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Elizabeth A. Allington
IU School of Law-Indianapolis

Last modified: Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Law school to host president of international criminal court

April 28, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS -- A leading figure in international criminal law will pay a visit next month to the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, an event that draws attention to the school's Program in International Human Rights Law and its involvement with United Nations World Court in the Hague.

Patrick Lipton Robinson

Patrick Lipton Robinson

Patrick Lipton Robinson, president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, will be honored at a reception on May 14 at the law school. The event will begin at 4 p.m. in room 385 of Inlow Hall at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Members of the legal and international communities and the public are invited to attend.

Robinson, originally from Jamaica, has had a long and distinguished career in international law on the bench and in government service. He currently is principal advisor to the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and has served on the International Bioethics Committee, Word Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and several world and regional bodies including the Commission of Truth and Justice-Haiti.

Following introductory remarks, Robinson will accept questions from those attending at the reception. Admission is free but attendees are requested to make reservations at or 317-274-1917. Inlow Hall is located at 530 W. New York St.

"We are honored to host President Robinson, whose international law career has inspired law students around the globe," said George E. Edwards, the Carl M. Gray Professor of Law and founding director of the Program in International Human Rights Law (PIHRL). "Our law school has sent numerous law interns to work in The Hague, The Netherlands at the ICTY -- an institution now headed by Judge Robinson. Our graduate and former ICTY intern Mr. Sean Monkhouse, '06 has returned to The Hague as an ICTY Judicial Officer. Following in this tradition, one of our students, Ms. Samantha Sledd, will intern this summer at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) -- the ICTY's sister organization, based in Arusha, Tanzania."

This summer, Edwards will also lead a delegation of PIHRL law student interns to the International Criminal Court (ICC) Review Conference, which will be held in Kampala, Uganda in May and June. The ICC Review Conference will assess proposed modifications of the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court, which was concluded in 1998 (in Rome). The ICC also sits in The Hague.

Robinson was invited to Indianapolis by Christian Theological Seminary, where he will receive an honorary doctorate degree at the seminary commencement exercises.

The law school event is co-sponsored by the following law school groups: PIHRL, International Human Rights Law Society, Amnesty International Law Chapter, Master of Laws Association, as well as the following organizations: Human Rights Works and the Center for Victim and Human Rights.

For more information contact Professor Karen Bravo at and 317-278-9117, or Professor George E. Edwards at or 317-274-1917.