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Events & Announcements

Over the course of the academic year, IHRA sponsors a variety of human-rights related films and discussions and invites nationally and internationally renowned speakers to join us at Penn. These occasions are designed to involve members and nonmembers alike. Previous events have included talks on U.S. attitudes towards torture, bioterrorism and international relations, conditions in Russian prison camps, and criminal justice in China and Taiwan.

Upcoming IHRA and International Events:


Film Screening: The Price of Sex | Wednesday, February 25 | Time: 12:00pm | Location: Tanenbaum 145

Please RSVP so we have an accurate count for food!



Introduction to International & Foreign Legal Research | Time: 12:00pm | Location: Tanenbaum 345

Are you planning on studying or working abroad? Completing an internationally-oriented course or working on an international student activity or journal? Just want to be prepared for the increasingly global nature of law practice? This tutorial will familiarize you with the basics of researching international law and the law of jurisdictions beyond the U.S.

We will cover how to find treaties, decisions of international tribunals, and United Nations and European Union documents, as well as helpful research tools and key secondary sources for starting your research on foreign national law. If you have specific questions for a class project, student group or pro bono assignment, or journal source hunt, feel free to bring them to this tutorial!

Past Notable 2014-2015 Events


December 10, 2014 | Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day was established to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. IHRA hosted an event to commemorate Human Rights Day by encouraging Penn Law students, staff, and faculty to think about the right which matters most to them and write it down on a hand. Over 100 hands were posted to create a visual display that human rights matter to the Penn Law community! Sponsored by Insomnia Cookies.

Click to access the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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November 12, 2014| The Legal Challenges in Asymmetric Warfare - The Case of Operation Protective Edge
This event presented a legal analysis of the modern challenges Western Democracies face when battling terrorists embedded in a civilian population, such as America in Afghanistan, Israel in Gaza, and France in North Africa.  Our guest speaker was Lt. Col. Dr. Eran Shamir-Borer, member of the International Law Department of the Israeli Defense Force.  The discussion was moderated by Professor Burke-White, our local International Law expert. 
Sponsors: JLSA, IRAP, IHRA, The Federalist Society, Louis Brandeis Society 


November 4, 2014| Film Screening: Girl Rising


Girl Rising was born in a search for how to end global poverty. And the answer was pretty simple: educating girls is the highest-return investment you can make in breaking cycles of poverty. The film journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.

Thank you especially to the co-sponsors: LEARN, LEP, SAGE, PLSRJ, ACS, PLWA, SALSA, LALSA, BLSA, EELSA, JLSA, APALSA, MLSA