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UI hosts conference of international law students Oct. 14-17

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- As many as 200 students and scholars of international law from across the United States and several foreign countries will gather at the University of Iowa to discuss the future of human rights during an annual conference of the International Law Students Association Oct. 14-17.

The Iowa Society of the International Law Students Association (ISILA), at the UI College of Law, will be the host for the four-day Conference. Events include a keynote speech by Elie Wiesel, holocaust survivor and winner of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize.

The conference, "Human Rights and International Law: Moving Toward a Global Community," is open to the public, but registration fees are required. The conference coincides with the UI's year-long commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, known as "Global Focus: Human Rights '98."

The conference begins with registration at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the Boyd Law Building. Panel discussions, workshops and plenary sessions will be held throughout the four days with the closing banquet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.

Rockne Cole, vice president for ISILA, says the conference will bring together representatives from industry and corporate legal offices, labor organizations, non-governmental organizations, and academics to examine the ethical and practical issues of surrounding human rights throughout the world.

Wiesel, the author of Holocaust literature's landmark trilogy, "Night," "Dawn" and "Day," will present the keynote lecture at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 at Hancher Auditorium. The speech is sponsored by Global Focus '98.

For more information about the conference, contact Rockne Cole at (319) 341-3675.