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January 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Wolfgang Kaleck, best known as Edward Snowden’s lawyer in Europe, is a human rights activist and General Secretary for the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights. For more than two decades, he has travelled the world to fight alongside those suffering injustice at the hands of powerful players, people who, prior to the arrival of Kaleck and his colleagues, often enjoyed impunity. Kaleck’s work has taken him to Buenos Aires, to stand with the mothers of youngsters “disappeared” under the Argentinian military dictatorship; to exiled Syrian communities, where he assembled the case against torture mandated by those high up in the Assad government; to New York, to partner with the Center for Constitutional Rights in taking action against Donald Rumsfeld for the “enhanced interrogation techniques” he greenlighted after 9/11; and to Moscow, where he represents the whistle-blower Edward Snowden, “a likeable man whose talents go far beyond his technical skills.”
In recounting his involvement in such cases, Kaleck gives full voice to those he is representing, emphasizing the courage and persistence they bring to the global search for justice. The result is a book crammed with compelling and vivid stories, underscoring the notion that, while the world is often a terrible place, universal standards of human rights can prevail when people are willing to struggle for them.
*This event is free, but requires registration on Eventbrite. Books & Books honors those who take the time to register for tickets, in advance, and will be checking tickets at the door. First come, first served. Seats are guaranteed until 15 minutes before the start of the talk, at 5:45pm, when we open up any seating that is still available to everyone.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 305-348-7266.
Presented in collaboration with
Department of History | Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center | College of Law | Václav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy | European and Eurasian Studies Program | Ruth K. and Shepard Broad Distinguished Lecture Series