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NGO Monitors Annual Conference: 60 Years Since the Adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Genocide Convention

Tue 9 December 2008

NGO Monitor’s Annual Conference

in conjunction with

Bar Ilan University’s Department of Political Science and Faculty of Law

Global Law Forum – Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs


60 Years Since the Adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Genocide Convention: Evaluating the Record



Media coverage of the event:



Tuesday December 9, 2008

Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem: Auditorium

18:00: Gathering

18:30: Greetings:

Prof. Gerald Steinberg

Chair, Political Studies, Bar Ilan University

19:00: Keynote Speaker:

Prof. Irwin Cotler

MP and former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

20:00: Dinner (By invitation only)

Wednesday December 10, 2008

Bar Ilan University: Senate Hall, Feldman Building

09:15 – 09:30: Greetings

            Prof. Arie Reich

Dean, Faculty of Law, Bar Ilan University

            Prof. Avi Bell

Faculty of Law, Bar Ilan University,

09:30-11:15: Panel I: The Effects of the Universal Declaration and its Progeny on Human Rights Implementation


            Chair: Professor Shmuel Sandler

Dean, Social Science Faculty    

            Speakers: Prof. Jide Nzelibe

Northwestern University

Prof. Anne Bayefsky

Hudson Institute

Ambassador Dr. Robbie Sabel

Mr. Jordan Birenbaum

University of Ottawa 

11:15-11:30: Coffee Break

11:30-13:15: Panel II: Institutions and Human Rights

Chair: Prof. Amnon Rubenstein

Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya

Speakers: Prof. Don Habibi

University of North Carolina-Wilmington

Prof. Michla Pomerance

Hebrew University

Prof. Jeremy Rabkin

George Mason University

Prof. Robert C. Blitt

University of Tennessee
 Prof. Gerald Steinberg

Bar Ilan University

13:15-14:30: Lunch

14:30 – 16:15: Panel III: Realistic Expectations from the International Law Human Rights Treaties

Chair: Professor Yaffa Zilbershats

 Bar Ilan University

Speakers: Prof. Avi Bell,

Bar Ilan University

Prof. Tom Ginsburg

University of Chicago

Prof. Kenneth Mann

Tel Aviv University

Dr. Amichai Cohen

Ono Academic College

16:15 – 18:30: Roundtable discussion: The Effectiveness of the International Human Rights Regime

Prof. Irwin Cotler

MP Canada

Ambassador Alan Baker

Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mrs. Jessica Montell


Mr. Daniel Taub

Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Prof. Ruth Wedgewood

Johns Hopkins University (not confirmed)

Adv. Irit Kohn                            

Deputy President, International Jewish Lawyers and Jurist Organization