International Security Studies
United Nations Human Rights Council: Assessing the U.S. Policy of Engagement
The United Nations Human Rights Council, an inter-governmental body made up of 47 states, is responsible for the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. It was created in 2006 to replace the Commission on Human Rights. In July 2009, the United States joined the Council with the goal of strengthening the body’s capacity to address crisis situations as well as chronic human rights violations worldwide. This panel of experts will assess the U.S. policy of active engagement at the Council. Has U.S. membership made the Council more effective? Should the United States seek a second term on the Council? Speakers will offer a range of perspectives on the accomplishments and challenges of the Human Rights Council over the past two years, reflecting on whether or not engagement at the Council has sufficiently advanced U.S. interests and values.
Senior Advisor, Open Society Foundations
Jay Kingham Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs, The Heritage Foundation
Advocacy Director, Freedom House
Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy; Director of the International Law and Organizations Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
Robert S. Litwak // Vice President for Scholars and Academic Relations and Director, International Security Studies