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Humanitarian Law: Conversation with Luc Walleyn, Human Rights Lawyer; April 16, 2003, 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.

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Luc Walleyn, who is an attorney in Belgium specializing in immigration law, human rights, and humanitarian law. He is a former president of the organization Lawyers without Borders.

  1. Background ... influence of parents ... education ... impact of the sixties ... role of law in helping people ... immigration and asylum law
  2. Being a Lawyer ... working with people ... understanding and articulating their problems ... changing client base ... racism ... a typical case ... importance of media
  3. International Law ... Lawyers without Borders ... philosophy of law ... relationship of politics and law ... synergy between Belgium and European Community ... rules versus values
  4. Universal Jurisdiction ... definition ... Pinochet case ... imperfect effort ... flexibility and accountability ... evolving practice ... case of Belgian soldiers in Somalia ... Sharon case ... goals ... problems ... future
  5. Conclusions ... importance of International Criminal Court ... need for U.S. participation ... finding solutions to common problems

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