HRRC Conference 2022

Human Rights and Global Challenges: Geopolitics, Environment, Migration

May 11-12, 2022

University of Connecticut - Storrs and Hartford



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Tuesday, May 10

Arrival of international and out-of-state participants and check-in at the hotel Hartford Marriott Downtown, 200 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT 06103, USA

7:30pm - Optional informal dinner get-together for international and out-of-state participants at the L Bar inside the Hartford Marriott Downtown Hotel. The L Bar is directly across from the entrance and the Hotel Reception.

Cultural points of interest in Hartford at your own leisure.


Wednesday, May 11: Storrs Campus, Oak Hall 101

7:45 am

Bus for international and out-of-state participants from the Marriott Hartford Downtown Hotel to the University of Connecticut Storrs Campus (approximately 45 minutes)


8:30 am - 9:00 am

Conference Check-in and Light Breakfast (outside Oak Hall 101)


9:00 am - 9:30 am

Introduction and Welcome 

Moderators: Katharina von Hammerstein and Sebastian Wogenstein, University of Connecticut


9:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote Lecture

Climatizing Rights: Human Rights for the Anthropocene

César Rodríguez-Garavito, Clinical Law, Chair and Faculty Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, New York University School of Law

Moderator: Shareen Hertel, Political Science/Human Rights, University of Connecticut


10:45 am - 11:00 am

Coffee Break


11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Rights of Humans and Non-human Players in the Global Environment

Organized by the HRRC Working Group “Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights”

Kathryn Libal, Social Work and Human Rights, Director of the Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut: Community Sponsorship of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the United States: Acts of Solidarity in Contentious Times

Joshua C. Gellers, Political Science, University of North Florida: Getting Rights for Non-humans Right

Prakash Kashwan, Political Science, University of Connecticut:  Elite Responsibilities in a Mal-Connected World: Scrutinizing the UN Framework on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting

Moderator: Lynne Tirrell, Philosophy, University of Connecticut


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch at Dodd Center Lounge


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Campus Tour


2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

AI, Emerging Technologies, and the Promotion of the Common Good

Organized by the HRRC Working Group “Human Rights, Science and Technology”

Elisa Orrù, Philosophy and Law, University of Freiburg: Emerging technologies and the environment: sustainability in the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Molecular Biotechnologies

Anat Lior, Law, Yale University: Insurance for Climate Change - The Role of Artificial Intelligence

Katrina Geddes, Law, New York University/Yale University: The Death of the Legal Subject: How Predictive Algorithms Are (Re)constructing Legal Subjectivity

Moderator: Kiel Brennan-Marquez, Law, University of Connecticut


4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Coffee Break


4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Discourses in Media on Human Rights in the 21st Century

Organized by the HRRC Working Group “Graduate Student Human Rights Research Working Group”

Isabell Sluka, German Studies, University of Connecticut: From Self-Interest to Communities of Interest: Reading Hashtag Activism with Hannah Arendt

Tobias Lebens, German Studies, University of Tübingen: Remembering as Justice? Representation of Literary Memory in Aleksandar Hemon's The Lazarus Project (2008)

Moderator: Nora Hertz, Law, University of Freiburg, and Florian Kastner, German Studies, University of Connecticut


5:45 pm - 7:30 pm

Dinner - Dodd Center Lounge

7:30 pm

Bus for international and out-of-state participants back to the Marriott Hartford Downtown Hotel (approximately 45 minutes)


Thursday, May 12: The Hartford Club and UConn Hartford Campus

Map of Hartford Locations

The Hartford Club is located at 46 Prospect Street, Hartford, CT 06103, one block from the conference hotel.

The University of Connecticut Hartford Campus (Hartford Times Building) is located at 10 Prospect Street, Hartford, CT 06103, very close to the Hartford Club and one block from the conference hotel.

Parking: Please park in one of the following garages: Front Street North Garage, Front Street South Garage, or CT Convention Center. Please bring your parking ticket with you, and we will provide validation for free parking.


8:30 am - 9:00 am (The Hartford Club)

Light Breakfast


Welcome to Hartford

Mark Overmyer-Velázquez, Director, University of Connecticut, Hartford


9:00 am - 10:30 am (The Hartford Club)

The University as Site of Solidarity and Refuge for Persecuted and Displaced Scholars and Students 

A roundtable discussion, organized by the HRRC Working Group “Human Rights Education and Solidarity”


Thomas Keenan, Comparative Literature, Director, Human Rights Project, Bard College

Sandra Sirota, Human Rights, University of Connecticut

Ercüment Çelik, Sociology, University of Freiburg

Moderator: Karin Amos, Education, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Tübingen


10:30 am - 10:45 am (The Hartford Club)

Coffee Break


10:45 am - 12:15 pm (The Hartford Club)


Organized by the HRRC Working Group “Human Rights and International Relations”

Samuel Moyn, Law/History, Yale University: America's Humane War and the Crisis in Ukraine


Silja Voeneky, Law, University of Freiburg, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies

Frauke Lachenmann, Law, Connecticut/Baden-Württemberg Human Rights Research Consortium

Moderator: James Cavallaro, Law, University Network for Human Rights


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (The Hartford Club)



1:45 pm - 3:00 pm (UConn Hartford Campus, Hartford Times Building HTB)

Concurrent Working Group Planning Meetings

Topics to discuss:

  1. Future of your Working Group (virtual meeting plans, topics for these meetings, in-person working group workshop, faculty visits, scholarly and/or teaching collaborations)
  2. Applicability of your human rights scholarship beyond academic settings
  3. Identify/explore funding sources for specific projects
  • Human Rights, Science and Technology, Hartford Campus HTB 208
  • Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights, Hartford Campus HTB 210
  • Human Rights and International Relations, Hartford Campus HTB 212
  • Human Rights Education and Solidarity, Hartford Campus HTB 214
  • Graduate Student Working Group, Hartford Campus HTB 219


3:00 pm - 3:30 pm (UConn Hartford Campus, HTB, Zachs Atrium)

Plenary Meeting: Brief Working Group Reports and Planning the HRRC Future


3:30 pm - 3:45 pm (UConn Hartford Campus, HTB, Zachs Atrium)

Closing Remarks


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bus to Old Saybrook

Departure at 4pm sharp outside Hartford Times Building Main Entrance


5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Dinner at Saybrook Point Resort and Marina

(Preregistration required)

7:30 pm

Bus return to the Marriott Hartford Downtown Hotel (approximately 60 minutes)


Friday, May 13

Departure of international and out-of-state participants (airport drop-off upon advance request)

9:00-11:00 HRRC Steering Committee (committee members only), Hartford Campus HTB 209



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