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February 27, 2014

Leading international human rights attorney visits Oregon Law

Almudena Bernabéu visits Oregon Law as part of Savage Endowment's Preventing Genocide Grant

The international human rights attorney Almudena Bernabéu visited the University of Oregon and the School of Law on February 14, 2014, as part of the Savage Endowment's Preventing Genocide Grant.

Bernabéu presented a workshop at the law school on February 12 titled "Human Rights in the Americas" to a group of students and faculty that included undergraduate students majoring in Latin American Studies and law students. The workshop provided an overview of the ongoing challenges and possibilities for human rights work in the Americas, with an emphasis on several high profile cases in Guatemala and El Salvador. 

"Speaking with Ms. Bernabéu – someone who has been a part of the early pioneering efforts in international justice – really reinforced my sense of purpose for why I am here at Oregon Law," said John Bain, 1L International Law Fellow.

Bernabéu has become a leading voice in the international human rights movement and currently serves as the Transitional Justice Program Director at the Center for Justice and Accountability an international human rights organization. She has worked in human rights and international law for over 16 years, and has lectured at many universities including Oxford, Harvard, Columbia, and U.C. Berkeley. She has extensive experience litigating high-profile human rights cases in Europe and the Americas, including the Jesuits Massacre case and the Guatemalan Genocide case.

Bernabéu's connection to the UO is strong: she was the de las Casas lecturer at the University of Oregon in the spring of 2012, and she returned later that year to participate in the Oregon Review of International Law's Fall 2012 Symposium, "War and Memory: Bearing Witness to Everyday Life."

Bernabéu's husband, Nicholas W. van Aelstyn is a 1990 graduate of Oregon Law, which adds to why Bernabéu says she feels "like an honorary Duck."

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