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Human Rights Watch Director to Give Creighton’s Annual Tepoel Lecture

Human Rights Watch Director to Give Creighton’s Annual Tepoel Lecture

Kenneth Roth, executive director of the New York based Human Rights Watch, will present this year’s TePoel Lecture, “Why the Current Approach to Fighting Terrorism is Making Us Less Safe,” at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 4, 2008, at the Creighton University School of Law, room 124.

Human Rights Watch investigates, reports on and seeks to curb human rights abuses in some 70 countries. A code of conduct addressing how major Internet service providers and portal operators should deal with Internet censorship in China is in the final stages of preparation by Human Rights Watch and the providers. It is due in the next couple of months, just prior to the Beijing Olympic Games that begin in August.

Roth has conducted human rights investigations around the globe, devoting special attention to issues of justice and accountability for gross abuses of human rights, standards governing military conduct in time of war, the human rights policies of the United States and the United Nations, and the human rights responsibilities of multinational businesses. In his 13 years as executive director of Human Rights Watch, the organization has quadrupled in size, while greatly expanding its geographic reach.

From 1987 to 1993, Roth served as deputy director of Human Rights Watch. Previously, he was a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the Iran-Contra investigation in Washington, D.C. He also worked in private practice as a litigator.

The TePoel Lecture Series is named in honor of Louis TePoel, teacher, scholar and academic administrator, who served on the Creighton School of Law faculty from 1907 to 1947 and as dean from 1920 to 1947. The Creighton University School of Law sponsors the lecture.

Roth will also be part of the Creighton Law Review’s symposium earlier in the day that will focus on Human Rights Law. The symposium will also include two panel sessions to be held in Room 124 of the School of Law. “Human Rights During Times of International Conflict” will be held from 1-2 p.m. and “Human Rights and Women’s Rights” will be held from 2:15-3:15 p.m.

The symposium has been approved for 3 hours of CLE credit for the state of Iowa.

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