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M. Cherif Bassiouni
Murray Gell-Mann
Nikki Giovanni
Stanley Karnow
Anna C. Roosevelt

M. Cherif Bassiouni, S.J.D.; LLD (Honoris Causa)

Multiple 1999 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee for his seminal work in establishing an International Criminal Court (ICC), and his unceasing efforts in documentation of war crimes in the former Yugoslavia as Chairman of the Security Council's Commission to Investigate Human Rights Violations in the Former Yugoslavia (1992-1994). Bassiouni is increasingly recognized worldwide as “the driving force behind the establishment of an international criminal court.” In 1998, he chaired the Drafting Committee of the U.N.'s Diplomatic Conference on the Establishment of the ICC. He has also chaired and served on various commissions and committes of the United Nations. Author and editor of 60 books and more than 200 scholarly articles on U.S. and international criminal law and human rights (published in Arabic, English, French, Italian and Spanish)

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