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October 28, 2005

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Allegra Young, UT Law, (512) 471-7330.

UN Secretary-General Nominee to Speak at UT Law

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What: Address by the Honorable Surakiart Sathirathai, "Peace and Security: The Challenge and the Promise"

Where: Eidman Courtroom, UT Law

Who: This speech is open to the public and free

When: Nov. 4, 2005, 4:00 p.m.

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The Honorable Surakiart Sathirathai

AUSTIN, Texas—The Honorable Surakiart Sathirathai, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and nominee to succeed Kofi Annan as Secretary-General of the United Nations, will be speaking at The University of Texas School of Law on Friday, November 4, 2005. Dr. Surakiart's address will serve as the closing keynote for "Representing Culture, Translating Human Rights," a multidisciplinary symposium hosted by the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice and the student-edited Texas International Law Journal.

In his speech, "Peace and Security: The Challenge and the Promise," Dr. Surakiart will assess the potential for the existing international legal and institutional framework to respond to contemporary challenges to international peace and security such as nuclear non-proliferation, terrorism, and the use of force by states. As an often-mentioned candidate to lead the United Nations, his assessment will likely be watched by U.N. member countries deciding which candidate to support for the position.

The Royal Thai Government has nominated Dr. Surakiart to be the next United Nations Secretary-General when Annan steps down at the end of 2006. His candidacy has been endorsed by the leaders of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Dr. Surakiart has said that, if elected to the post, he will focus on the U.N.'s transparency, effectiveness, and accountability.

Professor Karen Engle, director of the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, noted that Dr. Surakiart is coming to Texas as part of a "learning tour" to meet with community members and leaders throughout the world. "It is a real honor to host Dr. Surakiart's visit. It is exciting to me that Dr. Surakiart not only wants to share his views on international security with us, but that he has expressed the desire to learn more about the particular challenges we face in Texas."

In addition to the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice and the Texas International Law Journal, other University of Texas-affiliated co-sponsors for the speech are the American Constitution Society, the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies, the South Asia Institute, the Center for East Asian Studies, and the Humanities Institute.

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For more information about the event, please contact Allegra Young at (512) 471-7330.