Tuesday, November 2, 2021
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Joukowsky Forum (155), 111 Thayer Street
In this talk, Ambassador (ret.) Keith M. Harper will discuss practical methods of promoting human rights based on his prior experience as the US Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council and his current legal efforts to hold Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accountable for the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Drawing from both domestic and international examples, Ambassador Harper will discuss three strategies for enforcing human rights: 1) the multilateral human rights system with an emphasis on both the UN Human Rights Council and the role of non-governmental organizations; 2) bilateral engagements between countries, including sanctions and human rights country reports; and 3) the litigation approach to advocacy efforts, including the unique role of the US Torture Victims Protection Act. Ambassador Harper will focus in on the efficacy of these various approaches as well as their complementary dynamics.