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Release: March 9, 1999

Indian human rights scholar Upendra Baxi lectures March 11

IOWA CITY -- Upendra Baxi, professor of law and development at the University of Warwick in England, will present a human rights lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 11 in Room 235 at the College of Law.

Baxi's lecture, "Voices of Suffering and The Future of Human Rights," was originally scheduled for March 25. His lecture is free and open to the public.

Baxi, a former vice chancellor of the University of Delhi, is a major theorist and activist of oppressed peoples. He specializes in the comparative sociology of human rights and law, and science and technology and is currently a visiting professor of law at New York University's Global Law program.

He has called on Indian government leaders to improve disadvantaged Indian group's access to legal representation and has advocated stricter legal consequences against those who commit domestic violence against women.

Baxi appears as part of Global Focus: HR '98, the University of Iowa's commemoration of the signing of the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.