HRREC Delegation Visits Cornell Law School

John Packer, Lilou Jiang, Zhiyuan Guo, Sandra Babcock, Omid Milani and Hossein Raeesi

On April 12, 2016, HRREC Director Prof John Packer visited Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York, accompanied by Fulbright Chair Gloria Lopez, Scholar at Risk Hossein Raeesi, and doctoral candidates Omid Milani and Lilou Jiang. Together with Prof Sandra Babcock of CLS, Hossein, Omid and Lilou contributed to a panel entitled "Capital Punishment in China and Iran: Current Practices and Prospects for Reform" attended by CLS students and faculty members as well as some visiting scholars. The panel was hosted by Cornell's Berger International Human Rights Clinic.

Hossein also spoke with students in the Death Penalty Clinic about his practice in Iran and various challenges he and his clients confronted. Meanwhile, Gloria met with counterparts to discuss Indigenous law and studies at Cornell and more widely, notably across New York State. The day concluded with a dinner hosted by Prof Babcock at which the group was joined by Prof Zhiyuan Guo from China University of Political Science and Law (located in Beijing) who is a leading scholar on the death penalty in China.

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