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Renowned Legal Activist Will Discuss Pursuing the Cause of Human Rights

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 16, 2018

Reed Brody

MAHWAH, N.J. – Reed Brody, Human Rights Counsel for Human Rights Watch, International Crimes Prosecutor and Investigator, will speak about “Human Rights and the Rule of Law,” on Monday, March 19 at 1 p.m. in the Anisfield School of Business (ASB 332) under the auspices of the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Law and Society and Social Work programs of Ramapo College. The program is free and open to the public.

As counsel and spokesperson for Human Rights Watch, Brody is deeply involved in international litigation regarding “crimes against humanity.” He has worked in various high-profile cases, including those of Hissène Habré, Augusto Pinochet, and Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier. In addition, he has authored four Human Rights Watch reports on U.S. treatment of prisoners in the “war on terror,” and his work has been featured in various prominent news outlets.

Before joining Human Rights Watch, Brody led United Nations teams investigating massacres in the Democratic Republic of Congo and monitoring human rights in El Salvador, and he helped to prosecute human rights crimes in Haiti. He coordinated the International Commission of Jurists report “Tibet: Human Rights and the Rule of Law.” At the 1993 UN World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, he coordinated lobbying for 2,700 NGO representatives and helped negotiate the creation of the post of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.  Brody’s 1984 investigation uncovered atrocities by the U.S.-backed “contras” against Nicaraguan civilians and led to a halt in U.S. funding. His work has been profiled in the New York TimesNational Public Radio, Al-Jazeera, the National Post, the Wall Street Journal, El País, El Mundo, and El Periódico de Catalunya. In January 2017, he was elected to the International Commission of Jurists. He is on the Advisory Board of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights. He has taught regularly on accountability for international crimes, including at Columbia Law School and the American University Washington College of Law.

For information or to request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact or call 201-684-7409.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

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