The Marks Lecture
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The 28th Isaac Marks Memorial LectureNavanethem PillaySpeaker: Judge Navanethem Pillay

Date/Time:
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at 10:00 a.m.

Topic:
“Equal Justice for Women – A Personal Journey”

Location:
University of Arizona School of Music, Holsclaw Hall 1017 N. Olive Road Tucson, Arizona

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Judge Navanethem Pillay has been both a symbol and a standard-bearer for human rights in South Africa, in the region, and throughout the world. She represented many opponents of apartheid, and handled precedent-setting cases to establish the effects of solitary confinement, the right of political prisoners to due process, and the family violence syndrome as a defense. In 1995, she became the first black woman attorney appointed acting judge of the High Court of South Africa by the Mandela Government. On the heels of that appointment, Judge Pillay was elected by the United Nations General Assembly to be a judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. In 2003, Judge Pillay was elected by the Assembly of State Parties to the Rome Statute as one of the 18 Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) based in The Hague.

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Nancy Stanley
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James E. Rogers College of Law
520-621-8430, 520-979-0142 (cell)
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Additional Information Judge Navanethem Pillay, Judge of the International Criminal Court
Born in South Africa in 1941, Judge Navanethem Pillay has been both a symbol and a standard-bearer for human rights in her country, in the region, and throughout the world. She received her Bachelor of Arts and her Bachelor of Law degree from Natal University in South Africa and later a Master of Law and Doctor of Juridical Science at Harvard University. Judge Pillay opened her law practice in 1967 – the first woman to do so in Natal Province. She represented many opponents of apartheid, and handled precedent-setting cases to establish the effects of solitary confinement, the right of political prisoners to due process, and the family violence syndrome as a defense. In 1995, she became the first black woman attorney appointed acting judge of the High Court of South Africa by the Mandela Government. On the heels of that appointment, Judge Pillay was elected by the United Nations General Assembly to be a judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. In 2003, Judge Pillay was elected by the Assembly of State Parties to the Rome Statute as one of the 18 Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) based in The Hague.

Judge Pillay is honorary chair for Equality Now and serves on the Board of Directors for Nozala Investments. She has held key positions with the Women Lawyers Association, the Advice Desk for Abused Women, Lawyers for Human Rights, the Women’s National Coalition, and the Black Lawyers Association. She also lectures widely on legal and social issues of equality and human rights. Among the many awards she has received are those for Outstanding International Woman Lawyer from the National Bar Association (USA), for Excellence in the Pursuit of Human Rights from the Association of Law Societies of South Africa, the Peter Gruber Foundation Women’s Rights Prize, and the Harvard Law School Association Award. She was elected to be an honorary member of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Laws (LLD) at Rhodes University, South Africa, and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws (LLD) at the City University of New York.

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About the Annual Marks LectureThe Marks Memorial Lectures were established in 1979 to enrich the curriculum of the College of Law by bringing to it the scholarship and learning of eminent persons in various fields of law. The Lectures are held annually and published under the auspices of The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

The College of Law is grateful to the late Judge Jack Marks and his wife, Selma Skora Paul, a 1956 graduate of The University of Arizona College of Law, for their generous support in endowing the lecture series in memory of his father, Isaac Marks.

Judge Jack Marks graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 1935 and practiced law in New York and Arizona. He was appointed Pima County’s first Superior Court Commissioner serving until 1965 when he became a judge. He retired from that position in 1980 having served, with distinction, the State of Arizona. Judge Marks died in 1983.

 

The James E. Rogers College of LawThe University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law is the oldest law school in Arizona and one of the first established in the West. Since 1915, the College has educated many of Arizona’s most distinguished judges and lawyers; its graduates hold positions of leadership in the legal, corporate, and political arenas both in the state and nationwide.

The College is singularly committed to first-rate teaching, research, and service to the public and legal profession. Our size – a total student body of about 500 – fosters close interaction and a high level of intellectual engagement among students and faculty.

Tucson is located in the beautiful Sonoran desert, near the border of two nations, and in a state that embraces tribal lands, with the attendant complexities of multiple cultures and sovereignities. Arizona is a stimulating, unique setting in which to work and to live.

   
       
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