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School of Law Hosts R.J. Reynolds Professors in Residence Speakers Series


Charles Jalloh, assistant professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, will deliver the 2010 R.J. Reynolds Professors in Residence Lecture at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 18 at the NCCU School of Law Moot Court Room.

The title of Jalloh’s lecture is “Africa and the International Criminal Court: Collision Course or Cooperation?”

Jalloh is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, U.S.A. He studied law at McGill University (Canada) and specialized in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, where he graduated with distinction and was honored as a Chevening Scholar.

He is a member of the Ontario Bar, and his legal experience includes service as a counsel in the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Section, Canadian Department of Justice. For three years, he was the Legal Advisor to the Office of the Principal Defender (OPD) in the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the first such office in an international criminal tribunal. In that capacity, he set up the Hague Office of the OPD and played a key role as Duty Counsel in the historic trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. He resigned for reasons of principle.
Afterward, he joined Chambers at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda assisting the judges on leading cases involving the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Professor Jalloh has edited a book on the Special Court for Sierra Leone and has several others in progress. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in major peer-reviewed periodicals such as the American Journal of International Law, African Journal of International and Comparative Law, Criminal Law Forum and International Criminal Law Review. He is Founding Editor-in-Chief of the African Journal of Legal Studies, a referred interdisciplinary journal focused on human rights and rule of law issues in Africa.

The Moot Court Room is in the Turner Law Building, 640 Nelson St. The lecture is free and open to the public. There will be open parking on campus, except in reserve, handicap and tow-away zones.

The RJR Endowed Chair was established for the NCCU School of Law and the School of Business in 1996 through the generous donation of the R.J. Reynolds Corp., with matching funds provided by the North Carolina Board of Governor’s Distinguished Professors Trust Fund. Persons selected for this lecture series will focus on teaching, research and scholarship in the areas of international business transactions, international trade and comparative law.

This lecture series brings legal scholars to NCCU who have expert knowledge in areas of international law. The second scheduled speaker for the current academic year, after Professor Jalloh, is Professor Emeritus Judy Scales-Trent, SUNY Buffalo, who will lecture on the topic, “Women and the Law in Senegal” on Oct. 20. Following Professor Scales-Trent, Professor Henry Richardson from Temple University School of Law will lecture on the topic “African-Americans and International Business in Africa” on Feb. 23, 2011. On March 17, 2011 Professor Ruth Gordon from Villanova School of Law will close this year’s series with a lecture on the topic “The Centrality of International Law in a Globalized World: The Case of Climate Change.” Associate Dean Wendy Scott, the organizer of the R.J. Reynolds series, says, “The Law School is pleased to provide the NCCU and Durham communities with the opportunity to hear from a distinguished group of scholars who will address some of the most pressing issues facing our world today.”

Published: Friday, August 06, 2010
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