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September 19, 2008

Human Rights Happy Hour: Lt. Daniel Blocq to speak on “UN Military Observers at Work,” Monday, September 22, 2008

On September 22, 2008 from 3:30–5:30 PM, in the Sheffield Room at The University of Texas School of Law, the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice will host the first speaker in the Fall 2008 Human Rights Happy Hour Speaker Series. Lt. Daniel Blocq, who just returned from a tour of duty as a UN peace-keeper in Darfur, will deliver a lecture entitled, “UN Military Observers at Work.”

Blocq is a Lieutenant in the Royal Netherlands Navy and served as a UN Military Observer for the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS). During the six months that he spent in Sudan, Lt. Blocq gained considerable insight into the factors that affect the success of UN Missions. He is currently a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He earned degrees in International and European Law and in Tax Law from the University of Amsterdam, and received his Master's in Law from Cornell University. Lt. Blocq was an Assistant Professor at the Netherlands Defense Academy and a Part-time Legal Advisor at the Royal Netherlands Naval College. He has published works on asymmetrical warfare, the use of force by soldiers, the War on Terrorism, and UN peacekeeping, and has given lectures in England, Hungary, the Netherlands, and the United States. He received research fellowships from the Netherlands and from Emory Law School, and was the recipient of the Commodore’s Teaching Award.

For more information on the Rapoport Center’s Human Rights Happy Hour Speaker Series, including additional upcoming speakers, please visit our website:

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The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

Program contact: Sarah Cline, Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice,

Media contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications Office, (512) 471-7330, or