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Oliel to Discuss Ending Impunity for War Crimes, Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity

East Lansing, MI — Michigan State University College of Law will host its inaugural lecture under the auspices of the Lori E. Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women and Children, featuring attorney Michelle Oliel speaking about “Ending Impunity for Crimes against Humanity, War Crimes, and Genocide Perpetrated on Civilians.” The event will be held Thursday, March 15, 2012, at noon in the Law College Castle Board, and is free and open to the public.

Oliel will address what the work of international criminal tribunals means for the men, women, and children in many parts of the world. She will also explore how the tribunals are developing this area of jurisprudence so that the culprits are increasingly held accountable and so as to pave the way for post-conflict reconciliation, as well as the humanizing and civilizing effect these courts have on society.

Oliel is a Canadian attorney who earned an LL.B. from the University of Windsor and an LL.M. in public international law from Utrecht University in The Netherlands. She currently holds the position of Fellow in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at The Hague in the Netherlands. She previously worked as an intern for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and as an associate in a Toronto law firm. She is the author of Undervalued and Manipulated—Evaluating China’s foreign exchange arrangements under the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization.

The mission of the Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women and Children is to educate MSU College of Law students, as well as the broader community, about international human rights law and international humanitarian law. The Center aims to promote an understanding of the important civilizing role that this body of law so often plays in a world fraught with transgressions against human dignity and well-being. The Center promotes human rights for all people, with a primary focus on women and children—generally the most vulnerable and, therefore, most easily victimized members of society.

Michigan State University College of Law, a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys, prepares future lawyers to use ethics, ambition, and intellect to solve the world's problems. As one of only a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After 100 years as a private and independent institution, the affiliation with MSU has put the Law College on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law's commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.


Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane, Room 320
East Lansing, MI 48824

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