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International Law & Democratic Ideals: Stopping and Preventing the U.S. Use of Torture
8/19/2004 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. and
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights

are pleased to announce the next lecture in our
Human Rights and National Security Speaker Series

International Law & Democratic Ideals: Stopping & Preventing the U.S. Use of Torture

presented by

Doug Johnson and Robin Phillips

Thursday, August 19, 2004, 12:00-1:00 P.M.


Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
4000 Pillsbury Center
200 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN

In spring 2004, the media published photos depicting the torture and ill-treatment of prisoners in Iraq, sparking an international outcry about the abuse of Iraqis in U.S. custody. This presentation will discuss the torture of Iraqi prisoners in U.S. custody in the context of human rights and international law, as well as reasons why the U.S. must invite an independent investigation of the treatment. Application will be made for one CLE credit. Complimentary lunch will be provided to those who have pre-registered.

Biographical Information

Doug Johnson has been CVT’s executive director since 1988, He has led the organization through an important period of growth, as offices and treatment centers opened in St. Paul, Washington, D.C., Guinea and Sierra Leone. He has also pioneered the New Tactics in Human Rights project and the Tactical Mapping methodology. Prior to joining CVT, Mr. Johnson also served as a consultant on strategic planning to human rights organizations in Latin America, as a consultant to UNICEF and the World Health Organization on an international marketing code for breast milk substitutes, and as director of the Third World Institute of the Newman Center. He was an original member of the OSCE Advisory Panel on the Prevention of Torture (established in 1998) and continues to serve on the panel. Mr. Johnson holds a Masters in Public and Private Management (MPPM), School of Organization and Management, Yale University. He has also been an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, Washington D.C. and Fellow of Albert Einstein Institute, Cambridge, Mass. He has received the Twin Cities International Citizen Award (1999), the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award (1982) and the Archbishop John Ireland Award for Distinguished Service to Justice (1981).

Robin Phillips is the Executive Director of Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. She formerly served as the Director of the Women's Human Rights Program and the Deputy Director of the organization. She has written on a variety of topics related to women's human rights including trafficking in women, employment discrimination, sexual harassment and domestic violence. She has taught a course on women's international human rights at the University of Minnesota Law School. Ms. Phillips has conducted fact-finding missions to document human rights violations in Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Macedonia, Poland, Armenia, Moldova, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. She has organized international conferences and trainings on human rights and NGO development issues. She also helped lead Minnesota Advocates' delegation to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in September 1995. Prior to Minnesota Advocates, Ms. Phillips practiced law with the firm of Briggs and Morgan in St. Paul, Minnesota. She received her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Pepperdine University.

Lectures are free and open to the public (registration required). For more information, please contact Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. You may find directions to Fredrikson & Byron at:

Please R.S.V.P. to Rose Park at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights by Tuesday, August 17 Phone: (612) 341-3302 ext. 106 or Email: [email protected]