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Office of International Law and Policy
Week of August 23, 2004

Upcoming International programming at Chicago-Kent


The People Speak: Northwestern’s International Studies Program along with a coalition of non-profit organizations, including Americans for Informed Democracy, the Open Society Institute, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the UN Foundation, is offering Hope not Hate, at Northwestern University in Evanston on September 28th from 7:00pm to 9:00 pm at the McCormick Tribune Forum, Northwestern University

The event features Gillian Sorensen, Senior Advisor to UNF; Noreen Ahmed-Ullah, Chicago Tribune writer; Marda Dunsky, Professor of Journalism at Northwestern with a specialty in Arab affairs; and Yaser Tabbara, Executive Director of the Chicago Council on American-Islamic Relations. Danielle Lemack, Vice President of the Families of September 11, will also provide an introduction to the event.

The speakers will address how the U.S. and the Islamic world can work together to reduce growing mutual tension. The 9/11 Commission recently released a report finding that the US is losing the war of ideas in the Muslim world and it proposed a series of changes to address the deterioration in US-Muslim world relations. This town hall will seek to raise awareness about the deterioration in US-Muslim relations, as well as inform students about the many potential ways that US-Muslim relations can be improved. After the presentations, the panelists will engage in an interactive conversation (question and answer format) with students. For more information about this event and the national effort of which it is a part, please visit


I encourage you to attend the 16th annual Henry Morris Lecture on Thursday September 30th 2004 at 12 noon in the Auditorium. The speaker this year will be Professor Mirjan R Damaska, who is the Sterling Professor of Law at Yale University. His topic will be "The Uncertain Self-Identity of International Criminal Courts." In addition to its obvious general significance for issues such as war crimes, genocide and international terrorism, this lecture should be of special interest to students in criminal law, criminal procedure, international law and comparative law.

Professor Damaska is one of the most highly respected and influential comparative law specialists in the world. He writes primarily in the areas of procedure (particularly criminal procedure) and evidence, and he is actively involved in international developments relating to the International Criminal Court and to the application of criminal law internationally. He has law degrees from the Universities of Zagreb and Ljubljana as well as an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania.


Chicago-Kent College of Law and the Global Law and Policy Initiative are pleased to present a winner of the 2001 Millennium Peace Award, Pakistani international human rights attorney Hina Jilani as the first “Brown Bag Luncheon Speaker” for fall, 2004. On Monday October 4th from 12 to 2pm in room 305 Ms. Jilani will be speaking informally about her work defending the rights of women, minorities and children through activist and legal strategies. For more information about Hini Jilani please go to and click on GLAPI events. Bring your lunch to the talk - we will provide drinks - please RSVP to Nena Heard at so we know our approximate headcount!


Supported in part by the Canadian Consulate in Chicago, Chicago-Kent will host an all day conference to examine Strategies for Combatting Human Trafficking in the NAFTA Region. Speakers will address the challenges of defining the problem, describe current efforts at the regional, national and international level to fight human trafficking, and the final panel of the day will assess recommended policy options in light of the current situation. There will be a keynote address at lunch by Canadian Senator Jerry Grafstein, and following the day's speakers, Chicago-Kent will host a BENEFIT COCKTAIL PARTY AND FILM SCREENING of David Mamet's film Spartan in support of the Midwest Immigrant and Human Rights Center. For more information go to and click on GLAPI events.


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