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Public Intellectual: The Life of a Citizen Pilgrim

Public Intellectual: The Life of a Citizen Pilgrim

A conversation with Richard Falk on his new political memoir.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
12:00 PM (Pacific Time)
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Richard Falk, one of the preeminent international law scholars and advocates of his generation, will be joining a conversation at the Promise Institute for Human Rights to discuss his newly published political memoir, Public Intellectual: The Life of a Citizen Pilgrim. His own career spans many of the major milestones in international law and international affairs of the last seventy-five years ranging from negotiations to end the Vietnam war, to the Iranian revolution, the peace process in Israel Palestine, nuclear arms control, the establishment of an international convention on the Law of the Sea, the growth in scale and ambition of the international human rights movement, the creation of international war crimes tribunals, to innovation in international environmental law and protection. In each of these critical areas, he has either been a widely recognized scholarly voice in the field, or served as the leading international and political figure in negotiations, movement building, and the design of new international institutions. He has also served as the appointed international expert contributing to the work of the United Nations and other organizations. Across all these roles, he has been both a prominent scholar and contributor to international law and a committed and principled advocate for justice.

In discussing his memoir, he will be in conversation with some of the other leading international lawyers and scholars whose careers have been shaped or influenced by his trail-blazing work:

  • Michael Lynk, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Andrew Strauss, Professor and Dean of Dayton School of Law
  • Kate Mackintosh, Executive Director of Promise Institute and former Deputy Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)


Aslı Ü. Bâli is Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and Faculty Director of the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA Law.



This event is hosted by the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law and co-sponsored by the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, the International and Comparative Law Program (ICLP) at the UCLA School of Law, the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the UCLA Department of Political Science,  and the American Society of International Law.