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MSU Law Hosts Judge Moloto to Discuss Importance of Protecting Human Rights

East Lansing, MI — Michigan State University College of Law will host Judge Bakone J. Moloto for a lecture entitled "From Apartheid to War Crimes: Protecting Human Rights." The lecture will be presented by the Lori E. Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women and Children, on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at noon in the Law College Castle Board Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Judge Moloto will speak about the importance of ensuring that human rights are enjoyed universally, equally and without discrimination. He will discuss human rights in the context of two unfortunate marks on the history of humankind—Apartheid in South Africa and the wars which took place in the 1990s in the former Yugoslavia. Judge Moloto will highlight certain aspects of his experiences growing up during Apartheid, serving as a Land Claims Judge in post-Apartheid South Africa as well as his tenure as a Judge at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He will discuss these experiences and frame them in the context of the fundamental rights of every woman, man and child.

Judge Bakone Justice Moloto has served as a member of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia since November 2005. As a judge at the Land Claims Court of South Africa, Judge Moloto heard disputes arising from laws underpinning South Africa's land reform initiative. As a judge at the Transvaal Provincial Division of the High Court of South Africa, he focused, amongst others, on any constitutional matter not falling within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court. He was also concerned with the general jurisdiction and review of the proceedings taking place in lower courts. Judge Moloto is a member of the Legal Aid Board. He is also a Trustee of the Black Lawyers Association Legal Education Trust and Chairman of the National Archives Advisory Council.

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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