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Geospatial Evidence in International Human Rights Litigation

435 West 116th Street, New York City, NY

The Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program, are pleased to invite you to a presentation and interactive dialogue about the future of geospatial evidence in international human rights litigation.



Jonathan Drake, AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program
Theresa Harris, AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program
Bradley Samuels, SITU Research

JoAnn Kamuf Ward, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School

Light refreshments provided.

A new report by AAAS provides the first comprehensive assessment of how geospatial technologies have been used in international human rights litigation, including a compilation of key cases in which satellite imagery and remote sensing have been presented as evidence. Based on the experience of AAAS as a leader in the use of geospatial technologies for human rights documentation, the report makes recommendations for international courts, human rights NGOs, geospatial analysts, government agencies and private providers of imagery on how best to incorporate these technologies into human rights practice and international justice proceedings.

This report is the product of the Innovative Methods for Applied Geospatial Evidence (IMAGE) project. With support from the Oak Foundation, the project works to strengthen the scientific foundation of human rights-based geospatial analysis through advanced research projects, aimed at enhancing the toolkits available to practitioners; and to advance the use of geospatial technologies in international human rights and criminal litigation through partnership and collaboration with international courts and commissions, as well as through and several related research and documentation activities.

For more information, please contact the AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program.