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Human Rights in Practice: Families and National Security

While much attention has been paid to the human rights fallout of national security measures post-9/11, one area that is consistently overlooked is the impact of such measures on the family—both as a unit and for individual family members. This is the case with administrative and criminal measures that impact the family unit or members (e.g., counter-terrorism financing prosecutions of relatives of terrorism suspects). It is also true of preventive approaches that mobilize a range of care professionals (e.g., social workers) to provide governments with unprecedented access to, and control of, families. And a range of national security measures that unduly target women on the basis of their familial relationships (e.g., training mothers in anti-radicalization tactics) or undermine gender equality, also necessarily adversely impact the family and its members. Join this panel in discussing the range of ways in which national security policies both mobilize and impact families across the globe and analyzing the role various legal and other institutions in facilitating these adverse impacts.

The event is organized by the Center for International and Comparative Law and the International Human Rights Clinic. Co-sponsored by the Coalition against Gendered Violence; Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute; the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics; the Duke Law Center for Law, Ethics and National Security; the Human Rights Law Society; the International Law Society; the Muslim Law Students Association; the National Security Law Society; and the Women Law Students Association. The event is free and open to all. No registration is required. For more information contact Balfour Smith at bsmith@law.duke.edu.

Please remember that Duke University has a mandatory mask requirement on campus (indoor and outdoor). Due to pandemic restrictions, the program will be limited to 45 minutes. Boxed lunches for take away will be available for attendees at the end of the program; you cannot eat in the room during or after the event.

To accommodate those who cannot attend in person, the event is also available to view via livestream at https://bit.ly/3kEZPdS.


October 25, 2021
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Duke Law School Center for International and Comparative Law
Duke Law School International Human Rights Clinic


Law School Room 4047