Friday, April 29, 2005

Some videos from Columbia University Is the Human Rights Cause Making Headway? - Apr 19, 2005 Aryeh Neier, founder of Human Rights Watch and a long-time advocate of human rights, explores the history of the international human rights movement since its inception in the late 1970s and outlines the its accomplishments and reversals. The human rights movement contributed to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end to the Cold War, and was a factor in the transformation of Latin America in the 1980s, Neier says. (40:41) Requires RealPlayer To watch, click here. Brown v. Board of Education (1954 US Supreme Court case on school segregation) - Oct 29, 2004 - As part of a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Columbia Law School presented a discussion on the role this landmark case had in expanding the protection of basic human rights in the United States and abroad. In addition to commemorating the anniversary of the Brown ruling, this event marked 10 years since the end of apartheid in South Africa -- two of the most historic movements forward in advancing civil rights for all people. Jack Greenburg, professor, Columbia Law School and one of the lawyers who argued Brown, introducing the speakers (4:18) To watch, click here. Remarks about the international effects of Brown — Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice, US Supreme Court (24:05) To watch, click here. Arthur Chaskalson, chief justice, Constitutional Court of South Africa (24:32) To watch, click here. Elisabeth Guigou on the European Union - Mar 17, 2004 U.S. Must Share 'Global Burdens' With a Unified Europe, Says Former French Minister If the United States wants Europe to share global burdens, it must share them with a strong, unified and independent Europe, says Elisabeth Guigou, former French Minister of Justice and former French Minister of European Affairs. Guigou, now a member of Parliament and a leading figure in the Parti Socialiste, explained the construction and contents of the European Union's proposed constitution. The European Union is not going to create a "super-state" that abolishes its constituent states, she said, but protect the richness of Europe's diversity by "unifying without uniformizing." To watch, click here .