Police Brutality in the United States: A Conversation with Agnes Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions


Thursday, June 11, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Virtual Event (Registration Required)

The killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, as well as countless black people has sparked protests around the country. Join the Carr Center for a conversation with Agnes Callamard, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. Callamard and other UN experts have called on the U.S. government "to take decisive action to address systemic racism and racial bias in the criminal justice system by launching independent investigations and ensuring accountability in all cases of excessive use of force by police." 

Read the statement issued by UN independent experts regarding the nationwide protests against racial injustice.

Read the Carr Center's statement, issued in collaboration with centers across Harvard University.


  • Agnes Callamard | UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions
  • Sushma Raman (moderator) | Executive Director, Carr Center 

Dr. Agnes Callamard took up the post of Executive Director for ARTICLE 19, the international human rights organization working globally for freedom of expression in October 2004. She has had a distinguished career in human rights and humanitarian work. Agnès is a former Chef de Cabinet for the Secretary General of Amnesty International and, as the organization’s Research Policy Coordinator, led Amnesty’s work on women’s human rights. Agnès has conducted human rights investigations in a large number of countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. She founded and led HAP International (the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership) where she oversaw field trials in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Sierra Leone, and worked extensively in the field of international refugee movements with the Center for Refugee Studies in Toronto. Agnès is also a UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. She has written on and been published widely in the fields of human rights, women’s rights, refugee movements, and accountability. Agnès holds a PhD in political science from the New School for Social Research in New York.

Sushma Raman is Carr Center's Executive Director. Sushma brings a rich and diverse background in philanthropy, human rights and social justice through her work in the U.S. and globally with the Ford Foundation and the Open Society Foundations, as well as her experience leading human rights programs, philanthropic collaboratives, and social justice foundations. Sushma’s upcoming book, co-authored with Bill Schulz, The Coming Good Society: Why New Realities Demand New Rights, looks at the coming changes to the human rights landscape and argues that rights must adapt to new technological and scientific realities or risk being consigned to irrelevance.

Virtual Event Details
This event will be livestreamed on YouTube Live. Attendees registered for this event (link below) will receive a reminder for the livestream fifteen minutes before the event along with a link to the YouTube page where you can participate in the live chat and ask questions during the event.

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