Saturday, November 4th
9am - 2pm
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN, 55455
4.5 standard CLE credits applied for
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On May 24th, 2017, the UN announced the release of the updated Minnesota Protocol on the Investigation of Potentially Unlawful Death. The Minnesota Protocol is a UN-mandated manual that sets out the international standards for investigating violations of the right to life and provides best practices for conducting autopsies and forensic analysis of potentially unlawful death or suspected enforced disappearance. Integrating science and law, the Minnesota Protocol has been key to establishing accountability for over 25 years through its use in investigations in every region of the world, including in such places as Rwanda, Bosnia, and East Timor.
This FREE symoposium will share the unique Minnesota roots of this UN manual and how its latest 2016 revision has brought the Protocol into the 21st century with new guidelines that establish detailed procedures for crime-scene investigations, interviews of suspects and witnesses, the excavation of graves, post-mortem examinations, and the analysis of skeletal remains. The symposium will feature some of the original creators of the Protocol, as well as local and international experts. Additional panels will discuss accountability and challenges in the U.S. context.
This event is made possible with support from the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation
Cosponsors: The Advocates for Human Rights, The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Institute for Global Studies, and the University of Minnesota Human Rights Program.