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U.S. Exceptionalism Regarding Human Rights and Humanitarian Norms
Thursday, April 17, 2008 12:00 PM

2008 Lecture Series:
“Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Advocates for Human Rights and the 60th Anniversary of United Nations”

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
The Advocates for Human Rights

 U.S. Exceptionalism Regarding Human Rights & Humanitarian Norms

Barbara A. Frey, Human Rights Program, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota
James Dorsey, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Thursday, April 17, 12:00-1:00 P.M.
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., U.S. Bank Plaza, 200 South Sixth Street, Suite 4000, Minneapolis, MN

Please R.S.V.P. to Julia Kashaeva at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights by noon on Tuesday, April 15 by clicking here. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP.  Application will be made for one CLE credit.

The presentation will address the two faces of U.S. involvement in developing human rights norms: exceptional leadership and creating exceptions for its own actions.  The speakers will give a brief overview of the intellectual and moral leadership of the US in the creation of core human rights standards, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  They will then consider the post-cold war movement away from any norms that might limit the US's conduct at home or abroad, using two notable examples -- the prohibition against torture and the creation of the International Criminal Court.

Barbara A. Frey is Director of the Human Rights Program in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. She teaches undergraduates, graduate students and law students at the University and is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Graduate Minor in Human Rights. 

Frey served from 2000-2003 as an alternate member of the U.N. Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, a body of independent experts who advise the United Nations on human rights policy. From 2002-06, Frey served as Special Rapporteur to the Sub-Commission on the issue of preventing human rights abuses committed with small arms and light weapons.

James Dorsey is a trial lawyer with the Minneapolis law firm of Fredrikson & Byron.  Mr. Dorsey has graduated from Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law. Over his 25 year career as a lawyer, Jim has represented the MCLU, the ACLU, the NAACP, and death row inmates, as well as many indigent clients in the Minneapolis area. A founder and past president of Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, he has investigated human rights abuses in South Africa and Central America.  With several colleagues from his firm, Jim currently represents an Algerian detainee held in Guantanamo Bay.

This speaker series will be held on the third Thursday of every other month throughout 2008. Lectures are free and open to the public (registration required). Lunch will be provided for those who pre-register. Application will be made for one Continuing Legal Education credit. For more information, please contact The Advocates for Human Rights. You may find directions to Fredrikson & Byron at: