Washington College of Law and the Netherlands Embassy
Co-host International Human Rights Event


WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 1, 2009American University Washington College of Law (WCL) will co-host an event with the Royal Netherlands Embassy titled “Upholding International Human Rights: Shared History and Shared Challenges for the Netherlands and the United States.”  This seminar features the Honorable Arjan Hamburger, the Dutch Ambassador-at-Large for Human Rights, Larry Cox, Executive Director of Amnesty International, and a representative from the State Department.   The seminar, held Monday, Oct. 5, 2 – 5:30 p.m. at WCL, will compare and contrast the approaches of two progressive democracies to upholding and encouraging international human rights standards around the world and at home. 

This year the Netherlands and the United States celebrate 400 years of enduring friendship that started with the arrival of the first Dutch ship, the Half Moon, which in 1609 sailed to the shores of what is now New York City. As part of the series of events organized around this milestone, this seminar aims to expand on the Dutch-American shared values and detail how the two countries apply those values in the practice of human rights policy.

“WCL is pleased to co-host this seminar with the Royal Netherlands Embassy,” said WCL Dean Claudio Grossman, who is also chair of the United Nations Committee against Torture. “The United States and the Netherlands have a long-standing positive relationship, and this friendship remains vibrant and important in our current tide of globalization and international cooperation.  Countries can always learn from each other and WCL looks forward to a candid, high level conversation which will enable us to do just that.” 

"The Netherlands and the United States are united by a spirit built upon 400 years of shared history and shared values,” said Ambassador Renée Jones-Bos of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. "The Netherlands Embassy is honored to join with American University Washington College of Law to present this seminar which underscores the role that each country plays in the human rights agenda for our nations and the world.”

Participants in this seminar will include:

  • Ambassador Arjan Hamburger, Ambassador-at-Large for Human Rights, Netherlands
  • Ambassador Cynthia Schneider, former Ambassador of the United States to the Netherlands
  • Larry Cox, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA
  • Professor Barbara Oomen, The Roosevelt Academy, The Netherlands
  • Professor Robert Goldman, Louis C. James Scholar at WCL, former UN Human Rights' Commission's Independent Expert
  • A representative from the State Department

When: Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, 2 – 5:30 p.m.

Where: American University Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20016, Room 603

For our complete event listings, visit www.wcl.american.edu.