On Friday, Nov. 14, Notre Dame Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) will host the Hon. Juan Guzman, the retired Chilean judge who became internationally famous for being the first judge to prosecute former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on human rights charges, and Ambassador Richard Williamson, President Bush’s special envoy to Sudan. Guzman will speak in room 105 of the Law School at 12:10 p.m., and Williamson will speak in room 105 at 2:00 p.m.
Currently director of the Center for Human Rights at the Universidad Central de Chile, Guzmán will speak about his prosecution of Pinochet after he was appointed in 1998 to investigate charges against the former dictator and his murderous regime. On Sept. 11, 1973, Pinochet seized power from Chile’s democratically elected president, Salvador Allende. Thousands of Chileans were tortured, killed or disappeared in the coup’s aftermath; the Pinochet regime lasted 17 years. A conservative judge, Guzmán—who had supported the coup—took his job as investigator seriously, pressing ahead with the case despite intense social and political pressure to desist.
Ambassador Williamson, appointed in January 2008 as special envoy to Sudan by President George W. Bush., will deliver remarks related to his present work as well as his career in both private practice and public service. Williamson is a partner in the Chicago office of Winston and Strawn. Earlier in the Bush administration, Williamson—who has broad foreign policy and negotiating experience—served as Ambassador to the United Nations for Special Political Affairs and as Ambassador to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. Previously, he served in senior foreign policy positions under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, including as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations at the Department of State, and an Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs in the White House. Williamson currently serves as co-chair of the CCHR’s advisory committee.
Contact: Sean O’Brien, sobrien2@ND.EDU, 574-631-8544