2016 AUILR Symposium – iHL: Human Rights, Law, and Security in the Information Age

iHL: Human Rights, Law, and Security in the Information Age

Presented by the American University International Law Review, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, American Red Cross, American Society of International Law, and Washington Foreign Law Society

February 17, 2016

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

American University Washington College of Law

4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Claudio Grossman Hall



The Symposium will focus on exploring the security benefits of respecting human rights, both immediate and long term, human rights implications of emerging defense technologies, children in armed conflict, and examining the effect of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on documentation and accountability.


AU WCL Symposium Link

Symposium Materials


Symposium Itinerary

8:30 – 9:00 AM

Registration and Coffee Service


9:00 – 9:05 AM

Introduction, Manmeet Thind, Symposium Editor


9:05 – 9:15 AM

Welcome Remarks, Dean Claudio Grossman, American University Washington College of Law


9:15 – 9:30 AM

Keynote Remarks, Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski, United States Department of State


9:30 – 10:50 AM     Panel 1: Human Rights in Modern Conflict

Christie Edwards, Director, International Humanitarian Law, American Red Cross

Lawrence Lewis, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of State

Naureen Shah, Director, Security with Human Rights, Amnesty International

MODERATOR: D. Wes Rist, Director of Education and Research, ASIL


10:50 – 11:00 AM     Coffee Break


11:00 AM – 12:30 PM     Panel 2: ICT for Human Rights

Susan Wolfinbarger, Director, Geospatial Technologies Project, AAAS

Scott Edwards, Senior Advisor, Crisis Response, Amnesty International

Nathaniel Raymond, Signal Program on Human Security and Technology, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Morgan Hargrave, Systems Change Coordinator, WITNESS MODERATOR: Daniel Mahanty, Adjunct Associate Professor, Georgetown University


12:30 – 1:30 PM    LUNCH


1:30- 2:50 PM    Panel 3: Children and Armed Conflict

Jo Becker, Advocacy Director for Children’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch

Sharon Riggle, Chief of Office, UN SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict

Rachel Stohl, Senior Associate, Stimson Center

Charu Lata Hogg, Policy and Advocacy Director, Child Soldiers International MODERATOR: Claudia Martin, Co-Director, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Washington College of Law


2:50 – 3:00 PM  Coffee Break


3:00 – 4:20 PM    Panel 4: The Human Rights Implications of Emerging Security Technologies

Richard Whittle, Global Fellow, Wilson Center

Stephen Goose, Executive Director, Arms Division, Human Rights Watch

Paul Scharre, Senior Fellow and Director, 20YY Future of Warfare Initiative, Center for a New American Security

MODERATOR: Jennifer Daskal, Assistant Professor of Law, Washington College of Law


4:20 – 4:30 PM    Closing Keynote