Human Rights

Robert Jay Lifton: Evil, the Self, and Survival

Robert Jay Lifton

Noted psychiatrist and author Robert J. Lifton has researched Hiroshima, the Holocaust, the Vietnam War, and now terrorist cults. Through these explorations he probes the profound questions of death and its meaning for life.

Key Words: Psychiatrists, Human Rights, Japan, Terrorism, Psychiatry, Religion, Psychoanalysis, Identity

Philippe Sands: The Rumsfeld Memo and the Betrayal of American Values

Philippe Sands

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes international lawyer Philippe Sands for a discussion of Bush administration policies regarding international law. Sands analyzes the evolution of international law from the Atlantic Charter to the present drawing on research in his two books, "Lawless World," and "Torture Team: Rumsfeld's Memo and the Betrayal of American Values." He concludes that war crimes may have been committed after 911 and that key players in the administration are subject to charges not only in the court of world opinion but also in tribunals invoking universal...

Philip Gourevitch: Reporting the Story of a Genocide

Philip Gourevitch

Writer Philip Gourevitch talks with host Harry Kreisler about writing and shares his perspective on moral courage and the failure to prevent the Rwanda genocide.

Key Words: Writers, Rwanda, Human Rights, Genocide

Peter Neufeld: A Passion for Justice

Peter Neufeld

Leading criminal attorney Peter Neufeld joins host Harry Kreisler to discuss the criminal justice system in America and his new book, Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted.

Key Words: Law, Human Rights, Innocence Project

John Shattuck: Diplomacy and the Shaping of a Human Rights Agenda

John Shattuck

UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler welcomes John Shattuck, Chief Executive Officer, Kennedy Library Foundation, for a discussion of his career and work in the area of civil liberties and human rights.

Key Words: Law, International Law, Human Rights, U.S. Presidents

John Shattuck: Inching Forward: Human Rights Policy in the Clinton Administration

John Shattuck

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is John Shattuck, who is the CEO of the Kennedy Library Foundation. During the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1998, he was Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; and then from 1998 to 2000, Ambassador to the Czech cover He is the author of Freedom on Fire, an account of his work in the Clinton administration.

Key Words: Law, Human Rights

Jeremy Waldron: Dignity, Human Rights, and Torture

Jeremy Waldron

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes legal philosopher Jeremy Waldron for a discussion of the legal concept of dignity, its origins in law and morality and its emergence as a foundation for human rights. In the conversation, Professor Waldron also talks about the importance of preserving liberal values in the fight against terrorism, and, in this context, he criticizes the torture memos for their assault on human dignity.

Hernán Reyes: Negotiating Prisoners' Rights

Hernán Reyes

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Dr. Hernan Reyes for a discussion of the role of the Red Cross in insuring the rights of political prisoners.

Key Words: Human Rights

Harold Hongju Koh: Transnational Legal Process and World Order

Hanan Ashrawi

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Harold Hongju Koh, the Dean of the Yale Law School and Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law there. They discuss the role of international law, the meaning of the Iran Contra Affair, the impact of 911, and the prospects for peace on the Korean peninsula.

Key Words: Law, International Law, Human Rights, Korea, Iran Contra Affair, War Crimes,...

Gilles Peress: Images, Reality, and the Curse of History

Gilles Peress

Photographer Gilles Peress talks about the role of photography in the struggle for human rights.

Key Words: Human Rights, Photography, Genocide