Robert Goldman, Professor of Law, Co-Director of the Center and Vice-President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, along with his work to provide greater protection to Internally Displaced Persons (featured article) provided legal analysis of allegations of presidential misconduct in interviews with both Colombian TV and ECO TV.
Claudio Grossman, Dean, Co-Director of the Center and member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will chair a panel on The Future of the Inter-American System in the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights at the American Society of International Law 92nd Annual Meeting in April 1998. He gave the keynote address at the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development in Montreal in February. In January, Dean Grossman moderated a panel entitled "Discrimination Against Us All" designed to reaffirm the law school's policy against any type of discrimination and, specifically, discrimination based on sexual orientation by the military, sat on a panel on El Futuro del Sistema Interamericano de Proteccion de los Derechos Humanos y los Poderes Judiciales at a conference arranged by the Organization of the Supreme Court of the Americas in Panama, co-chaired a panel on The Future of the Inter-American System in the Protection and Promotion of Human nternational Conference on Human Rights at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. As the Special Rapporteur on women's rights for the OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Dean Grossman convened a women experts meeting for the Commission project on the promotion and protection of the rights of women. More than twenty experts from NGOs and academic institutions met to discuss governmental reports on the status of women from thirteen countries in the hemisphere.
Nicholas Kittrie, Professor of Law, is involved in planning a multi-organization conference to mark the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Convention against Genocide which will be held at WCL. As Chair of the Interest Group on the Status of Minorities and Other Communities, Dr. Kittrie will seek to have a special panel and possibly a regional meeting of ASIL to deal with the methods and means for safeguarding minorities and other communities in the upcoming millenium. Kittrie is also the Vice-Chair of the Alliance of United Nations NGOs for Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which consists of such diverse NGOs as Amnesty International, the Red Cross, the International Prison Fellowship and the International Association of Penal Law.
Nell Newton, Professor of Law, published and article entitled "American Indians in the United States Criminal Justice System" with Diane Welsh, a WCL student, in Pena y Estado- A Guatemalan journal. Currently Professor Newton is advising the attorneys representing the estate of Crazy Horse to prevent the use of his name without consent for the marketing of malt liquor. Additionally, she is working with the Lummi Tribe to help formulate legislative proposals and protect the Indians' right to self-determination.
Diane Orentlicher, Professor of Law and Director of War Crimes Research Office, has been busy interviewing on war crimes issues with the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, BBC News and CNN. She has published an article discussing an international response to ethno-seperatist movements in the Yale Journal of International Law. She presented a paper on the legal duties of NATO forces in Bosnia relating to the apprehension of suspects indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the FormerYugoslavia in Siracusa, Italy. She is advising the UN Special Rapporteur on Systematic Rape and Sexual Slavery in Armed Conflict. In March she will be presenting a paper relating to accountability for human rights abuses that arise during peace negotiations at a meeting convened by the UN's Department for Political Affairs.
Herman Schwartz, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center, was in Armenia in January, advising the Constitutional Court and the government on proposals to enhance legislation and Constitutional amendments in order to promote human rights. In March, Schwartz travelled to Budapest for a conference on human rights and economic transition for Constitutional Court Judges in Central Asia.
Rick Wilson, Professor of Law and Director of WCL's International Human Rights Clinic, appeared on the Colombian News program (Hora Zero) to discuss the State Department's Annual Report on Human Rights in Colombia, and was interviewed by Que Pasa, a Chilean magazine, about the U.S. role in the Spanish litigation against Augusto Pinochet, a case in which the Human Rights Clinic has been involved.
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