April 25, 2 p.m. | Room 25, Mondale Hall
Controversial human rights defender and judge Baltasar Garzón will visit the University of Minnesota for a public lecture at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 25 in Room 25 of Mondale Hall. Judge Garzón grabbed the worlds attention in 1998 when he asked U.K. authorities to extradite former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet to the Spanish court under an indictment of torture. Garzóns request was under the legal theory of universal jurisdiction, which allows any court to try individuals who are alleged to have committed the most serious international crimes, such as crimes against humanity or war crimes. Since the Pinochet case, Garzón has continued to push for broad jurisdictional authority, opening investigations in the militant Basque separatist group, ETA, as well as Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. After his most recent investigation into the Franco-era crimes of the Spanish Civil War, the tables were turned, and Garzón himself was indicted for over-reaching his jurisdiction.
Garzón's visit is being co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, The Institute for Global Studies, The Hubert Humphrey Center, The Law School, The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, Global Spotlight, European Studies Consortium.