Events: CAP Working Paper Luncheon Series – Spring 2015

In spring 2015, CAP is hosting a Lunch Series with Harvard Law School and University Graduate Program students.   A different presenter will discuss his/her work-in-progress at each lunch, and attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions.  Lunch will be provided.

If you would like to attend one or more of the Lunch Series talks, please RSVP here to ensure that we have enough food available.

Upcoming lunches are:

  • Tues., Feb. 3, 2015
  • [Tues., Feb. 10, 2015, rescheduled to Tues., March 3, 2015]
  • Tues., Feb. 24, 2015
  • Tues., Mar. 3, 2015

Contact CAP Visiting Researchers and Scholars Program Coordinator Mary Welstead,, with questions.

In Need of Protection and Capable of Action: Sexuality, Law and the Construction of Childhood and Adolescence (1950-1980)

sonja-matter-reformattedDiscussion with Harvard University History Department Visiting Researcher Sonja Matter

Tues., Feb. 3, 2015
12:00 – 1:00 PM
CAP Suite (WCC 4133)
Harvard Law School

Paper Topic: Sexuality functions as a marker for distinct life stages—this is most clearly demonstrated in criminal law. The criminal code of various countries not only determines a distinct legal age of consent but also implements gender specific differentiations in determining these boundaries. This presentation focuses on Austria in the post-war time and examines how legislation and jurisdiction defined sexual maturity: How did ideas about childhood and adolescence determine the balance between a right of sexual agency on the one hand and a right of protection from sexual exploitation on the other?

Biography: Sonja Matter is a visiting researcher in the History Department at Harvard University. She received her PhD at the University of Bern. Prior to attending Harvard, she was a lecturer in the History Department of the University of Bern, Basel and Lucerne. Her main research interests are women’s and gender history, legal history, history of interpersonal violence and history of the welfare state.

Bargaining in the Shadow of Children’s Voices in Divorce Custody Disputes


Discussion with Harvard Law School LLM Candidate Hiroharu Saito

Tues., Feb. 24, 2015
12:00 – 1:00 PM
CAP Suite (WCC 4133)
Harvard Law School

Paper Topic: This presentation considers the impact of hearing children’s choices/views in the judicial proceedings for divorce and child custody. It discusses how the divorcing parents’ negotiations and bargaining outside the court would change if the children’s voices were utilized inside the court.

Biography: Hiroharu Saito is an LLM student at Harvard Law School. Since his bar-qualification in Japan (2009), he has engaged in children’s issues on a pro bono basis while working at a Japanese leading corporate law firm, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune. He resigned from the law firm in 2012 to pursue his academic career in the area of child and education law. He has an LLB (2008) and is receiving an MA in Education this March (2015) from the University of Tokyo.

Right to Be Born Free: Does the Law Support the Birth and Nurture of Children in Prison?

lotanna-nwodo-headshot-reformattedDiscussion with Harvard Law School LLM Candidate Lotanna Nwodo

Tues., Mar. 3, 2015 (Rescheduled from 2/10/15)
12:00 – 1:00 PM
CAP Suite (WCC 4133)
Harvard Law School

Paper Topic:
This paper analyzes the rights of Nigerian children who are born or who accompany their mothers to prison when their mothers are remanded in or sentenced to prison. It proposes a healthy balance between the rights of the child, the parental rights of the mother of the child and the duties of the State, and how to practically enforce the fundamental rights of a child caught in this web.

Biography: Lotanna Nwodo is an LLM candidate at Harvard Law School. Prior to his program at Harvard, he was an associate in the Corporate and Commercial Department of the law firm of Aluko & Oyebode. He has a law degree from the University of Nigeria and qualified to practice law in Nigeria in 2012. He is currently interested in the rights of children who are vulnerable as a result of decisions and activities of the State and how to enforce those rights.