Peter Rosenblum

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Peter Rosenblum "is the holder of the newly created Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein Clinical Professorship of Human Rights Law. A dedicated human rights activist, his appointment marks his return not only to his undergraduate and LL.M. alma mater, but to a city he considers the epicenter of international human rights work.

"...Prof. Rosenblum has had a wide range of experience outside academia. He was a human rights officer with the Geneva-based precursor to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, a program director of the International Human Rights Law Group, and a researcher for both Human Rights Watch and the Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights. Through these postings, he has served in more than a dozen countries, though he continues to maintain a strong interest in Africa, particularly the Democratic Republic of Congo. His work in that nation has given him a unique perspective on a country that is often held up as a failure of diplomatic and humanitarian efforts. For example, in the summer of 2003, while the United Nations was negotiating entry to the war-ravaged town of Bunia, Prof. Rosenblum visited a nearby town where, he says, "self-reliance and local initiatives are thriving. Sometimes I feel like a 'harvester of hope,' collecting tales of resistance amid the chronicles of devastation in the Congo.“ [1]

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  1. CERES Board, organizational web page, accessed June 1, 2013.