Benjamin Brockman-Hawe, who has worked as an attorney with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, will be the Fall Visiting Fellow of the University of North Dakota Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies next week.
Focusing on human rights and justice issues connected to the Syrian Civil War, Brockman-Hawe will be the focal point for three public events focused on related hot-button issues in the Middle East, including an update on the Arab Spring movement and prosecuting terrorism crimes. Brockman-Hawe has also served as an attorney with the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (War Crimes Chamber).
Brockman-Hawe, currently a civil rights attorney with the Bosman Law Firm in New York, will be the keynote speaker for a 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., event, Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the East Asian Room of the Chester Fritz Library. There he is slated to discuss Human Rights and The Syrian Civil War: Prospects for Intervention and Justice.
On Thursday, Brockman-Hawe will be part of a panel on The Arab Spring: One Year Later, which will include local people with ties to the Middle East: UND College of Engineering and Mines Dean Hesham El-Rewini, UND Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Naima Kaabouch, UND Associate Professor of Neuroscience Othman Ghribi, and local businessman Hussam Al-Kayali, originally from Iraq. Also included on the panel will be UND Associate Professor of Political Science Brian Urlacher, an expert on civil wars. The panel discussion will run from 12:15 p.m. to 1:10 p.m., at the UND School of Law’s Baker Courtroom.
Both the keynote address and the panel discussion will be free and open to the public.
From 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, Brockman-Hawe will participate in a Faculty/Student Workshop in the UND Memorial Union, Swanson Hall Room 17, with the theme: Prosecuting Terrorism at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. A free lunch will be served at the workshop, which is open to all UND faculty and students.
While here, Brockman-Hawe will also guest-lecture to an International Human Rights class at the UND School of Law and take part in a KFJM radio interview.
Benjamin Brockman-Hawe earned his Juris Doctor from Boston University, where he graduated with honors in the concentration of public international law. Upon graduating from law school, he spent two years conducting research for the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative in Kosovo and the American Society of International Law. He then worked as an attorney with the Trial Chamber II of the Special Court for Sierra Leone and then with the Office of the Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Prior to accepting his current position, Brockman-Hawe served as an International Legal Officer in the Appellate Chamber of Section I (International Crimes) of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. His work on international criminal procedure, amnesties, immunities and state succession has appeared in a variety of American and European law reviews. He also runs Ius Incognitum, a nongovernmental organization devoted to acquiring, publishing and otherwise redeeming from oblivion unpublished records of international crimes trials.
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