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September 22, 2006

Press Contact: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or
Event Contact: Professor Karen Engle, Rapoport Center, UT Law, 512-232-7066

International Lawyer to Speak at UT Law about Bosnian Genocide Case, Sept. 25

Speech Launches Human Rights Speaker Series

AUSTIN, Texas—Thomas Franck, a leading international legal scholar, will present a paper entitled “State Responsibility in the Era of Individual Criminal Culpability” on Monday, Sept. 25, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The University of Texas School of Law’s Sheffield Room.

Franck’s presentation will be based on his current representation of Bosnia in its genocide case against Serbia before the International Court of Justice.  His talk kicks off the fourth annual Human Rights Happy Hour, a free and public speaker series sponsored by the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at UT Law.

 Franck is the first of four speakers the Center will bring to the law school this fall in an effort to provide an informal setting for dialogue about contemporary issues in international human rights law.

“I cannot think of a more distinguished international legal scholar and practitioner to launch this year’s speaker series,” says Rapoport Center Director and UT Law  Professor Karen Engle.  “As the author of 29 books and over 200 articles, Tom Franck is one of the world’s leading scholars in international law. His presentation will provide us with a unique opportunity to see why he remains at the cutting edge of legal scholarship as well as of international legal practice,” she said.

 Franck, a law professor at New York University, has acted as legal advisor or counsel to many foreign governments including Tanganyika, Kenya, Zanzibar, Mauritius, Solomon Islands, El Salvador, Bosnia Herzegovina and Chad.  He also currently serves on the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Law and lends his services to numerous organizations ranging from the American Branch of the International Law Association to the American Society of International Law.

The Rapoport Center hopes that by bringing in such members of the international human rights community as Professor Franck, it will engage more students and faculty in the field of human rights and will heighten the awareness of human rights issues on campus and in the community.

The other speakers in the series include Liliana Obregón, professor of international law at Universidad de los Andes Law School in Bogotá, Colombia. She will speak about the history of Inter-American human rights. The third speaker is Amr Shalakany, Assistant Professor of Law and LL.M director at the American University in Cairo. Shalakany will speak about sexual rights as human rights in the Middle East. The final speaker is Rosalva Aída Hernández Castillo, who received her PhD from Stanford and currently works for the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Mexico. As an activist she will speak about the struggle for rights by the indigenous persons of Mexico.

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