Inaugural Lecture by Judge Thomas Buergenthal: One Hundred Years of Human Rights
Thursday, 2/15/2007 4:00 PM (EST)
Judge, International Court of Justice
First Robert F. Drinan,
S.J., Visiting Professor in Human Rights, Georgetown Law
This event is sponsored by Georgetown Law's Human Rights Institute.
The Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Chair in Human Rights at Georgetown Law was established in October 2006. Father Drinan, a Georgetown Law professor, human rights advocate, priest and former member of the U.S. Congress, died in January 2007.
The International Court of Justice is the 15-member principal judicial organ of the United Nations.
Buergenthal served as judge and president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Administrative Tribunal of the Inter-American Development Bank. He was the first American elected to the U.N. Human Rights Committee and served on the three-member U.N. Truth Commission for El Salvador.
Buergenthal has taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, the University of Texas School of Law, Emory Law School, where he directed the Human Rights Program of the Carter Center, and George Washington University Law School, where he was presiding director of the International Rule of Law Center. He also served as dean of American University's Washington College of Law from 1980-85.
Buergenthal is the author and co-author of more than a dozen books and numerous articles in scholarly journals and the recipient of several honorary degrees. He serves on the Ethics Commission of the International Olympic Committee. One of the youngest survivors of the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen, he was liberated from Sachsenhausen one month before his 11th birthday and immigrated to the U.S. in 1951.
A Web cast will be available at https://www.law.georgetown.edu/webcast/.
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