David Kretzmer, a member of the UN Human Rights Committee from 1995 to 2002, will deliver a public lecture, The Goldstone Report: Armed Conflict and the Duty to Investigate, on Tuesday, December 1, 6 p.m. at New York Universitys Hemmerdinger Hall in Silver Center (100 Washington Square East at Washington Place). The event is hosted by NYUs Taub Center for Israel Studies.
The lecture is free and open to the public. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.998.8981. Space is limited. Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, V (West 4th Street); 6 (Astor Place); R, W (8th Street). Reporters interested in attending the event must RSVP to James Devitt, NYUs Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or email@example.com.
Kretzmer, who served as vice-chairperson of the UN Human Rights Committee in 2001 and 2002, has authored, among other works: The Occupation of Justice: The Supreme Court of Israel and the Occupied Territories; The Concept of Human Dignity in Human Rights Discourse, a co-edited volume; and The Legal Status of the Arabs in Israel. For the last two years he has been co-chair of the executive board of BTselem, the Israel Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.
A professor emeritus of international law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Kretzmer was a founding member and past chairperson of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. During the 2009-10 academic year, Kretzmer is an inaugural fellow at the Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice at the NYU School of Law.
The Taub Center was established with a gift from the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation. The gift supports an endowed professorship and two graduate fellowships in Israel Studies, and funds lectures, seminars, scholarly colloquia at the Center, and other special programs for students, faculty, and the community. In addition to offering its own programming, the Taub Center works closely with NYUs departments to create cross-disciplinary programming, serving to broaden NYUs offerings in Judaic and Middle Eastern studies. For more, go to the website.