Judge Thomas Buergenthal to Speak at College of Law Oct. 20

On Wednesday, October 20, Judge Thomas Buergenthal, Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. and a member of the Ethics Commission of the International Olympic Committee, will speak at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Buergenthal’s 12:15 p.m. address, to be held in the College’s Sutherland Moot Courtroom, will focus on human rights in the 21st century.

Buergenthal 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. He graduated from Bethany College in West Virginia and New York University Law School, where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar, and received his LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees in International Law from Harvard University.

He is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books, including A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy, and numerous articles in scholarly journals. Buergenthal serves on the editorial boards of various legal journals, including the American Journal of International Law and the Human Rights Law Journal.

Considered one of the world’s leading international human rights experts, Buergenthal was the American judge on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) (2000-Sept. 2010). Between 1979 and 1991, he served as judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights as well as its President for a term.

Buergenthal’s academic career includes service as dean of Washington College of Law at American University and endowed professorships at the University of Texas and Emory University, where he was also the director of the Human Rights Program of the Carter Center.

Buergenthal will address the College of Law on Wednesday, October 20 from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the Sutherland Moot Courtroom.  The event is free and open to all College of Law students, staff and faculty. A light lunch will be provided.