Research and Policy Workshops

The Center organizes workshops focusing on policy issues and research questions of interest to Center faculty and colleagues. These workshops are small, invitation only meetings designed to facilitate the open exchange of ideas and the development of innovative approaches to pressing social, legal and policy issues. Research and policy workshops are sometimes linked with public conferences and external funding. They provide an opportunity to develop new scholarship or projects and offer academics and practitioners the opportunity to work intensively and in closed sessions on a variety of issues. 

Workshop on Combating Human Trafficking – How to Better Coordinate International, Federal and State Prosecutions

March 12, 2011

This interdisciplinary workshop focuses on trafficking policy with a special consideration of how international, federal, state and local law can be used in a coordinated fashion to prosecute traffickers. The workshop includes participants from diverse professional backgrounds, including judges, police, academics, community-based advocates as well as a representative of the U.S. Attorney’s office, the U.S. Department of State, a prosecutor from Taiwan and an advocate from the Philippines. The workshop is divided into thematic sections focusing on “protecting victims” and “defining and proving trafficking” with the objective of stimulating discussion and debate leading to innovative and creative solutions to be implemented in the U.S. and abroad.

Documenting, Analyzing and Understanding Crises with a Focus on Atrocities

May 3, 2011

This workshop focuses on global discourses that seek understand and respond to crises, conflicts, emergencies and threats, with a special focus on systematic and severe violations of human rights. While there are many governments, non-governmental and inter-governmental agencies that document and analyze atrocities, there is inadequate agreement and coherence as to the type of data to be collected or the methodology to be used. This workshop provides an informal, interdisciplinary space to discuss these questions with the goal of clarifying a set of research issues designed to advance a practical strategy for more coherent and consistent documentation of atrocities.