Borders, the Pandemic & Human Rights

This day-long symposium, organized by UCLA Law’s Promise Institute, explores migration and its impact on different populations, including racial and ethnic communities, LGBTI people, and people with disabilities. The symposium includes keynote addresses from E. Tendayi Achiume, UCLA Law and United Nations Special Rapporteur on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, and Soledad García Muñoz, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Special Rapporteur on Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights.

February 26, 2022

8:30AM – 4:50PM

Schedule of Events
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Coffee and Reception

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Opening remarks and welcome from the Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs and the Promise Institute for Human Rights

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Keynote Speech I
Soledad García Muñoz

10:00 AM - 11:25 AM

Race and Ethnicity Panel

This panel will look at borders, the pandemic and human rights through a lens of race and ethnicity. Using multiple perspectives, including Critical Race Theory and Third World Approaches to International Law, the panelists will explore how various racial identity markers themselves become borders that mediate access to rights, in the context of migrations and global pandemics.


Moderator: Asli Bali

11:25 AM - 11:45 AM


11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Panel

While SOGI discrimination may cause migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers to flee their country of origin, socially derived SOGI borders continue to exist inside territorial boundaries and impact immigration practices. This panel will address how international and domestic law contributes to the reinforcement of SOGI borders and SOGI-based denial of human rights, particularly in the context of the COVID pandemic.


Moderator: Ari Shaw

1:00 PM - 2:40 PM

Lunch Break

Boxed lunch provided for those registered to attend in person.

2:40 PM - 3:55 PM

Disability Panel

This panel will seek to address how the social conception of disability status drives and impacts migration, and serves as a barrier to those attempting to access and utilize domestic power structures and institutions. It will also consider how the challenges faced by persons with physical and mental disabilities are exacerbated in the context of global pandemics.


Moderator: Brad Sears

3:55 PM - 4:15 PM


4:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Keynote Speech II
E. Tendayi Achiume

4:45 PM - 4:50 PM

Thank You from JILFA

4:50 PM


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