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Former ICJ Judge, Human Rights Advocate, Auschwitz Survivor to Address Duquesne Law Graduates

The Honorable Thomas Buergenthal, a former judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), will deliver the keynote address at Duquesne University's 99th Annual School of Law Commencement Ceremony this Sunday. Nearly 200 students will receive their juris doctor degrees at the event.

Buergenthal spent the first 11 years of his life in various German concentration camps and is one of the youngest survivors of the Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen camps. He moved to the United States when he was 17.

Considered one of the leading international human rights experts, Buergenthal was elected in 2000 as a judge to the ICJ in The Hague, The Netherlands, and served that court for 10 years. In addition, he was a judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights from 1979-1991 during which he served as president from 1989-1994. Buergenthal is a member of the Ethics Commission of the International Olympic Committee; served as president of the Administrative Tribunal of the Inter-American Development Bank; and was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee and the UN Truth Commission for El Salvador.

Buergenthal is the Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at George Washington University Law School. He has written and co-authored more than a dozen books, including A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy, and serves on numerous editorial boards for legal journals including the Human Rights Law Journal and the American Journal of International Law.

When: Sunday, June 3, at 11 a.m.

Where: The A.J. Palumbo Center, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh.

Information: Media who would like to attend are asked to call Rose Ravasio from the Office of Public Affairs at 412.818.0234 to arrange parking.

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