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U.S. Exceptionalism in Human Rights and Humanitarian Norms

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

U.S. Exceptionalism Regarding Human Rights & Humanitarian Norms

presented by

Barbara Frey

Thursday, February 26, 2004, 12:00-1:00 P.M.


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

This presentation will review the pattern of exceptionalism exhibited by the U.S. government over the past decade regarding international norms, with a focus on four international negotiating situations—the campaign to ban land mines, the establishment of the International Criminal Court, the U.N. Conference on Small Arms and Light Weapons, and the U.S. negotiations with the international community regarding the treatment of detainees in Guantanamo. One CLE credit will be applied for. Complimentary lunch will be provided to those who have pre-registered.

Biographical Information

Barbara A. Frey is Director of the Human Rights Program in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. Frey was elected in 2000 as an alternate member of the U.N. Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, a body of independent experts who advise the United Nations on human rights policy. In 2002, Frey was appointed by the Sub-Commission to conduct a three-year study on the issue of preventing human rights abuses committed with small arms and light weapons. Frey served from 1985 through 1996 as Executive Director of Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. Frey has been teaching international human rights at the University of Minnesota in both the Law School and the Institute for Global Studies since 1989. She is the immediate Past Chair of the St. Paul-Minneapolis Committee on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Board of Directors of Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. Frey is a 1982 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. She received a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1978 and worked as an associate lawyer at Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis from 1983-85.

This human rights speaker series will be held on a Thursday every other month throughout 2004. 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, February 24th

Phone: (612) 341-3302 ext. 106 Email: [email protected]

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