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International Law and Human Rights: Conversation with Tom Farer, Dean of the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, 4/19/00 by Harry Kreisler

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Archival images courtesy of Tom Farer.

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Tom Farer, who is Dean of the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. An international lawyer and policy analyst, he has written extensively on human rights, international law, U.S. foreign policy, and humanitarian intervention. From 1976 to 1983 he was a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, and served as its president from 1980 to 1982. In 1993 he served as legal advisor to the director of the United Nations operation in Somalia. His many publications include War Clouds on the Horn of Africa, U.S. Ends and Means in Central America, The Grand Strategy of the U.S. in Latin America, and Toward a Humanitarian Diplomacy.

  1. Background ... influence of parents ... lesson in fighting discrimination ... books and sports ... Princeton education ... anti-Semitism and different kinds of diversity... decision to become a lawyer
  2. Writing on Public Issues ... no political stance ... legal education and rigorous thinking ... fiction ... Somalia
  3. Being an International Lawyer ... kinds of international lawyers ... conflict mitigators ... understanding how international law functions ... international law after the Cold War ... U.S. unilateralism and international law ... populist reaction against international law
  4. Human Rights ... China ... Guatemala ... Argentina
  5. Conclusion ... advice to students ... importance of literature and history ... the test of a human being

See also the speech by Tom Farer: Swallowing Injustice to Build Community: Latin America after the Era of State Terror [~86k PDF]

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