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Human Dignity: The Heart of Ethical Leadership

March 19, 2019 | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy and the Intercultural Human Rights Law Review present a law symposium entitled – Human Dignity: The Heart of Ethical Leadership, which will include a special presentation by Attorney Elsa Meany on advocacy against human trafficking before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Trafficking, Forced Labor, and Slavery in Brazil: An Affront to Human Dignity

Attorney Elsa Meany will speak about The Center for Justice and International Law’s work to fight trafficking, forced labor, and slavery in Brazil, primarily through the lens of the Fazenda Brasil Verde v. Brazil case before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. This emblematic case determined the multiple ways in which slave labor in large farms in northeastern Brazil violates human rights, and ordered the government to provide reparations to the victims and take measures to ensure similar facts do not occur again. This case was the first time the Inter-American Court found a state responsible for de facto slavery, and the right to dignity was key to their analysis.


Panel I: Human Dignity in the Local and Global Contexts

Moderator: Professor Siegfried Wiessner
Human dignity, inherent and inviolate, should be the guiding light for every decision made around the globe. It flows from the recognition that every person is made in the image and likeness of God. This panel highlights important achievements in the quest for a legal order respecting and safeguarding human dignity in global, national and local contexts.

Panel II: The Impact of Ethical Leadership

Moderator: Professor Jay Silver
Whether we’re speaking of community or government leaders or the leaders of social movements, the highest form of ethical leadership serves the common interest, which includes the careful protection of individual rights, the provision of basic human needs, equal access to the things all people cherish, and often requires a pitched battle against the status quo. This panel brings to light outstanding examples of ethical leadership on the part of various types of leaders.




March 19, 2019
9:00 am - 12:30 pm


St. Thomas University School of Law
16401 NW 37th Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054 United States
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