Public Service Events
2013-2014 Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series
May 5, 2014 – Professor Thomas Buergenthal
4:00 pm – UW School of Law Room 138
Thomas Buergenthal, currently Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at GWU, came to the United States at the age of 17. He spent the first 11 years of his life in various German camps and is one of the youngest survivors of the Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen concentration camps. Considered one of the world’s leading international human rights experts, Professor Buergenthal was a Judge and President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights as well as President of the Administrative Tribunal of the Inter-American Development Bank. He was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee and the UN Truth Commission for El Salvador. He is a member of the Ethics Commission of the International Olympic Committee and the honorary president of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in San José, Costa Rica.
He will be our featured Gates Program speaker for spring quarter, on May 5, 2014; his talk will focus on international human rights and his work with the various commissions. The Jackson School, the UW Center for Human Rights, Hillel, and the Jewish Studies Department are our partners in this event. Professor Buergenthal will also be giving a talk for Hillel on May 6 about his recent book: A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy