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We are witnessing a “firehose of falsehood” on the internet and in the media: mis- and disinformation that attempts to overwhelm the truth. As deepfake and synthetic media technologies become more sophisticated and their use more prolific, it is becoming more and more vital to develop tools and systems to identify when media has been manipulated - …
 
America exports many things, but its content moderation standards may be the most important. Activists and concerned citizens the world over use social media as a microphone to connect, mobilize and push for change - which makes the content rules that online platforms set and enforce enormously influential in shaping the global discourse. However, …
 
While the internet may be a global medium, the vast majority of its rules are imposed by State actors and repressive governments are seeking new and innovative ways to port censorship to the online space. Listen as Farieha Aziz @fariehaaziz of Bolo Bhi and Michael Karanicolas of UCLA Law's Institute for Technology, Law and Policy @uclatech discuss …
 
Even if you think you understand the way technology affects your life, this episode is an eye-opener. The first in our five-part series on Global Digital Rights Challenges, this powerful conversation between Safiya Noble of c2i2 at UCLA and Tawana Petty of Data for Black Lives helps illuminate the ways technology and facial recognition are shaping …
 
When laboratory researchers wanted to study the effects of solitary confinement, they had to obtain special permission because mimicking the isolation of solitary confinement was considered so cruel to the mice. From the social framework surrounding solitary confinement, to its neurological impacts, the Mandela Rules, why solitary confinement in th…
 
You’ve read the headlines about Myanmar, but have you heard for instance, what the parallels are between the US events of Jan 6th and Myanmar’s current military coup? What was the internet's role in the military’s oppression of civilians? And how the law has played into, and been contorted by, Myanmar’s junta? Our Assistant Director Jess Peake sat …
 
What does neuroscience have to do with human rights advocacy? How can shifting a storytelling framework backfeed a large organization's entire strategy for human rights change? Promise Institute Executive Director Kate Mackintosh sat down with our visiting professor and former Head of Impact and Learning for Amnesty International, Danny Vannucchi, …
 
The Facebook Oversight Board's recent decision about the platform’s indefinite ban of former President Trump applies international human rights law to content moderation. Promise Institute Assistant Director Jess Peake sat down with Michael Karanicolas, Executive Director of UCLA Law's new Institute for Technology Law and Policy, to discuss the Boa…
 
Corporations sometimes facilitate crimes across national borders, yet even in instances where this takes place knowingly, accountability can be hard to come by. This panel discussion from our 2021 Symposium, Corporate Liability for International and Transnational Crimes, offers an excellent in-depth look at how human rights litigators are navigatin…
 
As the need for an international prohibition of ecocide becomes clearer and clearer across the globe, a key panel of experts has been working to craft a definition of this new crime. This episode features a conversation hosted by BBC Africa correspondent, Andrew Harding, with some of the people working to make the prohibition of ecocide a reality (…
 
As we round the grim milestone of a year under the COVID pandemic, conversations now rightfully center on equitable vaccine distribution. This includes looking to South Africa's work with HIV/AIDS treatment, big pharma, and intellectual property rights. It also means squaring the traditional approaches to public health with the very real risk that …
 
In this episode of the Promise Institute Podcast, Promise Institute Faculty Director Asli Bâli talks with Jennifer Trahan, Ambassador David Scheffer and Mohammad Al Abdallah about Professor Trahan's new book: Existing Legal Limits to Security Council Veto Power in the Face of Atrocity Crimes. With a particular focus on the situation in Syria, they …
 
In this episode of the Promise Institute Podcast, Assistant Director Jess Peake interviews Dr. Sorcha MacLeod about the human rights implications of the increased use of private security in the context of Covid-19 and the need for more regulation. Dr. Sorcha MacLeod is an Associate Professor and Marie Curie Individual Fellow at the University of Co…
 
In this episode of the Promise Institute Podcast, Margaret Rose-Goddard of the Future Law Institute speaks with Promise Institute executive director Kate Mackintosh and Jojo Mehta from the Stop Ecocide Foundation about developing a new international crime of “Ecocide” to address environmental harms. This conversation took place at the Future Law Vi…
 
In this episode of the Promise Institute podcast, international human rights lawyers Charity Ryerson, William Aceves, and Promise Institute Deputy Director Catherine Sweetser discuss the amicus briefs Ryerson and Aceves filed on behalf of fair trade chocolate companies and on behalf of foreign lawyers in the Nestle v. Doe I case currently before th…
 
In this episode of the Promise Institute Podcast, Executive Director Kate Mackintosh talks with Leymah Gbowee and Madeleine Rees about feminist principles for an international post-COVID-19 settlement. Leymah Gboweewas the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and is currently the Executive Director of the Women, Peace and Security Program at Columbia Un…
 
In this episode of the Promise Institute podcast, Executive Director Kate Mackintosh invites Patricia Sellers to talk about the international crime of slave trading, and why it seems to be “missing in action”. Patricia Sellers is an international criminal lawyer and the Special Advisor for Gender for the Office of the Prosecutor of the Internationa…
 
In episode one of our Fall 2020 season, Promise Institute Assistant Director Jess Peake interviews Dr. Yasmine Nahlawi, author of The Responsibility to Protect in Libya and Syria: Mass Atrocities, Human Protection, and International Law. They discuss accountability initiatives related to crimes committed during the Syrian conflict, the failure of t…
 
In this episode of the Promise Institute Podcast, Lina Jemili, a student at UCLA School of Law, talks with Waqas Syed, the National Coordinator for the North American Indian Muslim Association. They discuss concerns of Muslims in India as Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fuel the flames of Islamophobic rhetoric, Modi’s policies as…
 
This episode of the Promise Institute Podcast features Madeleine Rees, the Secretary-General of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, in conversation with Kate Mackintosh, Executive Director of the Promise Institute. This interview touches on the central role gender plays in war and peace and the political economy of patriarchy as…
 
Listen as Kate Mackintosh talks with Richard Dicker, Ambassador Michael Imran Kanu and Professor Diane Marie Amman about a new report from Richard Dicker on the future of the ICC, the current Independent Expert Review and the upcoming election of a new Chief Prosecutor. Richard Dicker was the Promise Institute Senior Fellow and lecturer in law at U…
 
In the inaugural episode of the Promise Podcast, Kate Macintosh (Executive Director of the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law) interviews E. Tendayi Achiume (Promise Institute Faculty Member and United Nations Special Rapporteur on Racism and a faculty member at the Promise Institute for Human Rights) about her latest report o…
 
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