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Media Advisory

Expert on war crimes in former Yugoslavia

Media session

2 p.m. Thursday, April 3

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- M. Cherif Bassiouni, who chaired the United Nations Commission of Experts to Investigate Violations of International Humanitarian Law in the Former Yugoslavia from 1993 to 1994, will be available to meet with the media at

2 p.m. Thursday, April 3 in the faculty lounge (Room 450) of the Boyd Law Building at the University of Iowa.

Bassiouni, who is also the current vice-chairman of the U.N. General Assembly's Preparatory Committee on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court, will be on campus to address the annual banquet of the journal, Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems. The journal is the publication of the International and Comparative Law Program at the UI College of Law, directed by associate dean Burns H. Weston.

The topic for Bassiouni's banquet address is "Investigating War Crimes in the Former Yugoslavia."

In 1993, Bassiouni, a professor of law at DePaul University, was appointed to chair the U.N. Commission of Experts to Investigate Humanitarian Law Violations in the Former Yugoslavia. Prior to that he had served as the Commission's Special Rapporteur On Gathering and Analysis of the Facts.

He is the author and editor of 38 books on U.S. criminal law, international and comparative criminal law and human rights, including "The Law of International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia: Commentaries on the Statute and the Rules (1996); and 162 articles published in the United States and other countries.

He is currently the president of the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University.