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University of Iowa News Release

April 20, 2006

Professor Examines Role Of Law In Enforcing Human Rights

The effectiveness of the rule of law as a means of enforcing human rights violations is the topic of the next "Careers for Change," a speaker series sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR).

Linda Keith, visiting professor in the UI Department of Political Science, will speak on "Is the Law a Mere Parchment Barrier to Human Rights Abuse?" at 7 p.m.  Monday, April 24, in Room S401 of the Pappajohn Business Building on the UI campus.

Although the program is designed for undergraduates who wish to learn more about careers in social justice and human rights, the series is free and open to UI faculty, staff and the public.

During her time at the University of Iowa, Keith has taught courses on Civil Rights and Race Relations in American Politics, Human Rights and the Rule of Law, and the Judicial Process. She received her doctorate in Public Law from the University of North Texas in 1999.

For more information or special accommodations to attend any of these events, contact the UICHR at 319-335-3900 or

Founded in 1999, the UICHR is a direct outgrowth of Global Focus: Human Rights '98, the yearlong UI commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of Dec. 10, 1948. Initiated by a multidisciplinary group of faculty, the center's mission is to support the promotion and protection of human rights at home and abroad by providing leadership in human rights research, education, and public service to the UI, its surrounding community, the state of Iowa, and beyond.

The UICHR is affiliated with UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, 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.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Amy L. Weismann, 319-335-0483,; Writer: Julia LaBua