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Diego García-Sayán: Weissberg Chair in International Studies 2012 - 2013

Human Rights in Latin America: Transitional Justice and Rule of Law

Residency at Beloit College:   Sunday April 7 - Saturday April 13, 2013

Garcia-Sayan PortraitA highly regarded justice specializing in human rights, Diego García-Sayán has served as a Justice on the Inter-American Court of Human Rights since 2004.  In 2008 he was elected Vice President of the Court, and became its President  in 2010.  A former Minister of Justice and Minister of Foreign Affairs for Peru, Justice García-Sayán is also past Chair of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. He holds a law degree from Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, and studied political science at the University of Texas at Austin for one year.

Justice García-Sayán's residency will concentrate on transitional justice, constitutionalism, and rule of law in Latin America.

Justice García-Sayán's residency at Beloit College will begin April 7, 2012, and include a Faculty Forum on Monday, April 8 and, over the course of the week, numerous class visits and discussions with students and faculty.

Monday, April 8

12:30 p.m. Faculty Forum with Justice García-Sayán discussing the experiences, questions, and decisions that have shaped his career.  Beloit College faculty and staff.  Lunch available beginning at 12:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m. Conviviality with poster session featuring the activities of Beloit College students who have received grant funding to engage with human rights. Wright Museum of Art Courtyard.

Wednesday, April 10

7:00 pm. Film Screening, Lion's Den. Richardson Auditorium.

Friday, April 12

4:00 pm: Panel Discussion 1, "Rule of Law and Transitional Justice: Chile, Peru, and El Salvador." Sanger Science Center Porter Brown Auditorium, Rm. 150

  • "The Fujimori Trial," Jo-Marie Burt, Political Science, George Mason University, and Director, Latin American Studies.
  • "Inter-American Transitional Justice and the ICC," Alexandra Huneeus, University of Wisconsin Law School.
  • "Seeking Justice for the War in El Salvador: Human Rights and War Crime Trials in the United States," Terry Lynn Karl, Political Science and Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University.

8:00 pm: "Current Challenges to Democracy and Human Rights in Latin America", Justice García-Sayán, Eaton Chapel

Saturday, April 13

10:00 am: Panel Discussion 2: "Transition to Democracy and Peace:  Remembering and Recovering the Past.  Argentina and Guatemala" Sanger Science Center Porter Brown Auditorium, Rm. 150

Tuesday, April 16

5:30 pm: "Human Rights in Latin America:  The Way Forward," Lecture by Justice García-Sayán, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

 Garcia-Sayan Indigenous Peoples


Exhibit, Wright Museum of Art: Yuyanapaq: To Remember

Produced by the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, this traveling exhibit chronicles the political violence that left 69,000 dead in Peru between 1980 and 2000 when the Shining Path insurgency waged war against the state. The exhibit also pays tribute to the resistance of ordinary Peruvians to violence and their commitment to restoring democracy.  To remember means "Yayanapaq" in Quechua. 

Nancy ChappellThursday, February 7, 4:00 Wright Museum Logan Room:  Talk by Peruvian photo-journalist Nancy Chappell on "Looking at Pain:  Photography as a Testimony of Political Violence in Peru, 1980-2000."

Friday, February 8, 7:00, Richardson Auditorium. Film Screening: State of Fear.