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DePaul law professor to speak about international legal conflicts

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- M. Cherif Bassouni, a law professor from DePaul University and an expert in international and human rights law, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council on Friday, Feb. 5. His presentation, "Punishing Heads of State: The Pinochet Case," begins at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City, and is open to the public.

Bassouni has been president of the International Human Rights Law Institute and the International Institute of High Studies in Criminal Sciences since 1988. A frequent lecturer at universities in the U.S. and abroad, Bassouni is also the author or editor of 42 books on U.S. Criminal Law, International and Comparative Criminal Law, and Human Rights. He served as a consultant to the U.S. Departments of State and Justice on projects relating to international traffic in drugs (1973) and international control of terrorism (1975 and 1978-79). He was also a consultant to the State Department on the defense of U.S. hostages in Iran (1979-80).

New Pioneer Deli will cater the lunch, and the cost is $6.50 for members and $8 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 Monday, Feb. 8, 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.