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Human rights lawyer Geoffrey Bindman will speak at Colby College in Waterville on Sunday, October 26, as part of the Goldfarb Lecture Series. The 7:30 p.m. lecture, “Enforcing Human Rights in the Modern Context: The Lessons of Pinochet,” will be held in Room 100 of Lovejoy Building and is open to the public free of charge.
In 1999 Bindman argued the case for Amnesty International on the extradition of Chilean dictator Pinochet from Great Britain to Spain, where he had been indicted for human rights violations. Bindman is the senior partner in the London law firm of Bindman and Partners, which he founded in 1974. He specializes in civil liberties and human rights law and has represented the International Commission of Jurists, the International Bar Association, Amnesty International and other bodies in human rights missions around the world. In 1988 he was a member of a United Kingdom mission monitoring the constitutional referendum in Chile and in 1994 was a United Nations Observer at the first democratic elections in South Africa.
In 1999 he received the Liberty and Law Society’s Gazette Award for Lifetime Human Rights Achievement. Bindman is currently a visiting professor of law at University College London, an Honorary Fellow in Civil Legal Process at the University of Kent and a fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies.
The Goldfarb Lecture Series is sponsored by Colby’s Department of Government through a gift from William Goldfarb ’68.