University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Justice in Transitional Societies series takes place through Oct. 16

The Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies (CHRGS) has announced that its Fall Visiting Fellow, David Pimentel, will take part in a series of events centering on the theme Justice in Transitional Societies Oct. 14-16.

Pimentel is a law professor at The Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, with extensive experience internationally. Prior to his work in academia, he headed efforts to rebuild the legal system in South Sudan for the United Nations, and led court reform projects in Bosnia and Romania. He has done research and consulting on issues of judicial structure and legal pluralism in Nepal, South Sudan, Mozambique and Turkey.  Among other work, Pimentel is the former Chief of Court Management at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Netherlands. He recently spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar, researching post-war judicial reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina at the University of Sarajevo.

Schedule of Events:

 Monday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m., in the East Asia Room, Chester Fritz Library: South Sudan: Building a New Nation through the Courthouse and the Schoolhouse – Panel accompanied by short film screening.

Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 3 -5 p.m., in the Baker Courtroom, UND School of Law: Narratives of Judicial and Extra-Judicial Transition in Romania – Panel discussion

Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m., in the East Asia Room, Chester Fritz Library: Promoting the Rule of Law and Human Rights in Post-Conflict Societies: Practical and Ethical Dilemmas for the Modern Day Imperialist – Keynote

Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. - 1p.m., in the Baker Courtroom, UND School of Law (lunch provided): Chemical Weapons in Syria: Prospects for Justice, Intervention and Post-Conflict Healing – Panel

Gregory S. Gordon, director of the CHRGS and associate professor of law at the UND School of Law, said that the CHRGS is privileged to host a scholar with such varied and global experience.

“Professor Pimentel has travelled to the farthest reaches of our globe and has worked in the trenches helping rebuild post-conflict societies,” Gordon said.  “He will be able to enlighten our community on a wide range of issues including the potential for transition in Syria, the rebuilding of South Sudan and the democratization of Romania.  We will benefit from his amazing travel stories as well as his academic insights formed over the course of his travels and work.”

Pimentel is the second 2013 CHRGS Fall Visiting Fellow.  Natalie Pierce, a guest of the CHRGS between Sept. 23-27, took part in a series of events centering on the theme "Illegal Use of Force Within and Without? Detention and Aggression".

About the Center For Human Rights and Genocide Studies:
The mission of the CHRGS is to increase understanding of the history and issues relating to genocide and other violations of human rights with the intent of preventing such atrocities in the future and advancing human rights on all levels.

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