Dr. Heisoo Shin, an expert on human rights, will speak Monday, April 16, 2012, at the William S. Richardson School of Law. Shin’s talk, “How to Use International Human Rights Mechanism: My Work and Thoughts,” will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. in Room 254 of the law school. Shin will discuss how to use intonation and human rights mechanism based on her own experience to raise the so-called comfort women issue in the United Nations and in other international institutions. She will also speak about her experience as an expert in CEDAW and CESCR.
Trained as a sociologist, Shin has been working in the human rights movement for more than thirty years, in particular in the area of women’s human rights. She is the president of Korea Women’s Hotline, a national organization with twenty-five branches working to combat domestic and other forms of violence against women. In the 1990s, she led the legislative movements on sexual violence and domestic violence. Representing the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, she raised the comfort women issue at the United Nations and in other international fora, demanding legal reparations by the Japanese government.
Shin also served as an expert on the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women from 2001 to 2008 and as a commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission in Korea from 2005 to 2008. Currently, she is the representative of the Korea Center for UN Human Rights Policy (KOCUN), a human rights organization, and is in the process of establishing a new nongovernmental organization, Movement Against Sexual Exploitation. She is also an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of International Studies at Ewha Womans University.
For further information about the presentation, contact Prof. Tae-Ung Baik at email@example.com or telephone (808) 956‑7838.