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Who: Ambassador Richard S. Williamson, US Special Envoy to Sudan
What: Lecture entitled “Human Rights: Principles, Politics, Performance and Darfur”
When: Thursday, April 10, 2008

Ambassador, Richard S. 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.

Ambassador 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. He also has served as Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party.

Williamson is active in a wide variety of civic organizations, serving on the board of directors of the International Republican Institute; the board of the Committee in Support of Russian Civil Society; a member of the advisory committee for the International Human Rights Center, DePaul University, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Williamson received an A.B., cum laude, in 1971 from Princeton University. He received a J.D. in 1974 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was executive editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law. He has authored seven books and edited three. He has written more than 175 articles in professional and popular periodicals.

Contact: Sean O’Brien, sobrien2@ND.EDU, 574-631-8544