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Asst. Dean Lydia Lazar

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Headlines for the Week of November 3, 2008

New LL.M. administrative memo for week eight

Please see the new administrative memo here.

November 6: The Future of Human Rights Law: Webcast lecture from 3:30-4:30 pm

Webcast lecture by Judge Geoffrey Robertson, QC, former Appeals Judge Special Court for Sierra Leone. Judge Robertson will map the future of the fast-growing field of human rights law. Drawing on 30 years of experience as a human rights lawyer in Australia and the UK, and as Appeals judge on the Special Court for Sierra Leone, his presentation will trace recent jurisprudence at the national, regional, and international level. Judge Robertson will discuss strategies for litigating human rights cases against corporations and former foreign government officials, obstacles that stand in the way of success, and future trends.

November 7: Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour speaking at Chicago Humanities Festival

The former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Honorable Louise Arbour, will deliver the Doris Conant Lecture on Women and Culture as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival. The program is on Friday, November 7 at Northwestern University School of Law's Thorne Auditorium at 6:00 pm. You can read more about the program at and there are free tickets set aside for students – NOTE: Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday September 15, 2008.

The lecture will be followed by a separately ticketed panel event called Universal Human Rights, Right Here – you can get more information at

IIT Thanksgiving Dinner Program

Thanksgiving is a unique American holiday. Many Americans open their homes to visitors and if you are interested in being invited to one of these holiday celebrations with an IIT alum, faculty, staff, or student visit for more information.

English Conversation Program at IIT

What is the English Conversation Program?
            This is a cross cultural dialogue between international students and domestic native English speakers at IIT including American students, faculty, and staff.     The members of the English Conversation Program can attend informal meetings called “Talk Time” that will discuss diversity and cultural issues throughout the academic year. The goal of this program is to provide meaningful interaction between the US and international students.
            It is a great way to:

  • To learn first-hand about American life
  • To share your culture with an American
  • To improve your conversational English ability

“Talk Time” Fall 2008 semester
Come to join the casual meetings where you can discuss a variety of cultural issues with native English speakers to brush up your conversational language skills!
Socialize with other students, faculty and staff at IIT.
Bring your own lunch. Light snacks or drinks will be provided.
English Conversation Program: Talk Time(topic: Welcome to Chicago)
Date: September 10, 12:50 pm
Location: SH 118
English Conversation Program: Tea Exchange
Date: October 2, 12:50 pm
Location: HUB-Expo
English Conversation Program: Talk Time (topic: Religion)
Date: November 11, 12:50 pm
Location: TBA

* You must sign-up for the English Conversation Program to participate in these gatherings.
If you are interested in signing up, please go here:

European Commission Launches New Guide to Studying in Europe is a new resource for students interested in studying at any one of the 4,000 higher education institutions in Europe. The website features comprehensive information on universities and available programs in 32 European countries, including Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses, which are innovative cross-border graduate programs offered by consortiums of universities located in at least three different European countries. also offers an overview of the European higher education system, a guide to applying to European universities, and information about living in Europe.

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