Previous Awardees

Spring 2018, Stephen Rapp

Stephen J. Rapp is a Distinguished Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Prevention of Genocide and at The Hague Institute for Global Justice. During 2017-2018, he is also the Father Drinan Visiting Professor for Human Rights at Georgetown. He serves as Chair of the Commission for International Justice & Accountability (CIJA) that has collected and analyzed more than 750,000 pages of documentation from Syria and Iraq to prepare cases for future prosecution.

From 2009 to 2015, he was US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice in the US State Department. In that position he coordinated US Government support to international criminal tribunals, including the International Criminal Court, as well as to hybrid and national courts responsible for prosecuting persons charged with genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. During his tenure, he traveled more than 1.5 million miles to 87 countries to engage with victims, civil society organizations, investigators and prosecutors, and the leaders of governments and international bodies to further efforts to bring the perpetrators of mass atrocities to justice.

He served at Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone from 2007 to 2009 where he led the prosecution of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. His office achieved the first convictions in history for sexual slavery and forced marriage as crimes against humanity, and for attacks on peacekeepers and recruitment and use of child soldiers as violations of international humanitarian law. From 2001 to 2007, he served as Senior Trial Attorney and Chief of Prosecutions at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, where he headed the trial team that achieved the first convictions in history of leaders of the mass media for the crime of direct and public incitement to commit genocide.

Rapp was the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa from 1993 to 2001, where his office won historic convictions under the firearms provision of the Violence Against Women Act and the serious violent offender provision of the 1994 Crime Act. Prior to his tenure as US Attorney, he worked as an attorney in private practice and served as Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency and as an elected member of the Iowa Legislature.

He received his BA degree from Harvard in 1971and his JD degree from Drake in 1974.

Spring 2017, Alison Brysk

Alison Brysk is the Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author or editor of eleven books on human rights, including From Tribal Village to Global Village, Human Rights and Private Wrongs, and Speaking Rights to Power. Professor Brysk was selected a Fulbright Professor in 2007 (Canada) and 2011 (India), a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in 2013-2014, and the International Studies Association Distinguished Scholar in Human Rights 2015-2016. She has lectured and held visiting professorships throughout Europe, Latin America, South Asia, South Africa, and Australia.

Spring 2016, Alicia Ely Yamin

Alicia Ely Yamin, JD MPH is a Lecturer on Law and Global Health, Director of the joint JD/MPH program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Policy Director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. She is also a Senior Associated Researcher at the Centre on Law and Social Transformation at the University of Bergen, Norway. Yamin’s more than twenty-year career at the intersection of health, human rights and development has bridged academia and activism. From 2007 to 2011, Yamin held the prestigious Joseph H. Flom Fellow on Global Health and Human Rights at Harvard Law School. Prior to that, she served as Director of Research and Investigations at Physicians for Human Rights, where she oversaw all of the organization’s field investigations, and on the faculty of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Yamin has published widely relating to health and human rights, in both English and Spanish, and has been awarded multiple distinctions in respect of her work on health and human rights, particularly in the field of reproductive and sexual health and rights. She frequently consults for UN and other global agencies, including serving as the lead consultant for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the application of rights-based approaches to the reduction of preventable maternal mortality and morbidity, which was adopted by the Human Rights Council in 2012. In 2015, she was appointed by the Constitutional Implementation Committee of Kenya as only non-Kenyan on the Oversight Committee regarding activities to Implement Rights-based Approaches to Health Services Delivery. She regularly advises on strategic litigation and conducts training for both lawyers and judiciaries regarding the enforcement of health-related rights, including sexual and reproductive rights.

Alicia Ely Yamin will give a lecture on Tuesday, March 1st at 4 pm in the Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center. The lecture is entitled “Power, Suffering, and the Struggle for Dignity:
Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter.”

Fall 2014, Samuel Moyn

Samuel Moyn is professor of law and history at Harvard University. He recently left Columbia University, where he taught for thirteen years in the history department, ending as James Bryce Professor of European Legal History. His books include “The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History” (2010) and, most recently, “Human Rights and the Uses of History.” He is an editor of “Humanity,” an interdisciplinary journal concerning human rights, humanitarianism and development.Samuel Moyn will give a lecture on Tuesday, October 28th at 4 pm in the Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center. The lecture is titled, “The Political Origins of Global Justice”.

Spring 2014, Predrag Dojčinović

Predrag Dojčinović, War Crimes expert at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former YugoslaviaSince 1998, Dojčinović has been working in the linguistic, analytical and research section of the Office of the Prosecutor at ICTY. He has authored numerous articles and has edited several volumes on the cultural and political aspects of the 1991-99 series of armed conflicts in the former Yugoslavia. He most recently published Propaganda, War Crimes Trials and International Law, which addresses the emerging jurisprudence and international law concerning propaganda in war crimes investigations and trials.
Predrag Dojčinović, War Crimes expert at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, will present a talk titled:
“The Chameleon of Mens Rea and the Shifting Guises of Genocidal Intent in International Criminal Proceedings” on Thursday, April 03, 2014

Spring 2013, Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson Emory University,  Associate Professor, African American studies and History College of Arts and Sciences.

Carol Anderson is associate professor of African American studies and history at Emory University, where she teaches courses in 20th Century African American History, Human rights, Transnational Freedom Struggles, and Colonialism and Anti-Colonialism. She completed her Masters in Political Science at Miami University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, as well as her Ph.D in History at The Ohio State University.

Her research focuses predominately on the relationship between domestic and international policies, and race, justice and equality in the United States. Her research has garnered substantial fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, National Humanities Center and many more. Her publications include the Gustavus Myers and Myrna Bernath Book Award winning book Eyes off the Prize: The United Nations and the African-American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955. She is also working on a second book, Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960 which acknowledges the important role that the nation’s civil rights organizations play in the fight for the liberation of peoples of color in Africa and Asia.

Professor Anderson has served on working groups dealing with race, minority rights, and criminal justice at Stanford’s Center for Applied Science and Behavioral Studies, the Aspen Institute, and the United Nations. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute and the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, as well as previously served as a member of the U.S. State Department’s Historical Advisory Committee.

She has also received numerous teaching awards, including the Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, the Mizzou Class of ’39 Outstanding Faculty Award, the Most Inspiring Professor Award from the Athletic Department, the Gold Chalk Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching, and the Provost’s Teaching Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty.

As the Gladstein Visiting Professor of Human Rights, Professor Anderson will taught a graduate level course titled: Seminar in Variable Topics: Human Rights and American Exceptionalism (Spring 2013- HRTS 5899). She also delivered the keynote Gladstein Lecture on February 20th at the Dodd Center, Storrs, CT.

Previous Distinguished Visiting Gladstein Professors

Fall 2011 Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat, Purchase College, State University of New York

Fall 2010 Ariella Azoulay, Director of Photo-Lexic, International Research Group, Minerva Center, Tel Aviv, Israel

Fall 2009 David L. Richards, University of Connecticut

Fall 2008 Zakes Mda, Ohio University

Fall 2007 David P. Forsythe, University of Nebraska

Fall 2006 Ruti Teitel, New York Law School

Spring 2006 Elizabeth Jelin, Sociologist and researcher at CONICET (National Council for Science and Technology) of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Fall 2004 Michael Freeman, University of Essex, UK Celina Romany, Inter-American University School of Law, Puerto Rico

Fall 2003 Leslye Obiora, Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona

Fall 2002 Jack Donnelly, University of Denver

Fall 2001 Rhoda Howard-Hassmann, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Fall 2000 Wiktor Osiatynski, Open Society Institute