Anniversary of Declaration of Human Rights

Sarah Lawrence College will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights on Wednesday, February 27 at 5 p.m. in the Esther Raushenbush Library. Two distinguished experts on international law, Professor Tai-Heng Cheng, and Dr. Angelia Means will discuss the way the discourse of human rights has evolved since it was adopted 60 years ago, as well as a series of related issues. Questions about whether the limited institutional enforcement of the charter has undermined its effectiveness and whether human rights should be understood to include cultural or social rights will be addressed.

Professor Tai-Heng Cheng, associate director of the Center for International Law, New York Law School, also teaches at Sarah Lawrence and is an experienced international litigator. Prof. Cheng holds a LL.M and J.S.D. from Yale Law School, and a B.A. and M.A. from Oxford University. His publications include the recent book, State Succession and Commercial Obligations and The End of International Law, to be published next year by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Angelia Means is an independent scholar who has a Ph. D. and J.D. from Harvard University, and a B.A. in Public Policy from Princeton. She taught political theory and public law at Dartmouth College and worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, the International War Crimes Tribunal on the Former Yugoslavia, and the U.N. High Commission on Refugees. Her recent publications include “Intercultural Political Identity: Are We There Yet?” “The Rights of Others,” and “Genocide' in the Sudan.”