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International Crimes and Universal Jurisdiction

A hero within the human rights community, Judge Baltasar Garzón is perhaps best known for indicting and issuing an arrest warrant against Gen. Augusto Pinochet, the former dictator of Chile. But he has also brought cases against Russian mafia leaders; Osama bin Laden; and the former Argentine naval officer Ricardo Miguel Cavallo for genocide and torture committed during the Argentine military’s “dirty war” of the 1970s and ’80s.

Last year, he made international news again, when the Spanish judiciary suspended him for opening an investigation into General Franco’s crimes during the Spanish Civil War. At the time, Garzón had been investigating the use of government-authorized and systematic torture in U.S. detention facilities.

Judge Garzón has recently been awarded the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) first annual $100,000 prize for Human Rights Activism.

Judge Garzón will speak in Spanish; simultaneous interpretation will be provided.


Monday, September 26th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Pound 213.

Sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, International Legal Studies and the Human Rights Program


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