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"Brazil: History, Human Rights, and Contemporary Slavery"

Friday, November 1, 2013
12:00 AM
University of Michigan Law School, 626 S. State St.

Session 1 (10am-12pm)
Enslavement in Nineteenth-Century Brazil

Chair: Rebecca Scott (UM History/Law)

Speakers: Keila Grinberg (UNIRIO History), “Illegal enslavement and the making of international law”; Beatriz Mamigonian (UFSC History), “The illegal slave trade in the courts: proving slave ownership vs. claiming freedom”

Commenter: Julius S. Scott (UM History/DAAS)

Session 2 (2-4:30pm)
State Guarantees of Human Dignity: Constitutional Frameworks and Courtroom Struggles

Chair: Victoria Langland (UM History/Romance Languages)

Speakers: Rebecca Scott (UM) & Leonardo Barbosa (Staff Attorney, Câmara dos Deputados, Brazil), “Same Telos, Different Paths? Codifying Modern Slavery as Possession, or as a Violation of Human Dignity”; Cristiano Paixão (UnBA Law), “Dignity Guarantees in the 1988 Constitution: Giving Juridical Meaning to a Concept”; Sueann Caulfield, (UM History/Residential College), ”Dignity, the 1988 Constitution, and Same-Sex Marriage”

Comment and discussion: Paulina Alberto (UM History/Romance