JERUSALEM, December 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
On Sunday, December 18, Sir Geoffrey Robertson, QC will speak on "Genocide Denial and Armenia" at the Fried-Gal Colloquium, at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law, Jerusalem, which hosts the Colloquium. The Colloquium is chaired by Visiting Professor Ruti Teitel, from New York Law School.
Sir Geoffrey is a founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers, London, and is one of the world's leading human rights lawyers. Along with Barrister Amal Clooney, he recently represented Armenia at the European Court for Human Rights, and wrote the seminal book, An Inconvenient Genocide, Who Now Remembers the Armenians?
Sir Geoffrey served as the first President of the UN's Special Court for Sierra Leone and headed human rights missions for Amnesty International and other leading human rights organizations. He represents high profile cases, including Julian Assange in extradition proceedings in the UK and is currently part of the defense team for former Brazilian President Lula.
According to Julie Gal, the founder of the Fried-Gal Transitional Justice Initiative, "Sir Geoffrey Robertson has set the highest standard for legal advocacy of human rights and we are enormously indebted to him for appearing before our students and faculty here in Jerusalem and sharing his deep knowledge and practical experience of human rights law. His leading role in fighting genocide denial, and on behalf of freedom of speech, including protecting sources of journalists and those of researchers in human rights organizations, is extremely relevant in today's world and impacts on us all.
"We in Jerusalem are aware of our link to the horrific realities of genocide whether through the Holocaust or what is happening just beyond our borders today in Syria. Sir Geoffrey's insights have direct relevance to the topics our students study including the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and issues of civil liberties."
The Fried-Gal Transitional Justice Initiative includes colloquia, study tours to areas of past and present conflict, research, and scholarships. It is funded by the Gal Foundation, New York.
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