2011 Raymond & Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture in Human Rights

Please join us for the 2011 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture in Human Rights.


“International Justice, Transitional Justice: What Have We Learned about What ‘Works’?”
Diane Orentlicher
Deputy, Office of War Crimes Issues, U.S. Department of State
Thursday, April 21 4:00 PM
Konover Auditorium, Dodd Research Center

Diane F. Orentlicher is serving as Deputy, Office of War Crimes Issues, in the Department of State while on leave from American University’s Washington College of Law, where she is a Professor of International Law. She has served in her current position, on appointment by Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton, since October, 2009. The Office of War Crimes Issues advises the Secretary of State and formulates U.S. policy responses to atrocities committed in areas of conflict and elsewhere throughout the world.

Described by the Washington Diplomat as “one of the world’s leading authorities on human rights law and war crimes tribunals,” Professor Orentlicher has previously served in various public positions, including Special Advisor to the High Commissioner on National Minorities of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

Professor Orentlicher is also co-director (on leave) of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of American University. From 1995 to 2004, she served as founding director of the law school’s War Crimes Research Office, which provides legal assistance to international criminal tribunals and courts established jointly by the United Nations and national governments. Professor Orentlicher has presented congressional testimony on a range of issues of international criminal law, including U.S. legislation on genocide.

Research Highlights

Book Talk
The Solemn Sentence of Death: Capital Punishment in Connecticut

Lawrence Goodheart, Professor of History, University of Connecticut

In his new book*, Dr. Goodheart addresses a broad range of questions about the rationale for and application of judicial execution in Connecticut since the seventeenth century. In addition to identifying the 164 people who have been put to death for crimes during the state’s history, he analyzes their social status in terms of sex, race, class, religion, and ethnicity. He looks at the circumstances of the crimes, the weapons that were used, and the victims. He reconstructs the history of Connecticut’s capital laws, its changing rituals of execution, and the growing debate over the legitimacy of the death penalty itself. Come hear Larry Goodheart discuss his research!

Thursday, April 21
12:35-1:35
Undergraduate Building Room 216

*Copies will be available for sale.
Sponsored by Trecker Library.