Author Archives: Stephanie Farrior

TED Talk by Karima Bennoune Nearing One Million Views

Professor Karima Bennoune’s powerful and inspiring TED Talk® When people of Muslim heritage challenge fundamentalism, posted online this summer, is already nearing one million views.  From the TED site (emphasis added): Karima Bennoune shares four powerful stories of real people fighting … Continue reading

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Call for Abstracts: Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship

Fifth Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship at Vermont Law School October 4, 2014 Deadline for submitting abstracts: June 1, 2014 Vermont Law School will host the Fifth Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship on October 4, 2014. This event offers environmental … Continue reading

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Invitation to Participate in the Feminist International Judgments Project

Over on IntLawGrrls, Cecilia Marcela Bailliet has posted an invitation to participate in what looks to be a terrific project: Women´s Voices in International Law Initial Meeting to be held on 8th May 2014, SOAS (London) Participants are sought to take an … Continue reading

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All-woman team from Ethiopia looks to compete in Jessup moot competition

Here’s an excerpt from a message Diane Marie Amann has posted over  on IntLawGrrls: “For the 1st time in history, a team made up solely of women will represent Ethiopia in the final rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court … Continue reading

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“Steve Biko Helped Turn Me Into a Feminist”

Today is the anniversary of Steve Biko’s brutal death in 1977 at the hands of the apartheid government of South Africa.  Anti-apartheid activist and founder of the Black Consciousness Movement, Steve Biko was one of the most inspiring and effective … Continue reading

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Will UN Secretary-General post remain a male preserve?

Tradition has it that the post of Secretary-General should rotate so that each geographical region gets its “turn.” Women have never had a “turn”. . . Equality Now Women’s Action, November 2005 In her post today on IntLawGrrls, Madame la … Continue reading

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Human Rights Defenders: In the frontlines

Today is Human Rights Day, the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Some thoughts on this day, cross-posted on IntLawGrrls: Dora “Alicia” Recinos Sorto of El Salvador was shot dead in November 2009 while on … Continue reading

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“Tax Protest Bake Sale”

Here’s one of many reasons I so appreciate being at Vermont Law School (VLS) — the initiative by our students’ Tax Club to raise travel funds for our delegation heading to DC for Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Lobby Day.   … Continue reading

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Advocate for battered women named first “CNN Hero” of 2010

Upon being named the first “CNN Hero” of 2010, Wynona Ward, the founder of Have Justice Will Travel, said:”I think it’s wonderful to get the exposure for our program, but it’s even more important that people realize domestic violence is … Continue reading

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Solidarity: Men in headscarves

I share with permission the following commentary received today from Hossein Alizedah of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC): Earlier this week, the Iranian authorities arrested Majid Tavakoli, a  student leader, who spoke at an anti-government rally … Continue reading

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Human Rights Defender Keith Goddard, 1960-2009

Keith Goddard, a human rights defender of tremendous courage and tenacity, died this weekend after a short illness.   The Director of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), Goddard helped transform what had been primarily a social organization with a … Continue reading

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Landmark Domestic Violence Judgment by European Court of Human Rights

In a landmark decision, the European Court of Human Rights has unanimously found that a state violated the human rights of the applicant and her mother in failing to protect them against domestic violence. In Opuz v Turkey, the applicant … Continue reading

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Presidential Authority and “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

President has authority to change “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” now In her article Let the Small Changes Begin: President Obama, Executive Power, and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Professor Jackie Gardina of Vermont Law School  writes: President Obama should not wait … Continue reading

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights

“a single short document of 30 articles that has probably had more impact on mankind than any other document in modern history.” — UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, in her statement marking the 60th anniversary of the … Continue reading

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Same-Sex Marriage and Bankruptcy Law

There has been a staggering increase in bankruptcies in the past year. Federal bankruptcy law is often interpreted with reference to state law, including law regarding property interests that are acquired through marriage.  But what if a same-sex couple got … Continue reading

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“Sarah Palin and the Rape Kits”– NYT

In today’s News York Times, Dorothy Samuels comments on”Sarah Palin and the Rape Kits.”    A few excerpts – When Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, the small town began billing sexual-assault victims for the cost of rape kits … Continue reading

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“Steve Biko helped turn me into a feminist”

Thirty years ago today, Steve Biko — anti-apartheid activist and founder of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa – died in police custody after staggeringly brutal treatment. Information about Steve Biko’s life and death can be found here. In … Continue reading

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