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Aryeh Neier to Give Sherrill Lecture on "The Role of the International Human Rights Movement," March 1


Aryeh Neier, president of the Open Society Institute, will give the 2003-04 Sherrill Lecture on "The Role of the International Human Rights Movement in World Affairs: Past, Present, and Future," on Monday, March 1, 2004, at 4:30 p.m., in Room 127. The talk is free and open to the public.

Over the past two decades, Neier has been directly engaged in the global debate on accountability and bringing to justice those who have committed crimes against humanity. Before he became president of the Open Society Institute in 1993, he spent twelve years as executive director of Human Rights Watch, of which he was a founder. He also worked for the American Civil Liberties Union for fifteen years. In that time, he has conducted investigations of human rights abuses in more than forty countries and played a leading role in the establishment of the international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the former Yugoslavia.

Neier has published six book on topics related to law and human rights, including his most recent, Taking Liberties: Four Decades in the Struggle for Rights (2003, Public Affairs). He has also written dozens of book chapters and articles on the subject.