The Faculty of Law of Al-Quds University is pleased to announce that Emeritus Professor of Law Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni will give a lectio magistralis on the 23rd of May 2015, at the AQU Theater,from 11.00 am to 14.00. Renowned professors and eminent representatives of Palestinian Institutions will take part to the event. Students and faculty members are kindly invited to attend.

M. Cherif Bassiouni is Emeritus Professor of Law at DePaul University where he taught from 1964-2009. He was a founding member, and later served as President and President Emeritus of the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University. In 1972, he was one of the founders of the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences (ISISC) located in Siracusa, Italy, where he served as Dean from 1974-1988 and then as President to date. He also served as the Secretary General of the International Association of Penal Law from 1974-1989 and as President from 1989-2004. Professor Bassiouni has been appointed to 22 UN positions since 1975, Including Chair of the UN Security Council Commission to investigate war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, Chair of the UN Libya Commission, and UN Independent Expert on human rights in Afghanistan.  He also served as Chair of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, Project Manager for the War Crimes Project in Iraq, and as a consultant to the US Department of State on multiple assignments. He has received numerous distinctions, awards, and medals including a Nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, and nine honorary degrees from prestigious institutions. To date, Bassiouni has authored 24 books, co-authored 4 more, edited 46 books, testified before Congress 18 times, and authored 256 articles on International Criminal Law, Comparative Criminal Law, Human Rights, and US Criminal Law that have been published in various law journals and books. Additionally, he has written 14 Monographs on such subjects as history, politics, and religion. Professor Bassiouni began his education in Egypt where he obtained an LLB from the University of Cairo. He also pursued his legal education in France, Switzerland, and the United States where he earned the following degrees: J.D. Indiana University; LL.M. John Marshall Law School; and S.J.D. George Washington University.