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Herman Schwartz

Professor of Law, Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, DC

Herman Schwartz (Co-Chair) is a professor at American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, DC. Throughout a long career in academia, publishing, and community service, his work has focused on issues of civil liberties as they have played out in courts and prisons across the globe. From 1963 to 1976, Professor Schwartz was involved in studying and monitoring New York State’s criminal justice system. More recently, he has focused his attention on emerging democracies in East Europe. He has served as an advisor to numerous Central and East European nations on constitutional and human rights reform and has participated in the drafting and analysis of many new constitutions in the region. Professor Schwartz’s current interests include issues relating to hunger and the expansion of food programs for school children. He has worked with many organizations including the United Nations, Human Rights Watch, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Professor Schwartz founded the U.S./Israel Civil Liberties Law Program and the ACLU Prison Project. He received a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Professor Schwartz served on the Faculty of Salzburg Seminar Session 339, Human Rights: An International Legal Perspective, 1996, and Salzburg Seminar Session 390, International Legal Perspective on Human Rights, 2001.

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