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Release: March 3, 1999

Global Focus: HR '98 lecturer Stephen Marks speaks March 4

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Stephen P. Marks, director of the United Nations Studies Program and co-director of human rights program at Columbia University School of Law, will present a human rights lecture Thursday, March 4 at 4 p.m. in Room 235 at Boyd Law Building in the College of Law.

Marks' lecture, "Strengthening the U.N.'s Commitment to Human Rights," is the 19th of 25 lectures that will be given this year as part of Global Focus: HR'98, a program that began last year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights.

Marks and UI law professor Burns Weston co-edited "Symposium: International Human Rights at Fifty," published in the last fall's Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems law journal. And the two professors recently co-edited and contributed to a new collection of essays, "The Future of International Human Rights," due to be published in June.

Marks represents the International Service for Human Rights at the United Nations, and at Columbia University he teaches international law, UN Peace Operations, preventive diplomacy and other courses. He is the former head of human rights education, training and information for the U.N. Transitional Authority in Cambodia, and his varied published works draw on international law and organizations, peacekeeping, and human rights.