Experts on Female Suicide Bombers, Terrorist Networks, Human Rights Law to Discuss Impact of Terrorism on Women at Rutgers–Newark Law School March 6 Symposium

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Newark, NJ – The Rutgers School of Law–Newark Women’s Rights Law Reporter, the country’s oldest legal periodical to focus exclusively on women’s rights law, will explore the intersections of gender and terrorism at its March 6 symposium entitled “The Gender Dimensions of Terrorism: How Terrorism Impacts the Lives of Women.” The morning keynote address will be given by Brooklyn Law School Professor Susan Herman, President of the American Civil Liberties Union. International law expert Karima Bennoune, Professor of Law and Arthur L. Dickson Scholar at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, will deliver the afternoon keynote. 

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What:“The Gender Dimensions of Terrorism: How Terrorism Impacts the Lives of Women,” annual symposium sponsored by the Women’s Rights Law Reporter
WhoKeynote: Susan N. Herman, President of the ACLU (10:15 – 10:45 am)Panel I: What Is Terrorism (11 am – noon)
Tom Parker, Policy Director, Terrorism, Counterterrorism and Human Rights, Amnesty International USA
Dr. Beverly Gage, Department of History, Yale University
Vincent Warren, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights

Panel II: How Terrorism Impacts Women’s Human Rights (noon – 1 pm)
Professor Rhonda Copelon, CUNY School of Law
Professor Jasmin Zine, Department of Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University
Dr. Amina Jamal, Department of Sociology, Ryerson University
Dr. Maliha Chishti, Department of Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University

Keynote: Professor Karima Bennoune, Rutgers School of Law–Newark (2 – 2:30 pm)

Panel III: Women’s Roles in Terrorist Organizations (2:45 – 4 pm)
Dr. Mia Bloom, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, and author of Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror
Dr. Margaret Gonzalez-Perez, Department of History and Political Science, Southeastern Louisiana University
Dr. Paige Eager, History and Political Science Department, Hood College
Farhana Ali, Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies on Terrorism

When9:30 am – 4:00 pm, Friday, March 6, 2009
WhereRutgers School of Law–Newark


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Contact: Janet Donohue