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Weston to commemorate 50th anniversary of human rights declaration

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Burns Weston, UI law professor and chairman of the Global Focus: Human Rights '98 committee, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Thursday, Dec. 10, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. His presentation begins at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City, and is open to the public.

Weston is Bessie Dutton Murray Distinguished Professor of Law and Associate dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies at the UI. In his role as chairman of the Global Focus committee, he has helped to bring numerous speakers of international distinction to the UI, including three Nobel laureates so far and two others scheduled in the coming months.

Weston's teaching and research interests center on international jurisprudence, international human rights law, the laws of war, the law of State responsibility (particularly in relation to the concerns of developing countries), and international environmental law.

The New Pioneer Co-op will cater the meal and the cost is $4.50 for members and $5.50 for non-members. There is no charge for those who bring their own lunches. Checks can be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at 335-0351. They are unable to take reservations by phone but last minute adjustments may be made.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Friday, December 11, following the noon news.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the Associate Provost and Dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.