International Justice in Central Africa: U.S. Policy and the Politics of the U.N. Tribunal for Rwanda
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Refreshments Will Be Provided
Prof. Peter Erlinder, is a Professor at William Mitchell College of Law, past-President of the National Lawyers Guild from 1993 to 1997, and the UN-International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UN-ICTR) defense lawyers associations.
In May 2010, he was imprisoned in Rwanda while defending Rwandan presidential candidate, Victoire Ingabire, and charged with “genocide denial” for having won the acquittal of his ICTR client on “genocide conspiracy” charges. The presentation will draw on Erlinder’s experience as an International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda defense lawyer and Rwandan prisoner to critically analyze the role of U.S. influence over international judicial bodies and the effects on the people of Central Africa. He will argue that the ICTR has become a victor’s tribunal serving U.S. policy interests and that the manipulation of international criminal tribunals, including the International Criminal Court, has actually become an impediment to reconciliation between African peoples.
Additionally Sponsored by the International Committee and Philadelphia Chapter of the N.L.G.
Questions about this event should be directed to Jeff Tenthoff at jtenthof (at) temple (dot) edu.