|International law expert Falk to discuss outlook for Middle East democracy at Centre
RELEASED: April 14, 2005
DANVILLE, KYRichard Falk will speak on "Prospects for Democracy in the Middle East" at Centre College's Young Hall on Monday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all.
"Richard Falk is one of the world's foremost authorities on international law, globalization and global governance in the study and practice of international relations," says Nayef Samhat, associate professor of government and international studies at Centre.
Falk is Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and Visiting Distinguished Professor in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
In his most recent book, The Record of the Paper: How the New York Times Misreports U.S. Foreign Policy, Falk and his co-author, Howard Friel, argue that the Times has long "ignor[ed] international law when it applies to U.S. foreign policy" and that the paper has willfully "failed to make a serious effort to expose government deception and misconduct."
His previous book, The Great Terror War (2003), considers the American response to September 11, including its relationship to the patriotic duties of American citizens.
In 2001, Falk served on a three-person Human Rights Inquiry Commission for the Palestine Territories that was appointed by the United Nations, and previously on the Independent International Commission on Kosovo.
Falk is the author or co-author of numerous books, including Religion and Humane Global Governance; Human Rights Horizons; On Humane Governance: Toward a New Global Politics; Explorations at the Edge of Time; Revolutionaries and Functionaries; The Promise of World Order; Indefensible Weapons; Human Rights and State Sovereignty; A Study of Future Worlds; This Endangered Planet; and Crimes of War (co-editor).
Falk serves as chair of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's board of directors and as honorary vice president of the American Society of International Law. He also acted as counsel to Ethiopia and Liberia in the Southwest Africa case before the International Court of Justice. He received his B.S. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; L.L.B. from Yale Law School; and J.S.D. from Harvard University.
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