(New York City) — New York University’s Center on Law and Security and the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center of New York University will co-sponsor the visit of Judge Baltasar Garzón, who is best known for his attempt to have Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet extradited to Spain to stand trial for crimes committed against Spaniards in Chile. Garzón will be a Fellow in Residence at the Center for Law and Security at NYU’s School of Law, and will hold the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Chair in the university’s Faculty of Arts and Science from March 1 - December 1, 2005.

Judge Garzón, who holds the title of Investigating Magistrate in Madrid, is one of the world’s leading experts on counterterrorism and human rights violations. He has indicted Pinochet, and Osama bin Laden and recently brought charges against those allegedly involved in 9/11. He has also actively participated in the investigations and prosecutions stemming from the March 11, 2004 terrorist bombings in Madrid.

As holder of the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Chair, he will deliver a series of public lectures and participate in a number of colloquia with NYU faculty, undergraduate and graduate students. As Senior Fellow at the Center on Law and Security’s Global Counterterrorism Program; Garzón will devote his efforts to research and teaching on counterterrorism.

New York University School of Law’s Center for Law and Security is a research and policy institute that studies the legal dimensions of national security at the domestic and international levels. The Program convenes policymakers, academics, and law enforcement officials to discuss and make recommendations on a wide range of security issues. The Center’s recent studies include a Terrorist Trial Report Card, a compendium of U.S. Government memos and reports on torture, a volume of essays on the current state of Al Qaeda, and a report on European Counterterrorism.

New York University’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center promotes research, teaching and dialogue about Spain and the Spanish-speaking world. The King Juan Carlos I of Spain Chair in Spanish Culture and Civilization is an endowed visiting Professorship inaugurated in 1985, thanks to the generosity of Milton and Carroll Petrie. In commemoration of the upcoming twentieth anniversary of the chair, a number of Spanish and American corporations and foundations have recently contributed to the endowment fund. Former holders of the Chair include Francisco Ayala, John Elliot, Raymond Carr, Hugh Thomas, and Juan Goytisolo.

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