October 5, 2018


Heyman Center for the Humanities, Common Room

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Event Organizer

Lydia H. Liu and Anupama Rao

Event Sponsor

Event Co-Sponsor(s)

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences Office of the Executive Vice President

Office of the Dean of the Humanities

The Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Program at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights

The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities

The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society presents

A Faculty and Graduate Student Seminar in Global Language Justice

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar

with Moria Paz. Stanford Law School and the Center on National Security and the Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Moria Paz is a legal scholar focusing on the intersection of immigration law, international law, security policy, international organizations, and human rights.

She is currently completing two books: Network or State? International Law and The History of Jewish Self-Determination (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019) and The Law of Strangers – Critical Perspectives on Jewish Lawyering and International Legal Thought (co-edited with James Loeffler, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2019). Her work has won numerous prizes and awards, including the Law & Humanities Interdisciplinary Writing Competition, the New Voices Selection of the European Journal of International Law (2014); a New Voice Panel of the American Association of International Law (2013); the Junior Faculty Forum for International Law (2013); and the Laylin Prize for most outstanding paper in international law awarded by Harvard Law School (2007). Paz received her S.J.D. doctoral degree from Harvard Law School, and before that attended The University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and Beijing Normal University.  She has held fellowships at Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School and Georgetown Law Center. She is currently a Fellow in International Security at the Center on National Security and the Law, Georgetown University Law Center.

Follow this link for the Readings for the seminar:

Moria Paz, The Law of Walls; Joseph Carens, Aliens and Citizens: The Case for Open Borders, The Review of Politics, Vol. 49, No. 2 (Spring, 1987), 251-273 ;

Michael Walzer, Spheres of Justice: A Defense of Pluralism and Equality (1983) pages 31-63

Seating and attendance is limited. Only Columbia University faculty and graduate students may attend. Please write to apply.

Image: Abel Tilahun’s World Conquest (2014)

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