On November 17-18, 2000, the Institute for Global Legal Studies will officially open its doors. Our inaugural event will be a colloquium entitled "The United Nations and the Protection of Human Rights." In the light of U.N. peacekeeping operations, the international criminal court, the controversies over U.N. dues, and the continuing debates on international human rights, this subject is of obvious and immediate import.

Thomas Franck
Thomas M. Franck, the Murry and Ida Becker Professor of Law at NYU, will return to the School of Law on November 17-18, 2000 for the Institute's grand inaugural.
Judge Patricia Wald, formerly Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and now a judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, will open the event with the annual Tyrrell Williams lecture on Friday afternoon, November 17. The title of her address is "The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia Comes of Age: New Law and Old Rights."

The Saturday session will feature a number of other luminaries:

· Justice Richard Goldstone, now a member of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, was the first Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

· Dr. Francis Deng, formerly the Sudanese Ambassador to the U.S., is now the U.N. Secretary General's Special Representative for Internally Displaced Persons.

· Ambassador Aida González Martínez of Mexico chairs the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

· Mr. John Anderson, formerly a member of the U.S. Congress and in 1980 an independent candidate for President of the United States, is now the President and CEO of the World Federalist Association. He will speak on the subject of democratic global governance.

· Mr. Richard C. Hottelet is a former CBS foreign correspondent, one of the original "Murrow Boys," and a long-time expert on the United Nations. Mr Hottelet will provide historical vignettes on great moments in the life of the United Nations.

· Ms. Erika Feller is the Director of the Department of International Protection of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, based in Geneva.

· Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni, of the DePaul University College of Law, was nominated last year for the Nobel Peace Prize. A distinguished diplornat, Professor Bassiouni is the father of the International Criminal Court, the former head of the UN factfinding mission in Sarajevo, and the Director of the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul. He will speak on the subject of UN factfinding missions.

· Professor Thomas M. Franck is the Murry and Ida Becker Professor of Law, and the Director of the Center for International Studies, at the New York University School of Law. An eminent and prolific scholar, and the recently retired President of the American Society of International Law, Professor Franck will speak on "The United Nations and the Use of Force."

· Professor Ruth Wedgwood is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School, a Senior Fellow for International Organizations and Law at the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Director of Research for the American Society of International Law. A highly distinguished scholar who has also played key roles in numerous diplomatic negotiations, Professor Wedgwood will speak on United Nations peacekeeping operations.

The inaugural program will also include a reception and a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the Institute's new facilities. Prolific media coverage is expected. All the speeches will be reproduced in a book to be published by the School of Law's Journal of Law and Policy.

This inaugural event is made possible by a generous gift from Steven Cash Nickerson, Class of 1985, Chairman and CEO of, and Evelyn Thomas Nickerson.

In keeping with the goals of the Institute, all of the inaugural events will be open to the public. Mark your calendars now. We would love to have you.

We also anticipate simultaneous webcasting of the colloquium. For updates, please visit the School of Law web site ( Click on "Institute for Global Legal Studies" and then "Grand Inaugural Event."