Mar 19 Tue

Conversation with Former Judge of the International Court of Justice: Professor Thomas Buergenthal

10:00AM - 12:00PM Washington College of Law

Thomas Buergenthal is one of the youngest survivors of the Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen concentration camps, and he is considered one of the world’s leading international law and international human rights scholars. He has had a long successful career as a human rights advocate and scholar, and served as the Dean of American University Washington College of Law from 1980-1985, and as a professor of international law at SDNY Buffalo Law School, the University of Texas, Emory University, and George Washington law schools.    

Buergenthal has served in numerous international positions including: Judge and President, Inter-American Court of Human Rights (1979-1991); Judge and President, Administrative Tribunal, Inter-American Development Bank (1989-1994); Member, United Nations Truth Commission for El Salvador (1992-1993); Member, United Nations Human Rights Committee (1995-1999); Member, Panels of Conciliators and of Arbitrators, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, World Bank (since 1997); Arbitrator (1997-2000) and Vice-Chairman, (1999-2000), Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland; and Judge at the International Court of Justice (2000-2010). After serving at the ICJ, he was named the Lobingier Professor Emeritus of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at George Washington College of Law.    

Buergenthal has also authored numerous books and articles international law and human rights subjects. In 2009, he published his memoir: A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy, which has been translated in more than 40 languages.


  • Welcoming Remarks: Professor and Associate Dean Brenda Smith
  • Introduction: Professor and Dean Emeritus Claudio Grossman
  • Closing Remarks: Professor and Director of the International Legal Studies Program Padideh Ala’i

Presented by the International Law Student Association and the Jewish Law Student Association

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