Let’s Talk about the Boteros: Law, Memory, and the Torture Memos at Berkeley Law with Professor Laurel E. Fletcher

Date

April 3, 2019 - 12:00pm

Let’s Talk about the Boteros: Law, Memory, and the Torture Memos at Berkeley Law with Professor Laurel E. Fletcher

April 3, 2019 at 12PM in Room 525. 

Please join CLIHHR as we welcome Professor Laurel E. Fletcher (Berkeley Law) for a thought-provoking and timely discussion on how institutions of higher learning confront symbols of their ties to slavery, colonialism, racism and other projects antithetical to their values. Professor Fletcher will discuss how Berkeley Law has reckoned with its association with the "Torture Memos" of the Bush Administration through one of their principal authors, Berkeley law professor John Yoo. The school acknowledges this link by exhibiting paintings by Fernando Botero of prisoner abuse by U.S. soldiers at Abu Ghraib. The paintings may soon be removed, raising the question that while schools are taking down symbols of injustice, what are the stakes involved in taking down symbols to confront injustice?

 
Laurel E. Fletcher is Clinical Professor of Law at UC Berkeley, School of Law where she directs the International Human Rights Law Clinic. Fletcher has advocated on behalf of victims before international courts and tribunals, and has issued numerous human rights reports on topics ranging from sexual violence in armed conflict to human rights violations of tipped workers in the US restaurant industry. She also has conducted several empirical human rights studies, including of the impact of detention on former detainees who were held in U.S. custody in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She served as co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Transitional Justice (2011-2015). Fletcher was selected as a Herbert Smith Freehills Visitor to the Faculty of Law in the University of Cambridge for 2019.
 
Any questions, please contact CLIHHR Program Coordinator, Ali Cain, at Alexandra.cain@yu.edu