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Genocide Convention & East Timor Case Study


April 5, 2007 12:30pm - 2:00pm


The Stanford Program in International Legal Studies, the Stanford International Human Rights Law Association, the International Law Society, and the Advanced Degree Student Association invite you to attend:

"Redefining 'National Group' in the Genocide Convention: A Case Study of East Timor"

SPILS JSM student David Lisson will present his research regarding the group that was the target of the human rights abuses committed by Indonesian authorities in East Timor between 1975 and 1999. He has determined that they were targeted as a result of their attempts to exercise their right to self-determination and that the events show a need to reconsidered the definition of the "national groups" that receive protection under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. His research hopes to promote a better understanding of the crimes that occurred, of the definition of “national group”, and of the relationship between self-determination and genocide.

David is a JSM student in the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies from Toronto, Canada. He received his J.D. (Hons.) and the Bronze Medal from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. He also received an M.A. in Political Science (International Relations) from the University of Toronto and a B.A. in History (cum laude) from Yale University. He is a contributing author to published reports on civil rights and civil liberties in the post-9/11 environment and on the illegality of extraordinary rendition under international and domestic criminal law. After completing his law degree, he served as a law clerk to the Honourable Justice Ian Binnie of the Supreme Court of Canada and received the John Peters Humphrey Fellowship from the Canadian Council on International Law to study at Stanford.