Guest Speakers and Visitors to the
Program in International Human
The Program in International Human Rights Law has been receiving speakers and visitors from all over the world since 1997. Along with our student organizations, International Human Rights Society, International Law Society, and Amnesty International Student Charter, we have sponsored speakers such as Yarrow Jallow, Gambian Journalist in Exile; Dr. Oscar Arias, Nobel Peace Laurete; and Professor Zewdu Alem, Professor of Law, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. We have had many prestigious individuals from the human rights law and political community to tour our center, and even observe and participate in our much needed work and research.
Professor George Edwards, Former Vice President Dan Quayle and
Professor Frank Emmert at the Program in International Human Rights Law
INTERNATIONAL judicial officers and scholars will discuss about human rights, law practice, and culture with IU Law Faculty and students on October 16 (Thursday).
The officials from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Congo, Honduras, Peru, Macedonia, Rwanda, and Korea will exchange ideas with Professor George Edwards, Director of the Program in International Human Rights Law, and Law students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at Inlow Hall 300. Professor Edwards will be making a PowerPoint Presentation titled “American Legal Education: Do You Want To Study Law In The United States?”
The visitors include:
- Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ms. Amra HODZIC, Head of Court Management, Registry for War Crimes and Organized Crime, Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Republic of the Congo, Mr. William Simon Mviboudoulou, Director, Cooperation and International Legal Affairs Division, Ministry of Justice
- Honduras--Mrs. Maria Gabriela RIVERA, Deputy Director, Conciliation and Arbitration Center, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tegucigalpa
- Korea (South), Mr. Jae-Taek YANG, Senior Public Prosecutor, Seoul High Public Prosecutor's Office
- Macedonia (FYROM), Jeton SASIVARI, Academic Staff and Pro-Dean, Faculty of Law (undergraduate studies)
- Peru, Ms. Gabriela NEIRA HIDALGO, Research Assistant, Comision Andina de Juristas
- Rwanda, Mr. Dennis BIKESHA, Director, Mobilization, Sensitization and Training, National Service of Gacaca Courts
The U.S. Department of State International Visitor Programs, the International Center of Indianapolis, and the Program in International Human Rights Law are sponsoring the event.
Major Dan Mori, was lead defense attorney for Australian Guantanamo Bay “detainee” David Hicks, who was the first Guantanamo prisoner to face a U.S. Military Commission—the first U.S. Military Commission since WW II) (Also, Adjunct Professor, IU School of Law at Indianapolis). [more...]
IU Law-Indy Work with Military Commissions:
Since 2003, the IU School of Law at Indianapolis Program in International Human Rights Law, under the direction of Professor Edwards, provided assistance to the Military Commissions defense, and beginning in 2004 provided assistance to David Hicks’ defense.
Brian Concannon, human rights lawyer and activist, Director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. Spoke on "Haiti: The International Community's Dictatorship."
Fran Quigley, Executive Director of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, spoke on The USA Patriot Act. [more...]
Professor Jim Wilets of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale discussed the current state of European law with respect to sexual orientation.
Mexican Counsul General Sergio Aguilera Beteta.
Professor William Schabas, Human Rights Law Chair and Director of Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Spoke on the Death Penalty and the International Criminal Court. [more...]
Yarrow Jallow, Gambian Journalist in Exile, spoke on "The Struggle for Press Freedom in West Africa".
Honorable Mr. Justice John L. Murray, Supreme Court, Republic of Ireland. [more...]
Su-Hyng Lee, Senior Reporter at Dong-A daily newspaper in Korea.
Hong-Sik Chung, attorney in Starkey Law Group based in Indianapolis.
Mr. Scott Bates, an attorney at the United States House of Representatives Select Committee on Homeland Security spoke on U.S. Foreign Policy including the issue of Kuwaiti detainees in Guantanamo Bay.
Mr. Stephane Gentili, an immigration Solicitor with the Terrence Higgins Trust spoke on the rights of HIV victim in Britain in accordance to the European convention.
Dan Quayle, a graduate of Indiana University School of Law and a former Vice President of the United States of America.
Mr. Jeffrey Ballinger, the Director of Press for Change.
Ms. Maria del Carmen Carbel Navarro, a Peruvian Human Rights Lawyer spoke on "Peru's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Terrorism Trials in Peru".
Mr. John Washburn, a former UN Official and Foreign Service Officer lectured on the International Criminal Court and as well as his experience in the international field.
Mr. Andre Surena, a former US State Department foreign service officer spoke of his experince working in the field of international law.
Mr. Sherman Whitfield, an engineer at Eli Lilly.
Professor Rumu Sarkar, from Georgetown University Law Center spoke on the Right to Development as a Human Right.
Mr. Rafael Emilio Velazquez (Argentina), Founder and Executive Director, Fundacion Pro Humane Vitae.
Mr. Mateo Laura Canqui (Bolivia), prefect and general commander of the department of La Paz.
Ms. Esther Virginia Balboa De Rocha (Bolivia), Consultant in soical issues; University Professor in Agricultural Ecology.
Mr. Francisco Soto Barrientos (Chile), Head of the Civil Society Strengthening Program, Divison of social organizations, ministry of the Presidency.
Mr. Henry Caballero Fula (Colombia), Peace Advisor, Department of Cauca.
Ms. Sonia Hazbleady Rodriguez Martinez (Colombia), Editor-In- Chief, Newscast CM& News.
Mr. Jose Yader Orellana Reyes (El Salvador), Mayor, Municipality of Concepcion Batres.
Mr. Orlando Joaquin Blanco Lapola (Guatemala), Director, National Coordinator for Human Rights.
Mr. Andes Pavon Murillo (Honduras), Executive President of the Human Rights Committee of Honduras (CODEH).
Mr. Oscar Rey Meneses (Mexico), Coordinator, Linkages with Civil Organizations, Human Rights National Commission (CNDH).
Mr. Francisco Ramon Valenzuela (Nicaragua), Mayor of Esteli.
Mr. Jorge Luis Reyes (Venezuela), Executive Director, Sinergia (National Association of Civil Society Organizations).
Mr. Nayan Chanda, the Director of Publications at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization.
Kachen la, Lobsang Gyalpo and Dawa, monks from Tashi Lhunpo monastery of Tibet, now re-established in Southern India.
Isaac Houk from the Sycamore School.
Gulara Guliyeva from the Central European and Eurasian Law in Azerbaijan: a public service program supported by the American Bar Association.
Venerable Palden Gyatso (Dharamsala, India) talked on "Human Rights in Tibet (Life story of 33 years in prison)."
Dr. Oscar Arias, 1987 Nobel Peace Laureate, President of Costa Rica 1986-1990 gave talk on "Global Justice and Health in the 21st Century." (Bio).
Dr. Patrick Aeberhard, MD. (France) did presentation on "New Trends in Human Rights Activism in Ghana - Relating the Global and the Local."
Dr. Edward Queen, IUPUI, spoke about "Humanitarian Intervention."
Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal, gave talk on "Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation."
Bruce Harris, Executive Director of Latin American Programs for Covenant House, "Human Rights issues and Street Kids in Central America" (postponed).
Professor Pierre De Vos, (University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa) lectured on "South Africa, The Death Penalty & International Human Rights Law." (Bio)
Edward Delaney, Esq. of Barnes & Thornburg, gave talk on "International Law & Human Rights in the Balkans."
Amin Hussain, Esq., & Vivek Boray, Esq., from IU Bloomington, lectured on "Palestine: Human Rights to Self-Determination."
Dr. Owens Wiwa, (Executive Director, The African Environmental and Human Development Agency) talked on "Oil for Nothing: Corporate Globalization, Environmental, Racism and Repression in Nigeria."
Dr. Alajdin Abbazi (Rector of South East European University, Tetovo, Republic of Macedonia) visited PIHRL.
Professor Marcos A. Orellana (from Chile; and from American University,Washington College of Law) spoke about "the Law of the Sea."
Mr. Rovshan Issmailov (Azerbaijan) visited PIHRL.
Ms. Aynur Bashirova (Azerbaijan) visited PIHRL.
Mr. Shawn A. Reynolds (Director of International Resource Center, IU Bloomington) visited PIHRL.
Mr. Herbert Bowman made a presentation on "Human Rights and Criminal Law in Albania."
Dr. Alan Parra (Geneva, Switzerland) (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers)
(a) Spoke to International Human Rights Law Class on "Special Procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Commission"
(b) Spoke to student body/faculty on "Human Rights and the Other Transition: Latin America after the Dictators."
Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni, United Nations Independent Expert on Restitution, Compensation and Rehabilitation for Victims of Grave Violations of Human Rights, United Nations Human Rights Commission; Director, DePaul Institute of Human Rights. Spoke to the Student Body on "International Criminal Law & the "United Nations System."
Ms. Maria Munoz (Geneva, Switzerland & Lima, Peru) (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers) Spoke to International Human Rights Law Class on "Special Procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Commission." Spoke to student body/faculty: on Human Rights and the Other Transition: Latin America After the Dictators.
Fabiano Andreatta, Esq. (Senior Counsel, Eli Lilly Corporation) (Indianapolis & Sao Paolo, Brazil). Visited Law School in October, 2000. He spoke to the students during a subsequent visit in February 2001.
Julia Carson (D), U.S. Congresswoman, 10th Congressional District (represented by Richard Allen due to House Budget Vote) presented a panel discussion on "Human Rights in Indiana, the Nation, and the World."
Andrew Horning (L), (2000 Gubernatorial Candidate) presented a panel discussion on "Human Rights in Indiana, the Nation, and the World: Panel Discussion."
Professor Marvin Scott (R), U.S. 10th Congressional District candidate, Professor of Sociology, Butler University (23 October) presented a panel discussion on "Human Rights in Indiana, the Nation, and the World."
Professor Joy Ezeilo, (School of Law, University of Nigeria & Director, Women's Aid Collective, Lagos, Nigeria). Lectured on "Engendering Democracy and Human Rights: The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations."
Professor Evan Wolfson, Esq., Harvard JD; Yale BA; Director, Marriage Project of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund; Lead Attorney in Dale v. Boy Scouts of America (Freedom from Discrimination Based on Sexuality: Denial of Human Rights Across the Country)
Daniel G. Foote ('97), Spoke on Human Rights in Colombia and Latin America.
Greg Lyod ('02), Spoke on Human Rights in Honduras & Costa Rica.
Marisol Lopez-Mendoza, (Chiapas, Mexico), Spoke on Human Rights in Chiapas, Mexico.
Jose Rivero ('01), Spoke on Human Rights in Argentina and Latin America.
Dr. Edward Queen III, ('01). Spoke about Humanitarian Intervention (Accompanied by IUPUI Students from the Islamic Society of North America Fellowships in Nonprofit Management and Governance).
Caroline Lugez (2000-2001 Lille Exchange Student) Spoke on the European System for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
Dr. Javad Raiesdana (IUPUI) Spoke on "Human Rights in Iran."
Andrew Miller (Amnesty International's Acting Advocacy Director for Latin America and the Caribbean) presented a discussion on the "Human Rights Information Act."
Captain Anthony J. Sommer, Esq. (Indiana State Police, Staff Attorney) lectured on Fourth Amendment.
Mr. Jeff Ballinger, (Harvard University - Kennedy School of Government) Talked on Labor Rights - Sweat Shops in South East Asia; Nike Abuses in Indonesia.
Dr. Javad Raiesdana (IUPUI) Spoke on Human Rights in Iran.
Dr. Mahnaz Moshfegh (Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis Library), did presentation on Human Rights in Iran (Bio)
Mr. Bill Marsh, (Federal Public Defender), spoke to Criminal Procedure class.
Captain Jerome Ezell, Esq. (Indiana State Police, Staff Attorney), spoke on Fourth Amendment.
Mr. Dave Cook, Public Defender, Marion County (Criminal Procedure)
Mr. Don Murphy, Public Defender Council (Criminal Procedure)
Dr. Alan Parra (Geneva, Switzerland) (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mandate of Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers) Dr. Parra spoke to the International Human Rights Law Class on the Special Procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Commission.
Mr. Matthew Carlson, (Chicago, Illinois) (DePaul University College of Law, International Human Rights Law Institute, Sullivan Fellow) (Presentation on Human Rights & Economic Development in Haiti: Violence, Poverty & Dependence)
Mr. Joseph Voss, (Chicago, Illinois) (DePaul University College of Law, International Human Rights Law Institute, Sullivan Fellow) Performed a presentation on Human Rights & Economic Development in Haiti: Violence, Poverty & Dependence.
Dr. Alan Parra (Geneva, Switzerland) (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mandate of Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers) carried out two presentations on Criminal Procedure in Turkey & International Criminal Procedure & Slavery in Sudan)
Chief Tawana Moremi II (Maun, Botswana) (Chief, Batawana Tribe) (Human Rights in Botswana)
Professor Zewdu Alem (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) (Professor of Law, Addis Ababa University) (Human Rights in Ethiopia)
Mr. Jean Christophe Elembo (Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo) (Director, Department of Justice, Peace and Safeguards) (Human Rights in the Congo)
Judge Ricardo Antonio Colmenares Olivar, (Caracas, Venezuela) (Criminal Court Judge) (Visit Co-Sponsored by the Hispanic Law Society)
Mr. Joseph Lezou Gnekre (Lakota, Cote D'Ivoire, West Africa) (Local Commissioner, Bouake) (Human Rights in the Ivory Coast)
Captain Anthony J. Sommer, Esq. (Indiana State Police, Staff Attorney) (Fourth Amendment).
Captain Jerome L. Ezell, Esq. (Indiana State Police, Legal Advisor) (Miranda).
Professor Loretta Farris (University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa).
Dr. Jeanelle de Gruchy (Health and Human Rights Project, Cape Town, South Africa).
Mr. John Packer (Canada/Netherlands -- Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe).
Prof. Zhu Lanye Julia (East China University of Politics & Law,Shanghai).
Judge Sathavy Kim shared experiences on "Pol Pot regime and the Genocide of the Cambodian people."
Mr. Tan Senarong shared experiences on "Pol Pot regime and the Genocide of the Cambodian people."
Ms. Linda Rabben (Amnesty International -- Washington DC/Brazil)
Professor Raul Sanchez (Saint Mary's School of Law, San Antonio, Texas) Human Rights, Corporations, and Transboundary Issues: Mexico & the United States (Class conducted by Video-Link between Texas and Indianapolis).
Judge Goran Hakansson, Stockholm, Sweden. (Drafting of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child)
Dr. Javad Raiesdana (IUPUI) (Iran, Cultural Relativism and Human Rights).
Mr. Aklilu Tedla, 3L, Indiana University School of Law (United Nations Special Rapporteur System for Remedying Human Rights Violations).
Ms. Toma Guha, 3L, Indiana University School of Law (The Work of Human Rights Non-Governmental Organizations in India)
Professor Pierre de Vos, (University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa) gave talk on "The New South African Constitutional and International Human Rights Norms"
Dr. Mahnaz Moshfegh & Ms. Azin Lotfi, (IU-I School of Law & IU-I student) lectured on "Iran, Cultural Relativism & Human Rights." (Bio)