Thursday, July 3, 2008

AU Washington College of Law Dean Elected Chair of United Nations Committee Against Torture

American University News reports that AU's Washington College of Law Dean, Claudio Grossman, was recently elected chair of the United Nations Committee against Torture. Grossman, who has served as a member and vice chair of the committee since 2003, was elected to the two-year position by unanimous vote of committee members.

The UN Committee against Torture consists of 10 experts of high moral standing and recognized competence in human rights, who serve in their personal capacity. Established pursuant to article 17 of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the Committee supervises compliance with the Convention against Torture, which has been ratified by 145 countries. In addition to issuing observations and recommendations based on its public review of country reports, the Committee decides individual petitions and conducts site visits to countries where serious indications exist that torture is systematically practiced.

Claudio Grossman has served as dean of American University’s Washington College of Law since 1995; the Raymond I. Geraldson Scholar for International and Humanitarian Law since 1985; and was also a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (from 1993–2001), twice serving as its president (in 1996 and again in 2001). Grossman has authored numerous publications on human rights and international law

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