Professor Arlene Kanter will spend the next two semesters away from the College of Law deeply engaged in disability rights scholarship and advocacy around the world.
Her sabbatical began in June with a number of activities in Nairobi, Kenya, including two conferences on Disability and Justice and Violence against Children and university-wide lectures at Kenyatta University and the University of Nairobi.
Later this summer she will spend a month in Israel conducting research on the impact of new legally-mandated support centers for students with disabilities in Israeli universities in conjunction with a team of researchers from Haifa University. In the fall, Professor Kanter will be a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School; and in the spring semester, she will be visiting Hebrew University Faculty of Law as a Lady Davis Fellow.
Along the way expect to hear from Professor Kanter from places far and wide, as she also plans to fit in a speaking engagement at a conference in Melbourne, Australia, and a lecture at Kobe University in Japan
Professor Kanter’s odyssey began on June 12 with a trip to Nairobi, Kenya. On June 14, she met alumna Milanoi Koiyiet LL.M. ’15 and “with women who are part of a network that Milanoi founded to raise awareness about violence against girls and women with disabilities,” says Kanter. Koiyiet is helping to prepare a shadow report for the UN Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.
Alumni Gathering in Nairobi
Professor Kanter was able to meet with a number of College of Law LL.M. alumni while in Nairobi, including:
William Aseka Oluchina L‘14
Milanoi Koiyiet L‘15
Edmond Gichuru ‘L16
Sung Kuk Choi, L’15, another LL.M. alum from Korea who now is working at the Korean Embassy in Nairobi was also able to join the group.