AU Washington College of Law, and its Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, in collaboration with The Open Society Institute, hosted a tribute to the life and work of Aryeh Neier on Thursday evening, Oct. 3, at the Willard Inter-Continental Hotel. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made a special presentation to Neier as part of the celebration.
Among those on the dinner committee to plan the event were: AU Law Professor Herman Schwartz and OSI's Gara LaMarche (co-chairs); AU Law Dean Claudio Grossman, The Honorable Lloyd Cutler, The Honorable Geraldine Ferraro, Nation Editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, Congressman Tom Lantos, Senator Howard Metzenbaum, Judge Patricia Wald and Philanthropist George Soros.
Neier is former president of the Open Society Institute and the Soros foundation, former executive director of Human Rights Watch, and former national director of the ACLU. In addition to paying tribute to Neier's work, the event announced establishment of three Aryeh Neier Human Rights Fellowships at American University Washington College of Law. The fellowships will provide stipends for three students: Two will spend ten weeks as summer interns in selected war crimes tribunals; and the third will intern, during the school year with the AU Washington College of Law War Crimes Research Office.