Yale Law School to Sponsor Panel on Human Rights in China

A panel discussion titled "After the Summit: The Role of Human Rights in U.S.-China Relations" will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2:30-5 p.m. in Yale Law School's Levinson Auditorium, 127 Wall St. The program will address human rights policy and constructive engagement with the Peoples' Republic of China in the wake of the visit of Premier Jiang Ze Min to the United States this week. The event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School, the panel discussion is part of two days of events that have been organized to mark the establishment of the Robert L. Bernstein Fellowships in International Human Rights, a program that will provide annual stipends to recent Yale Law School graduates who plan to pursue projects devoted to the advancement of human rights around the world. The Fellowships are named in honor of Robert Bernstein, the international human rights activist who is the former chair, president and chief executive officer of Random House Inc., and the founder and chair of Human Rights Watch.

The panel will be moderated by Harold Hongju Koh, the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law and director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School. Panelists will include: Jeffrey E. Garten, dean of Yale School of Management and former U.S. undersecretary of Commerce for international trade; Li Lu, one of the student leaders at Tiananmen Square; Warren Maruyama, partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Hogan & Hartson, former associate director for international economic policy for the White House Office of Policy Development and former associate general counsel for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; Orville H. Schell III, dean of the School of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley; Susan Shirk, deputy assistant secretary, Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State; and Harry Wu, former Chinese political prisoner, now executive director of the Laogai Research Foundation.

As background for the panel discussion, "The Gate of Heavenly Peace" will be screened in the Law School's Levinson Auditorium on Monday evening, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. A meticulously researched documentary of the Chinese protest movement that climaxed with the Beijing massacre of June 4, 1989, this film explores the complex social and political forces that led to the tragedy and features interviews with many of the students, journalists and teachers involved. A short discussion with Dean Schell, one of the documentary's co-producers, will take place following the screening. This event is also free and open to the public.

For further information, contact Elizabeth Stauderman at 203/432-4938.