Related Events

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The Council on Religion and Law is co-hosting its annual law and religion conference on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 9-4:30 p.m. at United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, MN.  Legal scholars from Muslim, Christian, Jewish and Buddhist faith traditions and diverse perspectives will speak on the intersection of law and religion in areas of law and violence (domestic and international), the source of human rights, and global social justice.  The cost for the conference, to cover meals and other expenses, is $15 per person and 6.0 CLE credits have been applied for.  To see the entire program and register, click here.

Truth, Trials, and Memory:
An Accounting of Transitional Justice
in El Salvador and Guatemala
Revisiting two ground-breaking cases as an occasion to consider the role of truth, memory, and justice in today’s complex human rights terrain
November 1 – 3, 2017
University of Minnesota
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

  • November 1 – Evening Reception and Keynote featuring
    Pablo de Greiff
    , United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • November 2 – 3 – Two full days of panelists and presentations from many key actors including Commissioners Belisario Betancur (*invited), Thomas Buergenthal, and Reinaldo Figueredo (El Salvador) and Commissioners Christian Tomuschat and Otilia Lux de Coti (Guatemala)
  • November 2 (evening) – Screening of 500 Years, the sweeping story of mounting resistance played out in Guatemala’s recent history, through the actions and perspectives of the majority indigenous Mayan population (at St. Anthony Main Theatre)
Upon the 25th and 20th anniversaries of the truth commissions established in El Salvador and Guatemala, respectively, the University of Minnesota will convene a set of dialogues, presentations, and film screenings to explore domestic and international accountability processes.Joined by an array of central actors, including the truth commissioners, judges and prosecutors in charge of human rights trials, as well as family members, expert witnesses, government officials and human rights defenders, we will explore the lessons learned from the transitional justice processes that both countries have experienced. Themes include the:

  • history of the truth commissions
  • effects of amnesty laws and prosecutions
  • gender implications of the work of the commissions
  • contested truths and conflicting memories
The keynote and two-day conference is free and open to the public.
Note: Attendees of the Thursday evening film at St. Anthony Main Theatre will be asked to purchase a ticket for the screening

Global Minnesota

Minnesota International Center provides rich and varied opportunities for individuals from Minnesota and around the world to serve as citizen diplomats and to gain a deeper understanding of their place in the world community. Learn more about them and their work here.


World War II History RoundTable

The Dr. Harold C. Deutsch RoundTable is committed to preserving the factual history of World War II. Through the input of historians, first-hand accounts from individuals, and travel, they seek to promote the study of this influential era. Admission to all events is $5.

For more information, please visit their website.


Law Society Association Fellowship Applications

Take your law and social science research further! The Law and Society Association, in collaboration with the American Bar Foundation and National Science Foundation, is now accepting applications for their paid 2015-2017 Law and Social Science Dissertation Fellowship and Mentoring Program. The LSS Fellowship is held in residence at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, IL, where Fellows have numerous opportunities to participate in the intellectual life of the ABF and scholarly meetings while  working on their research. Visit for full details and to apply online.