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Visiting Fellow Program

Fall 2012 - Benjamin Brockman-Hawe - "The Syrian Civil War: Prospects for Intervention and Justice"

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Attorney Benjamin Brockman-Hawe, who has worked with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the Court of Bosnia & Herzegovina (War Crimes Chamber) was the CHRGS Fall Visiting Fellow in October-November 2012.  His visit centered on the theme of "Human Rights and the Syrian Civil War."

On October 30, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Library East Asian Room, Mr. Brockman-Hawe delivered his keynote address "The Syrian Civil War: Prospects for Intervention and Justice." 

On Thursday, November 1, Brockman-Hawe, currently a civil rights attorney with the Bosman Law Firm in New York, took part in a panel on "The Arab Spring: One Year Later," which included locals with ties to the Middle East: College of Engineering and Mines Dean Hesham El-Rewini, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Naima Kaabouch, and local businessman Dr. Hussam Al-Kayali, originally from Iraq. Also included on the panel was Associate Professor of Political Science Brian Urlacher, an expert on civil wars. The panel discussion ran from 12:15 to 1:10 p.m. at the UND School of Law's Baker Courtroom.

From 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, November 2, Brockman-Hawe led a faculty/student workshop in Swanson Hall on the theme of "Prosecuting Terrorism at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon." A free lunch was served at the workshop, which was open to all UND faculty and students. While here, Brockman-Hawe also guest-lectured for an International Human Rights Law class at the School of Law and took part in a KFJM radio interview and a WDAZ television interview.

Spring 2012 - Steven B. Rogers - "Racial Treason - Racial Terror: Official German Attitudes Toward Homosexuality During the Third Reich

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In March 2012, CHRGS hosted its Spring Visiting Fellow, Dr. Steve Rogers. Dr. Rogers has various degrees in German and German history. In 1979, he was hired as the first historian for the newly-created Office of Special Investigations, the "Nazi-Hunter" unit of the US Department of Justice. Later, as OSI's Senior Historian for Special Projects, he served on special task forces investigating the post-war fugitives Klaus Barbie and Josef Mengele, as well Nazi Gold and other Holocaust-era assets issues. He retired from OSI in 2010 and has been teaching and publishing scholarly work since that time.

On March 5, 2012, in the Memorial Union Ballroom, Dr. Rogers delivered his keynote address "Racial Treason- Racial Terror: Official German Attitudes Toward Homosexuality During the Third Reich." On March 6th, after a screening of the movie "Paragraph 175" (about Nazi persecution of homosexuals) in the Memorial Union Ballroom, Dr. Rogers conducted a Q&A with the audience. The following day, also in the Ballroom, Dr. Rogers led a lunch discussion with students on the topic of "Approaches to Nazi Persecution Past and Present."

During his visit, Dr. Rogers also guest-lectured for the CHRGS Globalization & Human Rights course as well as for a course on the Holocaust in the History Department.

Fall 2011 - Laurie Blank - "Human Rights and the Law of War"

Laurie Blank Flyer

In October of 2011,CHRGS hosted its Fall Visiting Fellow, Laurie R. Blank, Director of the Emory Law School's International Humanitarian Law Clinic. Professor Blank earned her J.D. from New York University, and a Masters in International Relations from Johns Hopkins. Before joining Emory, she was a program officer at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.   Professor Blank consults with both the U.S. military and the International Committee for the Red Cross and her clinic students have worked on cases involving everything from Guantanamo Bay detainees to pirates in Somalia. In 2008, she published her book Law of War Training: A Resource for Military and Civilian Leaders and she has had many articles placed in prestigious journals, including the inaugural issue of the Harvard National Security Journal.

On October 17, 2011, in "Using the Rhetoric of War for Counterterrorism: What Impact on Human Rights," her keynote address in the East Asian Room of the Chester Fritz Library, Professor Blank considered the human rights impact of using traditional war rhetoric in U.S. counterterrorism operations since the administration of George W. Bush.   She contended that the "War on Terror" rhetoric has facilitated and encouraged the growth of authority without the corresponding counter-balance of obligation. On October 18th, at the Odegard School Atmospherium, she headlined a Symposium called "Exploring the Drone and the Legal Unknown: Unmanned Aerial Systems at Home, on the Battlefield and in Space." The all-day symposium was co-sponsored by CHRGS and the UND UAS Center for Research, Education and Training. Professor Blank's keynote talk was titled "UAS and the Law of War." On October 19th, in the Badlands Room of the Memorial Union, Professor Blank led a faculty workshop discussion on "Using the Law of War as a Teaching Tool across Disciplines." Among other things, she engaged UND faculty in a discussion of using the law of war to help teach literature (including Shakespeare), philosophy, history, and political science.

While on campus, Professor Blank also guest-lectured for an International Human Rights Law class and was interviewed about her work on Prairie Public Radio.

Spring 2011 - Jolanta Samuolyte - "Human Rights and Democracy in Post-Soviet Lithuania and Beyond"

Jolanta Samuolyte Flyer

In March 2011, CHRGS welcomed its Spring Visiting Fellow, Jolanta Samuolyte, one of Lithuania's top human rights lawyers and Legal Director of the country's Human Rights Monitoring Institute. At the time, Ms. Samuolyte was also serving as a Humphrey Fellow at the University of Minnesota. Ms. Samuolyte obtained her LL.M. in Human Rights from Central European University in Budapest. She holds a Bachelor of Jurisprudence in International and EU Law from Concordia International University of Estonia, Tallinn. A former Open Society Initiative Justice Fellow, she is known for initiating "impact" litigation in Lithuanian courts on behalf of minorities, including Roma (or Gypsies) and sexual minorities, who have been discriminated against in various sectors of society.

Her keynote address, titled "Baltic Soviet Liberation and the Drive for Democracy in the Middle East: Convergences and Divergences," was delivered on March 22nd at the Chester Fritz Library East Asian Room. In it, Ms. Samuolyte explored the early 1990s fall of the Iron Curtain from a Baltic perspective and compared it to the then-unfolding Arab Spring of 2011. On March 24th, she joined UND professors Paul Sum (Political Science and an expert on Romania) and Lana Rakow (Communications and an expert on American non-profit groups) for a panel discussion at the UND Law School Baker Courtroom titled "The Role of the Non-Governmental Organization in Democracy: Comparing the Eastern European and American Experiences."   This discussion entailed a comparison of the ways civil society in countries such as Lithuania and Romania help develop and strengthen democracy versus their domestic counterparts in the United States. Professor Rakow, whose scholarship deals extensively with non-profit agencies, was able to shed light in particular on the work of NGOs in North Dakota versus the Eastern European model.

During her time here, Ms. Samuolyte also guest-lectured in undergraduate Comparative Politics and International Human Rights classes on campus. She also was interviewed about her Lithuanian human rights work on Prairie Public Radio.


The University of North Dakota Center of Human Rights and Genocide Studies hosted British Broadcasting Corp.'s Chief U.S. political correspondent. Here is a summary of Boy's time on UND campus:

Keynote address, "The perpetual War on Terror," 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the East Asian Room of the Chester Fritz Library.

Presentation and panel discussion, " The Clinton Administration in Rwanda: A Reappraisal" with UND political scientists Dr. Paul Sum and Dr. Brian Urlacher and CHRGS Director Gregory Gordon, 12:15 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, Baker Courtroom of the UND School of Law.

Town Hall Meeting, "A British View of the American Midterm Elections," Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7p.m. in the Grand Forks Herald Community Room, Boys, with members of the Grand Forks Community.

Faculty Workshop, Boys will discuss his work-in-progress on peace initiatives during the Clinton administration, Friday, Oct. 29 at 12 p.m. in the Memorial Union.

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