work with non-violence practitioners as well as their-the bases so Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi and also some of the Middle Eastern non-violent practitioners like someone named Mubarak Awad who was very instrumental among others in the first Palestinian intifada in discussing non-violence in that uprising.
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Let's talk first Deena about what is specifically meant by the term human rights lawyering.
Deena Hurwitz: Human rights lawyering goes from that instrumentality of the law and looks at what is the role of a citizen, what's the role of a lawyer.
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Deena Hurwitz: Well, let me answer the first point that you made about being-states being duty bearers.
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Deena Hurwitz: It becomes pejorative.
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Deena Hurwitz: It's very important.
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Deena Hurwitz: Well, just thinking about boycotts as a strategy for social change.
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Deena Hurwitz: And the point is that the debate is absolutely imperative, the transparency is so important and questioning the policies of government, of institutions, the decisions of a university for example.
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Deena, I think we're going to break right now and we will come back and we're so pleased to have you come back and join us for Part 2 of our conversation.
Deena Hurwitz: Thank you very much for the invitation.


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"Haiti's political and economic crises both before and as a result of the earthquake still do not relieve the authorities of the responsibility to protect women from sexual assault," said Deena Hurwitz, associate professor and director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law...

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