CONTACT: SCOTT HAUSER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Expert on war crimes in former Yugoslavia
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
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.