William A. Schabas, an internationally respected expert on human rights law, genocide and the death penalty, will discuss “Human Rights and Culture” at the School of Law on Feb. 7 at 4:30 p.m. Open free to the public, the talk will be held in Classroom J (Room 347) of Hirsch Hall.
Schabas’ lecture, co-sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, will address the long-neglected association between human rights, culture and the arts.
A professor of international law at Middlesex University in London, Schabas also is chairman of the Irish Centre for Human Rights. His career includes serving as one of three international members of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 2002-2004. He also worked as a consultant on capital punishment for the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime and drafted the 2010 report of the U.N. secretary-general on the status of the death penalty.