CSIL is proud to co-host this event with the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, the Columbia University Institute for the Study of Human Rights, and Rightslink.
Elsa Stamatopoulou is a former Chief of the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and is currently the Director of the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Program at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Her book Cultural Rights in International Law explores international protections of cultural rights. Mrs. Stamatopoulou is an advocate of the protection of cultural rights and of putting concerned communities in the driving seat on this issue. In this talk, she will discuss historical shifts and current developments in the protection of cultural rights internationally, while reflecting on the scope and contemporary reasons behind the existence, or lack thereof, of international protections of cultural rights.