2021 Human Rights Day Digital Exhibit

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The United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document in the history of human rights, on December 10, 1948. To help celebrate this, we invite you to peruse selected items both physically and digitally from the collection related to human rights and this declaration. This year's display is located above our DVDs shelf in the main reading room includes several titles with a home location in the Louis B. Sohn Library on International Relations. This digital exhibit serves as an extension of our annual physical display in the law library, gathering resources from our institutional repository representing faculty from UGA School of law who have expertise in and focus their scholarship on human rights as well as a small selection of curated resources from across the web.

Louis B. Sohn Library on International Relations
Louis B. Sohn Library on International Relations

Researchers searching in GAVELfor materials on international law and international relations will likely discover items with a location of “Louis B. Sohn Library on International Relations.” This special collection, housed in the Dean Rusk International Law Center, includes the extensive library that Professor Louis B. Sohn built through years of working with the United Nations and the United States government as well as decades of teaching at Harvard Law School, the University of Georgia School of Law, and George Washington University School of Law.

As a young legal scholar, Louis Sohn left Poland two weeks before the invasion by Hitler’s Germany. He stayed in his first position, as a Harvard law professor, until 1981 at which time he came to the University of Georgia School of Law at the invitation of former Secretary of State Dean Rusk. Professor Sohn also served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the San Francisco Conference of 1945, at which the United Nations Charter was signed. During the Conference he helped draft the statute establishing the International Court of Justice. From 1974 to 1982 he was involved in the conference which drafted the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Photo of Louis B. Sohn © Paige Otwell.

During his lengthy and distinguished career, Professor Sohn built his collection around situations he perceived as impacting international relations, including books on history, philosophy, religion, demographics, customs, economics, geography, language and, of course, law. Because of this extraordinary effort, a researcher using these materials can assemble a full, three-dimensional picture of the conditions that prevailed as the situation developed. The Alexander Campbell King Law Library has long been proud of our connection to Professor Sohn and of the collection he donated to the library.

The photo above is of the Sohn library collection when it was housed in the Law Library on the 3rd floor. We continue to add new titles to this collection, and we encourage researchers to use these important resources. If you would like to check out materials from the Sohn Library, or just want to visit the collection, head on over to the Dean Rusk International Law Center in Rusk Hall, where Center staff will assist you. You may return any Sohn Library items you check out to either the Center or the Law Library. Lastly, here is a photograph of the current location of the Sohn collection that you can now find on the 2nd floor of Rusk Hall.

1990 Human Rights Roundtable
1990 Human Rights Roundtable

The United States' Constitution and the Adoption of International Human Rights Instruments: Freeing the Political Logjam Roundtable, 1990"Human rights and international law-and the sometimes strained relationship between them-were the subject of a two-day roundtable at the School of Law, March 9-10. Titled "The United States' Constitution and the Adoption of International Human Rights Instruments: Freeing the Political Logjam," the roundtable attracted government officials and legal scholars from across Europe and North America. During the course of the roundtable participants examined the legal limits imposed by the U.S. Constitution and laws as well as the political limitations that come from national and international pressures on U.S. decision-making bodies, according to third-year student Chris Foreman, president of the Georgia Society of International and Comparative La\\; one of the roundtable sponsors. Proponents of a United Nations treaty to ban torture are optimistic the treaty will be ratified by the U.S. Senate but future human rights bills face a much tougher struggle, roundtable participants agreed." - excerpt from page 17 of Advocate, Spring 1990, Vol. 25, No. 2

2021 Human Rights Day Display
2021 Human Rights Day Display

2021 Human Rights Day Display

The UN General Assembly proclaimed December 10 as Human Rights Day in 1950 with the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Law Library each year curates a display of physical items in the collection related to human rights. We encourage you to visit the display located near the entrance of the law library reading room, with items arranged above our Media/DVD collection shelving .For more materials visit our online catalog Human Rights. Among the items on display and pictured here is the Travaux Preparatoires, a set of three volumes providing the documents which recorded negotiations, drafting, and discussions generated during the process of creating this international agreement.Another item on display is A WorldMade New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human RightsCheck out these and other items from the library today which compliment the materials found in this digital exhibit from our repository collections.

Faculty Scholarship with a Human Rights Focus
Faculty Scholarship with a Human Rights Focus

Faculty Scholarship with a Human Rights Focus

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At the University of Georgia School of Law we have several faculty with scholarship that focuses on Human Rights. Our institutional repository's robust Faculty Scholarship collections includes works on a wide-range of topics. Browse a few highlighted faculty members below by clicking through to their law school profiles to explore their presentations, publications and more:

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Zohra Ahmed

Zohra Ahmed joined the University of Georgia School of Law in the fall of 2021 as an assistant professor teaching Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law and a seminar titled Crime and Punishment. Ahmed comes to UGA from Cornell Law School, where she has been a clinical teaching fellow in its Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide since 2018. She co-taught and co-supervised law students in the school's International Human Rights Clinic. She and her students represented individuals on death row in Tanzania and the United States and collaborated with groups in both countries challenging life and death sentences. She also oversaw United Nations advocacy on behalf of the only human rights organization in the Occupied Syrian Golan. Additionally, Ahmed developed a seminar called Struggles for Liberation and Equality: Human Rights in the 21st Century. In 2020, she received the Anne Lukingbeal Award for Service to Women Students.
<a href="https://www.law.uga.edu/profile/zohra-ahmed">View Ahmed's full faculty profile.</a>
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Diane Marie Amann

Diane Marie Amann is Regents' Professor of International Law and holds the Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law at the University of Georgia School of Law. She has served since mid-2017 as a Faculty Co-Director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center, a position she took up after completing a term as Associate Dean for International Programs & Strategic Initiatives. Since she joined the Georgia Law faculty in 2011, Amann has taught Children & International Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, International Criminal Law, International Human Rights, Laws of War, Public International Law, Refugee & Asylum Law, Transnational Criminal Law, and a course on NATO. The author of eighty publications in English, French and Italian, Amann's scholarship addresses issues related to international criminal justice, human and child rights, constitutional law, and security governance.
<a href="https://www.law.uga.edu/profile/diane-marie-amann">View Amann's full faculty profile.</a>
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Harlan Grant Cohen

Specializing in international law, Harlan Grant Cohen joined the Georgia Law faculty in 2007. He holds the Gabriel M. Wilner/UGA Foundation Professorship in International Law and serves as a Faculty Co-Director of the law school's Dean Rusk International Law Center. Cohen holds a courtesy appointment with the UGA School of Public and International Affairs' Department of International Affairs. Cohen came to Athens from the New York University School of Law, where he was a Furman Fellow and researched national security law, international law and legal history. His scholarship has appeared in the American Journal of International Law, the law reviews of George Washington, Tulane, Iowa and New York University as well as the Yale, Berkeley, NYU and Michigan journals of international law, among other places.
<a href="https://www.law.uga.edu/profile/harlan-g-cohen">View Cohen's full faculty profile.</a>

United Nations Resources
United Nations Resources

United Nations Resources

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The United Nations has many resources available freely online related to their Declaration of Human Rights. We encourage you to browse the following selection of digital media including video, booklet, and photographs:

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UN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE DATABASE

The UN Human Rights Office launched a major public online database accessible at: http://juris.ohchr.org. This database provides easy access to jurisprudence emanating from the United Nations Treaty Bodies which receive and consider complaints from individuals, including:
  • the Human Rights Committee (CCPR)
  • the Committee against Torture (CAT)
  • the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
  • the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)
  • the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
  • the Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED)
  • the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)
  • the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

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PDF BOOKLETS WITH UN DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS:

  • PDF version to download: http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Publications/ABCannexesen.pdf
  • Online interactive flip booklet version: https://www.un.org/en/udhrbook/
<a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/31145730970/in/album-72157677599327615/" title="Universal Declaration of Human Rights"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/89/31145730970_c8de29d6ba.jpg" width="500" height="388" alt="Universal Declaration of Human Rights"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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ARCHIVAL UN PHOTO GALLERIES:

Explore the following photograph collections online that document the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Click on the hyperlink below, or visit the main set of images by clicking on the image thumbnail:
  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/sets/72157677599327615
<a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/albums/72157677599327615" title="Universal Declaration of Human Rights"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/5499/31370145632_1bbda83301.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Universal Declaration of Human Rights"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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VIDEO OF UN DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS:

In the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2018, people around the world recorded themselves reading an article of the Declaration in their native language. The videos – in over 80 languages, from 130 countries – are posted here: https://www.un.org/en/udhr-video/. To watch all videos (more than 1,600 contributed so far in more than 89 languages) visit: https://www.un.org/en/udhr-video/curated.shtml
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