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Chilean judge, ambassador visit ND law school

November 13, 2008

The first judge to prosecute former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and an ambassador and special envoy to Sudan will speak at the Notre Dame Law School Friday.

Retired Judge Juan Guzman, director of the Center for Human Rights at the Universidad Central de Chile, will speak about his prosecution of Pinochet after the judge was appointed in 1998 to investigate charges against the former dictator. Judge Guzman, a conservative judge who had supported the coup in 1973, pressed ahead with the case against Pinochet despite intense social and political pressure to stop.

Ambassador Richard Williamson, who President George W. Bush appointed in January as special envoy to Sudan, will speak about his current work as well as his career in private practice and public service. Earlier in the Bush administration, Williamson served as ambassador to the United Nations for Special Political Affairs and as ambassador to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. He also served in senior foreign policy positions under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Williamson is currently a partner in the Chicago firm Winston and Strawn.

Judge Guzman's talk begins at 12:10 p.m. in Room 105 of the law school; Williamson will begin at 2 p.m. in the same room. Both are open to the public. The law school's Center for Civil and Human Rights is hosting the event. For more information, contact Sean O'Brien at sobrien2@nd.edu or (574) 631-8544.

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