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State department assistant secretary to discuss human rights and foreign policy (Released: 4/24/96)

by Mark J. Roy, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- The Clinton administration official charged with coordinating U.S. human rights policy and who has spent the past year working on human rights issues in Bosnia and Croatia will deliver the 1996 Louis B. Gerson Foreign Policy Lecture at the University of Connecticut.

John Shattuck, assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, will discuss "Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy" in a public lecture at 2 p.m. April 30 in the Doris and Simon Konover Auditorium of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. The lecture this year is in conjunction with UConn's year-long observance of Fifty Years After Nuremberg: Human Rights and the Rule of Law.

Shattuck is responsible for coordinating U.S. human rights policy, foreign assistance programs to promote development of democratic institutions in new and emerging democracies, programs to create new international institutions of justice (such as war crimes tribunals, and truth commissions), and U. S. policies and programs to support international labor rights. He also is the U.S. representative to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and other U.N. and regional organizations to promote human rights and democracy.

During the past year, Shattuck has been involved with human rights issues in Bosnia, Croatia and Yugoslavia.

He served as vice president of Harvard University from 1984 until his state department appointment in 1993. At Harvard he was responsible for all aspects of university relations with the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, Massachusetts government agencies and other institutions, and the cities of Boston and Cambridge, as well as media relations and university communications, university publications, and public and community service activities.

Shattuck also was a lecturer at the Harvard Law School on the legislative and administrative process, privacy law, constitutional law, and civil liberties, and was a senior associate at Harvard's Kennedy School Government with the Program on Science, Technology and Public Policy.

From 1976 to 1984, he was executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington, D.C. and from 1971 to 1976 he was national counsel for the ACLU in New York City.

He has written articles and commentary for a variety of publications, including The New Republic, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Scientific American, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and Harvard Magazine. He is the author of Rights of Privacy (1977), The Information Environment (1992), and The Changing University (1991), among other books, and was chapter author for Secrecy on Campus (1992).

Coordinated by the Department of Political Science, the Gerson lecture is an endowed lectureship created by the family, colleagues and friends of former political science department chair and emeritus professor Louis Gerson. The lecture brings a distinguished speaker to campus who combines scholarship and service in U.S. foreign policy and who has a record of active involvement in diplomatic work and foreign policy- making.

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