As part of the American Academy's public program, each week we offer public lectures, concerts, screenings, or readings by Academy fellows, distinguished visitors, and special guests. Most evening lectures take place at the Hans Arnhold Center, but the Academy also partners with a handful of cultural institutions in Berlin for special events: Radialsytem V, the JFK Institut of the Freie Universität Berlin, Kino Babylon, the United States Embassy, and the Hertie School of Governance.
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In this lecture, Aryeh Neier lends an overview of the history of surveillance in the United States and discusses challenges posed to the right to privacy by a state claiming to require vast quantities of data to protect public safety. Neier asks if the surveillance programs disclosed by Edward Snowden have been successful in mitigating the threat of terrorism and examines whether those programs intrude excessively on individual privacy. How was the programs’ effectiveness compromised by public revelations? Could they have been disclosed in another way? Was Edward Snowden justified in unveiling them unilaterally? Neier considers these questions and the credibility issues now facing the US in promoting civil liberties elsewhere.
Aryeh Neier is President Emeritus of the Open Society Foundations and a Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at CEU. He served for twelve years as executive director of Human Rights Watch, which he founded in 1978. During his time as executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (1970-78), he led efforts to protect the civil rights of prisoners, those in mental hospitals, and fought for the abolition of the death penalty; and investigations of human rights abuses around the world. Neier has served as an adjunct professor of law at New York University and taught at Georgetown University Law School as well as the University of Siena, Italy. He currently also serves as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po. Neier has contributed articles and opinion pieces to newspapers, magazines, and journals including the New York Times and the Washington Post. His most recent book is titled The International Human Rights Movement: A History (Princeton University Press, 2012). He is the recipient of several honorary degrees and numerous awards from such organizations as the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association.
Location: ESMT European School of Management and Technology, Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin
Generously supported by Daimler-Fonds
The lecture will be preceded by a light lunch starting at 12:00pm.
Registration required by March 3, 2014